Press Release: ​​​Culture Clash (Still) in America

True Stories, Real People (Still) at the Heart of Culture Clash as Group Returns to South Coast Repertory

COSTA MESA, Calif. (​Dec. ​11, 2018)—Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas and Herbert Siguenza—performing as Culture Clash—have a special style of irreverent, thought-provoking social satire. They return to South Coast Repertory to put America back under the comic lens of their microscope. Lisa Peterson directs the production, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019, on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are available at scr.org.

Culture Clash draws its material from decades of interviews the three men conducted with people across the country from all walks of life. SCR Associate Artistic Director John Glore has worked extensively with the group and serves a dramaturg for this production.

“What’s key to Culture Clash’s success is that they poke gentle fun at their characters without ever mocking them,” he said. “They deliberately feature many characters whose points of view and values are quite different from their own, but they manage to convey a sense of affection for them, nonetheless. And when it comes to presenting characters whose perspective is closer to theirs, they have no compunction about pointing out weaknesses, blind spots and small hypocrisies.”

Montoya, Salinas and Siguenza formed Culture Clash in San Francisco in 1984. Their plays include

American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose (2010) for Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, Ore.). This play was selected to launch OSF’s “American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle,” along with other writers David Henry Hwang, Suzan-Lori Parks, Naomi Wallace and Robert Schenkkan. Their work has been produced by the nation’s leading theatres including the Mark Taper Forum, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre Company (Boston), The Alley Theatre (Houston), South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory Theatre and The Goodman Theatre (Chicago). They have also toured and lectured at major universities including Syracuse University, Yale University, Stanford University, UCLA and dozens of state colleges in California. They previously performed at SCR in 1998 (The Bird) and 2008 (Culture Clash in America).

The creative team includes Christopher Acebo, scenic design; Caroly Mazuca, costume design; Tom Ontiveros, lighting and projection design; and Paul James Prendergast, computer and sound design. Also on the team are Joshua Marchesi, production manager; Alyssa Escalante, stage manager; and John Glore, dramaturg.

The production is generously supported by Honorary Producers Ernesto and Socorro Vasquez. The media partner is KCRW-FM.

Tickets are available at www.scr.org.

Tickets start at $23 Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit: www.scr.org.


Related Information for Culture Clash (Still) In America

Tickets: May be purchased online at www.scr.org, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run Dec. 30-Jan. 20. Ticket prices start at $22. Low-priced preview performances run Dec. 30-Jan. 3.  

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews
    • Sunday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m.
    • Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 1-3, at 7:45 p.m.
      Note: Friday, Jan. 4, is an invitation-only performance
  • Regular performances
    Special note: There are no Monday performances.
  • Evenings:
    • Tuesdays-Sundays, Jan. 5-6; Jan. 8-13; and Jan. 15-19, at 7:45 p.m.
    • There is no evening performance on Sunday, Jan. 20
  • Matinees:
    • Saturdays-Sundays, Jan. 5-6; Jan. 12-13; and Jan. 19-20 at 2 p.m.
  • ASL-interpreted: Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

Special Events:

  • Post-Show Discussions: Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10. Discuss the play with Culture Clash (Still) in America cast members during free post-show discussions led by South Coast Repertory’s literary team. Julianne Argyros Stage.
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Led by members of SCR’s literary staff, this lively two-hour session features in-depth interviews with cast members and artists from SCR's production staff, offering insights into SCR’s production of Culture Clash (Still) in America. The morning includes a guided tour of the set. Julianne Argyros Stage. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Location: South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the David Emmes/Martin Benson Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Boulevard.

Current and Upcoming Productions: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, through Dec.24; Culture Clash (Still) In America written and performed by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza, Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and based on the book by Hugh Wheeler, Jan. 19-Feb.16, 2019; Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience by Mo Willems, with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, Feb. 1-17 (Theatre for Young Audiences); Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, March 3-24; Poor Yella Rednecks by Qui Nguyen, March 30-April 27;  Sheepdog by Kevin Artigue, April 14-May 5; Pacific Playwrights Festival, April 26-28; M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang, May 11-June 8; and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, May 24-June 9 (Theatre for Young Audiences). Complete information is available at www.scr.org.


ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers. One-quarter of SCR’s 525 productions have been world premieres. SCR-developed works have garnered two Pulitzer Prizes and eight Pulitzer nominations, several Obie Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, Calif., SCR is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. www.scr.org