Culture Clash to Perform Sept. 23-24
Culture Clash, a performance troupe known for its social and political satire, will stage “Culture Clash in AmeriCCa” at 8 p.m. Sept. 23-24 at Thorne Hall on the Occidental College campus. A question and answer session will follow each show. A reception with the artists will be held after the Sept. 23 performance and is open to audience members.
Occidental is located at 1600 Campus Road in the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles. General admission tickets are $20. Oxy students are free, while tickets are $10 for faculty, staff and administrators. Non-Oxy student and senior citizen admission is $12.50. To order tickets, call the Occidental box office at (323) 259-2922 after Sept. 6.
The Los Angeles Times calls Culture Clash “serious artists in hot pursuit of truth and justice who know that art has a greater impact than bureaucracy. Their quick wit, their props, their unencumbered brashness and their cool makes them the right comedians for the time.”
The group, whose weeklong residency at Occidental is made possible by the G. William Hume Fellowship, was formed in San Francisco in 1984 by Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza. Culture Clash has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, at off-Broadway venues, and at repertory theaters, colleges and universities across the country.
It made television history in the mid-1990s when members wrote, starred and produced the first-ever Latino comedy-sketch television show for Fox. Their teleplay, “A Bowl of Beings,” was part of the Great Performance series on PBS and the group also co-produced, wrote and starred in the award-winning short film “Columbus on Trial,” directed by Lourdes Portillo. They recently were invited to perform at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen with the Mark Taper Forum-commissioned play “Chavez Ravine,” which was the fifth highest grossing production in the Taper’s 35-year history.