Rehearsals have begun for powerhouse Latino theatre group Culture Clash's "Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival," which opens February 4, 2015, at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. Previews begin January 27 and performances run through March 1.
This revisited and reimagined "Chavez Ravine" is directed by Lisa Peterson (who was at the helm of the world premiere in 2003 at the Mark Taper Forum) and features Culture Clash's Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza along with Sabina Zuniga Varela and musicians Vaneza Mari Calder??n, Randy Rodarte and Scott Rodarte.
Chavez Ravine" has set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Christopher Acebo, lighting design by Jos?ģ L??pez, sound design by Paul James Prendergast, music direction/arrangements by John Avila and projection design by Jason H. Thompson. The production stage manager is Kirsten Parker.
Energized with new material and music from the Rodarte Brothers, Culture Clash continues to examine the constantly changing landscape of urban Los Angeles, in particular, the potential transformation of a small, tightly knit neighborhood into what was initially to be a low-income housing project, but eventually became Dodger Stadium.
Joel Hirschhorn of Variety said that the world premiere of "Chavez Ravine" was "‘«™ an enjoyable madcap world of clashing characters and it brings to life a legendary Los Angeles story about Latinos uprooted from their homes by powerful politicians ‘«™ most of the roles are played by Culture Clash ‘«™ their kooky, kinetic joy in performing is contagious."
Culture Clash is celebrating its 30th year of bold and fun theatre-making. Since 1984, Culture Clash ‘«Ű Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza ‘«Ű has combined its own satiric sense along with a vaudevillian tradition of performance into a group that has continually redefined the boundaries of theatre and broken down the divisions between cultures. Culture Clash has performed all over the country at major resident theatres and performing arts centers, and wrote, executive-produced and starred in 30 episodes of the first ever Latino-themed sketch comedy show, "Culture Clash the T.V. Show" for Fox Broadcasting.
"Chavez Ravine" was originally commissioned by Center Theatre Group. The presentation at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is the seventh Culture Clash presentation at CTG. In addition to "Chavez Ravine" ‘«Ű "Water & Power" (world premiere), "Carpa Clash," and "Palestine, New Mexico" (world premiere) were all presented at the Mark Taper Forum, "American Night: The Ballad of Juan Jose" was presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and "Culture Clash in Bordertown" was presented at The Actors' Gang on Santa Monica Blvd.
Tickets for "Chavez Ravine" are available at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre, at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office starting two hours before curtain or by calling (213) 628-2772. The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City.