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The Sweetheart Deal

Written and Directed by Diane Rodriguez

 September 27 at 7PM 

 In the Lyceum Space

 In 1970, Mari and Will decide to leave their comfortable middle class life in San Jose, California and volunteer for El Malcriado, the underground newspaper for the United Farmworkers Union. It's a tumultuous time for Cesar Chavez' union and the couple find themselves in the middle of a violent struggle that forces Mari to take the lead to protect herself and her husband.



Diane Rodriguez is an anthologized writer, regional theatre director and Obie Award winning performer. She began her career as an ensemble member of the seminal company El Teatro Campesino under the direction of Luis Valdez. Her plays include: Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way and Los Vecinos/A Play for Neighbors. Her two-play anthology—written collectively with the group Latins Anonymous (under the same title)—is in it’s 16th printing.  Since 2008, she has been a free-lance writer for Mattel, Inc. and was commissioned to write the book for two Broadway-style Barbie musicals that toured Latin America and Asia.

From 1995-2005, Diane served as co-director with Luis Alfaro of the Latino Theater Initiative at the Mark Taper Forum. Chantal Rodriguez’s recent monograph, The Latino Theatre Initiative/Center Theatre Group Papers, (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center), is devoted to the work Diane developed during this period and the profound influence of the LTI on shaping the landscape of theater in Los Angeles and nationwide. She has been at Center Theatre Group for twenty years and is currently Associate Artistic Director and President of the Theatre Communications Group Board. In 2016, she was appointed to the national Council on the Arts.



 El Cipitío

 Written by Herbert Siguenza, Ric Salinas, and Randy Jurado Ertll
 Directed by Herbert Siguenza

 October 17 at 7PM 

 In the Lyceum Space


 Original Culture Clash members, Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas (both  Salvadorans), team up for this darkly comic work based on the novel "The Life and Times of El Cipitío" by Randyl Ertll. The play follows the life of a three foot mythical character that becomes a soldier for the Salvadoran Army trained by the U.S. Military. He leaves the violence of El Salvador and crosses several borders to reach the gang ridden barrios of Los Angeles to become a violent leader, then the mayor of Los Angeles, and eventually the President of the United States with a plan for World Peace. 

Herbert Siguenza, as a founding member of Culture Clash, has co-written or adapted and performed over fifteen original critically-acclaimed, award- winning plays at prestigious regional theatres around the country over the last 30 years. Theatre Communications Group Books published three compilations of their collective works which includes Radio Mambo, Zorro in Hell!, and Chavez Ravine. Siguenza has also written and performed solo works outside the group including Cantinflas! and A Weekend With Pablo Picasso. La Jolla Playhouse, in Association with San Diego REP, recently produced his futuristic urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part One, called El Henry, for their WOW festival. Siguenza is now serving as San Diego REP’s Playwright-in-Residence, building on the successful development of his work at the REP such as Steal Heaven and Manifest Destinitis. He is also the founder of Amigos del REP.



 Historias Tenebrosas

 Produced by Dave Rivas

 October 31 - November 1 at 7PM 

 In the Lyceum Theatres


 Historias Tenebrosas (Spooky Stories) is an elaborate and unique cultural event that will entertain, educate and enlighten  families of all ages about the similarities and difference between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Step into our adventurous carnival funhouse hosted by Señor y Señora Muertos for a costume contest, face painting, fortune telling, music, children’s corner, hot chocolate, pan dulce, and lots and lots of candy. Plus, enjoy an old-fashioned evening of story-telling with thrilling performances featuring traditional characters like El Cucuy (the boogeyman) or La  Llorona (the crier) and chilling local folklore by regional playwrights, as well as puppetry and bedtime stories for the kids.This year Historias  Tenebrosas has expanded into TWO nights and will take place in multiple locations throughout San Diego REP’s Lyceum theatre. Historias Tenebrosas is FREE and open to the public. Please feel free to bring something to add to our Altars de Muerto.

This year Event creator, Dave Rivas & Amigos del REP are introducing, Historias Tenebrosas de la Gente, or Spooky Stories of the People. This will be a series of short stories written and performed by college level students and amateur writers at the event. These stories will be read or performed by the writer in an open mic or spoken word poetry reading style at format Historias Tenebrosas

Stories written and performed are to be based on the following categories: 

Cultural Story: A Latino cultural ghost story based on folklore or myth, fact or fiction
Local Story: Fact or fiction story based in San Diego County. Any time period (Does not have to be Latino based)
Children’s Story: A spooky, fun story for younger audiences 10 years old and under using the above two categories as a guide.

All stories must be no longer than 5 minutes. Storytellers may have help reading or performing their stories. However, set up and breakdown of story being told must not take longer that 2 minutes.

DEADline for submission of stories is September 15, 2016 All submissions must be emailed in a word document to Dave Rivas at Those accepted to participate will be notified by email

Amigos del REP is a volunteer community council to promote Hispanic/Latino/Chicano arts and education at San Diego REP. 

For more information please contact John Padilla at

Founder: Herbert Siguenza

Producers: Dave Rivas, John Padilla, Sylvia Enrique

Core Leaders: Bernardo Mazon, Bryant Hernandez, Elsa Martinez,
Patrice Amon, Salomon Maya, Vanessa Mendoza

San Diego REPresentative: Danielle Ward

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