Amigos del REP
Arranged and Directed by Dave Rivas
June 21 at 7PM
On the Lyceum Stage
We all have stories of where we came from and where we want to go. Letters from the Wall is an ongoing series of vignettes based on actual letters and real life stories of those affected by the United States/Mexico international border wall, immigration, deportation and separation. Originally written as a bi-national theatrical event by Dave Rivas, it was first performed on both sides of the border wall in San Ysidro, California and Playas, Tijuana, Mexico, with actors performing simultaneously on the United States and Mexico side in English and Spanish. Each “letter” is woven together from the true stories, letters, emails, and even bedtime stories that Rivas has collected. And more content is being added all the time as --with each performance—audience members share their own stories or experiences. It is an ever growing and changing series that seeks to address the human experience in pursuit of a better life. Note: This show will also play at the Fringe Festival June 23 - July 3.
Dave Rivas is a native San Diegan, actor, voice over artist, director and playwright. He is a founding member of Amigos del REP, a Latino based theatrical group housed at San Diego REPertory Theatre in San Diego, California. He has performed in studio on just about every microphone and stage in Southern California from San Diego REP, The La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park to The Comedy Store in La Jolla. He is also an established voice over, recording artist and sound designer. He is the founder of DaveyBoy Productions, a voice over actor’s workshop, sound studio and Production Company. His human rights and social justice work with humanitarian group; Border Angels has inspired Dave to raise awareness about immigration, deportation issues and those in search of a better life. He does this by producing short documentaries and theatrical productions based on the ongoing true experiences.
Produced by John Padilla and Dave Rivas
August 1 at 7PM
In the Lyceum Space
Club Café is Amigos del REP’s version of a variety show including, but not limited to musicians, dancers, singers, comedians, poetry-spoken word various other acts. In the past, we have featured larger bands like Candy Silva and the Latin stars as well as big mariachi bands. Plus, we have spotlighted the immense talent of local Latino/a artists of all types.
Written by Fernanda Coppel
Directed by Elsa Martinez
August 15 at 7PM
In the Lyceum Space
Sports agent Liz Rico has money and an elite client roster but a woman in a man's industry has to fight to stay on top. She's worked twice as hard to get where she is and wants to take over the agency that she's helped build. Enter Freddie Luna, a high school basketball superstar with a troubled past. If Liz can keep this talented, yet volatile young star in line, she just might end up making not only his career, but her own as well. But at what price?
Fernanda Coppel is a playwright and screenwriter. Her play King Liz received its world premiere at Second Stage Theatre in an acclaimed, extended run in the summer of 2015 and was recently sold to Showtime. Fernanda recently served as a Story Editor on “From Dusk Til Dawn” for Robert Rodriguez and the El Rey network and is currently writing for Shonda Rhime’s “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC. Her professional New York debut Chimichangas and Zoloft premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2012 and is published by Samuel French. Fernanda’s work has been developed at Pregones Theater, INTAR Theatre, The Juilliard School, The Lark Development Center, the Old Vic (London), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and the Sundance Institute. Fernanda is a member of the MCC Playwrights' Coalition and was a member of the Old Vic's US/UK TS Eliot Exchange Program. Her work has won the Asuncion Queer Latino Festival at Pregones Theater, the 2012 HOLA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting, and the 2012 Helen Merrill Award. She was a three-year Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School and received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University. Fernanda's additional television credits include "The Bridge" on FX and "Kingdom" on DIRECTV.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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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