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Herbert Sigüenza Culture Clash Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Herbert Sigüenza Culture Clash Collection, 1984-2005Save to your list.

ID: URB/CC-HS

Primary Creator: Sigüenza, Herbert

Extent: 5.98 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Plays, 1987-2005

Series II: Troupe, 1983-2000

Series III: Personal, 1984-2003

Date Acquired: 00/00/2003

Subjects: Culture Clash (Comedy troupe), Playbills--United States, Siguenza, Herbert, Theater - United States

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

A founding member of Culture Clash, Herbert Sigüenza was born in San Francisco. Culture Clash was founded on Cinco de Mayo, 1984 at René Yañez's Galería de la Raza/ Studio 24 in San Francisco's Mission District by Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, Herbert Sigüenza, and José Antonio Burciaga. Culture Clash's brand of Chicano comedic theater has brought them to renowned venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Huntington in Boston, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, the Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Biographical Note

Herbert Sigüenza was born in San Francisco. His parents are from El Salvador, and the family returned there to live when Sigüenza was nine years old. During that time El Salvador fought the "Soccer War" with Honduras. A Civil War broke out in El Salvador one year after Sigüenza left the country at age seventeen.

Returning to California, Siguenza attended the California College of Art and Crafts and received a degree in art, printmaking, and silk-screening. From there he went to work at La Raza Graphics Center in San Francisco, where he was the art director, leaving after ten years. After working with graphic art to educate and organize people, Sigüenza spent the next six years working with Teatro Gusto. This association with theater led him to co-found Culture Clash.

Culture Clash was founded on Cinco de Mayo, 1984 at René Yañez's Galería de la Raza/ Studio 24 in San Francisco's Mission District by Richard Montoya, Ricardo Salinas, Herbert Sigüenza, and José Antonio Burciaga. Sigüenza had trained as a visual artist, Montoya's background was in spoken word poetry, and Salinas had performed as a break-dancer and bilingual rapper. The group was originally called Comedy Fiesta and conceived of as a troupe of six actors, comedians, and poets including Marga Gómez and Monica Palacios. This group worked with Luis Valdez's El Teatro Campesino. The group eventually fragmented, and Culture Clash was formed with four members Burciaga, Montoya, Salinas, and Sigüenza. Burciaga left the group in 1988 and died in 1996.

Some of their best-known plays include The Mission (1988), A Bowl of Beings (1991), S.O.S—Comedy for These Urgent Times (1992, written in response to the Los Angeles Riots), Carpa Clash (1993), Culture Clash Unplugged (1994), Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami (1994), Bordertown (1998), Nuyorican Stories (1999), and Mission Magic Mystery Tour (2001). Many of these pieces were site-specific commissioned works. Bowl of Beings is particularly well-know as it was filmed for PBS' Great Performances series in 1992. Culture Clash performed their adaptation of Aristophanes' The Birds for South Coast Repertory Theater in San Diego, California and the Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California in 1998.

Culture Clash's first book, Culture Clash: Life, Death, and Revolutionary Comedy, appeared in 1998. This publication includes scripts for many of their plays. In 2001 they published Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, a book that explores what it means to be an American through a series of vignettes. The book was inspired by the show Culture Clash Coast to Coast, which premiered at the Japanese Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Through the efforts of comedian "Cheech" Marin, Culture Clash developed a show for Fox Television, entitled Fox Television's "Culture Clash." The show ran from 1993 to 1995 with a total of 30 episodes. The comedy sketch show featured guest appearances from Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Dolores Huerta.

Los Boys de CC have been featured together and separately in several feature films. All three appeared in the 1992 film, Encino Man as Loco, Enrique, and Chuly. Sigüenza's film credits include Star Maps (1997) and Hero (1992). In 1992, Culture Clash wrote and co-produced the award-winning short film, Columbus on Trial.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Herbert Sigüenza Culture Clash Collection consists of materials related to the professional and personal life of Herbert Sigüenza, including the production, performances, and publicity of the Culture Clash theater troupe. The collection has been organized into three series: Plays (1987-2005), Troupe (1983-2000), and Personal (1984-2003).

Series I, Plays, consists of articles, brochures, flyers, letters, magazines, mailings, photographs, playbills, posters, press releases, programs, publicity, reviews, schedules, scripts, sketches, stage and costume drawings, stage notes, and story boards. The  materials are arranged alphabetically by the title of the play.

Series II, Troupe, consists of materials that were created by and for the Culture Clash Troupe that are not part of the previous series. Materials include articles, business documents, calendars of events, letters, performance signup sheets, magazines, photographs, and schedules of events and are arranged alphabetically.

Series III, Personal, contains personal materials from Sigüenza. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Subject/Index Terms

Culture Clash (Comedy troupe)
Playbills--United States
Siguenza, Herbert
Theater - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Herbert Sigüenza

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the Latina(o) Cultural Heritage Archives project. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Related Materials:

Richard Montoya Culture Clash Collection, 1989-2004

Ric Salinas Culture Clash Collection, 1978-2003

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall, Rebecca S. Graff; February 2004

Finding Aid Revision History:

Anna L. Martinez, 2008

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012

Other Note: This collection was processed in part under a U.S. Department of Education Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series I: Plays, 1987-2005]
[Series II: Troupe, 1983-2000]
[Series III: Personal, 1984-2003],
[All]

Series I: Plays, 1987-2005Save to your list.
Box 1Save to your list.
Folder 1: AmeriCCa: reviews, 2002-2003Save to your list.
Folder 2: AmeriCCa - Assistance League Playhouse: program, August 18-29Save to your list.
Folder 3: AmeriCCa - Luckman Fine Arts Complex: postcard, November 18-21Save to your list.
Folder 4: AmeriCCa - San Jose Repertory Theater: publicity packet, 2004 January 31-March 2Save to your list.
Folder 5: AmeriCCa - Syracuse Stage: program, 2004 September 5-2005 June 5Save to your list.
Folder 6: AmeriCCa - Yale Repertory Theater: programs, 2003 November 14-December 6Save to your list.
Folder 7: AmeriCCa - Yale Repertory Theater: articles, 2003-2004Save to your list.
Folder 8: Anthology: publicity packet, 2000 January-February, April 27-June 4Save to your list.
Folder 9: Anthology - San Diego Repertory Theatre: brochure; program, January 2000Save to your list.
Folder 10: The Birds: reviews, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 11: The Birds: script, 1998 April 2Save to your list.
Folder 12: The Birds - Berkeley Repertory Wildfire: season schedule, 1998-1999Save to your list.
Folder 13: The Birds - Berkeley Repertory - Performing Arts: program, March 1998Save to your list.
Folder 14: The Birds - Herbert Press Packet: press packet, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 15: The Birds - San Francisco Chronicle: articles; cartoons; reviews, March 1998Save to your list.
Folder 16: The Birds - South Coast Repertory: postcard, January 23-February 22Save to your list.
Folder 17: The Birds - South Coast Repertory - Performing Arts: program, January 1998Save to your list.
Folder 18: The Birds - South Coast Repertory - Performing Arts: program, February 1998Save to your list.
Folder 19: Bordertown: prints, 1998 August 3Save to your list.
Folder 20: Bordertown: reviews, June 1998Save to your list.
Folder 21: Bordertown: script, 1998 May 27Save to your list.
Folder 22: Bordertown: stage and costume drawingsSave to your list.
Folder 23: Bordertown - The Actors' Gang Theatre: posters, 1999 June 10-July 11Save to your list.
Folder 24: Bordertown - The Actors' Gang Theatre: posters, 1999 June 10-July 11Save to your list.
Folder 25: A Bowl of Beings: articles, 1991 July 3-1992 March 4Save to your list.
Folder 26: A Bowl of Beings: script revisions, 1991 May 29, 1991 September 2, 10Save to your list.
Folder 27: A Bowl of Beings: script, 1991 September 1Save to your list.
Folder 28: A Bowl of Beings: script, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 29: A Bowl of Beings: scriptSave to your list.
Folder 30: A Bowl of Beings: script; continuity, 1992 January 22Save to your list.
Folder 31: A Bowl of Beings: script notes, 1991 May 14Save to your list.
Folder 32: A Bowl of Beings: script notesSave to your list.
Folder 33: A Bowl of Beings: sketches, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 34: A Bowl of Beings: stage and costume drawings, 1991 May 11, 14Save to your list.
Folder 35: A Bowl of Beings: story cards (story board)Save to your list.
Folder 36: A Bowl of Beings: story boardsSave to your list.
Folder 37: A Bowl of Beings: story boardsSave to your list.
Box 2Save to your list.
Folder 1: A Bowl of Beings: ticket stub, 1992 February 7Save to your list.
Folder 2: A Bowl of Beings - Asian American Theater Center: flyer, 1990 May 10-17Save to your list.
Folder 3: A Bowl of Beings - A Brief Storyline: synopsisSave to your list.
Folder 4: A Bowl of Beings - "Che": script notesSave to your list.
Folder 5: A Bowl of Beings - Chicanos on the Storm: first draft, 1991 May 25Save to your list.
Folder 6: A Bowl of Beings - Don Colon: manuscript, 1991 April 2Save to your list.
Folder 7: A Bowl of Beings - Humanities Prize: letter; brochure, March 1992Save to your list.
Folder 8: A Bowl of Beings - Los Angeles Theater Center: program, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 9: A Bowl of Beings - the Mexican Museum: brochure; postcard, 1992 February 27Save to your list.
Folder 10: A Bowl of Beings - PBS Great Performances: postcard, 1992 March 4Save to your list.
Folder 11: A Bowl of Beings - The Return of Che Guevara: script, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 12: A Bowl of Beings - Scottsdale Center for the Arts: program, 1992 May 8-9Save to your list.
Folder 13: A Bowl of Beings - Stand and Deliver: script notesSave to your list.
Folder 14: Café Chez Guevara: skitSave to your list.
Folder 15: Carpa Clash: reviews, 1993 December 7Save to your list.
Folder 16: Carpa Clash: sketches (story boards)Save to your list.
Folder 17: Chavez Ravine: reviews, June 2003Save to your list.
Folder 18: Chavez Ravine - Mark Taper Forum: program, June 2003Save to your list.
Folder 19: Chavez Ravine - Venice Magazine: article, June 2003Save to your list.
Folder 20: Coast to Coast: postcard, 2001 February 15-18Save to your list.
Folder 21: Coast to Coast: playbill, 2001Save to your list.
Folder 22: Columbus on Trial - Second draft: script, 1992 April 8Save to your list.
Folder 23: Columbus on Trial - Third draft: script, 1992 May 5Save to your list.
Folder 24: The Frida (Kahlo) File: scriptSave to your list.
Folder 25: The Mission: articles, 1988-1993Save to your list.
Folder 26: The Mission: assignment listSave to your list.
Folder 27: The Mission: draft scripts, 1988 September 8Save to your list.
Folder 28: The Mission: flyers; publicity, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 29: The Mission: preliminary sketch, June 1993Save to your list.
Folder 30: The Mission: press release, February 1990Save to your list.
Folder 31: The Mission: script, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 32: The Mission: scriptSave to your list.
Folder 33: The Mission: scriptSave to your list.
Folder 34: The Mission: scriptSave to your list.
Folder 35: The Mission: script notesSave to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Mission: story board, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 2: The Mission: story board, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 3: The Mission: synopsis and background, 1989 July 15Save to your list.
Folder 4: The Mission - Asian American Theater: handbill, 1989 August 10-13, 16-20Save to your list.
Folder 5: The Mission - Attic Theater: playbillSave to your list.
Folder 6: The Mission Arizona State University: program, 1989-1990Save to your list.
Folder 7: The Mission - La Jolla Playhouse: programs, September 1993Save to your list.
Folder 8: The Mission - The Los Angeles Theater Center: advertising card; brochureSave to your list.
Folder 9: The Mission - The Los Angeles Theater Center: costume changesSave to your list.
Folder 10: The Mission - The Los Angeles Theater Center: playbill; programsSave to your list.
Folder 11: The Mission - The Los Angeles Theater Center: production notes, August-SeptemberSave to your list.
Folder 12: The Mission - Mother Jones - Men with a Mission: article, June 1990Save to your list.
Folder 13: The Mission - New World Theater - University of Massachusetts: brochure; newsletter, Spring 1990Save to your list.
Folder 14: The Mission - The State Press Magazine: article, 1989 September 29Save to your list.
Folder 15: The Mission - University of California Santa Barbara: flyers; stage notes, January 1991Save to your list.
Folder 16: The Mission - UCSB Arts and Lecture: schedule, Winter 1991Save to your list.
Folder 17: Mission Magic Mystery Tour: articles, 2000-2001Save to your list.
Folder 18: Mission Magic Mystery Tour - Eureka Theater: postcards, 2001 January 3-28Save to your list.
Folder 19: Nuyorican Stories: mailing, 1999 September 22-October 24Save to your list.
Folder 20: Nuyorican Stories: script, September 1999Save to your list.
Folder 21: Radio Mambo: articles, 1994-1996Save to your list.
Folder 22: Radio Mambo: postcards, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 23: Radio Mambo: press release, 1996 November 20Save to your list.
Folder 24: Radio Mambo: synopsisSave to your list.
Folder 25: Radio Mambo - Amorosano Associates: publicity, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 26: Radio Mambo - Arena Stage Washington: performance journal, 1999-2000Save to your list.
Folder 27: Radio Mambo - Arena Stage Washington: press release, 1999 October 28Save to your list.
Folder 28: Radio Mambo - Arlington Connection: article, 1999 November 17-23Save to your list.
Folder 29: Radio Mambo - Aroundtown: transcript, 1999 November 27Save to your list.
Folder 30: Radio Mambo - Brava Theater Center: flyers, September-OctoberSave to your list.
Folder 31: Radio Mambo - Culture Clash Invades Miami: script, September 1996Save to your list.
Folder 32: Radio Mambo - FYI San Francisco: magazines, 1997 February 28-March 6Save to your list.
Folder 33: Radio Mambo - Los Angeles: reviews, April-March 1996Save to your list.
Folder 34: Radio Mambo - Miami Herald: reviews, 1994 November 18Save to your list.
Folder 35: Radio Mambo - New York: reviews, 1996 May 28-29, 1996 June 5-18, 1999 December 3Save to your list.
Folder 36: Radio Mambo - San Diego: reviews, March 1996, July 1996, October-November 1996Save to your list.
Folder 37: Radio Mambo - San Diego - Spanish: reviews, 1999 November 26, 1999 December 2, 10Save to your list.
Folder 38: Radio Mambo - San Francisco: reviews, 1996 September 23, 28, October 28Save to your list.
Folder 39: Radio Mambo - Seattle Repertory Theatre: program, 1999 April 14-May 23Save to your list.
Folder 40: Radio Mambo - South Florida: magazine article, November 1994Save to your list.
Folder 41: Radio Mambo - The Sun: reviews, 1999 November 17, 1999 December 12Save to your list.
Folder 42: Radio Mambo - Tamarind Theatre: program, 1996 March 3Save to your list.
Folder 43: Radio Mambo - UCSB Arts and Lectures: schedule, Fall 1997Save to your list.
Folder 44: Radio Mambo - Voice of America Radio Broadcast: script, 1999 December 15Save to your list.
Folder 45: Radio Mambo - Washington D.C.: reviews, 1999 November 15-December 21Save to your list.
Folder 46: S.O.S.: costume drawings, June 1992Save to your list.
Folder 47: S.O.S.: news release; note, 1992 May 28Save to your list.
Folder 48: S.O.S.: script; cast and crew information, 1992 June 13Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: S.O.S.: script, September 1992Save to your list.
Folder 2: S.O.S.: script, September 1992Save to your list.
Folder 3: S.O.S. - Comedy for These Urgent Times: reviews, July, September 1992Save to your list.
Folder 4: S.O.S. - Japanese American Theatre: playbill, July 1992Save to your list.
Folder 5: S.O.S. - Japanese American Theatre: postcard, July 1992Save to your list.
Folder 6: S.O.S. - Magic Theater San Francisco: playbill, September 1992Save to your list.
Folder 7: S.O.S. - Magic Theater San Francisco: postcard, September 1992Save to your list.
Folder 8: Señor Discretion Himself - Arena Stage: program, 2004 April 9-May 23Save to your list.
Folder 9: Unplugged - The Fountain Head Theatre: postcard, March 11-April 11Save to your list.
Folder 10: Unplugged - Lincoln Center: program, 1993 July 10Save to your list.
Folder 11: Untitled: synopsis, June 1987Save to your list.
Folder 12: Untitled: script notesSave to your list.
Folder 13: Videomania: skitSave to your list.
Folder 14: The Yo Frankie Show: flyer, 1990 December 1Save to your list.
Folder 15: The Yo Frankie Show: reviews, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 16: The Yo Frankie Show: script, 1990 September 28Save to your list.
Folder 17: The Yo Frankie Show: script, 17 OctoberSave to your list.
Folder 18: The Yo Frankie Show: script notesSave to your list.
Folder 19: The Yo Frankie Show: stage set drawingSave to your list.
Folder 20: The Yo Frankie Show: study guideSave to your list.
Box 8Save to your list.
Folder 1: AmeriCCa - Weekend - New York Entertainment: newspaper, 2005 January 20-23Save to your list.
Folder 2: Anthology - El Mensajero - Artes Y Cultura: article, 2000 January 26Save to your list.
Folder 3: Bordertown - BOCA - Border Trouble: newspaper, June-July 1998Save to your list.
Folder 4: A Bowl of Beings: articles; reviews, 1991 July 3-1992 March 4Save to your list.
Folder 5: A Bowl of Beings - Los Angeles Downtown News: newspaper, 1991 July 8Save to your list.
Folder 6: A Bowl of Beings - PBS - El Sol de San Diego: newspaper, 1992 February 20Save to your list.
Folder 7: A Bowl of Beings - Saludos Hispanos: magazine, April-May 1992Save to your list.
Folder 8: Carpa Clash: storyboardSave to your list.
Folder 9: Dona Flora's Family: storyboardsSave to your list.
Folder 10: The Mission: articles, 1988-1991Save to your list.
Folder 11: The Mission: storyboards, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 12: Radio Mambo: articles, 1994, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 13: The Yo Frankie Show - Berkeley Repertory Theatre: newsletter; program, 1990-1991Save to your list.
Box 10Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Birds - American Theatre magazine: photograph, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 2: The Birds - South Coast Repertory theatre: photographSave to your list.
Folder 3: A Bowl of Beings - "Tres Mexicanos Calientes": photographSave to your list.
Folder 4: A Bowl of Beings - "Che": negativeSave to your list.
Folder 5: A Bowl of Beings - "Chicanos on the storm" - Richard Montoya: negative, 1997Save to your list.
Folder 6: A Bowl of Beings - Los Angeles Theater Company - "Che": photograph, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 7: Capra Clash - Mark Taper Forum - cast: photograph, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 8: The Mission - "The California Camino Real Tour": negative, 2004Save to your list.
Folder 9: The Mission - First Production: photograph, 1988Save to your list.
Folder 10: The Mission - Richard as angel: photograph, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 11: Radio Mambo - Haitian Neighbor - Herbert Sigüenza: negativeSave to your list.
Folder 12: Radio Mambo - Ric with glasses: negativeSave to your list.
Folder 13: S.O.S. - Japanese American Cultural Center - Richard: photograph, 1992Save to your list.
Box 12Save to your list.
Folder 1: The Birds - Tony Taccone (artistic director Berkeley Repertory) and Luis Valdez (second from right): photographSave to your list.
Folder 2: Bowl of Beings - Chicanos on the Storm - Richard Montoya: photographSave to your list.
Folder 3: Radio Mambo - Haitian Neighbor - Herbert Sigüenza: photographSave to your list.
Flat File Cabinet 3Save to your list.
Folder 1Save to your list.
Item 1: Anthology - A Fifteen Year Retrospect: posters, 27 April - 21 MaySave to your list.
Item 2: Anthology - A Fifteen Year Retrospect: posters, 27 April - 21 MaySave to your list.
Folder 2Save to your list.
Item 1: Bordertown - UCLA - Common Ground Festival: poster; newsletter; schedule, 17 - 22 JuneSave to your list.
Item 2: Bordertown - UCLA - Common Ground Festival: poster; newsletter; schedule, 17 - 22 JuneSave to your list.
Folder 3Save to your list.
Item 1: Bowl of Beings - "Che": photographSave to your list.
Folder 4Save to your list.
Item 1: The Mission - Culture Clash 20th Anniversary: matted and signed photograph, 2004 May 5Save to your list.
Folder 5Save to your list.
Item 1: Radio Mambo - Ric with glasses: photographSave to your list.
Folder 6Save to your list.
Item 1: S.O.S. - Japanese American Theastre - original artwork: mockup, 9 - 11 JulySave to your list.

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