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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 III: Personal, 1984-2003Save to your list.
Box 7Save to your list.
Folder 1: Feature Film Joints: script outlinesSave to your list.
Folder 2: American Viewpoint at the lab - Slick Ric: flyer, 11 - 12 OctoberSave to your list.
Folder 3: Back Stage West  - "Sigüenza's Frequency": article, 12 December 1996Save to your list.
Folder 4: Burciaga, José Antonio: ink drawingSave to your list.
Folder 5: Burciaga, José Antonio: letters, 1986 July 7, 1988 July 20Save to your list.
Folder 6: Burciaga, José Antonio - Casa zapata: letter, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 7: Burciaga, José Antonio - L.A. Times: article, 1996 October 17Save to your list.
Folder 8: Burciaga, José Antonio - Por la Sierra Morena: ink drawing, 1984Save to your list.
Folder 9: California Plaza L.A. Update: newsletter, Fall 1994Save to your list.
Folder 10: California State Senate - Quentin L. Kopp (State Senator): letters, 1987 November 9Save to your list.
Folder 11: Canadian Flag: postcardSave to your list.
Folder 12: Cantinflas: folder; postcardSave to your list.
Folder 13: Cantinflas - Cerritos Center: articles; programs; reviews, 2003 October 29-November 2Save to your list.
Folder 14: Cantinflas - Houston: articles; reviews, September-October 2003Save to your list.
Folder 15: Cantinflas - San Francisco: articles; reviews, September 2002Save to your list.
Folder 16: Cantinflas - San Francisco Version: script, 2002 September 4Save to your list.
Folder 17: Degado, Miguel Angel - In Memory of: prayer card, 1998  November 4Save to your list.
Folder 18: Gamboa, Harry Jr.: letter, 1989 June 9Save to your list.
Folder 19: Guadalupe Homeless Project  - Proyecto Pastoral: advertising card, 1998 April 26Save to your list.
Folder 20: Grant Applications: contracts; exhibits; forms; letters, 1990-1991Save to your list.
Folder 21: Hey Guys: letter, 1995 November 30Save to your list.
Folder 22: "José Montoya: Genesis of the Modern Chicano Esthetic" - A Response to the Platica on December 28: script, 1993 January 13Save to your list.
Folder 23: "José Montoya: Genesis of the Modern Chicano Esthetic" - A Response to the Platica on December 28: script, 1993 January 13Save to your list.
Folder 24: KPIX 5 - Group W Television: letters, 1992 October 20Save to your list.
Folder 25: KZSU 90.1 FM Stanford - Radio Season: schedule, Winter 1989Save to your list.
Folder 26: La Opinion - cinta de Fellini: article; prints, December 1991Save to your list.
Folder 27: La Raza Graphics Meeting: agenda, 1986 May 28Save to your list.
Folder 28: La Raza Graphics Center, Inc.: letter, 1984 July 30Save to your list.
Folder 29: Laurel and Hardy: postcardSave to your list.
Folder 30: Lopez, Yolanda M. - Women's Work is Never Done: graphic print, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 31: Los Comedians: logoSave to your list.
Folder 32: Male Bust (Aztec): printSave to your list.
Folder 33: Masked Man: ink drawingSave to your list.
Folder 34: Mauricio: letter, 1986 February 25Save to your list.
Folder 35: Montoya, José y Malaquias Montoya - A Retrospective: postcard, 1999 May 1-June 6Save to your list.
Folder 36: Montoya, Richard - Actor Comedian Graphic Design: business cardSave to your list.
Folder 37: Montoya, Richard - Born to Act - A New Plat in One Act: program, 1987 June 27Save to your list.
Folder 38: Montoya, Richard - Chicanos in Hollywood: flyer, 1995 January 28Save to your list.
Folder 39: Montoya, Richard - Performance: prints, 1995 November 8Save to your list.
Folder 40: Montoya, Richard - Roosters: postcard, 1987 September 10-October 11Save to your list.
Folder 41: Montoya, Richard - Suttertown News - Comedy Is Only The beginning: article, 1984 October 4-11Save to your list.
Folder 42: National Chicano Moratorium Committee: award, 1990 August 25Save to your list.
Folder 43: Network News - Immigrant and Refugee Rights: magazine, Spring 1997Save to your list.
Folder 44: Newsweek: magazine, 1993 March 15Save to your list.
Folder 45: N'Yuk N'Yuk N'Yuk - Thank You: card, September 1990Save to your list.
Folder 46: O.K. Listen Up You FUCKS! - Latest Chismes - Calendar: newsletter, June - DecemberSave to your list.
Folder 47: Orlando, Tony and Freddie Prinze: printSave to your list.
Folder 48: Sister Sherry - The Family of the `80's Live in Macondo: poemSave to your list.
Folder 49: South Coast Repertory - Victor Mark: season schedule autographed, January-May 2000Save to your list.
Folder 50: Spoken Work - ¡A la Gran puta Christmas!: drawingSave to your list.
Folder 51: Sushi, Inc. - Max Aguilera-Hellweg - "Recuerdos" and "The Sacred Heart": postcard, June 1990Save to your list.
Folder 52: Sushi - Neofest - Eighth Annual: season schedule, 1990 April 26-June 2Save to your list.
Folder 53: Sushi Performance Gala: postcard, 1991 November 16Save to your list.
Folder 54: Tattooedlovedogs: print; stickersSave to your list.
Folder 55: TeleGuia - Vea El Especial De Julio Iglesias En España: schedule, February 1990Save to your list.
Folder 56: Triad Artists, Inc. - Talent and Literary Agency: letter, 1990 October 17Save to your list.
Folder 57: The True History of Coca-Cola - San Diego: reviews, 1995 October 26,  November 6, 9, 15-17Save to your list.
Folder 58: The True History of Coca-Cola - San Diego Repertory Theatre: program, 1995 October 29-November 25Save to your list.
Folder 59: Untitled: printsSave to your list.
Folder 60: Word Up! - A Festival of Asian American Performance: flyer, 1999 July 7-19Save to your list.
Folder 61: Vranich, Mick - drink My Hair: poem, 1989 May 30Save to your list.
Folder 62: 8 Film Ideas on Sheet Metal - JOELA: propSave to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 20: Cantinflas - Vida Nueva: newspaper, 2002 April 4Save to your list.
Folder 21: Trio Casindio and Royal Chicano Air Force - Luna's Café and Juice Bar: poster, 19 OctoberSave to your list.
Folder 22: The True History of Coca-Cola - El Tecolote - The Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater: newspaper, February 2000Save to your list.
Folder 23: The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico - San Diego Repertory Theatre: article, 1995 November 15Save to your list.
Box 11Save to your list.
Folder 14: Herbert and Richard - "McCartney and Lennon, where's Ringo": photographSave to your list.
Folder 15: Herbert and Richard - Malaqias Montoya and unidentified person: photograph, October 1999Save to your list.
Folder 16: Herbert as Julio Iglesias: photograph, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 17: Herbert as Julio Iglesias - Viva Chicano Festival: photograph, ca. 1986-1987Save to your list.
Folder 18: Herbert as Michael Jackson: photograph, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 19: Herbert as Michael Jackson: photographSave to your list.
Folder 20: Herbert as Mick Jagger: photograph, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 21: Herbert as Prince: photograph, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 22: Herbert with panties: photographSave to your list.
Folder 23: Montoya, Richard with three unidentified fans: photographSave to your list.
Folder 24: Montoya, Richard and two unidentified men: photographSave to your list.
Folder 25: Montoya, Richard and unidentified group: photographSave to your list.
Folder 26: Montoya, Richard, José and Malaquias: photographSave to your list.
Folder 27: Three unidentified people: photographSave to your list.

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