Monday, August 17, 2009

Latino comedy troupe to do classic Greek drama

Chicano-Latino comedy troupe Culture Clash adapt classic Greek drama at Getty Villa
Gabriela Lopez de Dennis, Examiner, August 16, 2009

For 25 years now, Culture Clash (Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, Herbert Siguenza) has been the nation's most prominent and respected Chicano-Latino performance troupe. Their theatre pieces have imitated the workings of social anthropologists, digging deep into America's racialized culture to formulate their outrageous brand of satire. On Thursday, September 10, their latest work, an adaptation of Peace by Aristophanes, which is their second dramatic adaptation of Aristophanes (Aristophanes' The Birds being their first 10 years ago.), will be presented at the Getty Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater in Malibu through October 3.

Fans can expect to see this zany and visionary Utopian escapade, as interpreted by comedy trio Culture Clash and guest director Bill Rauch, as they tell this anti-war story of a small band of rustic patriots who hatch a daring plot to engineer the rescue of goddess "Peace" from the God of War who has buried her in a pit, and restore peace to the land. Closing night, October 3, will feature a special talk with Culture Clash and John Glore, co-adapter of the play.

Located in beautiful Malibu right near the ocean, The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Admission to the museum exhibitions and center is free, but advance tickets are required.

For more information or to purchase tickets to Peace, visit For more information about Culture Clash, visit their website at

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