San Diego REP to Stream Cris Franco’s 57 Chevy Starring Ric Salinas
San Diego, CA – June, 2021 – San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) announced today the details of a filmed version of Cris Franco’s play 57 Chevy, following the theatre’s successful streamed productions of A Weekend with Pablo Picasso and JQA. Directed by REP Playwright-in-Residence Herbert Siguenza and REP Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, Franco’s one-man memory play stars Siguenza’s Culture Clash co-founding comrade Ric Salinas. This original film will stream from July 26 to August 15. Subscribers to San Diego REP’s 2020/21 season will receive access to view 57 Chevy for free. Tickets and more information are available now at sdrep.org.
“I have been creating American theater with Ric Salinas for 37 years. It’s safe to say that Ric is the most authentic, most charming, most charismatic performer I have ever seen,” says Siguenza. “You will fall in love with him all over again with this tour de force one person show about the Mexican American experience.”
Ric Salinas, a local audience favorite, returns to San Diego REP after his hilarious turn in Siguenza’s Bad Hombres/Good Wives in 2019. Salinas previously performed 57 Chevy in a workshop reading of the play during the 2019 San Diego REP Latinx New Play Festival. He is best known for his work with the revolutionary performance troupe Culture Clash, of which he is a co-founder along with director Siguenza.
“Playwright Cris Franco’s father was, in his eyes, ‘a classic,’ just like the 57 Chevy his father cherished,” notes Woodhouse. “In this extraordinary one man performance, actor Salinas plays dozens of characters as he paints a deeply heartfelt portrait of a father who would do, and did do, everything he could to raise his family to a higher ground”
“A refreshingly unsentimental and hilarious trek. Culture Clash staple Ric Salinas has a field day.” –LA Times
It’s 1964 and ten-year-old Junior is in crisis: his Old World Mexican dad is loading the 1957 Chevy and moving the entire familia from their familiar and diverse East Side neighborhood to a new tract home in the middle-class and eerily homogenous San Fernando Valley. This one-man memory play starring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash and written by Emmy Award-winning writer/comedian Cris Franco, humorously explores the generation of “double immigrants” who first moved from their homelands to the U.S. barrios in search of opportunity, then moved up into the suburbs in search of color TV and the middle-class American dream! 57 Chevy is a hilarious and deeply endearing tale performed by a brilliant and lovable master of comedy and storytelling.
57 Chevy is written by Franco and directed by Siguenza and Woodhouse. The production team is rounded out by: Christopher Murillo (Scenic Design); Carmen Amon (Costume Design/Wardrobe Supervisor); Mextly Couzin (Lighting Design); Elizabeth Barrett (Projections Design); Matthew Lescault-Wood (Sound Design/Audio Supervisor); Timothy Powell (Director of Photography); Heather M. Brose (Stage Manager); Danielle Dudley (Assistant Stage Manager); Chelsea Smith (Production Manager); Sam Moore (Technical Director); Zlatko Mitev (Properties Supervisor); Kira Vine (COVID Compliance Officer); Jacob Sinclair (COVID Compliance Officer); and Kim Heil (Casting Director & Associate Producer). Freddy Lanuza as (Music Composer).
57 Chevy is sponsored by The City of San Diego, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Conrad Prebys Foundation, Joan & Irwin Jacobs, Larry Alldredge & Dawn Moore, The Parker Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support provided by the Peggy & Robert Matthews Foundation and Drs. Irv & Donna Silverstein.
For tickets and more information on how to view 57 Chevy, visit sdrep.org.
CRIS FRANCO (PLAYWRIGHT): Mexican-born, Angelino-raised Cristobal ‘Cris’ Franco has combined his bilingual/bi-cultural roots with his natural comedic bent to achieve his life’s goal: to create engaging, intelligent, humorous works that both entertain and acculturate their audience as to the unique contemporary ‘American-Latino’ experience. The result has been a multi-faceted, award-winning career as a writer, actor, producer, stand-up comedian, talk-show host, TV journalist, and openly gay activist who has broken down barriers and built cultural bridges by way of communication through comedy. Cris’s career, spanning thirty-plus years, includes multiple acting and writing credits for both stage and screen, including works important in the history of Latino television—writer for the first Chicano sitcom, A.K.A. Pablo; Head of Comedy for first the bilingual talk show, El Show de Paul Rodriguez; cast member of the original company of Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez and El Teatro Campesino. Cris has been a part of many award-winning projects—writer/performer for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, Square One Television and writer for the Alma Award-winning children’s series, Puzzle Place. He has garnered awards for his ten years of work on PBS, especially for his critically acclaimed talk show, The Cris Franco Show. In 2011, for his comprehensive and enduring work in documenting the contemporary American Latino experience in “a bold, inventive and truthful manner,” his alma mater, California State University Northridge, requested that Cris donate his papers and original show tapes to their media archives. While compiling, reviewing and cataloguing these documents, Cris began reflecting on his life’s journey and started penning his play 57 CHEVY.
RIC SALINAS (PERFORMER) is an original member of the critically acclaimed performance troupe, Culture Clash—a group who has forged a unique role on the American stage. As a theatre artist, writer, social commentator and activist, Ric and his co-creators, Richard Montoya and Herbert Siquenza, have written over a dozen plays and performed over 5,000 shows nationwide. The trio made television history twice: being the first Latino comedy troupe to have a nationally broadcast sketch TV show (Fox TV), and to have their serio-comedy historical anthology, Bowl of Beings, presented on PBS’s Great Performances series. Film and TV credits include Encino Man, Hero, Mi Vida Loca, Larry Crowne, and In Living Color. For the past two years, Ric has been starring in a critically successful national tour of Placas: The Most Dangerous Tattoo. Ric directs for Teatro Zinzanni, a Cirque du Soleil-type show, and is proud to have three published plays: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy; Culture Clash in AmeriCCa; and Oh, Wild West: The California Plays. Ric—who graduated with two B.A.s from San Francisco State University—is proud to have taught the course, “Theatre as Pedagogy in Education” at UCLA.
HERBERT SIGUENZA (PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR) is Playwright-In-Residence at The REP through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is also a founding member of Culture Clash, the most popular and produced Latino ensemble in the nation. For the last thirty years, he has co-written or adapted and performed over fifteen original critically acclaimed award-winning plays at prestigious regional theatres around the country. Theatre Communications Group Books has 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! (2003), A Weekend With Pablo Picasso (2010), El Henry (2014), Steal Heaven (2015), Manifest Destinitis (2016), Beachtown (2018) and Bad Hombres/Good Wives (2019). Additionally, Mr. Siguenza recently directed Jose Rivera’s Cloud Tectonics for New Village Arts and his voice is featured in the Oscar nominated animated film Coco.
SAM WOODHOUSE (DIRECTOR) co-founded San Diego REP with D.W. Jacobs in 1976, and has since worked as a director, producer or actor on more than 280 productions. As an actor, he has performed on The REP stages in The Seafarer, in the title role of King Lear, Proof, Hamlet and with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. His recent directorial work with The REP includes: JQA, House of Joy, Bad Hombres/Good Wives, Sweat, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Fun Home, Beachtown, Hand to God, EVITA, Into the Beautiful North, Manifest Destinitis, Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Oldest Boy, Violet, Oedipus El Rey, Honky, El Henry (with La Jolla Playhouse), Detroit, Venus in Fur, In the Heights, Federal Jazz Project, Clybourne Park and The Who’s TOMMY. In 2011, he directed American Night: The Ballad of Juan José for the Denver Center Theatre Company. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. In 2006, he and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.
About San Diego Repertory Theatre … San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, provocative and inclusive theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego Repertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting an interconnected community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrates the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 550 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, The REP has produced 54 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 45 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented The REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego Repertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit sdrep.org.