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December 3, 2023 @ 2:30 am - 4:30 pm PST$10 – $16
by Herbert Siguenza
Based on Moliere’s classic comedy, The Imaginary Invalid.
December 1 – December 10
Siguenza reinvents this classic with satirical genius worthy of Moliere. Don Aragon is a Spanish landowner in Alta California on the eve of the U.S. annexation. He rules over his family with the will of a conquistador, but sadly, Don Aragon suffers great anxiety over the immanent U.S. invasion. When his unscrupulous doctor dubs the illness ‘Manifest Destinitis’, Don Aragon’s paranoid antics upset his grip on a rebellious household. With an outrageous satirical mixture of medicine and history, Siguenza’s prescription of laughter and lessons might do wonders for what ails us.
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|Herbert Siguenza is a founding member of the performance group CULTURE CLASH. Along with Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas ,Culture Clash is the most produced Latino theatre troupe in the United States. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Culture Clash has performed on the stages of America’s top regional theatres. As a solo writer and performer Mr. Siguenza has produced Cantinflas! and A Weekend with Pablo Picasso currently on national tour. His latest plays Steal Heaven and El Henry (Best new play San Diego Critics Circle Award 2014) have been produced at the San Diego Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Siguenza is also an accomplished visual artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.
I write plays especially satires that reflect the current times. As a founding member of Culture Clash, I have learned from doing and working with the very best directors and dramaturgs in the country. My plays are direct, funny, thought provoking and moving. My plays celebrate diversity and give voice to the left of center and to historical figures that have had a profound influence on my life. “Cantinflas!” about Mexico’s greatest comic, “A Weekend with Pablo Picasso”, “Steal Heaven” about 60’s radical Abbie Hoffman. I have also adpated two classics and have dusted them off and have given them new life and language for a contemporary audience. “El Henry”, a futuristic apocalyptic Chicano vision and “Manifest Destinitis”, an early California adaptation of Moliere’s “Imaginary Invalid”. I have two Latinx Christmas plays one set in Cuba before and after the revolution and the other is set in Corpus Christi,Texas in 1957.
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