Spilling the Beans in Chicanolandia: Conversations with Writers and Artists

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Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash)

Richard Montoya is one of the three performance artists who make up Culture Clash; the other two are Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas. Richard was born in San Diego on August 16, 1969, and raised in the Sacramento area of California. (Richard is the son of poet José Montoya, known for his art and political activism during el movimiento of the late 1960s and early 1970s.) Ric Salinas was born in El Salvador on May 31, 1960, and migrated north to California with his family at a young age. He grew up in San Francisco’s Mission District and later went on to study broadcasting and communication at San Francisco State University. Herbert Siguenza, also of Salvadoran heritage, was born on January 26, 1959, and he, too, was raised in the San Francisco Mission District. After studying visual art at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Siguenza turned his part-time acting in community theater to a full-time commitment to dramatic performance. All three members gained their dramatic art experience working largely with community theater and with the first-wave dramatist Luis Valdez and his Teatro Campesino.

The trio came together in 1984 when Rene Yañez asked them to perform a comedy show for the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Galleria de la Raza in San Francisco’s Mission District. In 1988 the trio wrote and produced their first play, The Mission, which, unlike their earlier cabaret-style work, contained a coherent narrative. With their inventive collaborative process, docudrama interview technique, and name, Culture Clash, they soon took audiences by storm. These second-wave Chicano theater artists stirred up audiences as they rioted across the country with such productions as Bowl

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Introducing a Second Wave of Chicano/a Visual/Verbal Artists 1
  • Francisco X. Alarcón 37
  • Alfred Arteaga 53
  • Ricardo Bracho 69
  • Denise Chávez 79
  • Lucha Corpi 95
  • Dagoberto Gilb 107
  • Jaime Hernandez (of Los Bros Hernandez) 119
  • Juan Felipe Herrera 129
  • Richard Montoya (of Culture Clash) 143
  • Pat Mora 153
  • Cherríe Moraga 167
  • Alejandro Morales 177
  • Michael Nava 187
  • Daniel Olivas 199
  • Cecile Pineda 215
  • Lourdes Portillo 227
  • Luis J. Rodríguez 235
  • Benjamin Alire Sáenz 251
  • Luis Alberto Urrea 261
  • Alfredo Véa Jr 277
  • Alma Luz Villanueva 287
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