THE SALVI CHRONICLES premieres on CTG’s digital stage today
Recent members of the CTG Creative Collective and two-thirds of the mighty Latino / Chicano performance trio Culture shock, Ric salinas and Herbert Siguenza share their Salvadoran (Salvadorian) roots in “The Chronicles of Salvi”. The six-part series premieres August 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT and is available free to audiences until October 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. on the Center Theater Group digital stage in www.CenterTheaterGroup.org/SalviChronicles.
Written, directed and performed by Salinas and Siguenza, “The Salvi Chronicles” introduces audiences to the culture, cuisine, history and social contributions of Los Angeles’ second largest Latin group. Mixing comedy sketches, commentaries and interviews, the two renowned performers retrace the Salvadoran experience of the Mayans of Cuscatlan to the Angelenos of MacArthur Park and follow the Salvadoran diaspora across the United States as well as their own personal connection to the country and to traditions. cultural heritage of El Salvador.
The composer of “The Salvi Chronicles” is Freddy Lanuza, Dennis Mendez is the editor and the production coordinator is Michelle blair. Tyrone davis is the Associate Artistic Director of the Center Theater Group on “The Salvi Chronicles” and the Zerote Brothers are producers.
Ric salinas is an original member of the critically acclaimed performance troupe Culture shock. He is a theater artist, comedian, writer, social commentator and activist with two bachelor’s degrees – one in Broadcasting Communications and one in Speech Communications. Born in El Salvador, Ric is proud to have co-created “The Chronicles of Salvi” with Herbert Siguenza. Recently, his solo piece “57 Chevy” was made into a movie and aired on the San Diego streaming platform Rep. Ricardo has directed shows for the Teatro Zinzanni, a Cirque du Soleil-type show and for the Long Beach Opera he wrote the book for two operas. He is proud to be a professor at Occidental College and to teach a course in comedy and social justice. Film and TV credits include “Encino Man”, “Hero”, “Mi Vida Loca”, Larry Crowne, “The TV Skit”Culture shock“and” In bright colors “.
Herbert Siguenza is currently Playwright-in-Residence for the San Diego Repertory Theater thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Herbert is also a founding member of the performance group Culture shock. For twenty years Herbert and Culture shock created a series of plays based on oral histories of residents of different neighborhoods across America. As a solo author and performer, Mr. Siguenza produced “Cantinflas! “,” A Weekend with Pablo Picasso “,” Steal Heaven “,” El Henry “(Best New Play San Diego Critics Circle Award 2014),” Manifest Destinitis “,” Beachtown “and” Bad Hombres / Good Wives “for the representative from San Diego. Mr. Siguenza is also an accomplished visual artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the California College of Arts, Oakland, California. TV and cinema credits: “Ben Ten Alien Swarm” for Cartoon Network, feature film “Larry Crowne” directed by Tom hanks. Her voice featured prominently in Pixar’s 2017 Oscar-winning animated feature “Coco”.
Creative collective CTG, a dozen inspiring, innovative and highly collaborative artists, came together to capture this unprecedented moment, as theaters around the world were in darkness and took the opportunity to re-enact question the basic principles of theater and the long-standing theatrical traditions that both build and tie together the art form. These artists have helped the Center Theater Group discover what theater could be like during a global crisis and are helping to shape the contours of the theatrical landscape of the future. Made possible by a grant of $ 200,000 from an anonymous donor, including the CTG Creative Collective Luis Alfaro, Culture shock (Richard Montoya, Ric salinas and Herbert Siguenza), Elephant Room (Steve cuiffo, Trey lyford and Geoff Sobelle), Lars Jan, Daniel Alexander jones, Miwa Matreyek, Dominique morisseau and Kristina wong. Formed in June 2020, the collective worked together until May 2021.
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Center Theater Group, one of the nation’s premier arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ premier non-profit theater company, which, under the direction of the Artistic Director Michael ritchie, Managing Director / CEO Meghan Pressman and Production Manager Douglas C. Baker, program the seasons for 736 places Mark Taper Forum and the 1,600-2,100-seat Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat theater Kirk douglas Theater in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the widest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, the Center Theater Group is a leading producer of ambitious new works in the country through commissioning and world premiere productions and a leader. in interactive community engagement and education programs that cross generations. , demographics and circumstances to serve Los Angeles.