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San Diego Rep Launches Latinx Play Festival

San Diego Rep Launches Latinx Play Festival


Sam Woodhouse, artistic director, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Herbert Siguenza, playwright, "El Cipitio: A Salvadorian Odyssey"


Photo credit: Darren Scott

Herbert Siguenza, co-founder of the Latino performance troupe Culture Clash in an undated photo. "El Cipitio: A Salvadorian Odyssey" was co-written by Siguenza and will open the Rep's inaugural Latinx New Play Festival.

The San Diego Repertory Theatre has a long history of producing plays with Latino themes written by Latino playwrights.

Now, the Rep is launching a program to develop and showcase the next generation of Latino theatre with its first Latinx New Play Festival. Latinx is a gender neutral term for Latino or Latina.

The festival takes place Sept. 2-3 and will feature readings of four plays, including "El Cipitio: A Salvadorian Odyssey," by Herbert Siguenza and Ric Salinas, co-founders of the Latino performance troupe, Culture Clash. The play is a dark comedy based on the novel, “The Lives and Times of El Cipitio ,” by Randy Ertll.

“It’s an amazing novel where he (Ertll) takes a folkloric myth of El Salvador, el cipitio, he’s kind of like a little boogie man and he sets it in modern day America and he explains…the diaspora of the Salvadoran experience from the 30’s til now, through the civil war and the problems we have with MS-13,” Siguenza said.

Attendance to the play readings is free.

Siguenza and Sam Woodhouse the Rep's co-founder and artistic director, discussed the new play festival Wednesday on Midday Edition.

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