After a season of world and American premieres, including By the Bog of Cats with Holly Hunter, Ctrl+Alt+Del and the upcoming Las Meninas, San Jose Repertory Theatre will be looking back to the classics with productions of Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending, Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona and a retrospective from Latino theatre troupe, Culture Clash.
The Culture Clash program, Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, revisits the group's greatest hits, plus new material culled from interviews with the Silicon Valley residents. Culture Clash is Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza. Their past shows include Anthology: A 15 Year Retrospective, A Bowl of Beings, Bordertown, Radio Mambo and Nuyorican Stories, which blend political, social and cultural commentary with vaudeville-styled comedy.
Also set for the season is Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy. The 1999 Dora Award winner for Outstanding New Play for its Toronto run, Drawer Boy places Milo, a young actor, in the midst of two middle aged farmers, the shell-shocked Angus and his caregiver Morgan. His arrival inadvertently turns the men's lives upside down, as Milo constructing their life stories as a play, forcing Angus and Morgan to face truths they've both repressed.
The San Jose season begins Aug. 31 although what order the announced shows will take is not yet known. Two season slots have yet to be filled.
San Jose Repertory Theatre is located at 101 Paseo de San Antonio between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. For reservations, call (408) 367-7255. San Jose Repertory Theatre is on the web at http://www.sjrep.com. — By Christine Ehren