La Jolla Playhouse to Stage Site-Specific Production El Henry, Based on Shakespeare's Henry IV

By Carey Purcell
18 Mar 2014

La Jolla Playhouse will present El Henry, a site-specific production held at SILO in San Diego's new East Village neighborhood of Makers Quarter.



Presented as part of the Without Walls Festival, the show will begin performances June 14 and continue through June 29. 

Written by and starring Culture Clash's Herbert Siguenza, the reimagined version of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One will be directed by San Diego Repertory Theatre artistic director Sam Woodhouse.

"It's the year 2045 in a huge, run-down metropolis called Aztlan City (formerly San Diego), where political apathy and corruption run the city while violent barrio families run the streets," press notes state. "It's a harsh new world where Hispanics, Mexicans and Chicanos rule as the majority in this new society abandoned by Anglo America. When El Hank, the ambitious leader of all the barrios, finds his street kingdom threatened by El Tomas and his hot-headed son El Bravo, he seeks the help of his brave and charismatic son El Henry. But El Hank finds his son wrapped up with a bunch of low-life thieves and drunkards headed by the lazy Fausto. Written in a unique poetic cadence called Calo, which mixes urban Spanish and English slang, this world-premiere adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One explores the universal themes of this classic through the lens of Mexican-American machismo."

"While the central idea of Without Walls is about exploring new theatrical forms by moving beyond the traditional four walls of a theatre, we've found over the past several years that WoW is just as much about collaboration," Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley said in a statement. "Partnering with new theatres, artists and communities has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the program, and we're eager to join with San Diego REP and Makers Quarter to mount Herbert's visceral new site-based piece."

Call (858) 550-1010 or visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org for more information.