MAY 29–JUNE 23

Hailed as a “boisterous, rollicking, surreal…journey into American history” by the Mail Tribune during its sold-out run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Night brings the groundbreaking work of San Francisco’s iconic Culture Clash to Cal Shakes for the very first time. Drawing equally from pop culture and Shakespeare to mint a new kind of history play, writer Richard Montoya has crafted a provocative comedy about one man’s dream of becoming an American.

The run time for American Night will be 1 hour and 45 minutes without an intermission.

Please note: This production includes loud gunshots and a strobe lighting effect.

American Night, The Ballad of Juan José was commissioned by and the world premiere produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Bill Rauch, Artistic Director, Paul Nicholson, Managing Director.

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  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

CREATIVE TEAM

Jonathan Moscone  -  Director
Erik Flatmo - Set Designer  
Martin Schnellinger - Costume Designer
Tyler Micoleau - Lighting Designer  
Cliff Caruthers  - Composer/Sound Designer
Erika Chong Shuch - Movement     
Laxmi Kumaran* - Stage Manager
Bethanie Baeyen* - Assistant Stage Manager
Frank Honts - Assistant Director
Krista Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer
Cordelia Miller - Production Assistant
Lauren Dubowski - Additional Dramaturgy

CAST

Margo Hall* - Viola Pettus, Ensemble
Dan Hiatt* - Harry Bridges, Ensemble
Sharon Lockwood* - Mrs. Finney, Ensemble
Dena Martinez* - Lydia, Ensemble
Todd Nakagawa - Johnny, Ensemble
Brian Rivera* - Juan José the First, Ensemble
Richard Ruiz* - Teddy Roosevelt, Ensemble
Sean San Jóse* - Juan José
Tyee Tilghman* - Ben Pettus, Ensemble

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Sharon & Barclay Simpson
Jay Yamada  
 
PRODUCERS
Ken & Julie Erwin
Harvey & Gail Glasser
George & Kathleen Wolf

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Vincent Fogle & Emily Sparks
Nancy Kaible & David Anderson
Pauline Proffett & Matthew Fabela
Charles & Heidi Triay


*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.  
      

PHOTOS


Production

American Night Cal Shakes

(L to R) Dan Hiatt as Elder Lewis and Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

(L to R) Dena Martinez as Sacajawea, Sharon Lockwood as William Clark, Dan Hiatt as Meriwether Lewis, and Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.


               American Night Cal Shakes

Sean San José as Juan José and Richard Ruiz as Teddy Roosevelt in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Sean San José as Juan José (in foreground) and Dan Hiatt as a Klan member in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Dena Martinez as a Mexican Woman and Brian Rivera as Juan José the First in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Tyee Tilghman as Ben Pettus and Margo Hall as Viola Pettus in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Tyee Tilghman as Ben Pettus, Margo Hall as Viola Pettus, Sean San José as Juan José, and Dena Martinez as a Mexican Woman in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Richard Ruiz as the Foley Artist, Sharon Lockwood as Mrs. Finney, and Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

(L to R) Sean San José as Juan José and Tyee Tilghman as Jackie Robinson in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

(L to R) Sean San José as Juan José and Tyee Tilghman as Jackie Robinson in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Dena Martinez as Joan Baez and Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Richard Ruiz as Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in foreground) and Todd Nakagawa, Margo Hall, Dan Hiatt, and Sean San José as Juan José (in background) in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Sean San José as Juan José, Sharon Lockwood as Game Show Spokesmodel, Richard Ruiz as Sumo Wrestler, and Todd Nakagawa as Japanese Game Show Host in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Dan Hiatt as Abraham Lincoln and Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

Dena Martinez as Joan Baez (in background), Sean San José as Juan José, and Brian Rivera as Juan José the First in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

(L-R) Brian Rivera as Juan José the First, Margo Hall as Viola Pettus, Todd Nakagawa as Brother Clark, Richard Ruiz as Neil Diamonte, and Sean San José as Juan José in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

(L-R) Dan Hiatt as a Klan member, Richard Ruiz as Neil Diamonte, and Todd Nakagawa as Brother Clark in Cal Shakes’ American Night: The Ballad of Juan José by Richard Montoya, directed by Jonathan Moscone; photo by Kevin Berne.

 


Publicity Photos

American Night Cal Shakes

L-R: Sharon Lockwood, Richard Ruiz, Sean San Jose, Dan Hiatt, and Margo Hall are five of the nine actors playing 80 characters in American Night; photo by Kevin Berne.

American Night Cal Shakes

L-R: Sharon Lockwood, Richard Ruiz, Sean San Jose, Dan Hiatt, and Margo Hall are five of the nine actors playing 80 characters in American Night; photo by Kevin Berne.

 

AUDIO & VIDEO




Watch scenes from American Night. Video by Kyle Garrett.



Highlights from the May 20, 2013 Inside Scoop event for American Night.

PRESS

“Zany and serious, provocative ... it's a wild ride.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“What's truly radical about American Night is that it tries to make us think as hard as we laugh.”Contra Costa Times

“Wild, messy, funny, irreverent and heartfelt”Theater Dogs

“It's a broad comic romp that's rife with laughs, both uncomfortable and not” — SFist

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We understand that every production may not be appropriate for every child or family as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.