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.
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
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
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Sharon & Barclay Simpson
Ken & Julie Erwin
Harvey & Gail Glasser
George & Kathleen Wolf
Vincent Fogle & Emily Sparks
Nancy Kaible & David Anderson
Pauline Proffett & Matthew Fabela
Charles & Heidi Triay
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Watch scenes from American Night. Video by Kyle Garrett.
Highlights from the May 20, 2013 Inside Scoop event for American Night.
“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
Read or download the American Night dramaturgy program articles (PDF).
Download answers to the American Night crossword puzzle (PDF)
Read or download more of Contributing Dramaturg Laura Hope’s conversation with playwright Richard Montoya (PDF)
Read or download the script for Takeo Rivera’s enlightening American Night Grove Talk.
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.