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Podcast 034: The Observational Comedy of Herbert Siguenza

In the Season 3 finale, Tori and Mabelle recap a busy time of year and then talk with Herbert Siguenza about his journey from visual artist to theatre-maker; the importance of excavating the past to understand the present; and his play development process, including his approach to adaptations.

Writing Prompt (courtesy of Herbert Siguenza)
What is a pet peeve of yours? Write about your pet peeve and why you have this pet peeve. Personality and wit are revealed as you recall the stories behind your pet peeve and how it came to be. If you keep in mind that one person’s pet peeve is another person’s joy, then you are well on your way to writing observational comedy!

Connect with Herbert on IG: @hsiguenza

Herbert’s bio:

Herbert Siguenza is currently the Playwright in Residence for the San Diego Repertory Theatre thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Herbert is also a founding member of the performance group Culture Clash. Along with Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas, Culture Clash is the most produced Latino theatre troupe in the United States. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Culture Clash has performed on the stages of America’s top regional theatres including the Mark Taper Forum, The Kennedy Center, The Arena Stage, The Alley Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory, Yale Repertory, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, and Syracuse Stage, The Huntington Stage and countless universities and colleges. Mr. Siguenza has co-written, and or performed in the following Culture Clash plays: Bordertown Now, American Night (Commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Palestine New Mexico, Water and Power, Chavez Ravine (all three commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum), Peace (Commissioned by The Getty Villa), Zorro in Hell! (Commissioned by the Berkeley Rep), The Birds (Commissioned by the Berkeley Rep and South Coast Rep), Bordertown (commissioned by the San Diego Rep), Radio Mambo, Nuyorican Stories, Anthems, S.O.S., A Bowl of Beings, The Mission and others.

As a solo writer and performer Mr. Siguenza has produced Cantinflas!, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, Steal Heaven, El Henry (Best new play San Diego Critics Circle Award 2014), Manifest Destinitis, Beachtown, and Bad Hombres/Good Wives.

Mr. Siguenza is also an accomplished visual artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has a BFA in printmaking from the California College of Arts, Oakland, California. TV and Film credits: Ben Ten Alien Swarm for the Cartoon Network, Larry Crowne feature film directed by Tom Hanks. His voice was prominently featured in Pixar’s 2017 Oscar winning animation feature, Coco.

Enjoy a symphony rehearsal at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park:


Follow Theatre for Young Audiences/USA:www.tyausa.orghttp://writenow.co/reimagine/IG: tyausa1965

Join us in Seattle for Christian St. Croix’s play, “Monsters of the American Cinema”: https://www.artswest.org/theatre-plays/monsters-of-the-american-cinema/

Enjoy a walk-around tour of the POP tour set for “Pick Me Last” with set designer, Jonathan Gilmer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3hKnCxhOyc

Purchase “I Have a Story: Plays From an Extraordinary Year,” featuring Mabelle Reynoso,  José Cruz González, Ramón Esquivel, Lee Cataluna, and many more at: https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/i-have-a-story

Purchase tix for the Final Draft New Play Festival at New Village Arts, Oceanside Theatre Company, January 7-9, 2022: https://newvillagearts.org/event/10-minute-play-festival/

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Hey Playwright YouTube Channel (featuring Love-5: The Tennis Plays, V-Minute Valentines and 5-Minute Frights and some upcoming top secret collab): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg5QSGCqcMR3GbQJdlwdfCA/featured