Chicano Signifyin': Appropriating Space and Culture in El Henry

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In 2011 the Tony Award–winning La Jolla Playhouse created the "Without Walls Festival," with the mission of expanding beyond the boundaries of the traditional four-walled theatre space. Since its induction, the program, which focuses on site-specific theatre, has produced two festivals and seven stand-alone productions. One of these productions took place in June 2014, when the La Jolla Playhouse joined forces with San Diego Repertory Theatre, another resident theatre in San Diego, to produce El Henry, the largest "Without Walls" production to date.

An adaption of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1, Herbert Siguenza's El Henry is site-specific to downtown San Diego. El Henry takes Shakespeare's story and infuses it with a blend of post-apocalyptic, Mad Max aesthetics, and Chicana/o attitude.


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