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Friday, December 18, 2009

‘Palestine, New Mexico’ Opens Run at Mark Taper Forum

Photo by Craig Schwartz Robert Owens-Gregrass, Brandon Oakes and Kalani Queypo in “Palestine, New Mexico,” written by Richard Montoya for Culture Clash. For ticket information call (213) 628-2772 or visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

The story of a U.S. Army captain whose return from Afghanistan with a secret she can no longer keep was unveiled this past Sunday at the Mark Tapper Forum in Los Angeles. The world premier of “Palestine, New Mexico” on December 13, written by Richard Montoya of Culture Clash, is the third such premiere of a Culture Clash project at the Mark Taper Forum. Previews of the play began December 3. Performances will continue through January 24, 2010.

Set on an American Indian reservation in the Southwest, “Palestine, New Mexico” follows the fate of Army Captain Siler, who is determined to set the record straight about the death of the tribal chief’s son. She soon discovers she is considered a dangerous outsider rather than a messenger of truth. In the battle to tell her story, she unleashes far more history than anyone wanted to hear, or tell. “Palestine, New Mexico” weaves comedy and pathos into a poetic tale of loss and discovery that spans centuries and explores the meaning of right, wrong, fact, fiction, religion, family, tribes and homeland.

Directed by Lisa Peterson, the cast of “Palestine, New Mexico” includes LaVonne Rae Andrews, Michelle Diaz, Julia Jones, Geraldine Keams, Russell Means, Richard Montoya, Brandon Oakes, Robert Owens-Greygrass.

Since 1984, Culture Clash – Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza – has continually redefined the boundaries of theatre and broken down the divisions between cultures.


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