Our first reading of 2014 is going to be amazing. Don’t miss it! We’re reading Richard Montoya’s The River on Wednesday, 2/12 at 4PM in Durham Studio Theater. For more information, read on!
The River carries us along its trail through the personal stories of California’s diverse citizens: “undocumented,” hipsters, immigrants, families, outcasts, desperados. The New River, a toxic waterway that winds by the towns along the border connecting southeast California and Mexico, forms the backdrop for intertwined stories of diverse cultures morphing, land monopolies, the Mexican Diaspora, the American Dream, a way station, a landing point, a current wasteland and a former oasis – themes that inform our view of life in all of our cities. Through his unique gift for telling stories that combine sadness and humor, Montoya invites us to laugh as we consider our hedonism and longings rooted in our sense of loss. The River is a wild, fun, ecstatic trip; a vision quest that slips easily and often across the border between mourning and hilarity.
Richard Montoya is a co-founder of the legendary performance trio known as Culture Clash which began in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1984. The collective created plays for small and local venues including La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California and the Gilroy Garlic Festival; and for national stages such as the Arena Stage in DC, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Goodman Theater, Yale Rep, Mark Taper Forum, the Public Theater, and the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. As a solo writer Montoya wrote Water & Power (LA Drama Critics’ Circle Play of the Year 2007), Palestine New Mexico, Anthems and American Night: The Ballad of Juan José. Montoya, an alumnus of the Sundance Institute’s Writers and Directors Labs, also wrote and directed Water & Power as a feature film in 2012. He was a staff writer on the first season of Southland for NBC and is writing several new works for theaters across the country.