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CULTURE CLASH'S THE MISSION (1988)

Culture Clash's break into "legitimate" theatre came on October 5, 1988 with the premiere of their play, The Mission, at the Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco, California. When the fourth member of the troupe, José Antonio Burciaga, left to pursue other interests, they decided to make the move to create a full-length play. The Mission's plot involves "three vatos from the Mission on a mission," who try to get into Hollywood by kidnapping Julio Iglesias. At the time this play was originally written, there was a movement to canonize Father Junípero Serra, so Culture Clash incorporated yet a third "mission"--the treatment and victimization of California's indigenous peoples by the Spanish mission system. Dedicated to singer/songwriter Lalo Guerrero, The Mission was a tremendous success.

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THE MISSION (STORYBOARD FOR A FILM), BY HERBERT SIGÜENZA, 1992.
THE MISSION (STORYBOARD FOR A FILM), BY HERBERT SIGÜENZA, 1992.

DRAFT OF THE MISSION. SEPTEMBER 8, 1988.
DRAFT OF THE MISSION. SEPTEMBER 8, 1988.

PRELIMINARY SKETCH FOR THE MISSION. JUNE 22, 1993
PRELIMINARY SKETCH FOR THE MISSION. JUNE 22, 1993

LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER PRESENTS THE MISSION, 1990-1991.
LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER PRESENTS THE MISSION, 1990-1991.

EL TEATRO CAMPESINO PRESENTS CULTURE CLASH IN THE MISSION, ATTIC THEATRE
EL TEATRO CAMPESINO PRESENTS CULTURE CLASH IN THE MISSION, ATTIC THEATRE

FIRST PRODUCTION OF THE MISSION.
FIRST PRODUCTION OF THE MISSION.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JUAN CARLOS CUÉLLAR, 1988.

THE MISSION AT THE ASIAN AMERICAN THEATRE CENTER. SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 1989.
THE MISSION AT THE ASIAN AMERICAN THEATRE CENTER. SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 1989.

"CULTURE CLASH AND COMEDY IN CHICANO THEATRE," THE MISSION AT LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE. SEPTEMBER 1993.
"CULTURE CLASH AND COMEDY IN CHICANO THEATRE," THE MISSION AT LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE. SEPTEMBER 1993.

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