In this wild satire, Mexican immigrant Juan José has a feverish dream while studying for his American citizenship exam. He meets a parade of characters ranging from Sacagawea to Teddy Roosevelt to Jackie Robinson, who take him on a mind-bending, hilarious, and poignant trip through American history.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast recording featuring:
Keith Jefferson as Ben Pettus/Others
Richard Montoya as Juan José the First/Others
Todd Nakagawa as Johnny/Others
Sean San José as Juan José
Kimberly Scott as Viola Pettus/Others
Herbert Siguenza as Neil Diamante/Others
Tom Virtue as Harry Bridges/Others
Libby West as Mrs. Finney/Others
Caro Zeller as Lydia/Others
Additional voicing by Devon Sorvari.
Original sound design by Cliff Caruthers.
Directed by Shana Cooper. Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in May of 2014.
“Richard Montoya’s American Night: The Ballad of Juan José, is a lovable hodgepodge of references, historical, and pop-cultural, with a deadly serious message at its heart.” — The New York Times
“Laughter and applause fill this theatrical look at American history from the perspective of a Mexican who is cramming for his citizenship test…the historical selections are sharp, pointed, and thought-provoking. The musical selections, news bites, and delivery make for a performance that simply gets better with each listen.” – AudioFile Magazine