American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

by  Richard Montoya

Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  6m, 3f

American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.

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American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

by  Richard Montoya

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American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental, Parody / Spoof, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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." - New York Times, Read More

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[A] clever, blazing, outrageous satire" - Talkin' Broadway, Read More

“Fast-paced, gleeful, and sly” -  Los Angeles Times, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Stage: A nearly open empty space.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 3f
1 - JUAN JOSE
2 - MARACHIE BAND/ CROOKED COP #1/ CUOTO/ KYLE THE BEAR/ MEXICAN MAN/ HOBO 2 (LEFTY)/ BOB DYLAN/ ANOTHER MAN IN AUDIENCE/ICE/ MAN IN TURBAN/ SHARK/ FARM HAND/ JUAN CORONA/ RONNIE BURKE/ RABBI
3 - MARACHIE BAND/ CROOKED COP #2/ BORDER PATROL OFFICER/ TEDDY ROOSEVELT/ DONA TENCHA/ HOBO 1 (PANCHO)/ FOLEY MAN (MR. KISHI)/ MAN IN AUDIENCE/ SHERRIF JOE/ SUMO WRESTLER/ CUBAN RADIO/ ABELARDO (JUAN JOSE'S FATHER)/ SECT WOMAN 1/ NEIL DIAMANTE
4 - MARACHIE BAND/ LYDIA/CUEVAS/ SAKAJAWEA/ RIALA (MEXICAN WOMAN)/ RALF LAZO/ JOAN BAEZ/ YOUNG LATINA IN AUDIENCE/ ICE
5 - SKINNY TIE 2/ HARRY BRIDGES/ NICHOLAS TRIST/ LEWIS (EXPLORER 2)/ MAN IN ROBE/ ANNOUNCER/ MADRIGAL SINGER/ ICE/ FIDEL CASTRO/ ABE LINCOLN
6 - SKINNY TIE 1/ JOHNNY/ CALVARY OFFICER/ CALVARY OFFICER BLANCHARD/ ASIAN MAN IN AUDIENCE/ ICE/ GAME SHOW HOST/ SECT WOMAN 3/ WEST VIRGINIA COAL MINER
7 - BEN/ SAINT ADRIAN/ PADRE/ HOP LING/ MADRIGAL SINGER/ JACKIE ROBINSON/ POSTAL WORKER/ AFRICAN AMERICAN AUDIENCE MEMBER 1/ GEORGE WASHINGTON/ SECT WOMAN 2/ STATUE OF LIBERTY
8 - MRS. FINNEY/ CALVARY OFFICER/ CLARK (EXPLORER 1)/ WOMAN IN ROBE/ CAVALRY OFFICER SEGUIN/ WOODY (SINGER)/ ANGLO WOMAN IN AUDIENCE/ ICE/ SPOKES MODEL/ SHARK 
9 - VIOLA/ BORDER PATROL OFFICER/ MADRIGAL SINGER/ EMIT TILL/ AFRICAN AMERICAN AUDIENCE MEMBER 2/ ICE/ BEN FRANKLIN/ CELIA CRUZ
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Richard Montoya

Richard Montoya

American Night: The Ballad of Juan José was originally commissioned by The Oregon Shakespeare Festival for American Revolutions: The United States History Cycle.
Developed by Culture Clash & Jo Bonney.

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