Chavez Ravine

Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: $13 online in advance, $15 at the door. ID required.
General Admission: $18 online in advance, $20 at the door.


Written by Culture Clash
Directed by Sean San Jose
March 4-13, Zellerbach Playhouse

A story of gentrification and urban power structures

Chavez Ravine brings to life a small Mexican-American community in Los Angeles that became a target for political maneuvering and land acquisition—and the eventual home of Dodger Stadium.  Written by Culture Clash, a Chicano performance trio, and directed by Sean San José, this fast-paced social satire incorporates music, vaudeville and multimedia to tell the true story of a community fighting against displacement and urban power structures.

Chavez Ravine plays March 4-13, 2016, with performances on Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM in Zellerbach Playhouse on the UC Berkeley Campus. Tickets are $13 to $20 and can be purchased online through the TDPS box office or at the door.

Chavez Ravine opens in 1981 at Dodger Stadium, where rookie Fernando Valenzuela is pitching the season opener. Just as he steps up to the mound, ghosts of Chavez Ravine residents appear, entreating him to remember the bulldozed community whose past lies buried under the stadium. Taken on a journey through time, we witness Chavez Ravine residents strive to keep their poor but vibrant immigrant community intact while a coalition of powerful political and financial interests attempts to defeat them using eminent-domain seizures, evictions, puppet politicians, anti-communist media hype, red-baiting and more. A cast of 18 brings to life dozens of dynamic characters, including City Housing Authority chief Fred Wilkinson, LA Mayor Norris Paulson, Maria Salgado Ruiz, a community activist and organizer; and The Watchman, a sinister figure wielding immense behind-the-scenes power.


• Read Caliber Magazine’s Review

“TDPS continues to allow us as an audience to connect to a production on a deeper level. The characters provide more than surface observations and a few chuckles here and there. They give us an opportunity to feel what a whole community felt, and that experience is priceless. “Chavez Ravine” is one of the most powerful productions I have seen in the last year, so if you have to do anything this upcoming weekend, it better be at Zellerbach Playhouse.”

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