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American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

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An award-winning play about immigration, resilience, and the heroic, hilarious, horrifying history of the USA. 

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.

About the Writer – Richard Montoya

American Night was created in 2010 by playwright Richard Montoya and his performance collective, Culture Clash. Founded in 1984, the group is now the nation’s most celebrated incubator of Chicano-American plays, producing original works of theater that tackle the Latinx experience through community-based lenses

About the Director – Sean San José

Sean San José, a San Francisco native, has a unique relationship with Culture Clash, having directed many of Montoya’s past works, like Sapo (2018) and Chavez Ravine (2016). Mr. San José is also co-founder of Campo Santo, an award-winning theater troupe, and Artistic Director of the Youth Speaks Emerging Artist Program.

Mr. San José will be directing a talented cast of SJSU Theatre Arts students for this production of American Night. Don’t miss out!


November 9 @ 7:00 pm
November 10 @ 7:00 pm
November 14 @ 11:00 am
November 15 @ 7:00 pm
November 16 @ 7:00 pm
November 17 @ 7:00 pm
November 18 @ 1:00 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

Public Transit

Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)