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Sean Embrey-Stine Professor Meade Topics in Theatrical Literature April 29, 2011 Bordertown: Goth Guy and La Jolla Woman Renowned Comedy Troupe Culture Clash’s Bordertown explores the relationship between San Diego and Tijuana, two large cities on either side of the U.S. Mexican Border. The play is full of a diverse range of characters, most of whom only appear once and perform a monologue. The play early in the first act, there is a short scene that features two monologues that represent two unique perspectives on San Diego. A young man, identified in the script only as Goth Guy, enters on a skateboard and delivers a speech that is both cynical and optimistic at the same time. He expresses his dissatisfaction with San Diego and yet retains hope that the city can realize its potential in the future and become something that would be more appealing to him. The other monologue comes from a 56 year-old rich white woman from La Jolla, who gives an upper-class perspective on the city. She expresses fondness for the experiences she has had in the city over the years and concern for the direction in which she believes it is heading. The juxtaposition of these two characters brings attention to issues of class, age and race and the reasons that San Diego is struggling to fulfill its potential. The only mention of Goth Guy’s personal relationship to the city comes at the very beginning when he explains that he has “tried to leave San Diego, twice,” but something pulled him back. It’s unclear exactly why he returned, especially since the rest of the monologue is extremely critical of San Diego. “San Diego tries to be Bohemian but it
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cannot… In fact, anyone who has Bohemian sensibilities here is gone. They turn eighteen and they’re gone,” he says as he paints his nails black. Perhaps he means to say that the reason he keeps coming back has as much to do with his own lack of “Bohemian sensibilities” than any of the city’s shortcomings.
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  • Spring '11
  • LauralMeade
  • English-language films, San Diego, Illegal immigration to the United States, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, San Diego, California

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