Luis Valdez

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Plays by Luis Valdez

audio Zoot Suit

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Chicano playwright Luis Valdez masterfully uses the Sleepy Lagoon murder case to examine the Chicano Zoot Suit Culture of the 40’s. Passionate and provocative, Zoot Suit pulses with the beat of Big Band Music and traditional Latin songs.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Daniel Chacon, Estrella Esparza, Primavera Flor-Valdez, Spencer Garrett, Ruben C. Gonzalez, Gregory Itzin, Alma Martinez, Seth Millwood, Marco Rodriguez, Al Ruscio, Daniel Valdez, Katrina Valdez, Kinan Valdez and Lakin Valdez.

Featuring: Xochiquetzal Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Daniel Chacon, Estrella Esparza, Primavera Flor-Valdez, Spencer Garrett, Ruben C. Gonzalez, Gregory Itzin, Alma Martinez, Seth Millwood, Marco Rodriguez, Al Ruscio, Daniel Valdez, Katrina Valdez, Kinan Valdez, Lakin Valdez

Luis Valdez is an American playwright, well known for his role in founding El Teatro Campesino (The Farmworkers' Theatre), which began in 1965 in support of striking grape-pickers in California. Valdez created a bilingual theatre to investigate the culture, tradition and struggle of Mexican-Americans in the US. The groups early agitprop plays rooted in Chicano life also opposed the Vietnam War, and in the 1970s the group set up El Centro Campesino Cultural south of San Francisco to explore their political theatre in a broader context of drama and myth. Among Valdez's most important works are Las dos Caras del patroncito (The Two Faces of the Boss, 1965), Bernabe (1970), La gran carpa de los rasquachis (The Great Tent of the Underdogs, 1973), Zoot Suit (1978) which transferred to Broadway, and a musical, Corridos: Tales of Passion and Revolution (1986), also adapted by the author for national television. His film credits as director include La Bamba (1987). from Beatriz J. Rizk, The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre, ed. Colin Chambers (London, 2002).