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By Luis Valdez

Directed by Luis Valdez

Music Direction by Daniel Valdez

An L.A. Theatre Works Audio Production

TOTAL RUN TIME: 2 hours 13 minutes (pausable)

An introduction by Luis Valdez


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About Zoot Suit

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.

Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July of 2001.

Zoot Suit was commissioned and developed by Center Theatre Group premiering at the Mark Taper Forum in 1978 and returned to the Taper for the theatre’s 50th Anniversary season in 2017.

Gordon Davidson, Center Theatre Group's Founding Artistic Director, served as a mentor to L.A. Theatre Works during its founding in the 1970's as Artists in Prisons, and his support was vital to its early success.


Marco Rodriguez as El Pachuco

Kinan Valdez as Henry Reyna

Daniel Valdez as Enrique Reyna

Alma Martinez as Dolores Reyna

Primavera Flor-Valdez as Lupe Reyna

Lakin Valdez as Rudy Reyna/Sergeant Smith/Bailiff/Bosun’s Mate

Gregory Itzin as George Shearer

Xochiquetzal Candelaria as Alice Bloomfield

Estrella Esparza as Della Barrios

Ruben C. Gonzalez as Smiley Torres/Rafas/Swabie

Raul Cardona as Joey Castro/Marine

Daniel Chacón as Tommy Roberts/Cub Reporter/Sailor

Katrina Valdez as Bertha Villareal/Newsboy

Seth Millwood as Lt. Edwards/Guard/Shore Patrol

Spencer Garrett as The Press

Al Ruscio as Judge F.W. Charles

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