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Zoot Suit

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Jan 31 – Apr 2, 2017

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Mark Taper Forum

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Critic's Choice

An exhilarating revival that speaks directly to the current political moment.

Rich in humor, heart and fleet-footed dancing! More relevant than ever.

Zoot Suit, one of the most exciting and spectacular shows ever created in Los Angeles, is set to ignite the city again. Luis Valdez is bringing his groundbreaking 1978 smash back to the Mark Taper Forum to celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary.

Zoot Suit played to packed houses in L.A. for nearly a year before becoming Broadway’s first Chicano play and a major motion picture. Now, the Taper stage will once again be filled with a company of 25 mesmerizing actors, singers, and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Pulsing with heart, sly wit, and an infectious musical score, featuring Lalo Guerrero’s famous songs, Zoot Suit remains a thrilling theatrical experience that animates the cultural, political, and human forces that continue to shape the City of Angels.

Presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

‘Zoot Suit,’ a Pioneering Chicano Play, Comes Full Circle

No other Latino play has had the cultural impact of 'Zoot Suit,' not to mention its influence on generations of subsequent Latino playwrights.

How 'Zoot Suit' Changed Theatre Forever

How 'Zoot Suit' Changed Theatre Forever

On August 17, 1978, Los Angeles theatre, Latino theatre, and American theatre changed forever with the opening of Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum. “When the character of El Pachuco, memorably played by Edward James Olmos, swaggered onto the Taper stage, Chicano theatre became American theatre,” explained writer/director Luis Valdez. Read More

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Written and Directed by Luis Valdez


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