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Luis Valdez

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Luis Valdez

Playwright   |   Luis Valdez

Marco Rodriguez in Zoot Suit | LA Theatre Works © LATW 2011

Luis Valdez is an award-winning Chicano playwright.

He is best known for his play Zoot Suit, the first Chicano play on Broadway, and for founding El Teatro Campesino, a Chicano theatre company based in California.

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Audio Production: Zoot Suit

The first Chicano play performed on Broadway, Luis Valdez’s ground-breaking masterpiece uses the Sleepy Lagoon murder case to examine the Zoot Suit culture of the 1940s.

Luis Valdez on El Teatro Campesino

Hear from Valdez himself as he reads an exclusive excerpt from his book Theatre of the Sphere, charting the birth of his historic company El Teatro Campesino.

Dr Alma Martinez in Conversation

In this exclusive interview, actress and scholar Dr Alma Martinez discusses her creative collaborations with Valdez and the emergence of a ‘Chicano Consciousness’.

Edward James Olmos in Conversation

Multi-award-winning actor and activist for Hispanic representation Edward James Olmos discusses his work on Valdez’s Zoot Suit and the journey to Broadway.

Jorge Huerta in Conversation

Actor and scholar Leticia Garcia talks to theatre historian Jorge Huerta about his involvement with El Teatro Campesino, the current trends in Latinx theatre and the scholarship of Chicano theatre.

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