Center Theatre Group, Town Hall LA Present ZOOT SUIT: A CULTURAL, GENERATIONAL CLASH 40-YEAR THROWBACK OR NOT?

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In Celebration of CTG’s 50th Anniversary & Zoot Suit’s 40th

Creator, writer and director Luis Valdez; CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie; Diane Rodriguez, CTG Associate Artistic Director; with KPCC-FM’s Entertainment & Arts Producer Oscar Garza moderating a discussion of "Zoot Suit" on Feb. 16.

Nearly 40 years after its world premiere, original creator, writer and director Luis Valdez will once again weave fact and fiction together as “Zoot Suit” portrays the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder in Los Angeles.

One of the Mark Taper Forum’s most iconic original works – it became Broadway’s first Chicano production -- this play kicks off Center Theatre Group’s 50th anniversary season, which begins performances Jan. 31.

“Zoot Suit” remains an urgent portrayal of the clash between generations in a Chicano family, the rifts between cultures in America and how racism and injustice can haunt a city and a society.

Latinos now represent almost half of Los Angeles’ four million residents.

Are the themes and issues in “Zoot Suit” still prevalent today? How much has our City changed? Are there new themes that reflect the immense diversity of Los Angeles? Join moderator Oscar Garza, KPCC Entertainment & Arts Producer, in a conversation about Center Theatre Group’s past, present and future with Michael Ritchie, Center Theater Group Artistic Director; Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” writer and director and founder and Artistic Director of El Teatro Campesino; Diane Rodriguez, Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director.

Schedule on Feb. 16
11:30 am Registration and Networking
12:00 pm Lunch Served*
12:30 pm Luncheon Address with Audience Q&A
1:30 pm Adjourn

Location:
555 South Flower Street, 51st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Cost:
Public: $75 Individual. Town Hall Los Angeles members: $55 Individual, $550 able of Ten. To purchase tickets visit townhall-la.org/.

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