When Center Theatre Group’s Founding Artistic Director Gordon Davidson met with Luis Valdez to commission a play that was quintessentially Los Angeles—what came from their meeting redefined theatre history. When Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit first premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in association with Teatro El Campesino in 1978, it made history as the first time a Chicano play had been given a mainstage production at the Taper.
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Scenes From the Vault: Zoot Suit:
Since 1973, Self Help Graphics & Art has produced one of the most renown Día de los Muertos cultural events in Los Angeles — noted as one of the oldest Day of the Dead public commemorations in the nation.
The Latino Theater Company presents an archival video showing of Part 3, Charity, of Evelina Fernández’s acclaimed trilogy. The final chapter in the story of the Morales family takes place in 2005 Los Angeles following the death of Pope John Paul II. Filled with music, humor, and a pinch of magical realism, A Mexican Trilogy is the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award and is published by Samuel French. A follow-up, online conversation with…
An archival video showing of Evelina Fernández’s innovative play tackling topics taboo in the Latino community, including homosexuality, AIDS, teen pregnancy, and euthanasia — all through the Latino Theater Company’s uniquely styled lens. First produced in 2002, Dementia garnered a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Theater Production and four Ovation nominations and was revived by the LTC in 2010 and again in 2017. A follow-up, online conversation with the artists will take place on October 28.
Lecturer John Schmal will give a presentation on searching for your indigenous roots in Mexico. In addition to showing examples of Indian baptisms and marriages from various parts of the country, he will discuss the issue of tribal identity and the use of the generic term “indio” in Catholic Church records as early as the 1600s. Some of the challenges of tracing indigenous families beyond several generations will be discussed. John P. Schmal is a historian, genealogist, and lecturer. John…
Since moving to Los Angeles from Guatemala, Gaby Moreno has earned a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, a Grammy nomination for her album Illusion, and an Emmy nomination for co-writing the Parks & Recreation theme song. Moreno also sings the theme song and voices a character on the Disney series, Elena of Avalor.