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Cesar Chavez and Luis Valdez

By Scott Rappaport

When Zoot Suit premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1978, it was more than just an instant success.

As former Los Angeles Times theater critic Sylvie Drake recently observed, "it exploded on the stage with the force of a sociopolitical A-bomb."

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Arts Events

  • The iconic musical drama “Zoot Suit” tells the story of the 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder and the reaction by the LAPD, which resulted in the arrest, trial, and imprisonment of a group of Mexican-American men without evidence, because they were “Mexican and dangerous.”  This injustice was followed by

    Fri, May 26, 2017 to Sun, Jun 4, 2017
    Mainstage Theater (UCSC)
  • Shakespeare to Go has been taking Shakespeare on the road since 1984, with a mission to connect with local youth and give back to the community.

    Fri, May 26, 2017, 11:30 am
    Porter College Quad
  • Professor Bruce Kiesling conducts student singers and the UCSC Orchestra in Jacques Offenbach's hilarious operetta, sung in English.

    Thu, Jun 1, 2017 to Sun, Jun 4, 2017
    Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC)
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