Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director, will present the play, "I Don't Have To Show You No Stinking Badges" written by Luis Valdez, the creator of "Zoot Suit," "La Bamba" and "Cisco Kid." This new production of "I Don't Have To Show You No Stinking Badges" is the first to be presented in Los Angeles in 25 years. It will star Carmelita Maldonado (of El Sereno as Connie Villa), Daniel E. Mora (of Glendale as Buddy Villa), Elizabeth Pan (a native of Thousand Oaks and resident of Beverly Hills as Anita Sakai) and Alex Valdivia (of Santa Monica as Sonny Villa) under the direction of Hector Rodriguez (of South Pasadena). The play will be presented in a Limited Run from February 8 - March 10, 2013 at the New Casa 0101 Theater; 2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street; Boyle Heights, CA 90033.
Preview performances will be given February 1, 2 and 3, 2013. The play is set in the Monterey Park area of Greater Los Angeles in 1985 examines cultural stereotypes and prejudices, when Sonny Villa, a bright teenaged Chicano Harvard Pre-Law student, unexpectedly returns home to his showbiz parents in Monterey Park with an older Asian-American woman he met on the road to make an important announcement.
This production is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Casa 0101 sponsors, including The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the California Endowment, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Herb Alpert Foundation, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles - Designated Local Authority, the California Foundation for Stronger Communities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Metro.
"I Don't Have To Show You No Stinking Badges" received its World Premiere in 1986 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Subsequent productions of the play have been mounted at: San Diego Repertory in 1987; the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Theatre in Florida in 1988; El Teatro Campesino Playhouse in San Juan Bautista, CA in 1990; Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco in 1990; Sacramento State University in the 1993-1994 season; River Stage at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento in the 1998-1999 season; San Jose State University in the 2000-2001 season; El Teatro Campesino Playhouse in San Juan Bautista, CA in 2003; Su Teatro in Denver, CO from February 17, 2007 - March 24, 2007 and now Casa 0101 Theater in Los Angeles in 2013.
The director of the production, Hector Rodriguez said: "I am excited and humbled to be part of this important play that is still relevant today in examining the images of Latinos in Hollywood and exposing how some things have changed and others have stayed the same."
Casa 0101 Theater Artistic Director, Josefina López said: "'I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges' was the play that opened my eyes to the incredible injustice of stereotyping the Latino community and its impact on how we perceive reality. Right after I saw it I decided to devote my life to being a writer so I could tell the truth about all the lies told about Latinos and Latinas. I was so inspired by that play and I am saddened to see Latino stereotypes still persist in the U.S. especially on television and film."
Ticket prices for performances during the five-week limited run of the show from February 8 - March 10, 2013 will be $20 per person for General Admission; $17 per person for Seniors; and $15 per person for Students/Boyle Heights residents. Discounts for Groups are also available. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Theatre patrons can get a $2 discount by presenting their Metro Bus Cards at the Box Office when buying tickets. Metro bus stations are located on First Street in Boyle Heights at both Soto Street, and at Boyle Street (Mariachi Plaza), within a short walking distance to the theatre. For tickets, please call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or buy online at www.casa0101.org.