Luis Valdez, the award-winning, renowned American playwright and creator of "Zoot Suit," "La Bamba" and "Cisco Kid," will attend an Opening Weekend performance of his play, "I Don't Have To Show You No Stinking Badges," to be presented at Josefina López's Casa 0101 Theatre in Boyle Heights, Calif., on Sunday, February 10, 2013.
This new production of "I Don't Have To Show You No Stinking Badges," the first to be presented in Los Angeles in 25 years, opens this coming weekend on Friday and Saturday, February 8th and 9th at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m. at Casa 0101 Theater; 2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street); Boyle Heights, Calif. After Opening Weekend, performances of the play will be given on Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. through March 10, 2013.
Immediately following the performance on Sunday, February 10th, a Q&A with playwright Luis Valdez will be hosted by Josefina López, and moderated by Chicano/Latino Theatre Scholar, Dr. Jorge A. Huerta.
The new production 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 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.
Concurrently with the run of the play there will be an art exhibition entitled, "Coalescing - The Sleeping Giant," co-curated by Lilia Ramirez and Sonji Mariposa. The exhibition will be in The Jean Deleage Art Gallery at Casa 0101 Theater. The exhibit focuses on Latino identity in America and will include works by aritsts Emilia Garcia, Raul Gonzalez, John Carlos Del La Luna and Francisco Norzagaray.
Ticket for the play are $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. The view performance footage of the play, click HERE. For tickets, call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or buy online at www.casa0101.org.
The play's Production Team includes: Josefina López (of Silver Lake) Artistic Director, Casa 0101 Theater/Playwright; Hector Rodriguez (of South Pasadena), Director; Emmanuel Deleage (of Silver Lake), Producer and Executive Director, Casa 0101 Theater; Frances E. Chang (of West Covina), Producer; JR Bruce (of Koreatown), Set Designer; Sohail e. Najafi (of Culver City), Lighting Designer; Bill Reyes (of Irvine), Sound Designer; Carlos Brown (of Glendale), Costume Designer (need bio and headshot); Claudia Duran (of Van Nuys), Video Specialist; Edward Padilla (of Boyle Heights), Casting Director and Board President, Casa 0101 Theater; Jennifer Perez (of City of Industry), Stage Manager; Mario Alvarado (of Boyle Heights), Assistant Stage Manager; Lilia Ramirez (of Los Angeles) and Sonji Mariposa (of Boyle Heights), Co-Curators of the Art Exhibition, "Coalescing - The Sleeping Giant"; Mark Kraus (of Los Angeles) Webmaster; Gabriela López de Dennis, Soap Design Co. (of Los Angeles) Graphic Designer; Francisco T. Norzagaray (of Los Angeles) Poster Painting; Ed Krieger (of La Crescenta) Production Photographer and Steve Moyer Public Relations (of Los Angeles).
Photo courtesy of El Teatro Campesino - 2006.