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'Zoot Suit' explores historic L.A. injustice

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Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 4:02 pm | Updated: 9:26 am, Mon Oct 10, 2011.

A 1940s Los Angeles barrio comes to life in ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film’s presentation of “Zoot Suit.”

The classic play by Luis Valdez uses music, dance and drama to tell the story of a young man falsely accused of murder after the infamous 1943 Los Angeles zoot suit riots.

The riots erupted during World War II between military personnel stationed in L.A. and civilian Latino youths, who were recognizable by their flamboyant clothes.

“The fantastic circumstances and characters unfold in a time when some 300 ‘zoot suiters’ were placed behind bars in hopes of finding answers to a murder. They were arrested simply because of the way they were dressed,” says Andrés Alcala, the play’s director.

“Zoot Suit” is part of the CALA Festival, an inaugural two-month event highlighting artistic, musical and culinary offerings of the regional Latino community through exhibits, concerts, street fairs and more.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Oct. 14-15 and 21-22; 2 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23. Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus. $8–$16. (480) 965-6447 or http://mainstage.asu.edu

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