<i>Zoot Suit</i>

Courtesy Center Theatre Group

When Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit premiered at the Mark Taper in 1978, it was nothing short of a sensation. The play, which centers on L.A.'s pachuco culture in the early 1940s — specifically the Sleepy Lagoon murder of 1942 — sold out in L.A. for almost a year before moving on to Broadway, and it brought a whole new audience to the theater. In 1981, it became a film starring Edward James Olmos, who also played the lead at the Taper. In honor of the Center Theatre Group's 50th anniversary, in association with El Teatro Campesino, it's reviving Zoot Suit, a play that's still seen as a landmark of Chicano theater.

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