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Zoot Suit and Otherplays-Bilingual Edition

Zoot Suit and Otherplays-Bilingual Edition - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-1558854390

Cover of Zoot Suit and Otherplays-Bilingual Edition 05 (ISBN 978-1558854390)
ISBN13: 978-1558854390
ISBN10: 1558854398
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Published: 2005
International: No

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Zoot Suit and Otherplays-Bilingual Edition - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-1558854390

Luis Valdez

ISBN13: 978-1558854390
ISBN10: 1558854398
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Arte Publico Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

This bilingual edition combines the original English-language version with the first-ever Spanish translation of the critically acclaimed play by Luis Valdez, a work that cracked open the depiction of Chicanos on the stage, challenging viewers to revisit a troubled moment in our nation's history. From the moment the myth-infused character El Pachuco burst onto the stage, literally cutting his way through the drop curtain with a switchblade, Valdez spurred a revolution in Chicano theater.


Focusing on the events surrounding the Sleepy Lagoon Murder Trial of 1942 and the ensuing Zoot Suit Riots that turned Los Angeles into a bloody war zone, this is a gritty and vivid depiction of the horrifying violence and racism suffered by young Mexican Americans on the home front during World War II. Valdez's cadre of young urban characters struggle with the stereotypes and generalizations of America's dominant culture, the questions of assimilation and patriotism, and a desire to rebel against the mainstream pressures that threaten to wipe them out.

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