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Zoot Suit and Other Plays

av Luis Valdez

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This anthology includes three of playwright and screenwriter Luis Valdez's most important and recognized plays, Zoot Suit, Bandido! and I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges, and an introduction by noted theater critic Dr. Jorge Huerta of the University of California-San Diego. Valdez is the director of the famous farm-worker theater, El Teatro Campesino.… (mer)
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Luis Valdez was one of my favorite authors when it came to drama and my work in graduate school for my English masters. If I would have completed the PhD, I probably would have tried to do my dissertation on him or his work, or something dealing with U.S. Latino literature. I did not follow that path, but I certainly was glad to have discovered this writer. Back then, I had to read his "Badges," but I ended up reading other works besides the ones in this anthology. I was reading this during the fall of 1999. The few notes I made in my personal journal back then are mostly academic, so I will leave them there. I do recommend it. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
I really love Luis Valez's writing style. My favorite of the plays, of course, was Zoot Suit, which I actually got to see live last week. I love all the characters that he portrays and how the plays cover so many controversial issues from the past and from today. ( )
  Dr_Cicle | Nov 4, 2017 |
Just taught this in a Latino literature course. It's been a few years since I read it, and I think the break did me some good, as the sheer inventiveness of the language really struck me this time around, from the code-switching rhymes of El Pachuco to the quick-fire exchanges of the 38th-Street compas. The play is based on the Sleepy Lagoon Murder trials in LA in 1943 and the subsequent rioting that broke out when the local press sensationalized reports of a Mexican crime wave and mobs of marines and sailors awaiting deployment to the Pacific theater roamed East LA assaulting Mexican youth. Valdez also directed a film based on the play that's worth checking out. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Interesting book of three plays by Mexican-American playwright Luis Valdez. The most recognized play in ‘Zoot Suit’, which was a successful motion picture. However, the play that moved me is called ‘I Don’t Have to Show You No Stinkin’ Badges’. This play came to me at a point in my life when it was absolutely necessary.

The play concerns the lives of a Mexican-American acting couple. They are established bit players, and have built a comfortable middle-class life in the suburbs near Hollywood. They have sent their eldest daughter to medical school, and she is now a successful doctor. They have sent their second child, a son, to Harvard.

The protagonist, Buddy Villa, is proud of his life and likes to recount how he got his first film job as an extra in the famous film, ‘The Treasure of Sierra Madre’ where he was one of the non-speaking bandits.

The drama starts when his son returns home angry and disillusioned. He has dropped out of Harvard, and accuses his family of lying to him. All his life his family and teachers have told him that he was smart. But at Harvard, he found he was not as smart as the other students there.

He challenges his father for his choice of career. He is a bit player of no importance. He and his mother play only stereo-type roles, and yet they are proud of their lives. They should be ashamed of themselves.

The drama then involves the resolution of this crisis. I found the ending thought provoking, and came away with the understanding that I do not have to justify my life or actions to any one. I will make my choices and live with the consequences, without guilt and without seeking justification. ‘I don’t need no stinkin’ badges!’ ( )
  ramon4 | Nov 2, 2016 |
Zoot Suit was a little hard to understand because of the use of Spanish and Spanish slang from the 1940s. A coworker helped me with some translations. Watching a dramatised version of the play brought the whole concept together and I was able to absorb the action and emotions.

The story is about a group of pachucos and pachucas (as zoot suiters were known) who was wrongfully arrested and tried for a murder. The press and law enforcement conspired to vilify these young people who flaunted the efforts to conserve material for soldiers by designing clothes that were oversized. Blame for society's problems was placed on these young people who were portrayed as lovers of dance and patriots willing to fight for their country. ( )
  mamzel | Sep 30, 2016 |
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This anthology includes three of playwright and screenwriter Luis Valdez's most important and recognized plays, Zoot Suit, Bandido! and I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges, and an introduction by noted theater critic Dr. Jorge Huerta of the University of California-San Diego. Valdez is the director of the famous farm-worker theater, El Teatro Campesino.

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