Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Zoot Suit Turns 30

From Greg's awesome Facebook page:

"ZOOT SUIT in rehearsal, August 14th, 1978. Playwright Luis Valdez on the far left of the photo with Gordon Davidson, artistic director of the Taper Theatre in Los Angeles. In 1979 it became the first play written by and about Hispanics to play Broadway. This year marks its 30th anniversary. And of course we all know who got his start with this right (standing center)?"

The film was released in 1981 and generally received good notices. I liked it when I saw it but that's the one and only time I ever did see it so another viewing is definitely in order. It's available on DVD and Video on Demand so there's no excuse not to.

For a little background on the historical events on which the play and film are based go here and here.