Zoot Suit, an award-winning play by SJSU alum Luis Valdez, is being directed by his son, Kinan Valdez and staged at the University Theatre, beginning April 23. A landmark work of Chicano theatre, Zoot Suit also features work by musical director Emiliano Valdez.
Luis Valdez has this to say about the production:
“I wish to thank [David Kahn], Barnaby [Dallas], Buddy [Butler] and the entire support staff at San Jose State for staging such a thrilling production of Zoot Suit at the University Theatre. I am, of course, enormously proud of Kinan’s direction, and particularly impressed by his ability to distill the best talents of student actors, dancers, designers, technicians, etc. For me to see Zoot Suit at my alma mater is to close a very large circle of dreams and aspirations 50 years wide. I can only hope the students will be inspired to go out and take on the world when they graduate, taking with them as I did fond memories of their high times at San Jose State. Abrazos, Luis Valdez.”
Click for a closer look at this amazing production at SJSU.
And check out this news story from NBC Bay Area News and Telemundo’s Comunidad Del Valle.