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Revival 'Zoot Suit' Production Extended Through April 2nd

From l.: Jeanine Mason, Demián Bichir, Matías Ponce, Daniel Valdez and Rose Portillo in Zoot Suit at the Taper.  Photo by Craig Schwartz. by Abel M. Salas Nearly 40 years after its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in Downtown Los Angeles, Zoot Suit has returned to the city that gave it birth under the direction of the show’s original creator Luís Valdez with a bang. The revival production—being staged as part of the Taper’s 50-Year Anniversary celebration, was commissioned in 1977 by the late Gordon Davidson, then Artistic Director of the MTF, after a meeting with Teatro Campesino founder and director Valdez. The play opened in 1978 and began attracting sell-out houses. It ran for months on end before moving to Hollywood’s famed Aquarius Theater and then finally to the renowned Winter Garden Theater in New York where it became the first Chicano theater production to open on Broadway. Valdez went on to produce and direct a feature film adaptation of the play with the or