By the 1960s, playwright Luis Valdez had established himself and El Teatro Campesino as one of the strongest artistic voices for Mexican-American people throughout the United States. He had already composed several plays and El Teatro Campesino (The Farm Workers’ Theatre) won an Obie Award by the time he wrote Zoot Suit, a play inspired by the racial tensions of 1940s Los Angeles.
Zoot Suit chronicles two distinct, but intertwined, events. The first is the Sleepy Lagoon Murders. In August of 1942, a young Mexican-American man named José Díaz was found stabbed and beaten at the Sleepy Lagoon
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