Wednesday, January 23, 2013

'I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges' at Casa 101 Feb. 1

  Casa 0101 Theater, Josefina López, Artistic Director, will present the play, “I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges” written by Luis Valdez, starring Carmelita Maldonado, Daniel Edward Mora, Elizabeth Pan and Alex Valdivia under the direction of
Hector Rodriguez.   This is the first new production of the play in Los Angeles in 25 years.

This production is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Casa 0101 sponsors, including The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the California Endowment, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Herb Alpert Foundation, Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles – Designated Local Authority, the California Foundation for Stronger Communities, the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation and Metro.

WHAT:          The play is set in the Monterey Park area of Greater Los Angeles in 1985, the play examines cultural stereotypes and prejudices, when Sonny Villa, a bright teenaged, Chicano, Harvard Pre-Law student, unexpectedly returns home to his showbiz parents in Monterey Park with an older Asian-American woman he met on the road to make an important announcement.
Concurrently with the run of the play an art exhibition entitled,“Coalescing – The Sleeping Giant,” which focuses on Latino identity in America, will be available for viewing.  The Latino population has become increasingly diverse by national origin and The Sleeping Giant has awakened.  Casa 0101 Theater’s production of Luis Valdez’s play, “I Don’t Need To Show You No Stinking Badges” explores issues of the Latino voice and identity, during the Chicano movement in East Los Angeles.  “Coalescing – The Sleeping Giant” will be a visual account of the Latino experience, exploring the theme of identity and the process of unification from the past, present and future.  It will explore this debated topic through color on canvas, photography, experimentation and mixed media featuring the work of acclaimed local and international artists including Emilia Garcia, Raul Gonzalez, John Carlos Del La Luna and Francisco Norzagaray.  The Opening Reception will be held in the The Jean Deleage Art Gallery at Casa 0101 Theater on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
WHERE:       In the new Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First Street (at Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA  90033.

WHEN:          Previews: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 1, 2 and 3, 2013.  Limited Run: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 8 – March 10, 2013.

             Discounted Preview Performances at a flat rate of $10 per ticket will be given on Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  The Press Opening Night Performance will be held on Friday, February 8, 2012 at 8:00 p.m., followed by a performance on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, February 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Thereafter performances will be given on Friday and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays at 5:00 p.m. through March 10, 2013. Ticket prices for performances during the five-week limited run of the show from February 8 – March 10, 2013 will be $20 per person for General Admission; $17 per person for Seniors; and $15 per person for Students/Boyle Heights residents.  Discounts for Groups are also available.  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Theatre patrons can get a $2 discount by presenting their Metro Bus Cards at the Box Office when buying tickets.  Metro bus stations are located on First Street in Boyle Heights at both Soto Street, and at Boyle Street (Mariachi Plaza), within a short walking distance to the theatre.  For tickets, please call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail, or buy online at

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