La Victima

Written by El Teatro de la Esperanza

Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela

The season kicks off on April 16 with a revival of La Victima, presented in collaboration with students from UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television and the East Los Angeles College Theater Arts Department. A groundbreaking look at the history of Mexican-U.S. immigration from the intimate perspective of two families, La Victima was created in 1976 by El Teatro De La Esperanza, a company that helped define Chicano theater and an entire generation of theater professionals — and it was also the first show ever produced by the Latino Theater Company, in 1985. Infused with humor, music and dance, this production makes the story of the Villa and the Mendoza families, an epic that spans four decades, available for a new generation. The bilingual production incorporates a mix of English, Spanish and “Spanglish” that can be understood by all audiences. (April 16 – May 3: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.)

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