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ZOOT SUIT at the Mark Taper Forum with the Guild

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Mark Taper Forum

135 North Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Join the LA chapter of the National Lawyers Guild as we watch ZOOT SUIT at the MARK TAPER FORUM on its closing night --- Sunday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m.


The National Lawyers Guild has reserved 50 seats for this performance with each ticket costing either $60, $80, or $100 for rows J-M on the left, right, and center sides of the theater.

The Zoot Suit story represents a critical lesson -- that, left unchecked, racial profiling, discrimination, and mass hysteria leads to violence and unjust results in the courts. For the Sleepy Lagoon defendants, it led to the worst fate the legal system has to offer -- convictions for murder.

Yet, National Lawyers Guild attorneys in Los Angeles were there and played a pivotal role in achieving justice. The appeal of the convictions was led by NLG founder and Los Angeles activist Ben Margolis and included other Lawyers Guild attorneys. In 1944, the California Court of Appeals overturned the convictions based on insufficient evidence, the denial of the right to counsel because the defendants were kept separated from their lawyers during the full trial, and judicial bias.


From the Mark Taper Forum website:

"Zoot Suit, one of the most exciting and spectacular shows ever created in Los Angeles, is set to ignite the city again. Luis Valdez is bringing his groundbreaking 1978 smash back to the Mark Taper Forum to celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary.

Zoot Suit played to packed houses in L.A. for nearly a year before becoming Broadway’s first Chicano play and a major motion picture. Now, the Taper stage will once again be filled with a company of 25 mesmerizing actors, singers, and dancers weaving fact and fiction together as they portray the events surrounding the infamous 1942 Sleepy Lagoon murder. Pulsing with heart, sly wit, and an infectious musical score, featuring Lalo Guerrero’s famous songs, Zoot Suit remains a thrilling theatrical experience that animates the cultural, political, and human forces that continue to shape the City of Angels."

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