Award-winning American playwright Luis Valdez, creator of “Zoot Suit,” “La Bamba” and “Cisco Kid,” presents his newest play, “I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges,” at Josefina López’s Casa 0101 Theatre in Boyle Heights. Performances are on Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 5 p.m. through March 10.
The new production stars Carmelita Maldonado (of El Sereno as Connie Villa), Daniel E. Mora (of Glendale as Buddy Villa), Elizabeth Pan (a native of Thousand Oaks and resident of Beverly Hills as Anita Sakai) and Alex Valdivia (of Santa Monica as Sonny Villa) under the direction of Hector Rodriguez (of South Pasadena).
The play is set in the Monterey Park area of Greater Los Angeles in 1985 and 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 to make an important announcement with an older Asian-American woman he met on the road.
Tickets for the play are $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, call the Casa 0101 Theater box office at (323) 263-7684, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or buy online at www.casa0101.org.
Casa 0101 Theater is located at 2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street) in Boyle Heights.