Luis Valdez’s No Stinking Badges Premieres at Casa 0101

Runs February 8 – March 10th

Badges520Boyle Heights, CA) – In only its second production in Los Angeles since 1986, Luis Valdez’s I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges makes a comeback at Joefina Lopez’s Casa 0101. The theatrical production will be presented in a limited run from February 8 – March 10, 2013 at the New Casa 0101 Theater; 2102 E. First Street (at St. Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA  90033 under the direction of Hector Rodriguez. Preview performances will be given February 1, 2 and 3, 2013.

I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges received its world premiere in 1986 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.  The cast of this production includes Carmelita Maldonado as the matriarch Connie Villa, Daniel E. Mora, as her husband Buddy; Elizabeth Pan as Anita Sakai and Alex Valdivia as Sonny Villa.

(l to r) Alex Valdivia, Elizabeth Pan, Daniel E. Mora and Carmelita Maldonado - Photo by Ed Krieger
(l to r) Alex Valdivia, Elizabeth Pan, Daniel E. Mora and Carmelita Maldonado – Photo by Ed Krieger

I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges written by and originally directed by playwright/screenwriter Luis Valdez (Zoot Suit, La Bamba, Cisco Kid) is set in the Monterey Park area of Greater Los Angeles 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 with an older Asian-American woman he met on the road to make an important announcement.

“I am excited and humbled to be part of this important play that is still relevant today in examining the images of Latinos in Hollywood,” said Rodriguez on given the opportunity to direct the play.   “Exposing how some things have changed and others have stayed the same.”

 “I Don’t Have to Show You No Stinking Badges was the play that opened my eyes to the incredible injustice of stereotyping the Latino community and its impact on how we perceive reality,” said Casa 0101 Theater Artistic Director, Josefina López. “Right after I saw it I decided to devote my life to being a writer so I could tell the truth about Latinos. I am saddened to see Latino stereotypes still persist in the U.S. especially on television and film.”

About The Creation of the Play:  Click HERE to hear Luis Valdez discuss how he came to create this play

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.  For tickets, please call the Casa 0101 Theater Box Office at 323-263-7684, E-mail tickets@casa0101.org, or buy online atwww.casa0101.org.

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.

Discounted Previews:
Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
And Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

Five-Week Run:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.
And Sundays at 5:00 p.m.
Previews:  February 1, 2 and 3, 2013
Limited Run:  February 8 – March 10, 2013

— Bel Hernandez