Teatro Campesino Founder Luis Valdez Brings 'Valley of the Heart' to San Jose Stage

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Fifty years ago, Luis Valdez faced the barrel of a gun as he stood his ground in the Delano Grape Strike, picketing in support of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers. That experience inspired him to found El Teatro Campesino, a pioneering theater troupe. Valdez went on to became the first Chicano to produce a play on Broadway ("Zoot Suit") and then one of the first to direct a major motion picture ("La Bamba"). But after 50 years, El Teatro Campesino is arguably his most enduring contribution. Valdez joins Forum to discuss his career and the production of his latest play "Valley of the Heart" at San Jose Stage.


Luis Valdez, playwright, actor, writer and film director; Founder and artistic director, El Teatro Campesino; his play "Valley of the Heart" runs through March 20 at San Jose Stage.