Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Zoot Suit- Avalon Ballroom

"Sailors and Girls jitterbug on the dance floor. It is the Avalon Ballrom." (pg. 78)

The scene at the Avalon Ballroom occurs while the gang is imprisoned. It represents the actual beginning of the Zoot Suit Riots which the Press tells us. Since the ballroom is in Hollywood, it is likely that Sailors and Pachucos would cross paths there as opposed to a place in East LA. After the riots starts El Pachuco is stripped of his suit by sailors. The Pachuco losing his suit is representative of what happened to the Pachuco image during the riot. It is reference later in the play when Rudy claims that "The zoot suit died under fire her in Los." (pg 92)

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