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Hear and See “Evangeline” at The Bootleg

May 9, 2012

To understand the multimedia play Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe—premiering Saturday at Bootleg Theater—and the 19-year-old Mexican American girl with go-go
 dancer ambitions who’s brought to life in it, you have to understand her efforts to acclimate to 
the community around her while staying true to the heritage within her. It begins with the
 music she craved and her father’s death.

It takes place in early 1968, when Chicano music in East LA had already moved through Lalo Guerrero, past the zoot suit 
phase, past Richard (Ritchie Valens) Valenzuela’s ’50s rock ’n’ roll into the rhythm and bluesy era,
 sans the psychedelia, that was heard in mainstream music by the late 1960s.

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