Breaking ground as the first Chicano theatrical production on Broadway, Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit shines a spotlight on a wave of racial injustice and disharmony that swept across Los Angeles in the early 1940s, leaving a blemish on the city's history. This fictionalized version of real-life events -- sparked by the so-called Sleepy Lagoon murder trial -- centers around Henry Reyna, better known as the zoot suiter El Pachuco (famously portrayed by Edward James Olmos during the play's '79 Broadway run). He's all decked out in the youth culture's signature knee-length blazer, over-sized trousers and wide-brimmed hat. On his last night of freedom before beginning his Naval service, Reyna and his "gang" are accused of the murder of a rival "gangster" after a party. Unfairly prosecuted, the entire group is thrown in jail for a murder they did not commit. The play is set in the barrios of L.A., against the backdrop of the tumultuous Zoot Suit Riots and World War II. Valdez had his first play produced in 1965, while a student at San Jose State University. Now, University Theatre celebrates the 50th anniversary of that milestone with his most famous production, inviting the playwright's son Kina Valdez to direct.