Review On VALLEY OF THE HEART


Tin Pan L.A.

Registered Critic


Proclaimed by president Barack Obama for “bringing Chicano culture to American drama”, playwright Luis Valdez's(most notably known for Zoot Suit) latest play Valley of the Heart brings both Chicano and Japanese culture to the stage. Based on Valdez's life experiences as a child growing up on farms in the Central Valley, the play tells what happened when the Japanese American farmers were sent to internment camps during WWII, then consequently forced to leave their land in the care of their Mexican American workers.

Ryan Luévano is a professional music director, composer, musicologist and music educator. Ryan is an experienced music director and conductor for musical theater, opera, film and concert music. Past productions include: Experience Magic!, Annie, The Sound of Music, Into the Woods, Chess, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, and Funny Girl. Additionally, he works as a professor of music at Woodbury University and Santa Ana College. When he’s not producing shows he pens as a theater critic for his blog Tin Pan L.A. where you can read all about the L.A. theater scene.