The music of Los Lobos inspired “Evangeline, the Queen of Make Believe”

Photo by Theresa Chavez

“Evangeline, The Queen of Make Believe,” a multi-media play featuring the music of Los Lobos band members David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez, has begun a three-week run at the Bootleg Theater in Historic Filipinotown. The play, set in the late 1960s, is the story of an Evangeline,  a young East L.A. Chicana “whose neighborhood roots and make-believe world collide when she experiences the West Side art scene and the music of the Sunset Strip,” according to play press release. The production has been in the works for three years and includes a live rock band led by Scott Rodarte of Ollin.

“My lyrics have always come from a personal experience populated by people, places and things from the reality of growing up in a Mexican-American community,” said Pérez. “This production gives me an opportunity to expand my artistic horizons beyond a three-and-a-half-minute song and into a theatrical form, to see Evangeline in the flesh, immersed in a world of her own creative possibilities, inspired by the world around her.”

“Evangeline” runs through May 27.

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