Valley of the Heart, written an directed by Luis Valdez, is set to begin performances with the Center Theatre Group October 30 at the Mark Taper Forum in association with Teatro Campesino.
The new play stars Mariela Arteaga, Moises Castro, Melanie Arii Mah, Derek Mio, Theresa Murray, Randall Nakano, Joy Osmanski, Rose Portillo, Christy Sandoval, Scott Keiji Takeda, Daniel Valdez, and Lakin Valdez.
According to CTG, Valley of the Heart tells the story of "the Yamaguchis and the Montaños, two immigrant families struggling to provide a future for their American-born children after the Great Depression on the farmland the two families share. The families’ oldest children secretly fall in love only to have the emotional stakes further heightened when the attack on Pearl Harbor throws these Mexican and Japanese American families into uncertainty.”
The creative team includes set design by John Iacovelli, costume design by Lupe Valdez, lighting design by Pablo Santiago, projection design by David Murakami and audio design by Philip G. Allen. The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.