“CRITICS’ CHOICE” – LA Times
Lines are meant to be crossed. In 1948, Los Angeles Tribune reporter Hisaye Yamamoto puts her job at risk when she joins forces with civil rights pioneer Bayard Rustin to desegregate Bimini Baths. Will it be a new beginning, or the beginning of the end?
“All fresh, seductive and topped by a joyous watery ending. Well directed…punctuated by gorgeous snippets of powerful singing. Healthy interjections of startling humor” – Cultural Weekly
“Los Angeles history is underexplored,” observes playwright Tom Jacobson. “The core of all three plays is based in absolute truth, examining conflicts related to race, gender and sexuality. Although elements are fictionalized, four of the characters in the trilogy were real people strongly represented in the historical record. I was able to use the actual writing of Hisaye Yamamoto, Bayard Rustin and Everett Maxell as inspiration for those characters, some of whom appear in more than just one play in this trilogy.”
From 1902 to 1951 Bimini Baths was the premiere hot springs resort in the city of angels, serving everyone from movie stars to maids. Admission was just 25 cents, but only if you were white. A tragedy to triumph epic, each play stands on its own. This new play trilogy The Ballad of Bimini Baths (Plunge, Tar, and Mexican Day) traces 50 years of social change in Los Angeles.
Directed by Jeff Liu, the cast includes Darrell Larson (as Everett Maxwell), Jully Lee (as Hisaye Yamamoto), Jonathan Medina (as Zenobio Remedios), and Donathan Walters (as Bayard Rustin).
MEXICAN DAY runs at 8pm on Fridays and Sundays, 4pm on Saturdays through July 22, 2018 (no performance on July 14th)). Rogue Machine is located in The Met, 1089 N Oxford Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. Tickets are $40. Reservations: 855-585-5185 or at www.roguemachinetheatre.com