June 24
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Dark secrets bubble to the surface as two strangers — one a priest, the other a noted art historian — share a surreal confession at the “exclusive” Bimini Baths, circa 1918. Years before, a young immigrant drowned under mysterious circumstances.

   But whose crime was it, really? 
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On the night in 1939 when Count Basie is to be the first black performer at the Palomar Ballroom next door, a pair of Bimini Baths attendants are tasked with cleaning up a stranger fished out of the La Brea Tar Pits.

   Can two men of color make a white man white again? Do they want to?
Playwright Tom Jacobson brings his formal inventiveness and vivid imagination to The Ballad of Bimini Baths, a trilogy of new plays following the ripples of a hushed-up crime across 32 years of LA history. 

Inspired by real people and events, Jacobson centers his story on the celebrated/notorious bath house that once stood on Bimini Place — just off Vermont Avenue at the end of the Heliotrope streetcar line — to illuminate larger themes of race and identity, individual failings and communal reconciliation in the City of Angels. 

Each play has its own unique style and self-contained narrative, so you can see just one or enjoy them all!     

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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?

Buy Trilogy Pass to see all three shows for only $45!

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