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!     

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? 
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?
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?
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