New Play Confronts Issues of Immigration

Students spoke to families divided by immigration laws to broaden their perspective on the subject.

By EGP News Service

A group of 50 teenage actors and writers, under the guidance of playwright Virginia Grise, present “behind barbed wire,” an original theatrical production at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights.

This hard-hitting exploration of issues surrounding immigration in America is the 19th annual production from CalArts Community Arts Partnership’s (CAP) acclaimed theater program at Plaza de la Raza.

“Speaking in a chorus and as individuals, the interwoven stories become a kind of music,” said Grise. “Young people have powerful stories to tell us and are often ignored,” said Grise.

Los Angeles students confront border issues in “behind barbed wire” after months of collaborative work combining their own personal stories with the larger cultural and historical context of immigration. (CalArts Community Arts Partnership)

Los Angeles students confront border issues in “behind barbed wire” after months of collaborative work combining their own personal stories with the larger cultural and historical context of immigration. (CalArts Community Arts Partnership)

During the creation of “behind barbed wire,” students traveled south of San Diego to a spot where divided families meet to communicate through the U.S./Mexico border fence. There, the students experienced the human face of today’s immigration debate, according to a press statement publicizing the production.

The students took such observations back to the theater space at Plaza de la Raza and applied them to the writing and theater exercises that created “behind barbed wire,” said program organizers.

Performances are being held on weekends through May 24 at either the Margo Albert Theater, Plaza de la Raza, located at 3540 Mission Road in the Lincoln Heights are of Los Angeles, or at REDCAT, located at 631 W. 2nd Street in downtown Los Angeles.

Admission is free, but reservations are strongly recommended, call Plaza de la Raza at (323) 223-2475.

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May 7, 2009  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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One Response to “New Play Confronts Issues of Immigration”

  1. Brittancus on May 7th, 2009 6:53 pm

    ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT!

    TELL ME WHY STATES LIKE CALIFORNIA AND ARIZONA ARE SLIPPING TOWARDS BANKRUPTCY?

    Enforce the 1986 Simpson/Mazzoli bill, the Immigration Reform & Control Act as enacted. Offer your support to Rep.Shuler (D-NC) on his gov website. Phone: 828-252-1651 and Senator Sessions (R-AL) (256) 533-0979
    The majority in office are their adversaries that include Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Homeland Security Chief Napolitano and a cesspool of legislators have triumphed in reducing the influence of E-Verify, Real ID Act and police enforcement and detainment law (287(g) to arrest illegal aliens and criminals.
    Senator Sessions and in addition Rep.Shuler, the author of E-Verify and the revised Save Act have a unceasing battle ahead. If we want to fight for what’s left of our rights under the Constitution, join NUMBERSUSA JUDICIALWATCH to stop 2nd AMNESTY? STOP FUNDING TO SANCTUARY STATES! NO MORE RAISED TAXES TO PAY ILLEGAL ALIENS & FAMILIES! IMMIGRATION LAWS ARE NOT BROKEN—JUST NOT ENFORCED!

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