The play tells the story of Ivy League educated teacher Madga Andrews and her troubled classroom on the Arizona/Mexico border. Armed by the state and under pressure, Andrews uses a gun to teach her students about American civics.
Melanie Dreyer-Lude, assistant professor of acting and directing, directs the play, which will include interactive experiences for
audience members, incorporating elements of the U.S.-Mexico border
patrol experience. An installation by graphic artist Alma Hoffman will
also be featured in the Schwartz Center lobby. Hoffman’s work, City of
Ethnos, explores issues of equality, diversity and cross-cultural
“Our play is both a celebration of Latino culture and a cultural look at
national identity and civil rights,” Dreyer-Lude said. “Should we arm our teachers to keep our students safe? Is it ever acceptable to engage in racial profiling? Can we fix our broken education and immigration systems? These are some of questions our story
Written by Latina playwright Elaine Romero and commissioned by the
Department of Performing and Media Arts, the play will also involve
interactive experiences for audience members. Also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, April 13!
Romero, an award-winning playwright, has had work presented at the Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center and across the U.S. and abroad. A 2012-2013 Djerassi Fellow in playwriting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Romero has taught at Northwestern University, the University of Arizona and Linfield College and is a New Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.
"Mother of Exiles/Madre de Migrantes"is sponsored by Teatrotaller, the Latino Studies Program, The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, The University Lecture Series, Cornell Council for the Arts, the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and the Mexican Graduate Students Association.
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