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The Most Important Play You'll Ever See Is at Cal State Long Beach
Okay, that's a bit hyperbolic, but after experiencing Dreamers: Aquí y Allá, a living piece of theater ripped from the proverbial headlines that directly addresses the uneasy, uncertain status of nearly a million people living in the U.S., it's difficult to shake that feeling.
Presented by California Repertory, the master's arm of the university's theater department, the play is a corkscrew to the heart, a punch in the gut, a slap in the face and an urgent call to arms. Not Second Amendment arms, but the First Amendment's: the freedom to stand up, speak out and express yourself as an American citizen, specifically through voting or working for candidates in the upcoming midterm elections who might provide a voice of reason and empathy. (In fact, the play twice mentions that elections in Orange County's congressional districts will serve as battlegrounds for both health care and immigration reform.)
The 80-minute play was created and performed by those who are and who value Dreamers, some 800,000 people (including approximately 1,000 currently enrolled at CSULB), many of whom arrived here too young to remember the countries they were born in. They go to school, have jobs, pay taxes and otherwise contribute to a society they don't legally belong to because they lack a piece of paper... Read More
ONLY 3 performances:
Friday, Feb. 23 ~ 8:00 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2pm ~ (SOLD OUT!!)
Saturday Feb. 24 ~ 8:00 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 ~ 2:00 pm
Dreamers De Aquí y Allá Trailer Click Here
To buy tickets click here.
For additional information visit our website here
Photo Credit: Keith I. Polakoff
The California-Mexico Studies Center, Inc. respectfully requests your help to generate funding to continue our work, by donating and identifying potential sponsors and donors that will support our projects.
We believe in the power of staging our play in different colleges, universities and schools, to promote immigration reform and a path to legalization and citizenship for Dreamers and their families.
In addition, we plan to publish a book on the human stories written by the participants of our California-Mexico Dreamers Study Abroad Program, and to produce a full-length documentary that reflects the life-changing impact of the program, upon over 160 participants given the opportunity to study abroad with Advance Parole over the last 4 years through 6 classes.
Please support our projects and the CMSC's continuing advocacy for Dreamers and the 800,000 U.S.-citizen children exiled in Mexico with their deported parents !!!
It's with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of CMSC board member and Cetlalic Institute Director, Jorge Torres Viveros.
Jorge and the Cetlalic family collaborated with us for the last 20 years in heritage seeking, study abroad programs to Cuernavaca, Mexico. Jorge, an anthropologist by trait, was an amazing teacher, student, fighter, comedian, husband, father, good friend and mentor who taught us about commitment, struggle and humanity.
Jorge reached hundreds of students and shared his knowledge of Latin American social movements, indigenous history and Mexican political, education and economic systems. He left an impact on many, influencing the identity of many Chicano and DACA students. He was an extraordinary communicator of ideas and information. On most days, Jorge could be found in the Cetlalic office connecting with students, faculty and community members and always with a smile. His work lives on in all of us.