DE NOVO

Tuesday, February 22 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Columbia University, Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Auditorium / 2920 Broadway (115th St.) New York, NY 10027

A Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (SIRR) event

FREE Admission

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM
PLAY BEGINS AT 7:30 PM

OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. If you DO NOT have a Barnard/Columbia ID, you must RSVP at SIRR@law.columbia.edu by Thursday, February 17th.

“DE NOVO – Part 1: Lil’ Silent” – In 2002, a fourteen year-old boy named Edgar Chocoy fled Guatemala to escape the largest gang in Central America, which had put a hit out on his life. He traveled over 3,000 miles, and across the borders of three countries in search for his mother, who had left him when he was baby to work in the United States. Detained by the Department of Homeland Security, he pleaded with a Colorado judge to grant him asylum and not deport him to Guatemala, where he was certain he would be killed.

This new play from Houses on the Moon Theater Company chronicles the gripping true story of Edgar and other undocumented youth, many thousands of whom make the harrowing journey across the border and through the U.S. system of justice each year. “DE NOVO – Part 1: Lil’ Silent” is a documentary theater piece crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, letters, and extensive interviews conducted by the company with so-called “alien” children (and their advocates) in immigration proceedings in New York, Arizona, Colorado and Los Angeles.

The play is augmented with the projection of startling and poignant images from Donna Decesare, an award-winning photojournalist widely known for her groundbreaking coverage of the spread of Los Angeles gangs in Central America. Performed by bilingual actors in English and partly in Spanish.

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM
PLAY BEGINS AT 7:30 PM

This event is sponsored by the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (SIRR), Columbia Law School Student Senate and other Columbia organizations (list TBA).

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