Directed & Curated by Jeffrey Solomon   |   Developed by Houses on the Moon

December 1 – 22, 2017

The Fourth Street Theater At New York Theatre Workshop



rendered tenderly and


De Novo’s tragedy demands that we consider who’s allowed to make a home in this country FREE OF INTIMIDATION.” – The New York Times

“A clear-eyed yet still DEEPLY MOVING PRESENTATION!  COMPASSIONATELY DELIVERED by a nimble ensemble!” – Theatermania

Houses on the Moon presents an acclaimed documentary play, De Novo, as a part of the inaugural season of Next Door at New York Theater Workshop.

Crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters, De Novo  tells the true story of Edgar Chocoy, a teenaged boy from Guatemala who faced deportation after fleeing to the U.S. in order to escape the gang MS-13.

Edgar travels over 3,000 miles, across the borders of three countries, in search of his mother and a better life in the United States. Detained by the Department of Homeland Security, he pleads with a Colorado judge to grant him asylum and not deport him back to Guatemala where the gang was awaiting his return. “If I go back, they’ll kill me.”

De Novo stars Camilo Almonacid,  Zuleyma Guevara,  Manny Ureña,  and Emily Joy Weiner.

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