Passage Theatre Company, Trenton’s only professional theater company,
will present Houses of the Moon Theater Company’s production of De
Novo, a documentary theater piece about undocumented minors seeking
asylum from U.S. immigration custody, for four performances only
September 10, 11, 17 and 18 at the Mill Hill Playhouse, located at the
corner of Front and Montgomery in downtown Trenton.
Written and directed by Jeffrey Solomon, with images by acclaimed
photojournalist Donna DeCesare, the cast will feature Jose Aranda,
Lina Gallegos, Mauricio Leyton, and Emily Weiner.
Sixteen year-old Edgar Chocoy pleaded with a U.S. court not to deport
him to Guatemala. “If I go back, they’ll kill me.” This true story,
crafted from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters
tells the story of the case that challenged the conscience of a
In 2002, at the age of 14, Edgar fled Guatemala to escape the largest
gang in Central America. He traveled over 3,000 miles, across the
borders of three countries, in search of his mother, who came to the
US to find work. Detained by the Department of Homeland Security, he
asked a Federal judge to grant him asylum and not deport him to
Guatemala, where he was certain the gang he escaped would kill him.
De Novo chronicles the gripping true story of Edgar and provides a
rare glimpse into the life of an “unaccompanied alien minor.” Each
year, thousands of these children make the dangerous journey across
the border and through the U.S. justice system. De Novo’s run Off
Broadway at 59E59 Theaters was hailed as “Riveting” by Show Business
Weekly, “with superb acting and directing…A well-crafted, intimate
Passage Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director June Ballinger states
“We are proud to be presenting this story in Trenton as part of our
25th season. It speaks directly to our mission to embrace the city’s
culturally diverse citizens and to foster understanding in our
community.” Post show talkbacks will be held after each performance
with members of the creative team and Aryah Somers, an Immigration
Attorney representing unaccompanied minors in deportation proceedings.
De Novo will be performed on Saturdays September 10 and 17 at 8pm, and
on Sundays September 11 and 18 at 3pm. All tickets are $20 and $10 for
students. For reservations call (609) 392-0766; visit online at
www.passagetheatre.org; or in person at the Passage Theatre Office at
219 East Hanover Street in Trenton. Tickets are also available at the
door one hour before each performance at the Mill Hill Playhouse.
For 25 years Passage has been the professional Actors Equity Theater
with a mission to develop and produce boundary-pushing and
stylistically adventurous new works for the theatre that entertain and
challenge a diverse audience. It is housed in the 100 seat Mill Hill
Playhouse in the historic district of downtown Trenton.
Passage’s mainstage season is made possible in part by the NJ State
Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the NEA; the Geraldine R.
Dodge Foundation; The Times of Trenton; Trenton Marriott at Lafayette
Yard; the City of Trenton Dept. of Recreation, Natural Resources and
Culture; WIMG 1300; PNC Bank; The Bunbury Company; The Mary Owen
Borden Foundation; The Garfield Foundation; The Rose and Louis H.
Linowitz Charitable Foundation: Princeton Area Community Foundation;
Bank of America; Otsuka Pharmaceutical Group; Bloomberg; Community
Foundation of New Jersey; NJ Council for the Humanities; Mary G.
Roebling Foundation; and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.