Puffin Presents “De Novo,” a True Story of Undocumented Youth in the U.S. Immigration System
Teaneck, NJ, Saturday, November 18 – “De Novo”, a new play from Houses on the Moon Theater Company, tells the true story of Edgar Chocoy and his harrowing experience through the U.S. immigration system. In 2002, fourteen-year-old Edgar escapes his barrio in Guatemala City when MS-13, the largest gang in Central America, puts out a hit on his life. He travels over 3,000 miles through the desert and across borders of three countries in search of his mother, who had left him as a baby to work in the United States. Eventually detained by the Department of Homeland Security, Edgar pleads for asylum, asking the Federal Court not to deport him to Guatemala where he faces certain death by the MS-13. “De Novo” weaves together immigration court transcripts, letters and extensive interviews with children in immigration proceedings across New York, Arizona and Los Angeles to tell this timely social narrative. The production is augmented with poignant images from award-winning photojournalist Donna Decesare, who is widely known for her coverage of gangs in Central America and Los Angeles. $10.00 suggested donation. Reservations recommended: firstname.lastname@example.org. Friday, November 18, 8:00 p.m. The Puffin Cultural Forum is at 20 Puffin Way (off Teaneck Rd.) in Teaneck, NJ. Call 201-836-3499 or visit www.PuffinCulturalForum.org <http://www.