ACCLAIMED PLAY  AND PANEL EXPLORIING THE PLIGHT OF
LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER ASYLUM SEEKERS IN U.S. IMMIGRATION SYSTEM TO HAVE NEW JERSEY PREMIERE AT 

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY-NEWARK ON NOVEMEBER 14, 2011

In TARA’S CROSSING, a play by Emmy nominated writer Jeffrey Solomon, a transgender woman flees Guyana for asylum in the United States, only to end up in a government detention center, where she faces an uphill battle to prove her claims of persecution. The play is one of the first ever to deal with the subject of political asylum for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender refugees, a remedy that has been available in the United States only since 1994 and was inspired by dozens of interviews with sexual minority asylum seekers from around the world conducted in New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

The play will be presented Monday, November 14, 2011 at 7:30pm at the Rutgers University-Newark Bradley Hall Theater. Bradley Hall is located at 110 Warren Street, Newark, NJ. The theater is located on the 3rd Floor.

The program is free and open to the community. No tickets/reservations will be required. The performance will be followed by a post-show panel and discussion with the creative team and Amy Gottlieb, the director of the Newark-based American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program & Rutgers Immigration Law Professor.

The Off-Broadway run of TARA’S CROSSING at the Tenement Theatre in Manhattan was universally lauded by critics and called “ Revealing and Tender” by the Village Voice, “Powerful and Impressive!” by OUTfm and “Remarkable, Moving and Captivating” by NyTheatre.com. The play has been widely presented by Law Schools as a training tool on the complex legal and emotional issues faced by sexual minority refugees.

The program is co-sponsored by the NJIT/RU Theater Department, the RU LGBTQ Law Caucus, RU Pride, and the newly established RU Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer & Diversity Resource Center.

TARA’S CROSSING is a production of Houses on the Moon, Inc. (www.housesonthemoon.org) a New York based theater company with a mission to tell untold stories, whose works appear Off-Broadway and internationally. The play features actors Aundre Chin, Ian Eaton, Nysheva-Starr, Jeffrey Solomon and Emily Weiner.

TARA’S CROSSING: A PLAY ABOUT A GUYANESE ASYLUM SEEKER IN U.S. IMMIGRATION CUSTODY
WHEN
: Monday November 14, 2011 @ 7:30pm
Doors open for RU Students/Faculty/Staff @6:45
Doors open for the public @ 7:10pm
WHERE: Rutgers University Bradley Hall Theater
110 Warren Street, Newark, NJ- 3rd Floor
Cost: This event is free and open to the public. No tickets/reservations necessary.
Parking: Parking is available on-street.
Accessibility: This building is wheelchair accessible.

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