No Roosters in the Desert

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No Roosters in the Desert
Directed by Ann Kinnebrew, Ignite Applied Theatre
August 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25, 2018

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Theatre for Community Change grew out of a partnership between Ignite Applied Theatre and Your Authentic Self Work…carrying a shared vision for creating inclusive, open spaces in community…for engaging, learning and communicating across our differences. This first collaboration with Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County is a deeply personal exploration of immigrant justice and the narratives that can help us all to see, hear and feel the truth of universal human experience…helping us to understand the members of our diverse community beyond the otherizing and cultural rhetoric. Join us for No Roosters in the Desert, our first arts-based community engagement project.

As a closing act of each performance, we will engage in a community learning exchange intended to capture the collective reflection across each audience member so that we can connect our personal experiences to the larger narrative of immigrant justice. This exchange will be facilitated by Dr. Syraj Syed of Your Authentic Self Work. Community learning exchanges create an open space for mutual respect, appreciative inquiry and shared understanding through honest dialogue that ultimately serves to connect us across the Gainesville community and beyond.  Join us following each matinee performance for a special reception and story circle featuring the voices of immigrants and allies that shape a unique narrative. Come and engage the truth about immigrant justice through a lens of personal, human experience. Then make an informed and empowered choice about where you fit into this story.

This performance is open and accessible to the community and therefore FREE to the public. Any donations made will be in support of the work of Welcoming Gainesville & Alachua County and other immigrant justice work.

This riveting play is based on actual interviews by Anna Ochoa O’Leary – four women trek the desert towards the American dream. On their way they push the limits of their physical and emotional endurance, as they establish profound yet fragile connections with each other through the magical storytelling of the youngest of them, an indigenous woman from Chiapas.

No Roosters in the Desert by Kara Hartzler, field work by Anna Ochoa O’Leary PhD, was commissioned by Borderlands Theater, in 2008. Hartzler, a playwright and immigration attorney for the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project, used 130 interviews of women migrant border crossers conducted in 2007/08 by O’Leary. These interviews were undertaken for the purpose of studying the intersection of mass migrations from Mexico and Central America, increasingly of women, and U.S. border enforcement policies. In addition to these interviews, developed into a fictionalized framework, are indigenous stories inspired by published texts Hartzler encountered while living and working for human rights organizations in Chiapas.

This activity has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council.