Now I am Your Neighbor play
This play tells the true stories of Lane County immigrants and seeks to raise awareness about the issues immigrants face and to build community with and appreciation of all our neighbors! In the wake of the repeal of DACA this week, this play is a timely contribution toward understanding others.
Produced by CALC, in partnership with Minority Voices Theatre (MVT), the play was inspired by an original piece created and performed 20 years ago, as part of the “We Are Neighbors” project of CALC and Network for Immigrant Justice, which included the play, a photography exhibit and quilt, all featuring Lane County immigrants.
The new play includes references from the original play, but is primarily based on new interviews with members of the most targeted and marginalized groups living in the Eugene-Springfield area, including Muslims, undocumented persons, DREAMers, and Syrian refugees. These stories, generously shared, were woven together in a creative narrative by local playwright Nancy Hopps. Directed by Carol Dennis with original music by Ricardo Cardenas, the play will be produced as a staged reading by readers who are immigrants themselves or very close to the immigrant experience.
Most proceeds from the play will be donated to CALC (Community Alliance of Lane County) and Centro Latino Americano for immigrant support services, and to the Islamic Cultural Center.