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Irene Faass -
Professor at MCTC
The Courtroom: A Reenactment of One Woman’s Deportation Proceedings
June 3 - July 4
Transcripts Arranged by Arian Moayed
Directed by James Rodríguez
This unique show has garnered great critical attention in recent years, performed as a mock-trial and in real courtrooms to blur the lines of reality & theater to tell this impactful story. Arranged by Tony nominee Arian Moayed, THE COURTROOM explores and examines the U.S. immigration system and those at its mercy. A re-enactment of deportation proceedings lifts excerpts from courtroom transcripts, and recounts the hearings of an immigrant from the Philippines on a K3 Visa who faced deportation once she inadvertently registered to vote in Chicago and voted after receiving a registration card. Some questions that could be touched on in a discussion include: What does it mean to be an American? Have you ever left the U.S. before? If so, what did it feel like to be "an American”? How were you treated? Does the judicial system work for you?
NOTE: IN-CLASS DISCUSSIONS FOR DIESEL HEART WILL TAKE PLACE JUNE 5 - JUNE 16.