Elvira: The Immigration Play
The Task Force on the Faithful Engagement of Immigration, Sanctuary and Refugee Issues invites you to a special performance of a play by the actress, activist and playwright Jessica Carmona. Jessica is a member of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church and a member of the Task Force.
There is a $10 suggested donation to defray production costs.
The play is inspired by the story of Elvira Arellano, an undocumented Mexican woman in Chicago whose story captured the nation's attention in 2006. Arellano took sanctuary in a Chicago church as she fought deportation and separation from her then-six-year-old son, Saul, an American citizen.
"Her story captured my heart," Jessica says. "Here was this brave, Latina Christian standing up against an unjust law and fighting for the rights of others from a faith-based perspective. Here was someone I could relate to, and support." (Read our interview with the playwright.)
First produced in 2014 at the Clarion Theater by New York Communities for Change, and later at the 2015 NYC International Fringe Festival (where it received positive reviews), the play was presented as a staged reading at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in April 2017. The play then had a full production in Chicago in August 2017. Since then, the play has also been presented at Adelphi University, Long Island University, Montclair State University and other universities. The playwright has received critical feedback after each performance, and this newest version of the play reflects the feedback as well as refinements based on current events.
With this production, the Task Force hopes to stimulate continued conversation regarding the issues it raises. A discussion will follow the performance.