UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa — Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Galleries, in collaboration with the Center for the Performing Arts, will present the interactive event, "Migrant Stories," via Zoom from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. Register via zoom or join with this Meeting ID: 953 6552 8259.
Join playwright Andrea Thome in a live question-and-answer session about migrant stories and the creation of "Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)". Afterward, participants will have an opportunity to memorialize migrants by virtually participating in "Hostile Terrain 94."
The event will highlight both the exhibit "Hostile Terrain 94," as well as "Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)," a contemporary theater work, produced by En Garde Arts, that the Center for the Performing Arts plans to present in fall 2021. While each project takes a different perspective, they work collectively to bring to light many stories of Latin American immigrants and their migration to the United States.
"Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)" was written by Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright Thome, who used interviews with immigrants living in New York City to create a play depicting the realities of migrant life. The play is a celebration of Latin American communities and culture, plus an exposition of the fear strict ICE regulations impose on migrants. Thome will attend Migrant Stories to discuss the play, her experiences interviewing both legal and undocumented immigrants in New York City, and the challenges of writing Fandango.
"Hostile Terrain 94" is an interactive art piece created by Jason DeLeon, director of the Undocumented Migration Project, which is on exhibit in Art Alley through Nov. 20. The exhibition, one of 94 global installations organized by the Undocumented Migration Project, is a participatory art project that brings awareness to the humanitarian crisis occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border.