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The Detention Lottery - Festival Reading #8
Hollins Playwright's Lab on Zoom
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The Detention Lottery - Festival Reading #8
Again this summer, due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, the 2021 Hollins Playwrights Festival readings will be presented live online via Zoom (all times Eastern). All readings are free and open to the public. But tickets will be limited.

The Detention Lottery
Written by Margaret ODonnell
Directed by Keiko Carreiro

Step behind the locked doors of an immigrant detention center.

Its 2018. Deportation, threats of deportation, the official policy of separating children from their parents, and "zero tolerance" meant immigration detention centers were bulging with detainees.  Mere statistics about the scope of the injustice and inhumanity cannot really help Americans understand what was being done in their names. The audience enters a U.S. immigration detention center courtroom to observe judges handing down, in the words of one immigration judge, life and death decisions in a traffic court setting. Since 2018, little has changed.

Judge - Bonny Branch
Clerk - Mimi Carr
Private Attorney - Sherilyn Lawson
DHS Attorney - JD Collins
ICE Guard/Guard/Stage Directions - Mike Moran
Jose Miguel/Edwin - Robert Asencio
Maria Luz - Tatiana Durant
Crisanto - Jonathan G Galvez
Mikhail - Richie Cannaday
Ary/Eun - Kimie Muroya
Emma - Reya Felton
Tiffany - Lindsay Bronston

About the Festival:
Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing readings of student work from the Playwrights Lab. Normally, these eight readings are minimally staged at Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe.


After making your reservation, you will get an email with a confirmation of your request, but it won't include the Zoom link or event instructions. YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE THE EVENT WITH THE LINK TO THE PERFORMANCE and any additional directions specific to the event.

You can join the event up to 15 minutes before the start time. Running time is approximately 90 minutes. with a short Q&A to follow. DON'T LIVE ON THE EAST COAST? PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE TIME DIFFERENCE!


Hollins Playwright's Lab on Zoom

Timezone: America/New_York
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