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BERKELEY—Otherwise: Stories by Immigrant & Refugee Youth

August 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm


BERKELEY— From journeys for educational advancement to harrowing escapes from danger, immigrant youth’s lives are greatly affected by the global systems and societal influences of migration. How do they create a sense of belonging when they’re in a place that is clearly not welcoming them? Why are some immigrants accepted and others are not? How can they hold onto their human right to exist safely and securely without protection and respect? In Otherwise, the stories of immigrant and refugee teens are projected from the shadows onto a theater stage, and into the hearts and minds of audiences. The youth writers of Spotlight Projects have written texts which focus on how it feels to exist “in between worlds,” when identity, belonging, and security feel out of reach. The stories offer us a glimpse into their history, and their realities. The stories of Amjad, Euridice, Ivan, Joshua, Nahel, Oscar, and Sharaavi will be brought to the stage by an international cast of youth writers and professional theatremakers: Ivan Mendoza, José Montoya, Ely Orquiza, Diana Saaeed, and award-winning Dutch director Gable Roelofsen. The production is produced by Monica Back-Doherty and Fanneke Verhallen in partnership with Studio 52nd, Amsterdam. For tickets: 10% of Ticket Sales to be donated to Centro Legal de la Raza. Intersection for the Arts strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To be respectful of those with allergies and environmental sensitivities, please refrain from wearing strong fragrances. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility for a specific venue, please contact us. Don’t miss other upcoming performances of Otherwise: Sunday, August 4, 1 pm The New Parkway Theater, Oakland Wednesday, August 7, 8 pm Shotgun Players, Studio B, Berkeley Thursday, August 8, 6 pm Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Oakland Friday, August 9, 8 pm Manny’s, San Francisco For more information, please contact: Monica Back-Doherty at This performance is supported by a Humanities for All Quick Grant.


August 7, 2019
1:00 pm
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Intersection for the Arts
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Shotgun Players
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