Laura Wiley Theater & Goodman Theatre 2007/2008
"Should be performed before a full session of the U.S. Congress." Hedy Weiss Chicago Sun-Times
I come from riding the tops of freight trains across la bestia, flying across the Atlantic Ocean, hiding beneath clothes in a pickup truck headed for Los Angeles. I come from farming, shoemaking, scavenging, construction, demolition, busing tables. I come from my long-distance love for the family I left behind, my devotion to the family that came with me, my dreams for the family I created here. I come from being a citizen, refugee, resident, alien — I come from being American.
Aqui Estoy. I am here. In Chicago, in Albany Park, in the audience, on the stage. Aqui Estoy.
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Play focuses on life of undocumented workers
The struggles of undocumented immigrants take center stage in a revival of a play based in Chicago’s Northwest Side. The Albany Park Theater Project tells the story of day laborers, and a teen struggling without a Social Security number. Chicago Public Radio’s Lynette Kalsnes has this report.