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Building the Wall

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How a Revolutionary New Play Takes Aim at President Trump's Immigration Policies
"A tour-de-force!”
Broadway World

“A must see!”
TimeOut Los Angeles
A scorcher of a play with gripping storytelling.” - Variety
Urgent and powerful theater.” - Hollywood Reporter
What Schenkkan has to say must be heard.” - DC Theater Scene
“Superb!” Daily News 
"Schenkkan methodically walks us through a series of policy initiatives and plausible public catastrophes to cook up a gruesome dystopia akin to the 20th and 21st century's cruelest atrocities...this ultrafast dramatic response sets a constructive precedent for writers, producers and audiences.Washington Post
“Remarkable! Compelling!” KCRW
"MAGNIFICENT! Building the Wall should be seen and shuddered over, if only to heighten our collective vigilance. The theater historically has provided a forum for citizens to contemplate the agonizing issues of the day, and it's heartening to see Schenkkan and the Fountain respond with such celerity to present dangers." - Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times 
"MESMERIZING! Simmers with of-the-moment urgency. A cautionary tale, but more importantly, a call to action." - The Hollywood Reporter 
"GRIPPING! Timely and relevant." - LA Splash 
"ONE HELL OF A SCARY PLAY! Topical and theoretically accurate...a necessary wake-up call." - Edge Media Network 
"A DYSTOPIAN VISION! Schenkkan executes his tale skillfully, Michael Michetti has cast and directed it well, and the two actors perform superbly." - Stage Raw

City Theatre's BUILDING THE WALL Talk-Back Schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 5 @ 7:30 PM          Talk-back @ 9:00 PM

Talk-back: "A Conversation with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Current Reality of Immigrant Detention and Deportation in the United States"

A conversation with Alia Al-Khatib and Michelle Llosa of the South Florida office of the Southern Poverty Law Center; Moderator: Alicia Zuckerman, WLRN

Friday, Oct. 6 @ 7:30 PM               Talk-back @ 9:00 PM   *Spanish audio translation available

Talk-back: "South Florida Immigration 101 - the Al Justice Nitty Gritty - Including the DREAMERS Perspective"

With Executive Director of Americans for Immigrant Justice Cheryl Little, Director of Famiily Defense Program Adonia Simpson and DREAMERS 

Saturday, Oct. 7 @ 3:00 PM           Talk-back @ 4:30 PM     *Creole audio translation available

Talk-back: "A Conversation with the ACLU about Undocumented Immigrants and the American Criminal Justice System"

With Chanel Jefferson, Juan Michelen and Michael Murray; Moderator: Luis Hernandez, WLRN

Saturday, Oct. 7 @ 7:30 PM         Talk-back @ 9:00PM

Talk-back: "Breaking Bread for Understanding with the Muslim Community of South Florida"

With Kate Cruz (Founder of the Syrian Women's Supper Club), Sahar Sheikh (President of the Muslim Women of South Florida) and Dr. Abdul Hamid Samra (Imam & Religious Director, Islamic Center of Greater Miami); Moderator: Nadege Green, WLRN

Sunday, Oct. 8 @ 3:00 PM           Talk-back @4:30 PM       * ASL translation available

Talk-back: "Inside/Outside: Both Sides of Immigration"

With immigration attorneys Atara Eig, Ana Maria Candela, Esq., Managing Partner of the Immigration Law Firm of Candela + Eig + Jurgens, Randall McGrorty, CEO of Catholic Charities Legal Services and Robert Bell, Esq., Immigration Law Expert

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  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Intermissions: None
  • Parental Guide: Ages 16+

The Adrienne Arsht Center provides this information to help you make informed decisions when bringing young people to performances. These are recommendations – you are the expert in deciding what your children should see and know best how to help them enjoy their theatergoing experience. Every guest, regardless of age, must have a ticket; babies-in-arms are not admitted to any performance.

Monday, January 1



“A tour-de-force!” Broadway World

“A must-see show!”   TimeOut Los Angeles


"Urgent and powerful theater." Hollywood Reporter



NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall – the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), directed by City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret Ledford.

Written immediately prior to the recent presidential election, BUILDING THE WALL is a hard-hitting new play inspired by angry campaign rhetoric, and threatening promises made law, that leads to a terrifying escalation of horrifying events.

It's 2019 and the US has suffered another terrorist attack. Declaring martial law, the government has swept up and detained millions of immigrants. Rick is a former supervisor of a private detention facility overwhelmed by detainees and chaos. Found guilty of unspeakable crimes, he now awaits sentencing in federal prison. Gloria is an African-American historian who arrives for an interview, compelled to uncover and write about the truth.

This riveting, harrowing, and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning, and reveals the human cost, of what happens when America decides to build the wall.

Join us for talk-backs after most performances. The discussions will focus on immigration and tolerance and with Robert Schenkkan, the Miami Conference of Christians and Jews, the American Civil Liberties Union, immigration experts, the League of Women Voters and many more. See the Events tab above for the full schedule. 

National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 200 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member theaters. Additional programs - its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, and MFA Playwrights Workshop; the NNPN Annual and Smith Prize commissions; its residencies for playwrights, producers and directors; and the organization’s member accessed Collaboration, Festival, and Travel banks and online information sessions - have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. NNPN also strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Its most recent project, the New Play Exchange, is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it by providing immediate access to information on more than 9,500 new plays by living writers. NNPN’s 30 Core and more than 75 Associate Members - along with the more than 150 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year - are creating the new American theater. |

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