New York-based theatre company Waterwell will present the world premiere of The Courtroom, a site-specific re-enactment of deportation proceedings. Waterwell Artistic Director and Obie winner Lee Sunday Evans will helm the late-January event, which lifts excerpts from courtroom transcripts, as arranged by Tony nominee and Waterwell co-founder Arian Moayed.
Performances will take place January 23 and 26 at Fordham University School of Law and January 24 and 25 at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse. Casting will be announced at a later date.
The performance piece recounts the hearings of an immigrant from the Philippines on a K3 Visa who faced deportation once she inadvertently registered to vote in Chicago and voting after receiving a registration card. The case began in Immigration Court before being heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
"As an immigrant from Iran, I can't tell you how profound and life-changing it is to have become a United States citizen," said Moayed in a statement. "I have benefited so much from the incredible resources that this country has given my parents, brothers, sister, and children. I also recognize—in a deeply personal way—how difficult it is to come to this country as a stranger and navigate American cultures, new languages, and the overpowering bureaucracy of the law. These actual transcripts give an invaluable insight on how difficult it can be for a new immigrant in an unfamiliar environment."