Houses on the Moon's drama tells the true story of a teenaged boy from Guatemala who faced deportation after fleeing to the U.S. to escape gang life. Part of New York Theatre Workshop's 'Next Door at NYTW' series. More…
At fourteen, Edgar Chocoy fled Guatemala City and traveled over 3,000 miles in search of his mother, who left him when he was a baby to find work in the United States. Detained by the Department of Homeland Security, he pleaded with a Colorado judge not to deport him to Guatemala, where the gang he left had sentenced him to death. 'De Novo' provides a rare glimpse into the life of an 'unaccompanied alien minor' with a documentary play crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, letters, and extensive interviews.
See it if You want to see one deportation case of a young immigrant’s experience in our justice system acted out.
Don't see it if You want some mindless entertainment or if you don’t like to mix politics with your entertainment.
See it if 2019 version at Kingsborough C.C. Ms Weiner still in the cast Powerful story that has to be told. Catch it when it comes near you. Talkback
Don't see it if Not enough publicity so audience much too light.. 60 minutes.Only one performance.
See it if you're interested in a documentary style play which sadly recounts the struggles of a young asylum seeker and a broken immigration system.
Don't see it if you're looking for something fun and frivolous, or don't want to consider important social and political issues in America.
See it if You appreciate a documentary approach to difficult political situations and have an open mind about immigration and deportation.
Don't see it if You want distance from the performance.
See it if you like shows that deal with important topics but don't offer any easy solutions
Don't see it if you prefer light fluffy entertainment more than shows that deal with tough issues facing today's world.
See it if you want a front-row seat into the deportation process. It's a heart-breaking story told in a unique way.
Don't see it if you're not open to changing your mind on aggressive deportation policies.
See it if you want to see a powerful representation of a true childhood deportation story which gives insight to makes you think about the outcome.
Don't see it if you like light stories, you have a hard time with intensity in intimate settings, you do not enjoy stories/scripts taken from reality.
See it if you love a true story that will shatter you. This play is so relevant now. You must see it.
Don't see it if you don't want to learn about immigration issues that plague so many. Get thee to West 4th Street.
See it if Interested in topical show about undocumented immigration and the system. Find shoes based upon real events and documents intersections
Don't see it if Want a lighthearted show or musical. Want a full fledged show with elaborate sets and production values. Don’t like shows with political pov
See it if You feel strongly about the political isssues regarding undocumented immigrants.
Don't see it if You expect theatre to be more than just “morally good”
See it if you are at all concerned about what values the USA represents in the 21st century of today and understand that we are facing a reckoning ...
Don't see it if you don't like political theater, and amazingly and surprisingly political theater that will move you to tears
See it if A timely work considering all the strife created as the courts tear families apart
Don't see it if If you are not interested in learning about families who are migrating
See it if you see the value in seeing today's real-world stories through the lens of art. De Novo is a phenomenal docu-theatre experience.
Don't see it if you are only going to the theater looking for an escape from the news of the real world, but this play does offer an opportunity to process.
Also A beautiful piece of art. I highly recommend it.
See it if You are interested in theatre that has a political theme and enjoy a good acting ensemble.
Don't see it if Don't want to be exposed to controversial subject matter in a theatrical setting
See it if you're interested in the plight of minors seeking asylum. Edgar's true story is maddening, saddening. Good projections. 4 actors=many parts
Don't see it if you demand highly polished plays. DN is not great theater, but it is great social criticism. The short talkback afterwards was worthwhile.
See it if you'd be interested in a dramatized presentation (as opposed to a 'play') of what immigrants to this country face, legal & social issues
Don't see it if you're looking for some light-hearted entertainment; this is a serious offering
See it if you care about immigration issues, want to learn, can stay for the talk-back
Don't see it if you want a light night out or a traditional show, or if a great deal of dialogue in Spanish (and then translated) will annoy you
See it if look at US justice system- reading of documents of case of 1 undocumented Guatemalan gang member seeking asylum-serious & interestesting
Don't see it if You want light fluffy entertainment--It's a meaty well told look at relevant issues requiring attention and thought...
See it if You have any interest in Immigration issues and want to see a docudrama about one young man's life as he tries to seek asylum.
Don't see it if A very important play that leaves you thinking. Not for everyone, as it is not strictly for entertainment. Don't expect a happy ending.
See it if You care about deported children, you're open to a Spanish/English production that works well, you like a format like The Laramie Project.
Don't see it if You expect elaborate costumes or production numbers.