Boxcar / El Vagon
Tragedy 8 M Unit Full length
“Looking for a life in the United States, six Mexicans and a teen from El Salvador wait for someone, even the border patrol, to open their sealed boxcar in the insufferable heat.”
Roberto is just doing his job and deporting illegal aliens along with his partner Bill. Meanwhile, five Mexicans and an El Salvadorian teen are riding in a hermetically sealed boxcar. They feel they are going to get across safely until the engine develops mechanical problems. The boxcar they are hiding in is left in the desert for many hours. Manual, a jovial character, refuses to give up. He pleads for all to remain calm and conserve their air. His pleas are ridiculed by Francisco who has been scarred by misfortune. Finally the border officers come, but it is too late for all but one man.
Produced and remounted by The Original Theatre Works, Lee Korf Playwriting Award, a participant in the Greater Los Angeles Drama Fest, in the Portland International Theatre Festival as Part of the Miracle Theater Group’s Milagro Staged Reading Series, a staged reading at Body Politic Theater, the Bilingual Foundation on the Arts, a workshop at The Seattle Group Theater, and presented at the Arizona Commission on the Arts conference.
“The passion of the five immigrants transcends language; their longing for their destination is palpable in their physicality.” – Backstage
“…a moving snapshot from the front lines…elegantly designed and fiercely acted…” – Village Voice