Thursday, July 29, 2010
Local actors stage a street performance to poke fun and raise questions about Arizona’s controversial new immigration law.
If you’re walking past Trade and Tryon Streets today between noon and 1 p.m., you may be asked for your "papers" by a small group of actors. The local troupe, led by screenwriter Glenn Hutchinson, plans to use some subtle guerrilla tactics to get the lunch crowd's attention.
“We don’t want to be to confrontational,” Hutchinson said. “But hopefully that will stop someone to say what are you talking about.”
Hutchinson says the play dramatizes how Arizona’s SB 1070 could lead to racial profiling and violate the Bill of Rights. Local actors include Cecilia Becerra, Javier Gonzalez, Nuri Antomarchy, Patrick Mawn, Sarah Provencal, Cindy Kistenberg, and Holly Howell.
A federal judge took a large swipe at the law yesterday when she blocked two of the most controversial sections. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's injunction affects a requirement that police determine the immigration status of people they stop and think are in the country illegally. She also forbade the state from charging anyone with failure to possess immigration documents, a crime under the new law.
Hutchinson said yesterday afternoon that he was “happy to be under the stress to rewrite the play,” but added that the struggle for immigrant rights is far from over. The Arizona governor and supporters of the law expressed confidence that the law would be upheld under appeal.
An uptown rally opposing the Arizona law is still scheduled for tonight at 6:30 in Marshall Park.