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Local theater group stages Staten Island play about immigration

New Yorkers have a few days left to experience the theatrical play, "La Ruta," which will be staged this weekend at Staten Island's Snug Harbor Cultural Center. The play is about the plight of immigrants who come to the United States without legal permission.

Anyone who is familiar with the difficulties associated with the path to U.S. permanent residency or citizenship will appreciate this production by Working Theater. The play, which may not be appropriate for people under age 13, is actually set within a 48-foot truck, suggesting the severe conditions people have to endure to pursue a better life in the United States.

A photography exhibition will follow the play, and audience members will have a chance to experience images from the Magnum Photos Foundation archive, which includes images that illustrate the struggles and triumphs of immigrants living in the country without legal documentation.

According to a producer for Working Theater, the goal of the production is "to challenge our diverse communities to consider the experience of this large, yet too often misrepresented immigrant constituency."

"La Ruta" is about 70 minutes long, and the play will continue running from May 9 through May 12.

General feelings about U.S. immigration law are changing by the day. Most people support an easier path to citizenship, but immigrants still need to take the necessary legal steps to achieve their goals. Being active in your community, fully learning the citizenship requirements and consulting with an immigration attorney are all solid steps toward achieving a change of immigration status.

Source:, "'La Ruta' installation documents immigrant experience through May 12 on Staten Island," May 9, 2013

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