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CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE RETURN OF WATERWELL’S “THE COURTROOM” A RE-ENACTMENT OF DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 02:44 pm EDT 10/18/19

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR

THE RETURN OF WATERWELL’S

“THE COURTROOM”

A RE-ENACTMENT OF DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS

TRANSCRIPTS ARRANGED BY ARIAN MOAYED

DIRECTED BY LEE SUNDAY EVANS

THE VERBATIM PRODUCTION RETURNS FOR MONTHLY PERFORMANCES BEGINNING OCTOBER 24

BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES, STEPHANIE J. BLOCK, AND THOMAS SADOSKI JOIN MEMBERS OF THE ORIGINAL CAST FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY AT JUDSON MEMORIAL CHURCH

Waterwell today announced the return of The Courtroom, a re-enactment of deportation proceedings, with text arranged from real court transcripts by Waterwell co-founder and Tony Award® nominee Arian Moayed, and featuring direction by Waterwell Artistic Director and Obie Award® winner Lee Sunday Evans. The production, which had a sold-out run earlier this year, will play a series of special, one-night engagements in civic venues around New York City.

Due to popular demand, Waterwell is producing one performance each month throughout the season, to give more audiences a chance to experience this intimate encounter with our nation's immigration court system. The first performance will take place at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South) on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00pm.

The Courtroom will feature a rotating cast throughout the year. The complete cast for the performance on October 24 is Happy Anderson, Tony Award® winner Stephanie J. Block, Hanna Cheek, Mick Hilgers, three-time Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James, Nick Mills, Pat Ravey, Obie Award winner Thomas Sadoski, and Kristin Villanueva.

The Courtroom will then perform on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00pm at the Center at West Park in the Historic West Park Presbyterian Church (165 W. 86th Street). Tickets are $25 and available now at waterwell.org.

The Courtroom is a re-enactment of deportation proceedings. In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. Citizen came to this country on a K3 Visa. After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Bloomington, IL, receiving a voter registration card in the mail, and voting, her removal proceeding was set in motion. It began in Immigration Court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The Courtroom is performed entirely verbatim from the court transcripts.

The upcoming performances of The Courtroom are supported by show sponsors Ruth and Stephen Hendel for October 24 and Kathleen Clark and Richard Frankel for November 21.

Additional performances and casting for future engagements will be announced soon.
ABOUT WATERWELL

Waterwell (Lee Sunday Evans, Artistic Director; Adam J. Frank, Managing Director; Heather Lanza, Director of Education; Arian Moayed, co-founder and Board Chair) is a civic-minded theater and education company creating and teaching contemporary performance that grapples with pressing social, economic and political questions of our time. The company’s most recent production, The Courtroom, which The New York Times called “theater as civic meditation,” was a verbatim re-enactment of deportation proceedings performed in active legal spaces around New York City, including the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse. This Memorial Day weekend, Waterwell produced the first annual Fleet Week Follies, a festival of food and family activities for active duty and veteran members of the military and their families. Waterwell’s education program, the Waterwell Drama Program, has been in residence at the Professional Performing Arts School (PPAS) since 2010, where it delivers top-quality, year-round, in-school theater training to over 200 NYC public school students.
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