By John Moore
"Boston Calling," a BBC radio program that puts a global perspective on the American experience, is currently exploring the issues raised in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s recent world-premiere play, "Just Like Us."
The episode, titled “Between Immigrant and Citizen” and reported by Jason Margolis, talks about “how the play is trying to humanize the national debate over immigration reform.”
Interview subjects include author Helen Thorpe, playwright Karen Zacarías, actor Yunuen Pardo and the real-life Yadira, whose mother is deported in the play. The reporter directly asks the woman why her family should get a pass to stay in the U.S. when they came here illegally. The report points out that President Obama has recently implemented a program that blocks deportation of young immigrants in good standing like Yadira.
Video podcast: Denver business leaders say time is now for “Just Like Us” - and immigration reform:
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Video podcast: Playwright Karen Zacarias, author Helen Thorpe:
Our “Just Like Us” YouTube Playlist: All our video coverage of the show in one place, including brief “meet the cast” video interviews.