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UTEP's 'Living Out' looks at immigration

September 22, 2013


Sept. 22--With Congress about to take up immigration reform this fall, a play opening this week at UTEP becomes all the more timely.

On the surface, Lisa Loomer's comedy-drama "Living Out" -- which will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2:30 and 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Fox Fine Arts Studio Theatre -- is about two women, a professional and her nanny.

Both want a better life for their children.

But Nancy is white, a well-to-do and a mom.

Ana is Salvadoran, poor and an illegal immigrant who has left her own child behind.

On a deeper level, the play examines their

similarities and differences while peering into American values, views on immigration, and the reasons people cross our borders illegally.

Newsday has described it as "both generous and merciless, equally enjoyable and disturbing."

"While similar in some ways, differences in race, class and status keep the women from truly knowing each other," according to a release from the UTEP theater department. "Both women must make difficult decisions while realizing that sacrifices may come at a greater price."

UTEP theater student Lluvia Almanza directs the Studio Theatre production, which stars fellow theater students Avery Segapeli and Denisse Mendoza in

the lead roles.

It's the first of two Studio Theatre shows, and the kick-off of the UTEP theater and dance department's 2013-2014 season.

The main stage season opens with a production of "The Scarlet Letter," starring Frontera Repertory Theatre Ensemble artistic director Kathryn Smith-McGlynn as Hester Prynne. Those performances are Oct. 25-Nov. 3 in Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre.

Tickets for "Living

Out" cost $13; $11 for seniors, military, non-UTEP students, and UTEP faculty and staff; and $9 for UTEP students.

Tickets are on sale at the door and through Ticketmaster outlets, and 800-745-3000.

Information:, 747-5118.


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