Sanctuary is a play based on real events and real people. In this opening scene, we meet Carol and Mica as they set out to investigate what they believe to be a refugee crisis in 1981. They have uncovered harsh truths about Central Americans, mostly Salvadorans, fleeing war. They are being detained by border patrol under the US Immigration and Naturalization Service's orders and are being coerced against political asylum applications. Mica and Carol set out to help refugees apply for political asylum, but first they must convince the detainees one by one that they can be trusted.
Sanctuary: Short Interview with Playwright Milta Ortiz and Play Excerpt
Milta Ortiz is a playwright, theatre maker, and writer from the Bay Area, who now calls Tucson, AZ, home. Recently, she finished Pilar and Paloma, a play commissioned by Pima Community College, where she teaches theatre and directed The Sun Serpent (Fall 2019). Her play Judge Torres (2019) premiered at Milagro Theatre and went on to a university national tour. Milta received National Education Association and National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures grants to develop and produce her plays: Sanctuary (2018) and Más (2015), which had several productions around the country. Milta wishes to thank Lupe Castillo for first sharing this bit of history with her. She thanks Margo Cowan, John Fife, Father Ricardo Elford, and Pat Corbett for sharing their memories with her; Barclay Goldsmith and Marc David Pinate for their dramaturgical support; and her daughter for giving her time to write. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milta Ortiz; Sanctuary: Short Interview with Playwright Milta Ortiz and Play Excerpt. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2020; 9 (1): 116–123. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.1.116
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