Sep 29 2010

Josefina Lopez’ New Play ‘Detained in the Desert’ Tackles Immigration, Hate Speech

detained in the desertIn the new play, Detained in the Desert, a young Latina woman and an anti-immigrant radio host in Arizona each become entangled by the consequences of harsh immigration legislation. Detained in the Desert was written by Josephina Lopez, who co-wrote the screenplay for the hit film, Real Women Have Curves. Lopez emigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 5, and spent years living in fear of being deported. In 1987 she was a beneficiary of the Simpson-Rodino Amnesty bill, which legalized thousands of undocumented immigrants. Her new play is a satirical drama inspired by Arizona’s controversial immigration policy, SB 1070. Detained in the Desert opens this Friday, October 1st and runs for 12 performances at CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights. It is directed by Hector Rodriguez, a regular collaborator with Lopez and the resident director at CASA 0101.

Detained in the Desert performances happen on Friday October 1st through Sunday October 24th on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm. Tickets are available at CASA 0101’s website:, or by calling (323)263-7684. Casa0101 is located: 2009 East First Street, Los Angeles, in Boyle Heights.

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  1. polly hodgeon 01 Jun 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Is this play published yet? I would like to read it.
    Thank you.