Waterwell’s “The Courtroom” Talkback
Join Micropolis host Arun Venugopal for a unique talkback of Waterwell’s production of The Courtroom, a site-specific play that reenacts deportation proceedings. The show features authentic text compiled from real court transcripts by Tony Award nominee Arian Moayed, co-founder of Waterwell, and directed by Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans, the artistic director of Waterwell.
The performance stars a cast of notable actors, including Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant, four-time Obie Award winner Happy Anderson, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Michael Braun, Hanna Cheek, Michael Bryan French, Mick Hilgers, Linda Powell, and Kristin Villanueva.
Based on a true story, The Courtroom depicts the deportation proceedings of an immigrant from the Philippines who mistakenly registered to vote and voted after arriving in the United States on a K-3 visa in 2004. The show features verbatim court transcripts from the woman’s case, which was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Following the performance, there will be a discussion with the cast and crew.