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The Courtroom: Performance and Conversation

The Courtroom: Performance and Conversation
Monday, May 6, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Program Fee: City Bar Member & FOLCS Members $20 | Nonmember: $35

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In partnership with the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, please join us for a special presentation of "The Courtroom," which is a re-enactment of specific cases entirely verbatim from court transcripts. This performance is a depiction of the deportation proceedings of the following case: In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. citizen came to this country on a K-3 visa (a.k.a. fiancée visa). After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Chicago, receiving a voter registration card in the mail and voting, her removal proceedings were set in motion. It began in immigration court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. This riveting and timely drama about real-world events features text arranged from actual court transcripts by Waterwell co-founder and Tony Award nominee Arian Moayed and directed by Waterwell Artistic Director and Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans.

This performance will be followed by a conversation about the legal pitfalls of the immigration process and the need for its reform, featuring Jeffrey S. Chase, former Immigration Judge, Victoria Neilson, the Chair of the City Bar's Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, Ravi Ragbir, community activist and immigrant rights advocate, Richard Hanus, the real-life Immigration Lawyer portrayed in "The Courtroom", and the Waterwell co-founder and Tony Award nominee Arian Moayed. The conversation will be moderated by FOLCS director, Thane Rosenbaum.

The cast will feature such notable actors as Kathleen Chalfant, Happy Anderson, Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles, Michael Braun, Hanna Cheek, Michael Bryan French, Mick Hilgers, Linda Powell, and Kristin Villanueva.
Sponsoring Association Committee:
Immigration and Nationality Law Committee, Victoria Neilson, Chair

Co-sponsoring organizations/firms:
Sethi & Mazaheri LLC
The Law Firm of Moumita Rahman, PLLC

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