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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Navigating the Red Tape: Staging the Bureaucracy of DACA Immigration Politics in Dreamers: Aqui Y Alla
by Bossier, Elizabeth Paige, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 16; 10784543
Abstract (Summary)

In the wake of President Trump’s announcement to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), a CalRep production devised in support of the Program was performed in the Spring of 2018. “DREAMers: Aquí y Allá” urged students to take action against this cancellation in support of DREAMers. The set design, inspired by Jasper Johns’s Flag, provided an opportunity to create a bureaucratic environment that questioned national identity by fabricating the iconic symbol of the United States flag from DACA, DREAMers’, and work permit paperwork. The emergence from anonymity provided by DACA and the risk evident by its cancellation was exemplified by the use of shadows cast on the flag and a red tape border crossing “game” the audience participated in to be seated. Collaboration between the directors and design team created a unified production in support of the DREAMers’ cause.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Korogodsky, Danila
Commitee: Jacques, David Martin, Smith, Nancy Jo
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Theater
Keywords: DACA, Dreamers, Set design
Publication Number: 10784543
ISBN: 978-0-438-14822-2
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