Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nelson’s Declassified Immigration Survival Guide-- Come See THIS WAY OUT

By Christine Mason 

          If you’re a 00’s kid, you are probably familiar with nickelodeon’s hit TV series Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, a show in which main character Ned Bigby takes middle school by storm with help from his two close friends Moze and Cookie. In this series, Ned gives tips to the audience about how to survive middle school without superpowers or a fast-forward button. Ned and his friends deal with real-life situations put into a comical setting, and the watchers actually gain some insight into life during middle school. Unlike most other television shows, Ned breaks the “fourth wall” and actually speaks to his audience, acting as a real guide. 

           Wouldn’t it be nice to have a guide like this at a different stage in your life? Imagine someone being there to tell you what to expect based off of their own life experiences. Or how about an event or a situation that you may not find yourself in, but you wish to be more educated about? This would provide you with a personal narrative about an experience that people around you are facing.

           Let’s think of something current—a real issue that some families may be facing in the United States today. Our current President, Donald Trump, has had quite a few things to say about immigrants and their deportation. The treatment and respect given to some of these people may be limited, especially over the last few months.

          Playwright Annie Rosenberg has brought you a “guide” of this kind in her new play This Way Out, in which Nelson Ferreira finds out his family has been deported from Canada and is forced to move out in less than a week. Teenage Nelson speaks to us about his feelings of finally belonging to a country—only to have his family treated like criminals and kicked out of a house that they rightfully own on another normal day. How will Nelson bring this issue to light? Is there a solution? Come see This Way Out to learn about Nelson’s journey.

THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg 
The last thing Nelson Ferreira expects when he gets home from school is the shocking news that his family are illegal aliens who’ve just found out that they’re being deported in less than a week. Nelson’s furious at this parents and has no intention of leaving his friends, his home and his city to go live on some backwater island. But he quickly discovers, intentions and reality are often worlds apart. In This Way Out, we follow Nelson’s heartbreaking journey through anger, fear and grief as he struggles to accept his fate.

Saturday, July 15th at 9pm 
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm 
Tuesday, July 25th at 7pm 
Wednesday, July 26th at 9pm 

Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office 
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office

At the Theatre at St. Clement's 
423 West 46th Street, NYC 
Between 9th & 10th Avenue

For tickets click here.

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