CLANDESTINO: (secret; illegal; underground)

Clandestino, the title of Manu Chao's song about immigration, is also the name of a new play about the 2008 ICE raids of a Kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. The word is defined as "secret, illegal, or underground." Its multiple meanings are explored in the new show at Mixed Blood, both in relation to the hidden way food is made in a slaughterhouse, and the word's use as a slang term for an illegal immigrant, says Cory Hinkle, one of the writers. Director Jeremy Wilhelm began working on the piece in 2003 in collaboration with Victoria Stewart, who went to graduate school with him in Iowa. The original production was created before the raids, and was based on a book by Stephen Bloom about the multiculturalism that had emerged in Postville. After the raids, Wilhelm and Stewart decided to revisit the piece, looking at how cultural diversity is working in our society, how we are getting work done, and how we are making food. David Wilhelm, Jeremy's brother, has created the music for the production, and the diverse cast — which includes Spanish speakers and Jewish actors — have collaborated to translate parts of the script and offer perspectives from their own cultures. (Image by Stephen Cartmell)
Mondays, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: June 15. Continues through June 23, 2012

 
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