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The Detention Lottery – Festival Reading #8



Hollins Playwrights Festival 2021

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Event Details

Date: 07/25/2021

Start time: 16:00

End time: 18:00

Venue: Hollins Playwright's Lab on Zoom

Address: , Roanoke, , 24020


Again this summer, due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, the 2021 Hollins Playwrights Festival readings will be presented live online via Zoom (all times Eastern). All readings are free and open to the public. But tickets will be limited.

The Detention Lottery
Written by Margaret ODonnell
Directed by Keiko Carreiro

The play came to life in the spring of 2018, when deportation, threats of deportation, the official policy of separating children from their parents, and zero tolerance meant immigration detention centers were bulging with detainees. It was born of the despair of an immigration attorney, and the fact that mere statistics about the scope of the injustice and inhumanity could not really help Americans understand what was being done in their names. Since the public is not welcome in immigration courtrooms, this play brings the audience inside a US immigration detention center courtroom for one hour, to observe, from the detainees perspective, why immigration courts have been called, by one immigration judge life and death decisions in a traffic court setting.

About the Festival:
Each summer at the end of July, we present a three-day event showcasing readings of student work from the Playwrights Lab. Normally, these eight readings are minimally staged at Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage for the general public and close to a dozen guest professional responders from all over the globe.


After making your reservation, you will get an email with a confirmation of your request, but it won’t include the Zoom link or event instructions. YOU WILL GET AN EMAIL ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE THE EVENT WITH THE LINK TO THE PERFORMANCE and any additional directions specific to the event.

You can join the event up to 15 minutes before the start time. Running time is approximately 90 minutes. with a short Q&A to follow. DON’T LIVE ON THE EAST COAST? PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THE TIME DIFFERENCE!

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