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Politically Charged Deferred Action to Make World Premiere

Cara Mía Theatre Co. will coproduce the play at Dallas Theater Center.

Ivan Jasso will star in the world premiere of Deferred Action at Dallas Theater Center.
Ivan Jasso will star in the world premiere of Deferred Action at Dallas Theater Center.
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Dallas Theater Center has announced the complete cast and creative team set for its world premiere of Deferred Action, a coproduction with Cara Mía Theatre Co. The play is cowritten by Cara Mía artistic director David Lozano (who also directs) and DTC director of new play development Lee Trull. Previews will begin with a pay-what-you-can performance on Wednesday, April 20, followed by a run through Saturday, May 14. The official press opening will be Friday, April 29.

Deferred Action follows Javier Mejía, one of the immigrants known as "Dreamers" who arrived in the U.S. as an undocumented minor. Now, after years in the States, he finds himself caught in the tangle of existing immigration laws, new presidential policies, and the harsh reality of living in the shadows.

Ivan Jasso will star as Javier Mejía, alongside fellow Cara Mía ensemble members Frida Espinosa Müller (Abue), Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso (Ximena), and Rodney Garza (Carrasquillo). The company also features Chamblee Ferguson (Jim), Brandon Potter (Jerry), Christie Vela (Nancy Rodriguez), Steven Michael Walters (Dale Jenkins), Elizabeth Ramos (Lisa), and Arturo Soria (Robby).

The creative team will include set designer Timothy R. Mackabee, costume designer Niki Hernandez-Adams, sound designer by Broken Chord, lighting designer Clifton Taylor, projection designer Caite Hevner Kemp, and wig designer Valerie Gladstone.

"It's a great honor to be a part of developing Deferred Action," says Lozano. "Cara Mía’s productions stir dialogue within our community and I am excited to partner with Dallas Theater Center to bring a play that speaks to the heart of issues that directly impacts our Latino community. This play gives both of our theaters and our audiences the opportunity to talk about what I think is the civil rights issue of our times — immigration reform for undocumented immigrants who need basic human rights while living in this country."

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