Panel to Discusss 'Immigration Today' at Sierra Madre Playhouse on April 29

Published : Monday, April 23, 2018 | 11:14 AM

In connection with its production of The Immigrant, the true story of a Jewish refugee from Russia making a life in Texas starting in 1909, the Sierra Madre Playhouse presents a panel discussion with the theme Immigration Today. The challenges facing immigrants coming to the United States in 2018 are no less urgent and compelling today than they were 109 years ago.

The panelists include Ahilan Arulanantham, Director of Advocacy/ Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient; Luis Nolasco, Community Engagement and Policy Advocate; and Andres Kwon, Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow.

All three work primarily on immigration issues, and all three have engaging and absorbing stories to tell.

This event could not be more timely. Its moment is now.

This event takes place at Sierra Madre Playhouse on Sunday, April 29, 2018  following the conclusion of the 2:30 p.m. performance of the play The Immigrant. Admission to the panel event is free. Reservations are not necessary.

It precedes the 2:30 p.m. matinee performance of The Immigrant, which is a ticketed event.

The Immigrant. Written by Mark Harelik. Directed by Simon Levy. Produced by Christian Lebano. Presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse. At Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. Ample free parking behind Playhouse. An immigrant Jewish fruit peddler in Hamilton County, Texas in 1909 is befriended by an older Christian couple. Based on true events. April 20- May 26, 2018. Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun. at 2:30. Also, Sat. May 26 at 2:30. Admission: $40. Seniors (65+), $36. Youth (22 and under), $25. Reservations: (626) 355-4318 or



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