Playwright/actor Raúl Castillo and director Jaime Castañeda both grew up near the Texas-Mexico border. That makes the two of them abundantly qualified to take on the site-specific piece Border Crossing, about the experiences of Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. illegally. Telling the details of that dangerous trip—and the people involved—is the point of Border Crossing. “These stories are about people who live 5 to 10 minutes from where this play takes place, and also those who live in Tijuana—people who have connections in San Diego, who work there, who spent their lives there,” says Castañeda, an associate artistic director at La Jolla Playhouse, who is helming the show based on a script by Castillo. The piece, presented by the Museum of Man—in association with La Jolla and the National Conflict Resolution Center—opens in June, and will use the museum and the canyons around it in Balboa Park as the set. Pro tip: Wear comfortable shoes.
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