About the play:
Is it a crime to dream of improving one’s life . . . to take the steps necessary to do so? In 1987 a group of undocumented men were smuggled across the Mexican border into Texas. Locked in a train boxcar with their dreams, trapped in 120 degree temperatures, this is the true and tragic story upon which Paper Wing Theatre’s production of "Boxcar" is based.
Looking for a life in the United States, six Mexicans and a teen from El Salvador wait for someone, even the border patrol, to open their sealed boxcar in the insufferable heat.”
Roberto is just doing his job and deporting illegal aliens along with his partner Bill. Meanwhile, six Mexicans and an El Salvadorian teen are riding in a hermetically sealed boxcar. They feel they are going to get across safely until the engine develops mechanical problems. The boxcar they are hiding in is left in the desert for many hours. Manual, a jovial character, refuses to give up. He pleads for all to remain calm and conserve their air. Finally the border officers come, but it is too late for all but one man.
The multiple award winning play, written by California playwright Silvia Gonzalez S. and directed by Peninsula local Linda Felice, runs from April 5-21, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm in the Gallerie at Paper Wing, 320 Hoffman, Monterey.