a note from ARTISTIC DIRECTOR By Hilary Bettis Directed by Jo Bonney

Seventy-two miles. That's the space between a recently deported mother in Nogales, Mexico and her husband and children in Tucson, Arizona. It's distance measured in the graduations, anniversaries, and countless daily moments they spend apart— but also in the love that keeps them together, no matter where they are. Don't miss this profound and personal premiere from Juilliard playwright Hilary Bettis ("The Americans") and Jo Bonney (director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living).

Playwright Hilary Bettis began working on 72 Miles to Go… five years ago, and we have been developing it with her for the past two. While the issues the play brings up have been permeating our news cycle for years, they also make up the real, personal stories of many Americans who have been living in fear and in limbo for their whole lives. In bringing these stories to life onstage here in New York City, Hilary is giving a humanity and an immediacy to the situation at the southern border.

72 Miles to Go… is a very timely play, but I have been struck since my first encounter with the script that its relevance and importance have only deepened as time has passed. Throughout the family’s daily phone calls, quibbles, triumphs, and worries, they remind each other, “el amor no tiene fronteras”—love has no borders. This is a message that bears repeating today and every day, and I can think of no better way to share it than by bringing Hilary’s work to life on our stage.

WHERE: Tucson, Arizona

WHEN: The play spans eight years, from 2008 to 2016.

*Chicano is a word that has been used since the early 20th century to describe people

of Mexican origin living in the United States.

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