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Undocumented Students, 'In and Out of Shadows'


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Roberto Larios, 21, (R) holds a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival application as he waits with hundreds of other undocumented immigrants to apply for a deportation reprieve in August, 2012.
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Roberto Larios, 21, (R) holds a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival application as he waits with hundreds of other undocumented immigrants to apply for a deportation reprieve in August, 2012.

Poet and playwright Gary Soto has spent a good part of his life writing about the migrant laborers he grew up with in the San Joaquin Valley. In a new play set to run at San Francisco's Marsh Theater, Soto decided to tackle the newest generation of immigrants: the undocumented students struggling to stay in school and keep their parents from being deported. We talk to the poet and the theater's co-founder about this new work, as well as some young immigrants trying to stay in the United States.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Gary Soto, poet, playwright and author of 11 poetry collections including the poem "Oranges" and the play "In and Out of Shadows," for the Marsh Youth Theater
  • Adan Ruiz, former undocumented immigrant who is now a permanent resident and actor playing the role of Juan One in the play "In and Out of Shadows"
  • Emily Klion, director and co-founder of the Marsh Youth Theater
  • Putri Siti Dyannie, undocumented student from Indonesia who was interviewed for the play "In and Out of Shadows"

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