Building the Wall

The UF Center for Arts in Medicine is collaborating with the Civic Media Center and several other community stakeholders and UF organizations to present a production of the play “Building the Wall” by Robert Schenkkan.

Written within weeks after President Trump’s election to office, “Building The Wall” projects the consequences of anti-immigration campaign rhetoric turned federal policy. Two years into the Trump presidency, that policy has resulted in the mass round-up of millions of undocumented immigrants, with their incarceration overflowing into private prisons and camps reminiscent of another century. The former warden of one facility, Rick, is awaiting sentencing for what happened under his watch. In a riveting interview with Gloria, a historian who has come seeking the truth, he gradually reveals how the unthinkable became the inevitable.

The play will run for one weekend at the Civic Media Center in downtown Gainesville, with a preview performance on the Nov. 21 and performances on Nov. 22 and 23 — all at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.). There will also be a Sunday Matinee performance on the Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Each performance, including preview, will conclude with a talkback with the audience surrounding the events of the play and the US immigration system. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10. Ticket proceeds will be donated to The Human Rights Coalition’s Community ID Drive.