Teatro Inmigrante, (Immigrant Theater), composed mostly of women, was formed in 2001 by Lira and Wells in response to the immigrant bashing which had begun in such dead earnest nationwide. Inmigrante dramatizes the life and death issues confronting undocumented immigrants through its original plays, highlighting the contributions and accomplishments of Latino women, demonstrating that immigrant energy builds and nourishes this nation.
Teatro Inmigrante produces new plays drawing from the pages of Chicana/o history and modern-day life, such as:
- Regeneracion: Ricardo Flores Magon and the Mexican Revolution of 1910 (2010);
- Esperanza and Luz: A Tale of Two Immigrant Women (2009);
- Actos: Honest Sancha’s Used Mexican Lot, and The Two Faces of the Boss (2008).
This is a story about a farmworker family who has managed to stay healthy despite the ever present virus due to the vigilance and guidance of Mercedes, the mother. But one day Manuel the olderbrother makes a terrible mistake that threatens not only his life but also the lives of the ones that he loves. Can this family overcome the deadly grip of Covid 19 or will it too fall like so many before them? La Obra “Covid 19” (2021) https://youtu.be/7wFTQq_nu9k
Teatro Inmigrante received the Organizational Way of Peace Award (2007) from the Fresno Center for Nonviolence for “their intrepid work in theater and music of high excellence.”