"This is theater as civic meditation."
- The New York Times
In 2004, an immigrant from the Philippines who was married to a U.S. Citizen came to this country on a K3 Visa. After inadvertently registering to vote at the DMV in Bloomington, IL, receiving a voter registration card in the mail, and voting, her removal proceedings were set in motion.
It began in Immigration Court and her case was eventually heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The Courtroom is performed entirely verbatim from court transcripts.
As part of an ongoing exploration of belonging, immigration, and what it means to be a U.S. Citizen today, Waterwell is presenting monthly performances of The Courtroom at civic venues around New York City.