“Everything that happens along the border, it’s all connected,” says playwright Marisela Orta about writing Woman on Fire.
In conjunction with the West Coast premiere of Woman on Fire, the playwright talked to theatre critic Lily Janiak of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Q: The initial impulse for “Woman on Fire” came long before recent news broke about children getting separated from their families at our borders. Do you think that adds a different dimension to the play?
A: Everything that happens along the border, it’s all connected. … The border is something that we have to grapple with as a society: how we treat this border versus how we treat, say, the border with Canada, but also the U.S.’ relationship to Latin America and how it’s destabilized those countries. We often forget how we’ve created the crisis that’s created refugees coming north. We need those reminders.
Read the rest of Lily Janiak’s interview here: https://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/In-Woman-on-Fire-playwright-Orta-brings-13171974.php