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WET: A DACAmented Journey

In America, it should not be impossible to dream.

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NOV 8 - 25, 2018

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WET: A DACA-MENTED JOURNEY – SUPPLEMENTAL GUIDE

WET’s Alex Alpharaoh

Whether you are preparing to experience WET or you have seen it multiple times, there is a lot to process and dig deeper into. Knowing this, we put together a supplemental viewing guide to help get you started or continue your conversation. Inside you’ll find information about the artist, selections from our blog, and some of the resources we have used in preparation for the piece. Click here to access a PDF of the guide! Have…

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THE HIP-HOP SONGS THAT INSPIRE ALEX ALPHARAOH

Alex

The voice of Alpharaoh, as he’s known artistically, makes meaning of the experience through hip-hop lyricism. “I’m an MC first and then I’m everything else,” he says. “The storytelling aspect of what I’m able to do now really came from hip-hop music.” – WBUR’s profile on Alex Alpharaoh After reading WBUR’s in-depth profile, we asked WET‘s Alex Alpharaoh to name the hip-hop songs that inspired him most. Hit play to listen and read Alex’s…

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LET’S TALK ABOUT WET: A DACA-MENTED JOURNEY

WET’s Alex Alpharaoh

Thank you joining us for Cara Mia and Ignite/Arts’ production of WET: A DACA-mented Journey. Alex Alpharaoh gives us a lot to think about through this story of navigating constantly shifting policy and rhetoric around immigration. Some of us see ourselves represented in his story while others are receiving information and insight we’ve never heard before. Regardless, there are truths to grapple with and conversations to have. Did you learn something new? What is a…

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The Boston Globe interviews WET’s Alex Alpharaoh: “I’m tired of hiding. I’m a human being.”

Alex

“I can walk out of this theater,” Alpharaoh said in a phone interview from Dallas, “get arrested for some bogus reason, and all they need is the quote unquote suspicion of a crime to hold me indefinitely under the Patriot Act and try to find reasons to strip me of my DACA status and then deport me.” To describe “WET” simply as an accumulation of its plot points would be to sell short its…

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WET’s Alex Alpharaoh on WGBH’s Greater Boston

WET’s Alex Alpharaoh on WGBH’s Greater Boston

“How do you deal with that constant fear?” – Jim Braude “Turn it into art!” – Alex Alpharaoh Hit play on this must-see interview that aired last night on WGBH. Alex Alpharaoh’s WET: A DACAmented Journey at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box in the Emerson Paramount Center NOV 8 -25.

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Immigration Reform and the 2018 Midterms

Alex

We’ve all experienced it for months at this point; the current election cycle is a ceaseless storm of sound bites and inconsistent information. Like a radio scanner bouncing between channels, it’s become increasingly difficult to know exactly what will be on the ballot, from a local to a state level, and what, precisely, is at stake. Through all of the political maneuvering, the issue that continues to resurface and make headlines is immigration. Whether the…

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The Narrow Path to U.S. Citizenship

US Citizenship

Becoming a United States citizen is a process laden with bureaucratic loopholes, stifling processes, and nearly aspect is requires a innate knowledge of the immigration system. With President Trump’s recent proclamation to revoke birthright citizenship, the path continues to narrow and become more deluded. While there are several different methods to becoming a citizen, the general process takes at least five years and includes background checks, written tests, and judgments of character. In order…

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Paging George Orwell by Artistic Director David Dower

Statute of Liberty

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the Golden Door.” —Emma Lazarus For most of us, the chaos and menace in the current climate around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is invisible and unfelt. Start to engage with it and you’ll see how incomprehensible it is that this is…

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SPITTING TRUTH: THE SPOKEN WORD OF ALEX ALPHARAOH

ALEX ALPHARAOH

In WET: A DACAmented Journey, Alex Alpharaoh tells his true, real life story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. As a writer, performer, poet, activist, director, producer, and teacher based in Los Angeles, Alpharaoh is able to capture the imagination of audiences and provoke meaningful discussions in a variety of mediums. His ability to convey a story through the written word—and…

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WHAT IS DACA?

Wet

Immigration policy in the United States has always been on the lips of politicians, whether it’s pushing for reform or striking out programs. Especially in our current political climate, the information regarding immigration has saturated various media outlets, each with conflicting messaging and nearly incomprehensible legalese. This fall, ArtsEmerson is honored to welcome Alex Alpharaoh to our stage with WET: A DACAmented Journey, where Alpharaoh has created a theatrical space to detail his own experience…

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