THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg

THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg

THIS WAY OUT By Annie Rosenberg

The last thing Nelson Ferreira expects when he gets home from school is the shocking news that his family are illegal aliens who’ve just found out that they’re being deported in less than a week.  Nelson’s furious at this parents and has no intention of leaving his friends, his home and his city to go live on some backwater island.   But he quickly discovers, intentions and reality are often worlds apart.  In This Way Out, we follow Nelson’s heartbreaking journey through anger, fear and grief as he struggles to accept his fate.
Saturday, July 15th at 9pm
Thursday, July 20th at 9pm
Tuesday, July 25th at 7pm
Wednesday, July 26th at 9pm
Tickets: $25 Online, $27 at the Box Office
Premium Seats (Rows A-F): $30 Online, $35 at the Box Office
At the Theatre at St. Clement's
423 West 46th Street, NYC
Between 9th & 10th Avenue
Anne Rosenberg (Playwright/THIS WAY OUT) is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Jelly Bucket, Reader’s Digest, Stone Highway Review, Double Reed, the Four-Cornered Universe, the Toronto Star, the National Post, Marketing, Upbeat, Beach-Riverdale Mirror and Mind, Body and Spirit. She divides her time between Ontario and the Azores, where she and her photographer husband spin their stories.
I've been welcomed into a really fun and challenging experience of The Strawberry One-Act Festival. They’ve welcomed me and given me support on so many levels. I wrote This Way Out ten years after reading a newspaper article in 2006, which described one family’s deportation to the Azores from Toronto. As a mother and her teenage son were taken to their flight, the boy’s girlfriend reached out for him, crying. Over the years, I wondered what had happened to the boy and his family. I clipped out articles and scribbled down the barest threads of ideas, not knowing what form they would take. In 2012 and 2015, I traveled to the Azores with my husband, a Canadian-Azorean, to work on writing and photography projects. During that year, I began researching the deportations in earnest, interviewing some of the families, though I never found the teenage boy.
Winning the Best Play award would allow me to further polish This Way Out and expand it into a full-length play. I hope Nelson’s story moves people, scares them a little. And I hope it spurs them to action. In a full-length version of the play, I wouldn’t want to see Nelson again; I’d want to hear the stories of the deportees who have been there for years. Until then, I’m writing more plays, more stories. I don’t ever want to stop working.   

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Saturday, July 15th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:00 PMPrice: $30.00

Wednesday, July 26th at 9:00 PMPrice: $25.00

Wednesday, July 26th at 9:00 PMPrice: $30.00

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