The Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center Presents – Theatrical Performance: 'De Novo'

Event date: 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 2:30pm


Conference Hall 1100, New Academic Building
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The Houses on the Moon Theater Company presents 'De Novo', an acclaimed documentary play directed by Jeffrey Solomon.

On the streets of Guatemala City, gang members were Edgar’s only family. But he dreamed of a different future. To leave the gang was a death sentence. Coming to the USA was his last hope.

Crafted entirely from immigration court transcripts, interviews and letters, 'De Novo' tells the true story of Edgar Chocoy, a teenaged boy from Guatemala who faced deportation after fleeing to the U.S. in order to escape the gang MS-13.

Edgar travels over 3,000 miles, across the borders of three countries, in search of his mother and a better life in the United States. Detained by the Department of Homeland Security, he pleads with a Colorado judge to grant him asylum and not deport him back to Guatemala where the gang was awaiting his return. “If I go back, they’ll kill me.” 'De Novo' stars Camilo Almonacid, Zuleyma Guevara, Manny Ureña, and Emily Joy Weiner.

Through creative workshops, original performances, and post-show discussions, Houses on the Moon Theater Company helps communities come together by making meaningful connections through the public sharing of their untold stories.  For more info, click on

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Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center

Founded in 2003 by the Modern Languages faculty, the Hispanic/Latino Cultural Center of SUNY College at Old Westbury celebrates the entire Spanish-speaking world including its Hispanic, Amerindian and African heritage. The Center serves the metropolitan New York area by presenting academic events, art exhibits, theater, concerts, educational forums geared towards improving the overall understanding, among people from all walks of life, of the contribution to world cultures made by the people of Hispanic, Latino, Afro and Indigenous heritage.