Arizona: No Roosters in the Desert

Arizona: No Roosters in the Desert

By Kara Hartzler

Directed by Rocio Belmont (Mexico City), Barclay Goldsmith (Tucson)

Originally produced at Borderlands Theater, Mexico City and Tucson, AZ.

July 23, 2010 through October 23, 2010

About the Premiere Production:
Based on interviews of repatriated Mexican migrant women, this fictionalized story reveals the challanges faced by four women walking north through the Arizona desert and their inner journeys when confronted with magical stories of their personal lives as told by an Indigenuous member of their party from Chiapas, Mexico.

Artistic Statement: 
The play was inspired by interviews of 134 migrant women in a Nogales, Mexico shelter in an effort to document the intersection of migration forces north to the Mexico/U.S. border with the counter forces of U.S. immgration policies. The play gives voice to these voiceless women, now 38% of border crossers and who face increasing dangers, often at the risk of their lives. From Producing Director Barclay Goldsmith

Director: Rocio Belmont (Mexico City), Barclay Goldsmith (Tucson)

Set Design: Monica Kubli

Lighting Design: Monica Kubli

Additional Funders:

National Endowment for the Arts

Access to Excellence

National New Play Network (NNPN)

Kresge Foundation


To Go or to Stay?: Borderlands Theater kicks off its 25th anniversary season with a powerful new play about border crossers in trouble

Tucson Weekly, October 7, 2010

Theater Talkback: Arizona, Immigration and Outrage

New York Times, August 11, 2010