While on tour, drummer Shawn King of DeVotchKa found inspiration in fellow gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello’s relentless immigrant-rights advocacy and the slogan “No Human Is Illegal.” Upon returning to Denver, King connected with well-known local director José Antonio Mercado to collaborate on the original play Dreaming Sin Fronteras: Stories of Immigration and American Identity, which premieres tonight at North High School.
For more than a year and a half, Mercado collected the oral histories of “dreamers” — undocumented migrant youth who have lived in the United States since they were children yet have no clear path to citizenship. Dreaming Sin Fronteras is a multimedia extravaganza combining their stories with musical interludes curated by King, who served as music director and recruited a star-studded cast of musicians that includes the Flobots’ Brer Rabbit, Grammy-winning band Ozomatli’s Raul Pacheco, and Ceci Bastida, formerly of Tijuana No!, one of Mexico’s first punk bands.
“There will be stories that are heavy and make you think. There are also lighter, comic tales about the mash-up of cultures in the States. Having interludes of music will bring the whole thing together,” says King.
Dreaming Sin Fronteras premieres at 7:30 p.m. at North, 2960 Speer Boulevard, and continues with performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $15 (or $5 for students with ID) and can be purchased at ticketswest.com; for more information, visit the event page on Facebook.
Fri., March 21, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2014