Building the Wall

Building the Wall


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Written by Robert Schekkan

Directed by Marc David Pinate

September 27 – Octover 15
Cabaret Theater, Temple of Music and Art 330 S. SCOTT Ave, Tucson

NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall — The newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan(The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge), directed by Marc David Pinate. It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promise to round up and detain millions of immigrants. Now, a writer interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting, harrowing and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.

Building the Wall will be produced at Borderlands Theater as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. Other partnering theaters are The Fountain Theatre (CA), City Theatre (FL), Curious Theatre (CO), and Forum Theatre (DC), with support from Paul Prokop. For more information please visit


Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. Tickets: $13-$30 with various discounts.

9/27 – 7:30 pm Preview (HALF OFF All tickets $13!)

9/28- 7:30 pm Preview (HALF OFF All tickets $13!)

9/29- 7:30 pm Opening Night: Light refreshments plus meet and greet the actors and director. ($30)

10/1 – 2 pm Matinee ($16/$22/$27)

10/4 – 7:30 pm ($16/$22/$27)

10/5 – 7:30 pm ($16/$22/$27)

10/6 – 7:30 pm ($16/$22/$27)

10/7 – 7:30 pm ($16/$22/$27)

10/8 – 2 pm Matinee ($16/$22/$27)

10/11 – 7:30pm (($16/$22/$27)

10/12 – 7:30pm ($16/$22/$27)

10/13 – 7:30pm ($16/$22/$27)

10/14 – 7:30pm ($16/$22/$27)

10/15- 2 pm Matinee ($16/$22/$27)



In person at 151 S Granada, TUCSON 85701.

For handicap accessibility  please call the Box Office.

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Robert Schenkkan is a Pulitzer-prize winning, Tony@ Award winning, Writer’s Guild Award winning, three-time Emmy nominated writer of Stage, Television, and Film. He is the author of fourteen original full-length plays, two musicals, and a collection of one-act plays. He co-wrote the feature film, HACKSAW RIDGE (six Academy Award nominations) and THE QUIET AMERICAN, and his television credits include: ALL THE WAY, THE PACIFIC, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN and SPARTACUS.




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Marc David Pinate is a theatre artist, musician and educator. His acting career includes work with Teatro Visión, Shadowlight Productions, Su Teatro, Campo Santo and the Magic Theatre where he played the role of Tiresias in the world premiere of Luis Alfaro’s award winning play, Oedipus El Rey. As a director he has worked with El Teatro Campesino and Stanford University in California; Steppenwolf and American Theatre Company in Chicago; and Arizona Theatre Company to name a few. His directorial aesthetic merges performance and the sacred to create liminal spaces where experiments with form and physicality engender affective moments of beauty and healing. Marc was the recipient of a three-year directing residency funded by the Doris Duke Foundation at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, California. During his residency he founded the Hybrid Performance Experiment (The HyPE) known for their guerrilla theatre performances on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains and mall food courts. Marc was a member of the spoken word troupe, Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word for which received a National Performance Network commission in 2004 to co-author Fear of a Brown Planet. He is a National Slam Poetry Champion and fronted the band, Grito Serpentino, a spoken word and music ensemble that toured throughout the country and produced two albums. Marc was a program director at Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, a Latino arts center in San Jose, California and at the historic, Galería de la Raza, in San Francisco. He’s taught acting at San Jose State University’s department of Television, Radio, Film and Theatre. In June 2013, he completed an MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago where he directed Terell Alvin McCraney’s In The Red and Brown Water as his thesis project.

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Sean William Dupont, MFA in Theatre Directing East 15 Acting School London, BFA Theatre History and Dramaturgy from The U of A. Sean’s acting work includes Jonathan in THE RAINTONS OF FORTY HALL (London) and Virtuoso in THE BUS 2011 Edinburgh Fringe, Zach in ALIVE AND WELL and Claude in AN EMPTY PLATE AT THE CAFÉ DU GRAND BOEUF (IT), and as Bob in SUMMERTIME (U of A). He is the writer/director of SKINHEAD! (UK), and a Balinese Shadow Puppet adaptation of John Steinbeck’s OF MICE AND MEN (Bali). He has directed productions of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, RHINOCEROS, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, THE HYPOCHONDRIAC, BUS STOP, BLACKBIRD, KING LEAR, SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, and A FLEA IN HER EAR . 


 T  Loving

Nea onnim no sua a, ohu (s/he who does not know can know from learning).

T has had the honor of working with numerous Tucson theatre companies and was most recently engaged as a member of the 5th World Collective – Shooting Columbus, Boston Marriage (Anna), Julius Caesar (Brutus), Gnawing the Bone (Zellandine-Sleeping Beauty), Migration Project (Moyonatsva).

With a background in theatre/guerrilla theatre, gender bending arts, and social service/public health, T feels fortunate to be able to interweave human service and theatre and to use the skills and experiences in both to address challenges and work towards change.

Forever in gratitude.


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Production Crew


Sharkey Steib


Glen Bucey


Greg Houston


Ivy Wahome


National New Play Network



National New Play Network is the country’s alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. NNPN strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights.