2018-2019 Season


A New Play by Milta Ortiz

Directed by Marc David Pinate

Presented site specifically at Southside Presbyterian Church
317 W. 23rd Street
Tucson, AZ 85713

September 6-23, 2018

Tickets go on Sale Friday August 10!

Based on real people and events Sanctuary chronicles the Tucson birth of the 1980’s Sanctuary Movement.

In 1981, when Carol and Mica find out about detained Salvadorans fleeing civil war, they set out to process political asylum applications. After they meet Victor, a Salvadoran in a Border Patrol detention center, they realize they’re going to need help. They call on Father Hartford, who is first to meet Nidia, another Salvadoran with strong but different opinions on the Salvadoran civil war.

Carol and Mica enlist pastor Jeff Chord of Southside Presbyterian Church, who sits on the National Presbyterian Council and before long Quaker Will Hewitt joins the group with ideas of his own. As the number of detained Salvadorans and Guatemalans continues to grow, the group must choose whether or not to stand up for what they believe. Will they choose the law of man or the law of God?

Sanctuary kicks off a trilogy of plays dealing with immigrants seeking refuge in the U.S., exploring the U.S. involvement in Central America, its consequences, and response.


In an effort to make discussions with immigration specialists accessible, they will be livestreamed through Howlround, a knowledge commons by and for the theater community.

September 9th: Originators of the 1980’s Sanctuary Movement

Panelists: Margo Cowan, Lupe Castillo, John Fife and Father Ricardo Elford

Moderated by playwright Milta Ortiz

September 13th – Southside Presbyterian Church Today

Panelists: Pastor Alison Harrington and Day Laborer Program representative

Moderated by T.B.D.

September 16th – Immigration Awareness: What Tucson Groups Are Doing to Help in the Immigrant Crisis

Panelists: Catherine Gaffney of No More Deaths, Debbi McCullough of Tucson Samaritans, Lauren Dasse of the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project and another organization T.B.D.

Moderated by Anna O’Leary Ph.D. Department Head/ Mexican American Studies, University of Arizona

September 20th Globalization and Immigration, and Advocacy

Panelists: Isabel Garcia (Attorney and long time organizer/Derechos Humanos,) Consul General German Alvarez (Salvadoran Consulate,) and Zaira Livier (Peoples’ Defense Initiative and Free the Children Coalition)

Moderated by Elizabeth Oglesby Ph.D. Associate Professor of Geography and Development, and Center for Latin American Studies, University of Arizona

The Water Project

Thursday December 13th!

Santa Cruz River bed at Garden of Gethsemane

602 W Congress St ( cross street Bonita,) Tucson, AZ 85745

at Sunset (6pm)

READ about The Water Project in the AZ DAILY STAR HERE!!

In the post apocalyptic near future, Tucson has run out of water in its aqueducts. Two scavengers drill through the earth in search of this precious resource.

A devised visceral and thought provoking piece featuring Jonathan Heras and Milta Ortiz. Music by Marc David Pinate, and Feliz Torralba. Video art by Adam Cooper- Terran. Directed by Marc David Pinate, Assistant Director Feliz Torralba.

The Water Project is an exchange between Borderlands Theater and Cleveland Public Theater,  made possible thanks to a  National New Play Network (NNPN) Collaboration Fund grant.

Bring folding chairs, a jacket and comfy shoes! Come experience the adventure!