Thursday, February 4, 2010
White Tie Ball
by Martin Zimmerman
directed by Steve Moulds
February 12, 13 at 8p.m. and February 13, 14 at 2 p.m.
UT Lab Theatre
Born to a mestiza mother who illegally immigrated from Mexico and a white father from the United States, Edward looks just like his mother and Beto just like his father. And despite the two of them being raised by their mother in an impoverished Latino neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona, Edward works his way through law school to become an Arizona County Attorney. Beto, however, falls in with a Latino gang and is convicted of armed robbery at age nineteen.
At the start of the play, Beto has recently been paroled from prison, Edward has recently been elected to office, and the bond between the two brothers is the strongest it has been in years, largely due to Edward's tireless efforts to help re-build Beto's life. But when Alberto Jimenez, one of Beto's former friends from his gang, kills an on-duty Latina police officer as she breaks into his home without identifying herself, Edward has to prosecute the case. The decisions Edward faces about what charges to pursue put both his career and his relationship with his brother in jeopardy.
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