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Because it's Friday: "Detained in the Desert"

How do a second-generation Latina protesting anti-immigrant legislation in Arizona and an immigrant-bashing radio talk show host wind up stranded together in the desert? The answer is in Josefina Lopez's new play "Detained in the Desert," debuting tonight in Boyle Heights at the Casa 0101 Theater.

Lopez, a playwright, director, screenwriter and novelist best known for the play and film "Real Women Have Curves" (and also a daughter of Boyle Heights, born in San Luis Potosí) has set her new tale in the Arizona of this past summer, when the state was a particularly contentious ground zero in the immigration debate.

The inaugural performance tonight sold out - which meant no ticket for me - but there will be performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between now and Oct. 24.

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