72 miles. It’s the distance between Tucson, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico—and the distance between deported immigrant Anita and her American-born husband and children. 72 Miles to Go… follows one family over a decade as they come of age, fall in love, fight in wars, and fight for each other, against the backdrop of deportation, DACA, and changing immigration laws.
Today, my friends, we find ourselves thinking only of the future, our dreams, the road ahead and the childhoods we are leaving behind...
Real people. Real issues.
Explore the character's journey through real-world examples.
What is the American Dream to you?
What career would you choose if you couldn't afford a four-year college education?
What family role could you fill if you had to? Can you cook, get a job, do laundry, pay bills, etc?
Civil discourse can pave the way to understanding. Use the prompts below to start a discussion.
First Generation Americans explore the meaning of the American Dream.
Children of deported parents also bear a financial burden to support each other.
When parents are deported, older siblings take up the mantle of caretaker for the family.
The American Dream- the hope for a better life- is not limited by immigration status.
Immigrant families are woven into the fabric of US life- with dreams, trials, and successes.
Want to learn more? Examine the themes of the play with active, engaging lessons designed to deepen your students' understanding.