72 Miles To Go...

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. 

Hilary Bettis, Playwright

Hilary Bettis talks about 72 Miles to Go..., and why she feels compelled to share this journey with an audience.

“I feel a deep sense of responsibility and morality in telling stories like this and humanizing the immigrant story…”

In Her Own Words

Hilary Bettis is interviewed by Marsha Norman, a professor at the Julliard School about how and why she wrote “The Ghosts of Lote Bravo.” It is a “beautiful, harrowing” tale of hope in the face of violence in a border town. 

Borders of Our Lives

“The world seems to have an opinion about my identity… I’ve grown tired of waiting for permission to claim my own genetics. I think this is the quintessential American struggle, one of the big questions of this generation…”

Artistic Statement

“She was nominated for a 2018 Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on the Emmy-nominated series “The Americans” on FX, which she wrote on for the final two seasons…”


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