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Aston Cooke’s Comedy Joins the Immigration Conversation in New York

Aston Cooke’s Single Entry slated for Queens
Immigration is currently one of the most topical issues in the United States, and Queens based Braata Productions is once again tapping into that debate, this time around through the comedic lens of Aston Cooke’s award-winning play Single Entry. The play is slated for a limited run at The Milton G. Performing Arts Center, York College, in Queens, New York, from September 28 - 30, 2018.
“We couldn't be more thrilled about Single Entry being shown at this venue,”  said Andrew Clarke, Executive Producer.  “We think both the venue and the community are perfect for Single Entry to be enjoyed to the fullest and are really looking forward to the experience and the feedback from patrons who attend. As with the first showing in Jamaica years ago, we expect opinions to be strong on the issues raised and the laughter to be equal to that.”
Single Entry is the story of two working-class Jamaican women who are determined to leave their modest living in the Caribbean and make the United States their permanent home, no matter the challenges they face, even if all they received was a single entry visa.  As the two women adjust to their new country, the story explores the challenges of negotiating a new way of life as an illegal immigrant. The play promises as much laughter as insight.
The play is directed by Joyce Sylvester and features Carlene Taylor, Marsha-Ann Hay, Ronald Millwood, Curt Hampstead and Corey Grant.
“With all the arguments regarding immigration in our country in the times we are living in, we felt it important to shine light on the immigrant reality in this whole conversation,” said Sylvester. “So much is being said about why America doesn't want immigrants here, but few understand what they go through to get to the United States to begin with, merely following their desire to earn an honest living and live a life with more possibilities.”
Braata Productions is a Caribbean performing arts and education organization. The Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center is located at York College Preforming Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Queens, NY 1145. Friday and Saturday showings are at 8pm while the Sunday show will begin at 6pm.