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Little Central America, 1984

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Written and performed by | Escrita y actuada por Elia Arce & Rubén Martínez

Directed by | Dirigida por Elia Arce

July 21 - 23, 2023 | 21 al 23 de julio de 2023

Performances: Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, and Sunday at 10:30 am | Funciones: Viernes y sábado a las 8 pm, y domingo a las 10:30 am

In English with some Spanish | En inglés con algo de español

This show will be presented at | Este espectáculo será presentado en: All Souls Church Unitarian (1500 Harvard Street NW, Washington, DC 20009).

Little Central America, 1984 - A Sanctuary Then and Now reanimates the history of the Sanctuary Movement that offered safety for refugees fleeing Central American civil wars of the 1980s. Including music, poetry, testimonials, and a recognition of those who locally played a role in art, solidarity, and accompaniment, Arce and Martínez contextualize the most recent refugee crisis. What place does DC’s Central American community occupy in the city’s culture, politics and imagination? What role does artistic representation play in collective memory and healing?

Little Central America, 1984 - Un santuario antes y ahora reanima la historia del Movimiento Santuario que ofreció seguridad para los refugiados que huían de las guerras civiles centroamericanas de la década de 1980. Con música, poesía, testimonios y un reconocimiento a quienes localmente jugaron un papel artístico, solidario y de acompañamiento, Arce y Martínez contextualizan la crisis de refugiados más reciente. ¿Qué lugar ocupa la comunidad centroamericana de DC en la cultura, la política y el imaginario de la ciudad? ¿Cuál es el rol de la representación artística en la memoria colectiva y la sanación?

Tickets | Boletos: $25 - General Admission | Admisión General.

Co-presented by GALA Hispanic Theatre and Circuit Network, Little Central America, 1984 is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project and supported by a National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information, visit

EN_Little Central America Press Release
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SP_Nota de Prensa Little Central America
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Playbill Little Central America
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