Fri. April 9th: Play about Marcelo Lucero, at Adelphi University

An actual immigration rights support rights rally in LI in 2008

based on a press release from Adelphi University

What Killed Marcelo Lucero?” A play about immigration and hate convenes activists at Adelphi University on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 6:30pm.

Garden City, NY / Adelphi University’s Center for Social Innovation and Levermore Global Scholars Program are co-sponsoring the interactive theater piece, “What Killed Marcelo Lucero?”, by the Brentwood-based theater group Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja, directed by Margarita Espada.

The play will be performed on Friday, April 9, 2010, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 313.

After attracting the attention of national media last fall, such as the New York Times, a new dimension was added to include audience participation. After the performance, there will be a panel discussion to focus on the issue of immigration and hate on Long Island and alternative strategies that can be implemented to address immigration tensions in communities.

The panelists: Margarita Espada, Artistic Director, Teatro Experimnental Yerbabruja; Dr. Deborah Little, Associate Professor, Adelphi Department of Sociology and Long Island Wins Delegate to Mexico; Maryann Slutsky, Executive Director, Long Island Wins; and Dr. Luis Valenzuela, Executive Director, Long Island Immigrant Alliance. This event is free and open to the public.

The play is based on the November 2008 murder of Ecuadorian immigrant Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue, NY. Lucero was attacked and stabbed to death by a gang of teenagers who were targeting Hispanic immigrants for violence.

The murder, along with the tepid response by some local government officials, triggered outrage that spread well beyond the Long Island village where the crime occurred. While that outrage spurred political action, it also stirred local artists like Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja to engage the community in search of solutions. To learn more about the group, visit

To R.S.V.P., contact Yana Kusayeva, at 516.877.4183 or kusayeva at adelphi dot edu, or Dr. Sarah Eichberg, at 516.877.4418 or eichberg at adelphi dot edu.

One Response

  1. I hate the fact that so many people out there think they are superior to minorities. I think all 7 young men that were involved in the murder of Mr. Lucero should definitely be punished, and not just by fines and probation but by many years in prison. If we don’t give harsher punishments to these young individuals, they as well as others will never learn a lesson. I am devastated by the atrocities my own race has committed!!

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