Immigrants Tell Their Own Stories On Stage

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras recently debuted "Caminos Al Paraiso."

ByABC News
May 8, 2013, 4:04 AM

May 8, 2013— -- Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras is a theater company in Los Angeles made up of day laborers and domestic workers. Its members perform plays that tell their stories as immigrants. None of them have previous acting experience.

Teatro Jornaleros recently debuted its latest play, "Caminos Al Paraiso," or "Paths to Paradise." The play is about the arduous journeys that migrants endure to reach the United States. Juan Jose Mangandi, one of Teatro Jornalero's founding members, wrote the play and Lorena Moran, another original member, directed it.

"It's been years since we've seen something that represents us," said Mandandi in an interview with Fusion. "That's what's rich about 'Caminos Al Paraiso,' it's not a novel but true life for many immigrants."

Check out the video above to learn more about Teatro Jornalero.