The Tortilla Curtain


Illegal immigration - a microcosmic examination of poverty and wealth. Recommended for Sekundarstufe II or ages 16+.

An upper middle class housing estate on the outskirts of Los Angeles - Delaney Mossbacher and his wife, Kyra, are living out the modern American Dream. Delaney is a writer and houseman and Kyra sells real estate. But when Delaney runs over an illegal Mexican immigrant who is camping with his partner in the nearby canyon, their peaceful lifestyle is suddenly disturbed. Delaney doesn´t report the car accident. The consequences of this denial are far reaching. The lives of the two illegal Mexicans, Cándido and Amárica are also turned upside down. Being injured Cándido is unable to work. Having no food and no money, Cándido´s pregnant young partner, América, is forced to search for work in the cut-throat world of the illegal immigrants. The steadily growing illegal immigrant population is disturbing the peace of the whole housing estate and plans are being made about how to keep them out …

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Performers Andrea Pani Laura, Ruben Bravo, Peter Scollin, Ona Nurkkala

Adaptation Peter Scollin
Director Anja Scollin
Costume Imke Sturm-Krohne
Set Design Konrad Schaller

Spieldauer: 85 Minutes

Premiere 4. November 2010 at ufaFabrik
143 performances (July 2020)


Single person: 11.50€
Groups: 11.50€
Groups + "Ermäßigungsschein from JugendKulturService": 8.50€
Groups Brandenburg: 9.50€
Der Tagesspiegel

“(…)Scollin’s motivation came from the still occurring problems of immigration between Mexico and South California, as well as the parallels we are facing in the EU. In the BKA theatre, he and his 4 actors succeed in transforming Boyle’s contemporary version of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath into a short chamber play using entertaining techniques. (…)

Zitty Berlin

“(…)Thankfully, Anja Scollin’s direction of Peter Scollin’s text adaptation (for pupils learning English at secondary school level) does not make the mistake of communicating from the would-be authentic perspective of the immigrants only. She doesn’t weaken the plot with kitsch morals, but instead relies on the dramatic power of the ensemble within Konrad Schaller’s effective stage design through cardboard blocks.(…)”


„(…)the actors do an extraordinary job of portraying the complex ideologies and emotions that go into the sometimes oversimplified immigration debate. (…)This production shows that they can also stage an intelligent and theatrically well-constructed piece suitable for grown-ups.”