“A revolutionary musical.”

– Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic Theater Critic.

This is strange time for those who want to be American, Americans

By Antonio Valdovinos
Guest Editorial
Arizona Capitol Times

Recently the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that could result in me being kicked out of the only country I have ever known. On January 29th a musical called ¡Americano! opens at The Phoenix Theatre Company based on my life’s story. It is a strange time to be me. It is a strange time for many, including those who want to be Americans. Who are Americans.

My story is this.  Inspired by the horrific tragedy of 9/11 I spent the next several years wanting one thing:  to be a Marine.  So on my 18th birthday I went to enlist. There I stood as recruiters asked for my birth certificate and Driver’s License to start the process. But I didn’t have either. I didn’t think it was a big deal but the recruiter did, and then got angry that I was wasting his time.

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