Mesa Arts Center

A performance at the Mesa Arts Center later this month traces the story of a Mexican boy shot by U.S. Border Patrol agents who fired guns through the border fence.

“Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country,” is scheduled to be performed Thursday-Sunday at the arts center. Shows are planned at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And, 2 p.m. shows are slated for both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased at the arts center box office, by phone at 480-644-6500 or online at

The acclaimed Latino performance troupe Culture Clash shares the story of the boy who was shot 15 times in the back.

The presentation includes interviews with family members, members of the Tohono O’odham community, gun enthusiasts, street kids and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, along with video projections and visual art installations.

The format is designed to give the audience a deeper and unique perspective into the characters and situations presented.

The play is described by arts center personnel as “a journey into border culture, grappling with the flux of immigration and migration.”

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