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Welcome to The Jungle

How a new play puts the audience inside a migrant camp.

Ammar Haj Ahmad in The Jungle.
Ammar Haj Ahmad in The Jungle.
Teddy Wolf

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Here in the United States, despite the hysteria whipped up in the weeks leading up to November’s midterm elections, there was no influx of migrants from the south.

In other words, nothing like what happened a few years ago, when hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa arrived in Europe. There’s a new play about that migrant crisis called The Jungle, which was the nickname of the notorious migrant camp in Calais, France.

Trevor Fox, Jo McInnes, John Pfumojena, Ammar Haj Ahmad and Rachid Sabitri in The Jungle.
Trevor Fox, Jo McInnes, John Pfumojena, Ammar Haj Ahmad and Rachid Sabitri in The Jungle.
Teddy Wolf
Nahel Tzegai and Jo McInnes in The Jungle.
Nahel Tzegai and Jo McInnes in The Jungle.
Teddy Wolf

It’s where thousands of refugees gathered before attempting to cross the channel to the United Kingdom, where they planned to seek asylum. The camp is the setting for this play.

In its production at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, The Jungle puts the audience inside the action, with everyone seated in a replica of the Afghan restaurant that served as the real-life camp’s unofficial town center.

This podcast was produced by Jeff Lunden.

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