U.S. Visa System Meltdown Causes Abrupt Show Cancellation at La MaMa

News   U.S. Visa System Meltdown Causes Abrupt Show Cancellation at La MaMa
 
A computer glitch continues to cause delays in U.S. visa processing around the world, as tens and thousands of foreigners await approval to enter the country. Downtown NY theatre venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is among those affected, having to cancel performances of a new play due to performers being unable to obtain a visa in time.

La MaMa E.T.C. announced it was canceling performances of Botox Angels, which was scheduled to run from June 26 to 28. The cancellation is a consequence of the inability to obtain visas for the actors and crew of Dutch theater troupe Dood Pard. Written by Rob de Graaf, translated into English by Paul Evans, the U.S. premiere of Botox Angels was to be performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper, all from Holland. The play, about three clownish lesbian characters, was to coincide with Gay Pride Weekend.

The U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs announced June 12 via its Facebook page that it was experiencing technical problems with overseas passport and visa systems. According to the social media post the issue "is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category." Visa applicants with urgent humanitarian travel are being prioritized. Updates are available at Travel.State.gov/

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