La Ruta lacks drama, but it presents a persuasive series of snapshots of life in Ciudad Juárez

Isaac Gomez’s play feels drawn directly from lived experience.

The rampant murders of women and girls in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez have been the subject of global attention since the mid 1990s, when the phenomenon first began drawing international headlines. Journalists, activists, musicians, novelists, television producers, and filmmakers (for starters) have used the city’s serial sexual assassinations to call for sweeping judicial reform as well as create danceable pop tunes (Tori Amos’s “Juárez”).…

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