Monday, June 22, 2015

U.S. VISA SYSTEM MELTDOWN FORCES CANCELLATION OF "BOTOX ANGELS" AT LA MAMA














NEW YORK, June 22 -- La MaMa Experimental Theater is now one victim of the widely-reported chaos for business travelers, agricultural workers and international performers as an ongoing computer glitch has halted the application process for US visas.

The inability to obtain visas for the actors and crew of Dutch theater troupe Dood Pard has forced the cancellation of "Botox Angels," which was to be presented by La MaMa Experimental Theater Club from June 26 to 28 in its Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East 4th Street.


Written by Rob de Graaf, translated into English by Paul Evans, the play was to be performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper,all from Holland, in its American premiere, which was to coincide with Gay Pride Weekend.  In the piece, three clownish lesbian characters negotiate shifting power relationships, play dressup games and crosswords about men, philosophy versus banality and emotion versus rationality.


Thousands of European travelers have had to scrap flights to America following an ongoing computer meltdown that has halted all visa applications. Since at least June 15, the State Department computer system for visa processing has been crippled by a hardware failure, causing worldwide delays. It will be at least another week before the problem is resolved, according to official sources, who deny that it is the result of a cyber-attack.


ABOUT "BOTOX ANGELS":http://www.jsnyc.com/season/botox.htm

M
ORE INFO:
Chaos for Business, Travelers, & Musicians as US Visa Meltdown Halts All Applications

Glitch in Visa System Leaves People Stranded

No End In Sight to State Department Visa Processing Delays