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Ammar Haj Ahmad in “The Jungle.”

Ammar Haj Ahmad in “The Jungle.”

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Teddy Wolff

Here in America, despite the hysteria whipped up in the weeks leading up to the November 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 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, now defunct, 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.”

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Teddy Wolf

Nahel Tzegai and Jo McInnes in “The Jungle.”

Nahel Tzegai and Jo McInnes in “The Jungle.”

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Teddy Wolf

It’s where thousands of refugees gathered before attempting to cross the Channel to the U.K. to try to seek asylum. The camp is the setting for this play.
 
In its production at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, “The Jungle” puts the audience inside the action, everyone seated in a replica of the Afghan restaurant that served as the real-life camp’s unofficial town center.

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