Noemi de la Puente's Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty has won the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2014 Developmental Reading Series Award!
A musical comedy about illegal immigration, Manuel versus the Statue of Liberty is inspired by the true story of a Princeton Undergrad who was an illegal alien. He got a Rhodes Scholarship to study Classical Greek and Latin Literature at Oxford, England. If he left the USA he would not be able to return. So he turned himself into Homeland Security thinking this gesture of good will would help normalize his status.