White Tie Ball is a contemporary story about two brothers, one easily identified as Latino, another who isn't, and the moral and emotional dilemmas they find themselves in. Edward is brown skinned and looks like their mother. Beto is blonde, fair skinned and looks like their white father. Although they were raised together in an impoverished Latino neighborhood in Tucson, Edward has worked his way through law school to become an Arizona County Attorney. Beto, however, fell in with a Latino gang and was convicted of armed robbery at age 19. At the start of the play, Beto has just been paroled from prison, while Edward has recently been elected to office. The bond between the two brothers is the strongest it has been in years, largely due to Edward's tireless efforts to help Beto re-build his life. But when one of Beto's former gang friends mistakenly kills an on-duty Latina police officer, Edward has to prosecute the case. The decisions Edward faces about what charges to pursue put both his career and his relationship with his brother in jeopardy.
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