The outlawing of Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program has drawn tears, outrage, and even a segment by The Daily Show.

It has also sparked the interest of playwright Milta Ortiz and director Marc David Pinate.

The two have researched and interviewed students, teachers, school board members, lawyers and more. They came up with more than 450 pages of information, and they are turning that into a play about the demise of the program, “Mas.”

Borderlands Theater, which commissioned the play, will give a staged reading of “Mas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th St. Staged readings are without costumes or props, actors will hold scripts, and the playwrights get a chance to see what kind of life the story has, and where improvements need to be made.

Pay what you can or not at all — lack of funds won’t keep you out the door.