“The New Colossus” Special Performances at the Actors’ Gang

Back for two special evenings, Wednesday, April 17th & May 29th at 8:00 pm, this ground breaking show tells the story of your ancestors in a way you have never heard before. In The New Colossus, twelve actors from all over the world are telling their ancestors stories in twelve different languages and twelve different eras, all woven into a single narrative about escaping an oppressive homeland, drawn to the beacon above Ellis Island. An intensely physical production, with live music, poetry and kinetic movement, The New Colossus is an homage to the strength, resilience, and dignity of the immigrants and refugees that risked their lives to find a better life.

“I live in Los Angeles, where one can only be struck by the contributions made to our city by immigrants and people who came here as refugees.” said Director Tim Robbins. ” Save for the Native Americans, all of our families came here as refugees, immigrants or slaves. The characters in the piece all seem different, from different parts of the world, traveling at different times – but the stories are remarkably the same: the common experience of all refugees is that they are fleeing some kind of oppression and moving toward safety and hopefully, freedom. Our hope is that we will be able to illuminate the courage, fortitude and humor of all refugees, and, perhaps, our own families.”

The New Colossus shares a title with the sonnet written by poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 for an exhibit to raise funds for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, which opened in 1886. Even though the Statue of Liberty was not conceived as a symbol of immigration, Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” reinvented the statue’s purpose, turning Liberty into a welcoming mother, a symbol of hope to the outcasts and oppressed of the world. After each performance, the cast and the director will have an open discussion with the audience and invite them to share their stories or their families’ stories as refugees or immigrants.

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