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based on the play The Immigrant: A Hamilton Family Album by Mark Harelik

The true story of Haskell Harelik, a young Russian Jew who instead of passing through Ellis Island, enters through Galveston and struggles to assimilate into a rural community in Texas. Commonly referred to as the 'Galveston Movement,' Harelik's story begins like so many others in 1909, peddling a pushcart full of bananas and wares - but his fate is changed forever when he asks Milton, a small-town banker, and his Southern Baptist wife for a drink of water from their well. Harelik's compelling story of opportunity, success and the challenges of educating a new community is the essence of the American experience.



Emilio Estefan Recognized With Ohtli Award by Mexico at USHCC Convention
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce that, Hispanic community champion, 19-time Grammy award-winning musician and producer, Emilio Estefan, will be honored with the Ohtli Award (more...)

THE GOD PROJEKT Headlines La MaMa's 2016 Puppet Series, Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

La MaMa begins its 55th season of innovative works from around the world - 70 productions in all - with its 2016 Puppet Series featuring a variety of fully-staged productions, a puppet slam, a workshop for kids and conversations with leading artists in the realm of puppetry from September 24 to November 6, occupying La MaMa's numerous stages in the East Village. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theater Latte Da RAGTIME's David L. Murray, Jr.
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 28, 2016

Conflicts due to race, immigration and gender... you would think this turn-of-the-century story would seem like ancient history but instead it feels fresh and relevant as today's headlines. RAGTIME plays through Oct. 23 at Theater Latte Da and stars a new local actor, David L. Murray, Jr., whom we get to know in 6 Questions & a Plug. (more...)

Harlem Rep to Stage Jazzy THE WIZARD OF OZ for Young Audiences
by BroadwayWorld JR - Sep 27, 2016

Harlem Repertory Theatre will stage 'The Wizard of Oz,' co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences October 8 to December 13 at Tato Laviera Theatre at Harlem Prep Elementary School, 240 East 123rd Street (at 3rd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

Harlem Rep to Stage Jazzy THE WIZARD OF OZ for Young Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2016

Harlem Repertory Theatre will stage 'The Wizard of Oz,' co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, for young (and young-at-heart) audiences October 8 to December 13 at Tato Laviera Theatre at Harlem Prep Elementary School, 240 East 123rd Street (at 3rd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

Richard Dreyfuss Stars in RELATIVITY, Starting Tonight at TheaterWorks
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

TheaterWorks presents RELATIVITY, a new play by Mark St. Germain directed by Rob Ruggiero. RELATIVITY is the first show of TheaterWorks 31st Season and will run tonight, October 7, through November 13, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jon Norman Schneider, Ruibo Qian and Emily Kuroda in Extended Run of TIGER STYLE! at Huntington
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Due to popular demand, the Huntington Theatre Company has extended the run of its production of Tiger Style!, by Mike Lew and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, to November 20. The added performances are Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30pm; Thursday, November 17 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 18 at 8pm; Saturday, November 19 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, November 20 at 2pm. Tiger Style! plays at the Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

World Premiere Of Children's Opera XOCHITL AND THE FLOWERS, 11/17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

As part of its unique annual Hands-on-Opera education and youth performance program, Opera Parallele (OP) will present the world premiere of Xochitl and the Flowers, by OP composer-in-residence Christopher Pratorius. Based on the children's book of the same name by Jorge Argueta and with a libretto by Opera Parallele's Roma Olvera, three free performances will be presented November 17 and 19 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. (more...)

Culture Lab Detroit to Host Fall Panel on Art and the Immigrant Experience
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Culture Lab Detroit, an organization that fosters conversations and collaborations between Detroit and the international art, architecture, and design communities, will hold a special panel discussion on The Immigrant experience as part of its 2016 program focused on the theme, 'Walls,' to take place from 1-3 p.m., November 12, 2016. The panel also anticipates Culture Lab Detroit's upcoming performance, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Migguel Anggelo and The Immigrants: Another Son of Venezuela, November 18. (more...)

BWW Review: Upstream Theaters Tense and Intense SUSPENDED
by Chris Gibson - Oct 20, 2016

Upstream Theater opens their new season with a work by playwright Maya Arad Yasur called SUSPENDED. It's a fascinating piece of theater that touches on the issue of immigrants, and the challenges they face. Many cling to their old beliefs and ways, while some try to completely immerse themselves in our culture because they seek to blend in rather than stand out. These two points of view are discussed at length as a pair of window washers address the world that exists behind the glass they clean. At the same time, a link between the gentleman emerges that reveals some painful truths as to what went on before they actually came to this country. Once again, Upstream Theater has given us something that timely, and which will provide plenty to chew on. It's an engaging and entertaining 75 minute presentation that demands to be seen. (more...)

Theatre Icon F. Murray Abraham Honored Tonight on Ellis Island
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

F. Murray Abraham will be honored at The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards tonight, October 18, at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. (more...)

Photo Flash: Stage and Screen Icon F. Murray Abraham Honored on Ellis Island
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation today honored social justice pioneer and sports icon Billie Jean King, actor and author F. Murray Abraham, architect and designer Daniel Libeskind, and philanthropist Gregory Annenberg Weingarten at its 2016 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, held in the Great Hall at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The event was hosted by analyst and reporter Mary Carillo. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Teatro Paraguas to Stage Reading of I KILLED MUSSOLINI This November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Santa Fe Woman's Club Theater presents a staged reading of a new play: I KILLED MUSSOLINI by local playwright, Michael Burgan and directed by Kathi Collins. (more...)

Theatre Icon F. Murray Abraham to Be Honored on Ellis Island
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

F. Murray Abraham will be honored at The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards on Tuesday, October 18 at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. (more...)

Oakland Immigration Attorney Releases THERE IS HOPE!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Oakland immigration attorney Otis Landerholm has announced the publication of his new book: There is Hope! Your Guide to Winning in Immigration Court. This book was written to bring clarity and understanding to immigrants who are facing deportation or currently in removal proceedings in immigration court. (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

Recorded Books to Publish Edwidge Danticat's THE ART OF DEATH
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

corded Books, a leading publisher of spoken-word content and the largest independent publisher of audiobooks, is thrilled to be the audio publisher for The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story, the next book by Edwidge Danticat (pronounced Ed-WEEDJ Dan-ti-KAH). She is a two-time finalist for the National Book Award, and has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and other honors. Nearly her entire catalog has been produced in audio by Recorded Books. (more...)

I KILLED MUSSOLINI at Teatro Paraguas
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

Join Christopher Johnson, Michael Wilson, and Julia Gay for an evening of illuminating poetry. Saturday, November 12, 5pm, free admission, donations to the theatre gratefully accepted. (more...)

ProntoForms CEO Wins City of Ottawa Immigrant Entrepreneur Award
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

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EVENSONG Makes World Premiere Tonight at Astoria Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) presents their 16th season featuring two new works and one musical revival, which both tackle social issues including homelessness, immigration and race relations. 'We have a thrilling line up as we enter our 16th season at Astoria Performing Arts Center, and all of the work shares the resonant theme of home. (more...)

BWW Review: RAGTIME Celebrates the Search for Freedom and Equality at the Turn of the 20th Century
by Shari Barrett - Nov 17, 2016

RAGTIME: The Musical, currently being presented brilliantly by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center through December 4, 2016, is set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York. Based on the classic E. L. Doctorow novel, featuring a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally, RAGTIME weaves together three distinctly American tales -- that of a stifled suburban mother represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; Tateh, an inventive Jewish immigrant from Latvia; and Coalhouse Walker Jr., a daring young Harlem musician - all united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future in America at the turn of the 20th Century. (more...)

Write Out Loud and Cygnet Theatre present STORIES WITH CHUTZPAH by Beloved Jewish Authors
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Write Out Loud - an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience  - announces their upcoming performance of STORIES WITH CHUTZPAH, by Beloved Jewish Authors. The reading with music is a co-production with Cygnet Theatre Company and takes place in conjunction with Cygnet Theatre's run of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon. STORIES WITH CHUTZPAH will take place at Cygnet Theatre on January 24th at 7pm. (more...)

Park Square and Mu Performing Arts to Co-Produce FLOWER DRUM SONG
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Park Square continues its 42nd season on the Proscenium Stage with a Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre co-production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, directed by Mu Artistic Director Randy Reyes, based on the 2002 book adaptation by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellowface, Chinglish).  Previously produced by Mu in 2009, this will be a fully reimagined production featuring new and familiar faces. Flower Drum Song, created by legendary musical theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein takes audiences to the vibrant world of San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s to Club Chop Suey, a nightclub owned by a Chinese-American family. Old World tradition clashes with New World trends as two generations, father and son, struggle to honor and protect their cultural traditions while adapting to the changing times. (more...)

Harlem Rep's THE WIZARD OF OZ Will Follow the Yellow Brick Road Into Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Harlem Repertory Theatre's production of 'The Wizard of Oz,' co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation, has been extended through May 27, 2017 at Tato Laviera Theatre, 240 East 123rd Street (near 2nd Ave.), Manhattan. (more...)

Griffin Theatre Company Presents IN TO AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to continue its 2016-17 Season, an exploration of the American Dream, with the world premiere of IN TO AMERICA, a 400-year journey through The Immigrant experience, written by Artistic Director Bill Massolia (Letters Home) and directed by Dorothy Milne. IN TO AMERICA will play March 18 - April 23, 2017 at The Den Theatre's Bookspan Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Casting will be announced shortly. Tickets are currently available at www.griffintheatre.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.  (more...)

Xian Zhang Leads New Jersey Symphony in 2017-18 Season - Jason Alexander, Pianist Jeremy Denk and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Xian Zhang announce the Orchestra's classical, pops and family programs for the 2017-18 season, Zhang's second as the Orchestra's critically acclaimed artistic leader. The NJSO brings a diverse range of compelling programs to six venues across the Garden State, with highlights including classical masterworks, a Winter Festival celebrating foreign artists and composers who found creative inspiration on America's welcoming shores, film-with-orchestra presentations of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and music- and comedy-filled performances with Tony Award-winning star Jason Alexander. (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre to Honor Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty with The Rosie Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, will celebrate its 48th Anniversary at a gala benefit on Monday, April 3, 2016 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). (more...)

BWW Connecticut: TOP PICKS February
by Lauren Yarger - Jan 31, 2017

What's coming up this month in Connecticut theater. (more...)

JULIUS CAESAR, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Set for Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival will launch its 82nd year with preview performances beginning on February 17, and the season officially kicks off Friday night, February 24, in the Angus Bowmer Theatre with Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (director, Shana Cooper). (more...)

Golden Thread Productions Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

Golden Thread Productions, the first American theatre company devoted to the Middle East, continues the celebration of its 20th anniversary with an ambitious and truly international season of new work featuring artists and stories from or about Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Palestine, Turkey, Iraq, Armenia, Japan, England, and the U.S. (more...)

Cleveland Public Theatre presents I CALL MY BROTHERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) is proud to announce the regional premiere of I Call My Brothers, written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles. The CPT production with be directed by 2015 National Directors Fellow, Evren Odcikin. I Call My Brothers is onstage February 9th - March 4th, 2017 in CPT's James Levin Theatre. (more...)

Christina Carlisi to Star in the West Coast Premiere of MARTHA, 3/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Martha Graham simply refused to quit. Her influence on dance, which is often compared to Picasso's influence on modern art and the impact that Frank Lloyd Wright had on architecture, has unequivocally transformed the art form. She pursued her vision with unwavering dedication in spite of the difficulties and challenges it brought to her life. Which were many. (more...)

World Premiere Comedy THE CRUISE by Jonathan Ceniceroz Kicks Off 2017 Season at The LATC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

The Latino Theater Company kicks off its 2017 season exploring themes of identity and its relationship to history with a new socio-political comedy set on board a luxury ocean liner. The world premiere of The Cruise by Jonathan Ceniceroz opens March 16 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Low-priced previews begin March 10. (more...)

BWW Review: PROMISE LAND at Transatlantic Love Affair At The Guthrie Theater
by Karen Bovard - Feb 6, 2017

PROMISE LAND is an original work, described as a story of home, and as a re-telling of the Hansel and Gretel tale as an immigrant journey. Devised by the Transatlantic Love Affair, a physical theater ensemble founded in the Twin Cities in 2010, it has been given a supportive home by the powerful Guthrie Theater, which maintains a 9th floor black box experimental space where all tickets are just $9. (more...)

Alison Wright Completes Cast of Lynn Nottage's SWEAT on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Producers Stuart Thompson and Louise Gund have announced the full cast for the Broadway production of the searing new play Sweat. Alison Wright ('The Americans') joins the previously announced cast from the critically acclaimed Public Theater engagement. (more...)

Griffin Theatre to Explore the Immigrant Experience with IN TO AMERICA Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Griffin Theatre Company will continue its 2016-17 Season, an exploration of the American Dream, with the world premiere of IN TO AMERICA, a 400-year journey through The Immigrant experience, written by Artistic Director Bill Massolia (Letters Home) and directed by Dorothy Milne. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre presents World Premiere Commission
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Chicago Shakespeare presents the world premiere of The Book of Joseph, a new play by award-winning playwright Karen Hartman that chronicles three generations of the Hollander family. Richard Hollander was devastated when his parents were killed in an accident. While cleaning out their attic, he discovered a suitcase of letters written in Polish and German during World War II by a family he never knew-his father's mother, three sisters, and their husbands and children-depicting day-to-day life under the most painful of circumstances in occupied Poland. Richard went on to discover that at the time the letters were written, his own father, Joseph, was fighting the United States government to avoid deportation and death. (more...)

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Screening Series Kicks Off This Month
by TV News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Women Filmmakers: Immigrant Stories Series, the acclaimed screening series featuring films directed and/or produced by women telling the stories of NYC immigrants. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at I CALL MY BROTHERS at Cleveland Public Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) presents the regional premiere of I Call My Brothers, written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri and translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles. The CPT production with be directed by 2015 National Directors Fellow, Evren Odcikin. I Call My Brothers is onstage now through March 4th, 2017 in CPT's James Levin Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Ann Harada & Sara Wordsworth to Host Prospect's GOOD TO GO Women Writers Showcase
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

Immigration, the development of Luna Park, and new adaptations of the films Bread and Roses and Teeth are among the subjects of Prospect Theater Company's upcoming Good to Go Songwriter's Showcase, a concert celebrating new works-in-process created or co-created by women writers. (more...)

Urbano Project Announces Bilingual Music, Art and Activism Series at Libreria Donceles
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Urbano Project has announced a series of bilingual salon-like gatherings to be held at Libreria Donceles, a participatory art installation and meeting place for the community. (more...)

Griffin Theatre Company Announces Casting for World Premiere of IN TO AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017

Griffin Theatre Company is pleased to announce the 13-member cast of its world premiere IN TO AMERICA, a 400-year journey through The Immigrant experience, written by Artistic Director Bill Massolia (Letters Home) and directed by Dorothy Milne. (more...)

Mayor's Office of Media and BuzzFeed Launch ONE BOOK, ONE NEW YORK Community Reading Program
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Today, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin announced “One Book, One New York,” an exciting citywide initiative that will bring book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same time. With quintessential New York flair, the program will feature five celebrity advocates – Bebe Neuwirth (Madame Secretary), William H. Macy (Shameless), Giancarlo Esposito (The Get Down), Larry Wilmore (Comedian), and Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) – each urging New Yorkers to vote for their choice. This evening, BuzzFeed and the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment will host a book party for the launch of One Book, One New York in celebration of the five finalists and New York City's hometown book publishing industry. A city-wide public awareness campaign on subways, buses and LinkNYC also launches today advising New Yorkers of the program's launch and encouraging them to vote on the final selection. Videos produced in partnership with BuzzFeed featuring testimonials by the One Book celebrity advocates will be posted online and disseminated widely during the voting process. (more...)


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BWW Review: DOT at Everyman Theatre is a Triumph
by Charles Shubow - Dec 23, 2016

Playwright Colman Domingo's play takes a touching look at family ties in West Philadelphia. (more...)

Trinity Church's TIME'S ARROW Festival to Celebrate 250 Years of St. Paul's Chapel
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

Trinity Church Wall Street's annual series of concerts in January has long been a highlight of the musical season. Entitled 'Time's Arrow' to allude to Trinity's signature juxtaposition of early and modern music, the 2017 festival (Jan 1-12) celebrates the 250th anniversary of the opening of St. Paul's Chapel, the oldest church building in Manhattan. (more...)

Francis Guinan and Sean Fortunato to Lead THE BOOK OF JOSEPH World Premiere at Chicago Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces the cast and creative team for the world premiere of The Book of Joseph, a new play by award-winning playwright Karen Hartman chronicling three generations of the Hollander family in a sweeping story that spans history from occupied Poland to present-day America. Directed by CST Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and developed with Creative Producer Rick Boynton, The Book of Joseph debuts in the theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, January 29-March 5, 2017. (more...)

Intrepid Theatre Company Launches Refugee Art Project in San Diego
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

In response to the current political climate and the tensions that have developed in the wake of the election, Intrepid Theatre Company announces two major decisions that will affect programming in the upcoming year. (more...)

BWW Review: Yehuda Hyman and The Mystical Feet Company Explore Grief in The Mar Vista, An Ambitious Jewish Historical Drama
by Victoria Ordin - Dec 15, 2016

Nothing in the press release prepared me for the power and beauty of THE MAR VISTA, an ambitious autobiographical theater-dance piece by Brooklyn-based Yehuda Hyman which ranges over four countries on two continents in 90 years. This is no one's fault (though a tissue alert would have been nice), as the collaboration between Hyman's Mystical Feet Company and LABA: The Laboratory of Jewish Culture does not lend itself to neat description. A brief review of Hyman's artistic background--choreographer, playwright, poet, translator of poetry, and teacher of dance at Sarah Lawrence (from which he earned his M.F.A), Princeton, NYU, Barnard, and USC, among others-would best, perhaps, indicate the play's epic sweep, both emotionally and historically. (more...)

MU Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre Co-Produce FLOWER DRUM SONG
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Park Square continues its 42nd season on the Proscenium Stage with a Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre co-production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song, directed by Mu Artistic Director Randy Reyes, based on the 2002 book adaptation by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellowface, Chinglish).  Previously produced by Mu in 2009, this will be a fully reimagined production featuring new and familiar faces. Flower Drum Song, created by legendary musical theater duo Rodgers and Hammerstein takes audiences to the vibrant world of San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s to Club Chop Suey, a nightclub owned by a Chinese-American family. Old World tradition clashes with New World trends as two generations, father and son, struggle to honor and protect their cultural traditions while adapting to the changing times.  (more...)

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