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America is Hard to See - 2018 - Off-Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

In Fall 2015, members of Life Jacket Theatre Company travelled to southern Florida to interview the residents of Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders buried deep in abandoned sugarcane fields. The team has transformed their research into a moving and unflinching play about darkness, uncertainty, and the painful process of healing in small-town America. America is Hard to See uses a fusion of verbatim interviews and found text crafted by Travis Russ, award-winning playwright and director, as well as traditional Methodist hymns and original songs composed and arranged by Priscilla Holbrook, lead singer of the band Susan Jane.

America is Hard to See is produced by Life Jacket Theatre Company, whose recent production of Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey (HERE, 2016), was a Critics' Pick by the New York Times and Time Out New York and a nominee for a Drama Desk Award and seven New York Innovative Theatre Awards.


Run Type:Limited Run
Previews: January 30, 2018
Closing:February 24, 2018

Running Time:

One hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission


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145 6th Ave.
New York City,NY10013

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America is Hard to See Off-Broadway Cast

by Danielle Gutierrez - February 13, 2018
Before a performance of the play America is Hard to See, audience members have the opportunity to wander across a canvas map of Miracle Village. What appears as a gridded crisscrossing of rural living quarters is home to a community of men - sex offenders - who are finding a way to move forward. Travis Russ, artistic director at Life Jacket Theatre Company, calls this Southern Florida community one of many "little dots" on a map, where real people have stories to tell. In his case, Russ decided that the stories within Miracle Village should be told onstage. In a phone interview with BroadwayWorld, Russ discussed bringing the residents' true stories to the theatre.
by Danielle Gutierrez - February 2, 2018
The music-infused play AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE from Life Jacket Theatre Company will have its opening performance tonight, Friday, February 2nd. From Life Jacket artistic director Travis Russ and songwriter Priscilla Holbrook, the production will run through February 24th at HERE (145 6th Avenue). Get a first look at the production ahead of opening!

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What productions of America is Hard to See have there been?
America is Hard to See has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2018.

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