Mia Chung, Chiori Miyagawa & Andrea Thome Among Playwrights of Collective "Dream Acts" at HERE

February 29, 2012

From Left: Mia Chung, Chiori Miyagawa and Andrea Thome
From Left: Mia Chung, Chiori Miyagawa and Andrea Thome
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Dream Acts, written collectively by Mia Chung, Jessica Litwak, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu and Andrea Thome, and directed by Kristin Horton, performed by Neimah Djourabchi, Anna Kull, Rey Lucas, Rory Lipede, Tiffany Villarin, with consulting dramaturgy by Suzy Fay, will premiere at HERE, with performances on March 23-25 at 7pm, March 25 at 2pm and a free panel discussion with undocumented youths and the artists on March 25 at 2pm.

This production is a part of the Spring Artist Lodge series of HEREstay, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

In Dream Acts, five undocumented teens from Nigeria, Mexico, Ukraine, Korea, and Jordan face the extraordinary challenge of living ordinary lives under the radar. Through their experiences, we learn about facts about the DREAM Act and the secret lives lead by undocumented youth.

DREAM Act Union (www.dreamactunion.org) is a group of seven women theater artists from diverse backgrounds. Mia Chung is a Korean-American playwright obsessed with migration in all its forms, ranging from geographic to economic. Jessica Litwak is a theatre activist, teacher, playwright, drama therapist and actor. Chiori Miyagawa is a Japan-born U.S. playwright whose work often revolves around themes of memory and identity. Andrea Thome is a Chilean-Costa Rican, Wisconsin-born playwright who grew up navigating multiple landscapes and languages. Saviana Stanescu is a Romanian-born award-winning playwright and the founder/president of Immigrant Artists and Scholars in New York. Kristin Horton is a director primarily interested in new plays that engage cross-cultural dialogue as well as the staging of classics for the Contemporary Stage.

DREAM Act Union formed as a working group when playwright Chiori Miyagawa realized that the failed immigration bill, the DREAM Act, was largely unknown to her peers and invited like-minded theater artists to brainstorm about how the awareness about the bill could be raised through a theatrical event among the theater makers, audiences and educators. The legislative proposal is meant to provide a legal pathway for youth who entered the country before age 16 to be with their parents to become documented if they go to college or serve in the military for two years.

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