“Rags” asks: What’s your story?
BRATTLEBORO- New England Youth Theatre invites the community to share their family immigration stories as a part of their production of “Rags,” which opens on Thursday, December 6, at NEYT, 100 Flat Street.
Hallie Fowler, executive director of NEYT, says they want to open up the theater as a place for people to share how their ancestors came to this country. As part of the celebration of the immigrant experience with the holiday musical “Rags,” NEYT will post stories and photos on their What’s Your Story immigration wall in the lobby for audience members to enjoy as a part of the theater experience.
“Rags” tells the story of Jewish immigrants during the height of the great wave of immigration flooding into America from eastern Europe in 1910. As they struggle to make a new life in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, they are faced with inequality, intolerance, and corruption. And while the city streets may not be paved with gold, they echo with the music of opportunity, optimism, and hope in this deeply moving and inspirational saga of awakenings and disappointments, of greed and power, and of strength and love. With a book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and music by Charles Strouse, the story examines the issues of prejudice, violence, and hate that the immigrants experienced upon arriving in this country, and that still have relevance today.
Whether a family has been in this country for generations or arrived just a few years ago, whether they travelled many miles to set down roots or came from just over the border, NEYT wants to hear those stories.
If people have a picture to share, or a short description of a family’s immigration story, they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or people can bring them to the theater weekday afternoons or a performance.
“Rags” performs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 6 to 8, and 13 to 15 at 7 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, December 8, 9, 15, and 16, at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $13 for students.
For more information visit www.neyt.org.