In Undesirable Elements, six individuals talk about what it means to be an outsider. The stories include a young Hmong woman from Laos, a Russian Jewish woman who was confined to a Camp in the Ukraine during World War II and who arrived in Minnesota in 1992, a young Puerto Rico man, an Ojibwa woman, a Filipino woman who came to the United States to escape political repression, and an African American soldier who experienced racism as he offered his service to this country during World War II. This play is deceptively simple –these individuals tell the true stories of their births, their names, the country where they grew up, the experiences they have had as being treated as an “outsider “in their home country , and the experiences they have had being treated as an “outsider” here in Minnesota. One of the writers of the Twin Cities newspapers wrote about Undesirable Elements: “The audience witnessed the creation of a community of people brought together by courageous bewildering and occasionally odd, transcultural experiences...the cumulative power of these shared stories are nothing short of astonishing.” Undesirable Elements is an Illusion Theather production. Illusion Theater’s mission is to create theater that illuminates the myths and realities of our times and to catalyze personal and social change. Illusion Theater is nationally renowned for its development of new plays, its pioneering work in using theater to address complex issues and ideas, and its education program to address issues important to children and families.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4th Floor - Ballroom 3+4 (Minneapolis Marriott City Center)
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