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'America Amerique' premieres at Cal U'America Amerique' premieres at Cal U

Play premieres at Cal U

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Posted on January 8, 2010

Cal U will host the national premiere of a theatrical production that traces the immigrant experience in America from the mid-1800s to the present.

America Amerique begins its national tour at 8 p.m. Jan. 23 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

In 20 scenes, seven actors will portray characters as diverse as a young Russian Jewish girl from 1890 to an Italian father of 1900 to a 21st-century border guard watching over a stretch of desert running into Mexico.  

Historian Thomas Jessen Adams drew the play's background from letters, court documents, journals, diaries, broadcasts and newspaper accounts of actual events. Text was written by John Adams, managing director of The JENA Company, which specializes in national tours of new work by acclaimed theatre artists.

Previous productions by the New York City-base company include Unforgettable: The Nat King Cole Story and the civil rights chronicle My Soul Is a Witness, which was staged at Cal U in 2006.

In addition to the premiere performance of America Amerique, the cast and crew will hold technical and dress rehearsals in Steele Hall.

Sponsored by the Student Activities Board at California University, the performance is open to the public. Tickets are free, but registration is required. To attend, call 724-938-4303.