"Golden Land" by Jenny Crakes

April 16, 2015 (All day) - April 19, 2015 (All day)
Location: 
RCAH Theater
362 Bogue Street, Snyder-Phillips Hall, Terrace Level
East Lansing, MI 48823
United States

Thursday, April 16 through Sunday, April 19, 2015, the ROIAL Players present their performances of Golden Land by RCAH Senior, Jenny Crakes.

About Golden Land

“Everything in the factory is very fast. It’s full of lint and thread floating in the air, and the electric machines are louder than anything you ever heard, like hammers, when hundreds of them all start at once. I’m going to go to night school and learn English. Then I will know three languages. I will practice them all with you when you come over…”

What does it mean to become American? A story of courage, passion, and transforming identities, “Golden Land” follows three Jewish sisters as they emigrate from Russia to New York City following the 1906 Bialystok pogrom. Speaking the language of stories, fabric and fire, the girls strive to pursue their own dreams while working in garment factories to save money for tickets to bring the rest of their family over. During the 1909 “Uprising of the 20,000,” at the time the largest strike by women in U.S. history, they are entangled in conflicts both inside and outside their home, and act as catalysts for workers’ rights in their community. Strike songs and traditional Hebrew melodies add the music of the culture and the era. The immigrant experience is close to many of us, and these struggles are still current, woven into the lives of many workers today.

Directed by Dan Finegan and Jenny Crakes with the ROIAL Players

Performances

  • Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door. The performances will be held in the RCAH Theater.

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