The Alchemysts Theatre
Tonight’s performance of Dreaming in American by Seattle’s Alchemysts Theatre features music and dramatic readings from three celebrated Jewish writers. Fleeing the dreadful pogroms of the late 19th century, the horrors of the Holocaust and economic privations, the Jewish people have continually emigrated from the Old World to the new, hoping for a piece of Die Goldene Medina. Here they would find religious freedom and often land and prosperity but their dreams in the Golden Land wavered and morphed as the harsh realities of life as immigrant outsiders tarnished that American glow. This performance piece affirms the lives of the ordinary Jews who scrambled to earn a living on the crowded tenement streets of New York’s Lower East Side only to see their children move uptown and quietly distance themselves from their parents’ old world sensibilities. Anzia Yezierska, Bernard Malamud and Sholem Asch each poignantly depict dreams lost, found and mutated in circumstances that still resonate among immigrant populations today.
Tickets will also be available at the door on the night of the event. Donations are welcomed. Funding for Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.