Vang: A Play About Recent Immigrant Farmers
Sunday, September 17,
2:00-3:00 PM — Performance Of Play,
3:00-4:00 PM — Playwright Mary Swander’s Discussion With The Audience
Event Location: Shalom Spirituality Center in Dubuque
This documentary play weaves together photographs and transcript interviews to tell the story of families who have immigrated to America and are actively making farming and agriculture a part of their new lives here.
For any sensitive soul, it is not possible to be a witness to this play and not to be changed by it, not be moved by the gut-wrenching experiences of these recent refugees and immigrants. We applaud their ability to survive the horrific and find solace in their farms and gardens.
Poet Laureate of Iowa Mary Swander, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center award-winner Matt Foss collaborated to create a drama called Vang (meaning “garden” or “farm” in Hmong). Swander and Chamberlin documented recent Iowa immigrant farmers. Swander wound their words together to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the U.S. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land. Chamberlin took stunning photos of the immigrants in their greenhouses, farms, and dairy barns. Foss added his theatrical brilliance to the production, bringing Vang to life on the stage. And Michael Ching, past executive director of the Memphis opera, composed music to underscore the play’s message.
Offering: FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
NO PREREGISTRATION NEEDED!
Co-Sponsored With Shalom Spirituality Center By:
Sisters Of Charity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
Sisters Of The Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
Sisters Of St. Francis Of Dubuque,
Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters,
Sisters Of The Visitation
Mary Swander is the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. She has published over thirteen books of poetry and non-fiction, in addition to plays, radio and television scripts and magazine articles. In Vang, Swander has wound together the words of recent Iowa immigrant farmers to form a verbatim play that captures the immigrants’ journeys to the United States. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land.
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