The latest installment in Leviathan Lab’s 2nd season is MIGRATION NATION: IMPORTED AND EXPLOITED, featuring 9 world-premiere plays from Leviathan’s Women Writer’s Group exploring the experiences of immigrant Filipinos who have taken jobs as overseas workers (OFW’s) worldwide. Performances are at 7pm and 9pm on October 26th and 27th at Space on White, 81 White Street in New York. Tickets are $15 each. Pre-show talk at 6:15pm both nights. To buy tickets, click here: http://bpt.me/281856 or call 212.227.8600 for more information.
OFWs, the majority of them women, constitute the Philippines’ largest export, totaling 11% of the Philippine economy. These women, without the benefit of citizenship or workers’ rights, suffer a huge number of human rights abuses, including rape, torture, and death. MIGRATION NATION seeks to explore the experiences of these workers in a new context by creating a theater experience like none other.
“Migration Nation is an attempt to theatrically re-create the experience of the OFW,” said Leviathan Lab Artistic Director Nelson T. Eusebio III. “We feel that by bringing the audience into this experience – an entire house of their stories, reflecting the diasporatic experience of the OFWs – that it will enable us to both engage, enlighten and entertain our audiences. The goal of the event is to merge the political theatrical aspirations of Brecht with the voyeuristic and inclusionary experience of ‘Sleep No More’.”
“We are thrilled to be able to perform and be part of Filipino history month. These stories not only mean a tremendous amount to our community, but are stories of humanity and our rights as human beings. We hope that Migration Nation will help bring focus to a largely underserved and overlooked community,” said Executive Director and company Founder Ariel Estrada.
The playwrights of MIGRATION NATION include Nancy Eng, Christine Toy Johnson, Dorim Lee, Karen Lee, Marisa Marquez, May Nazareno, Kristine M. Reyes, Eileen Rivera and Nandita Shenoy. The plays will be directed by Tea Alagic, Jo Cattell, Elyzabeth Gorman, Larissa Lury and Kira Onodera. The cast includes Leanne Cabrera, Kitty Chen, Patricia Cancio, Claro de los Reyes, Ariel Estrada, Karen Tsen Lee, Jaygee Macapugay, Jake Myers, Mizuo Peck, Diane Phelan, Krystal Seli, Kurt Uy and Yan Xi.
MIGRATION NATION has successfully completed their 40 DAYS TO $4000 campaign; From Leviathan: “We ask you to help share these important stories with our community, and ask you to give what you can; your tax-deductible donation will go toward sets, costumes, performer and technician stipends, and more. MIGRATION NATION is funded, in part, by generous support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Yet even with their funding, this ambitious live performance work is in need of your support. To make a contribution, go http://bit.ly/PEAKZR
MIGRATION NATION is made possible by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Community partners for this project are FAHNS, NAFAA and UniPro.
Help Leviathan Lab reach their goal of 40 Days to $4K www.leviathanlab.com
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