“Dreaming in American,” a production by the Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre, a troupe of professional actors and musicians who explore Jewish literature and stories, will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Havurat Ee Shalom, 15401 Westside Hwy S.W.
The show will bring to life three stories by renowned Jewish novelists Sholem Asch, Bernard Malamud and Anzia Yezierska. Using music and spoken word, the 90-minute production explores the Jewish immigration and assimilation experience of the last century, depicting dreams lost, found and transformed.
Suzanne Greenberg, president of Havurat Ee Shalom, said that the show was extremely timely.
“As we find ourselves in increasingly oppressive times where immigrants and refugees are targeted and treated as ‘other,’ this timely piece reminds us all that unless you are a Native American, you too have an immigration story to tell,” Greenberg said. “The Havurah is pleased to share a peek into what many of our parents and grandparents experienced as they came to America to escape oppression and persecution, full of hope for a new life.
Tales of the Alchemysts Theatre is a company of four artists with a history of working together on creative projects including staged readings, podcasts, and an online magazine called The Tablet. Their current format consists of dramatic stages readings, interwoven with live music, followed by audience question-and-answer sessions. Company members are Shellie Shulkin, Laura Ferri, David S. Klein and Carl Shutoff, all of whom have a wealth of experience in the performing arts.