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Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project
Rowing to America: The Immigrant Project
By J. Rufus Caleb, Kitty Chen, Robert Clyman, Keith Glover, Meg Griffith, Sachi Oyama, Guillermo Reyes, Akbil Sharma, Karen Sunde.

Cast: Originally performed with a nontraditional cast of 5m., 5w. (expandable.) Rowing to America is a collection of nine one-act plays on the immigration, emigration and migration experience. Written by a culturally diverse group of writers dealing with culturally diverse characters, these sometimes comic, sometimes tragic and poetic pieces cut to the heart of the immigration issue and provide an excellent opportunity to exercise the talents of a multicultural cast. "After you see these nine short plays about immigration, you'd have to have a heart of industrial-strength plastic not to be grateful that your ancestors took the plunge." (Newark Star Ledger). Dead Bolivians on a Raft(2m., 1w.) is a farce about an immigrant Mexican family whose playwright son wants to put his family in a play about immigrants; The Apron (2w.) is a heartwarming story of one sister who has to leave another sister behind in Ireland to move to America; Rowing to America (2w.) has a young girl literally rowing across the ocean to America amidst memories of her sister; Slave Coffee/ With Observer (1m., 2w.) deals with the forced march of African slaves from one state to another; Homeland (ensemble) finds a young Japanese woman dealing with the confusion that is life in Los Angeles; Famous Ali (2m., 1w.) is a comedy about an Afghani citizen and his Haitian "wife" who will say anything to get through customs; in A Mule in J.F.K. (2m.), a dead Colombian drug-runner emerges out of his body bag to lecture a customs officer on the merits of America; Let Us Go Then (2m., 1w.) examines the grief of an Indian family whose American-born daughter commits suicide; Oh Wild West Wind (1m., 2w.) is a take on the forced march of Native Americans during the infamous "Trail of Tears." Rowing to America may be performed in its entirety or as separate selected pieces. Area staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  R51
Cast Size:  10
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  77
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  95 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 087129902X
J. Rufus Caleb has written for theater, radio and television. His play The Rehearsal, developed at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and The New Harmony Project, is included in The Best Short American Plays 1996-1997. His teleplay Benny's Place received the 1981 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Theatre Award for Best Conference Play and was later produced for ABC television. ...More
Kitty Chen is an autodidact and the author of four full-lenth plays, two one-act plays and four children's stories. She is a 1992-93 NEA Fellow in Playwriting and has received fellowships from the NY Foundation for the Arts, Edward Albee Foundation, and Blue Mountain Center. Her play Eating Chicken Feet had a first public reading at East-West Players in Los ...More
Robert Clyman's plays have been performed off-Broadway and in such theaters as the Denver Center Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Colony Studio Theatre (Los Angeles), Missouri Rep and Mill Mountain Theatre (Roanoke, Va.) in addition to touring in Scotland. He has been awarded a number of national prizes such as the Eugene O'Neill Summer Conference Fellowship, New Jersey ...More
Keith Glover is from Bessemer, Ala. He is a member of The New Dramatist Playwrights Organization and a recipient of a Pew Charitable Fellowship grant in 1996. His first play, Dancing on Moonlight, was produced in 1995 at the New York Shakespeare Festival. His second play, Coming of the Hurricane, was produced by the Denver Center Theatre Company (1994) at ...More
Meg Griffith, originally from upstate New York, has been living in Nebraska for the past 20 years. Three of her earliest plays have been introduced at staged readings at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. They include Scrapbooks, October 1989, and as part of a one-act festival in April 1991; Ghost Dog and Touch-Tone. In October 1996, Griffith's play God's Field ...More
Sachi Oyama's first play, Oyako­shinju: Deathbound, was read over National Public Radio on "The Play's the Thing" series, produced by Los Angeles Theatre Works. One-acts produced in Los Angeles are Day Care at LATC, Boat at Deaf West, Kampuchea at Barnsdall Park, and The Painter at The Complex, where she first worked with Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey artistic director ...More
Guillermo Reyes' plays include Chilean Holiday, Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown, Deporting the Divas, Miss Consuelo, Allende by Pinochet, The West Hollywood Affair, The Seductions of Johnny Diego and others. Chilean Holiday was produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville and published in Humana Festival '96: The Complete Plays (Smith and Kraus). Men on the Verge won the ...More
Akhil Sharma has been published in The Best American Short Stories 1996 and 1998 and The O. Henry Award Winners 1996 and 1998. His screenplays have been optioned by Universal Studios, and one of his plays was developed by HBO as part of a festival of new writers. Sharma was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. He is ...More
Karen Sunde has published nine plays, a monograph, four "best new play" scenes, been produced off-Broadway, in regional theatres, on a U.S.A. tour and in 10 countries in seven languages, e.g., Abbey Theatre in Ireland; National Theatre of Turkey; Aalborg State Theatre, Denmark; Chuo Kaikan, Tokyo; and the Moscow Art Theatre. She won the Bob Hope award, three Villager awards, ...More
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