The New Colossus
About The New Colossus
In "The New Colossus," twelve actors from all over the world are telling their ancestors stories in twelve different languages and twelve different eras, all woven into a single narrative about escaping an oppressive homeland, drawn to the beacon above Ellis Island. An intensely physical production, with live music, poetry and kinetic movement, "The New Colossus" is an homage to the strength, resilience, and dignity of the immigrants and refugees that risked their lives to find a better life.
"The New Colossus" shares a title with the sonnet written by poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 for an exhibit to raise funds for the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty, which opened in 1886. Even though the Statue of Liberty was not conceived as a symbol of immigration, Lazarus’ “The New Colossus” reinvented the statue’s purpose, turning Liberty into a welcoming mother, a symbol of hope to the outcasts and oppressed of the world. After each performance, the cast and the director will have an open discussion with the audience and invite them to share their stories or their families’ stories as refugees or immigrants.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.