Vang: A Documentary Play About Recent Immigrant Farmers
Name: Vang: A Documentary Play About Recent Immigrant Farmers
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT
Vang: A Drama About Recent Immigrant Farmers
Sunday, September 17, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Discussion With Playwright Mary Swander — 3:00pm-4:00pm
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. Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese, and Dutch immigrants all speak of their struggles, survival skills, and their intense desire to return to the land.
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.
Mary Swander is the Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa. In addition to plays, she's published over thirteen books of poetry and non-fiction.
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.
Free And Open To The Public!
Co-Sponsored With Shalom By Dubuque-Area Communities:
Sisters Of Charity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
Sisters Of The Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
Sisters Of St. Francis,
Sisters Of The Visitation,
Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
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