A New Play about Race and Immigration
Written and Performed by Ariel Luckey
Directed by Susannah Martin
Music by Lila Sklar
Dramaturgy by Corey Fischer
Featuring Dan Cantrell (accordion), eO (trumpet/production), Jessica Ivry (cello), Lila Sklar (violin) and Valentino (percussion)
Layering theater, dance, spoken word and an original score inspired by hip hop, Klezmer and Mexican folk music, Amnesia tells the story of a young man who retraces his family’s migration from a small village in Eastern Europe through New York’s Lower East Side to Phoenix, Arizona, only to find that the violence his family fled cannot be so easily forgotten.
Thursday-Saturday, May 15-17th at 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 18th at 7:00 PM
$18-25 sliding scale
The performance on Saturday the 17th will be followed by a post-show dialogue with Rabbi David Cooper from Kehilla Community Synagogue, Patricia Contreras Flores from East Bay Alliance for A Sustainable Economy and Sophia Lanza-Weil from Bend the Arc.
Production Team: Rebecca Castelli, Christine Crook, Steve Decker, Cory Sands, Meeka Schmalle, Wolfgang Wachalovsky
Amnesia has been commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center with support from The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s 2012 Playwright Commissioning Award, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s 2013 Visibility Award and the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s 2014 Community Arts Fund.
When & Where
La Peña is a community cultural center with a national reputation and a global vision that promotes peace, social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and social action.
As a welcoming gathering place, La Peña provides opportunities for artists to share diverse cultural traditions, to create and perform their work, and to support and interface with diverse social movements.
Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established artists; organizes an arts education program; produces new works by local artists, presents internationally and nationally renowned artists, and houses a Latin American cafe which complements the organization's mission.