Amnesia, a new interdisciplinary play by playwright/performer Ariel Luckey, reveals America’s forgotten immigrant roots and investigates the role of race at the border. A young Jew escapes a Russian police raid and flees for his life, immigrating to America and settling in Arizona. 123 years later, his great great grandson travels back to his childhood village and from there, to the site of an ICE raid in Phoenix, following ancestral memories he never knew he had. Layering theater, poetry and a live score of klezmer and Mexican folk music remixes, Amnesia asks what happens when we forget who we are and where we come from, when public policy is based on historical amnesia. Amnesia has been commissioned by La Peña Cultural Center with support from The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation 2012 Playwright Commissioning Award.
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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.