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Literature to Life: The Latehomecomer stage adaptation

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St. Croix Festival Theatre & ArtReach St. Croix are thrilled to present the new, virtual one-woman performance of Yang's The Latehomecomer.

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As part of NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley, St. Croix Festival Theatre and ArtReach St. Croix presents a virtual Literature to Life stage presentation of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang.

Performed by actress and traditional Flower Singer Gaosong Heu. Adapted by Aurea Tomeski & Elise Thoron. Directed by Elise Thoron.

The productionwill be followed by a talkback with the performer and a LTL teaching artist.

Based on the novel The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, © 2008, published by Coffee House Press

Gaosong V. Heu is a Hmong American performance artist, musician, vocalist, published writer, educator, arts administrator and entrepreneur based in St. Paul, MN.

The Latehomecomer was the first memoir written about the Hmong people. Kao Kalia Yang wrote it as a "love letter" to her grandmother whose spirit held her family together through their imprisonment in Laos, their harrowing escape across the Mekong River and into a refugee camp in Thailand, their immigration to Minnesota, and their transition to a hard life in America.

This event is offered as part of ArtReach St. Croix’s NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley. We encourage you to join your St. Croix Valley neighbors in reading THE LATEHOMECOMER by Kao Kalia Yang. In June 2021, we will celebrate the arts with activities related to themes found in the book. More information is available at https://www.ArtReachStCroix.org/BigRead. See www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/nea-big-read/latehomecomer for reader resources and discussion questions.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley is presented by ArtReach St. Croix in conjunction with core program partners including Valley Bookseller, Marine Mills Folk School, Twin Cities PBS (TPT), Stillwater Public library and other library branches located between St. Croix Falls, WI, and Hastings, MN.

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