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  • Title: Looking In/To the Future (Workshop Final Presentation)
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:57:03
  • Language: English
  • Date: 22 Aug 1997
  • Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Young people in the Khmer, Vietnamese, Latina/o, and African-American communities surrounding Amherst, Massachusetts, performers.
  • Credits: New WORLD Theater, producer.

Looking In/To the Future: Workshop Final Presentation (1997)

In ‘Looking In/To The Future,’ the New WORLD Theater worked with young people in the Khmer, Vietnamese, Latina/o, and African-American communities surrounding Amherst, Massachusetts in attempting to define cultural identities through writing and theatre activities. In this workshop final presentation, a group of young performers discuss their social, cultural, and class backgrounds. Speaking in their many languages, we get a glimpse into the characters’ lives in a school setting, expressing their parents’ expectations for their future, and their cultural legacy of the past. They also engage with games, and while performing their ‘animal personalities,’ they reflect upon their land, nature, and village. By the end of the play, the young performers come out on stage and collectively, beautifully and powerfully, state the message ‘Were going to a place where we can make a new world.’ This video documentation features a brief Q&A with the performers.


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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/kh1894sr