Looking In/to the Future: Final Dress (1998)
  • Title: Looking In/to the Future (Final Dress)
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Language: English
  • Date: June 1998
  • Location: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Credits: Videography: A. Montali

Looking In/to the Future: Final Dress (1998)

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 final presentation of a workshop, the characters discuss their hopes for the future and their family’s expectations of themselves. Among different cultural backgrounds, Cambodia is often referenced, and each of the characters discusses what they want to do with their future. They have dreams of being a writer, an engineer, a soccer player, or a scientist; but they are aware their ethnic identities will be part in the process, and that some of them can be struggling with their national identity. By the end of the play, in spite of all their fears, the young performers’ chant say ‘We are going, Heaven knows where we are going ... We will get there, Heaven knows how we will get there, but we know we will.’


Video

Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/fqz6149s

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