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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Through the eyes of the newcomer

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  • HESSTON — The Hesston College Theatre Department will present the stories of immigrant experiences through the decades and the world in the fall drama, JoAnne Akalaitis’ “Green Card,” directed by Laura Kraybill.The show, which explores America as an immigrant and refugee society, will have five performances over two weeks — at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17, and at 3 p.m. Nov 18. The drama will be in the Hesston College Northlawn Studio Theatre, and has a run time of about 90 minutes with a talk back session to follow each performance.“Green Card” weaves back and forth between old world immigrant experiences of the early 20th century to more contemporary experiences of Cambodian refugees to Thailand in the 1970s and Central Americans to Los Angeles.“The immigrant stories are told with brutal honesty, showing the way in which immigrants throughout the centuries have faced racism and other prejudices in their new home, including cruel jokes, harsh language and violent descriptions, which audience members should be aware of and prepared for,” a news release stated.With a PG rating, parental caution is advised due to difficult themes and descriptions and harsh language.Talk backs sessions will be led by the Mennonite Church Immigration Task Force following each performance.Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens (65+). Tickets can be purchased in person at the Hesston College Bookstore, online at books.hesston.edu or by phone at (620) 327-8105. Tickets also will be available at the door 30 minutes before each show and are subject to availability. 

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