The Other America
Written by Pedro Eiras, inspired by Nobel Prize Winner Dario Fo's Johan Padan and The Discovery of the Americas
May 1 at 2 p.m.
Curtain Theater, located in the Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts
The Other America is a staged reading inspired by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo’s Johan Padan and The Discovery of the Americas, but instead of telling the story of a stowaway in the 17th century who ends up in a whole different continent, it tells the story of João da Silva, a young man who leaves Brazil to start a new life in the United States of America in the year 2025.
In his epic, difficult and often-times comedic journey, João encounters the many extraordinary challenges that all immigrants face as they cross the border towards the land of opportunity, freedom, and bravery… only to discover that there is another America, one in which opportunity is only for a very few, freedom often unattainable, and bravery an act of daily survival.
Part of our Fringe Festival, admission free, reservation not required but recommended. Reserve your seat here.
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The Other America
a new play by Pedro Eiras
Loosely inspired by Dario Fo’s Johan Padan and The Discovery of the Americas
written and directed by Pedro Eiras
with Jr Moreno as João da Silva
Lighting design by Jemma Kepner
Special thanks to Harley Erdman, Willow Cohen, Anna-Maria Goossens, and, in particular, to Michael Dubin, Jemma Kepner, Bobby Gaffney, Abigail Hare and the amazing folks in the Lighting Shop for all their incredible help in making this happen.
This staged reading is a workshop production, and any feedback you can give on this piece will be extremely useful for the future life of The Other America. If you wish to, please visit this link and give us your feedback on The Other America.
This performance is part of the UMass Department of Theater's Fringe Festival, and was made possible (in part) by a grant from the UMass Arts Council.