An American Dream
February 15th through February 17th
by Jack Perla
Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo
Treasured possessions are symbols of home; reminders of a past never to be repeated
Inspired by true stories from American history, An American Dream explores intersecting narratives of two women during World War II: a Japanese American, and her family, facing internment, and a German Jewish immigrant preoccupied by those she left behind. Both families have secrets that bind them to each other, eventually revealed through treasured possessions abandoned and found. Hailed by the Seattle Times at its world premiere as “a heart wrenching opera…eloquent and moving”, this modern masterpiece resonates with local connections to Anchorage as well as our Alaska Native community. Talk-Back discussions following each show will help take attendees deeper into the civil-rights implications of this story and its themes of wartime hysteria, racism, and xenophobia.
“a heart wrenching opera…eloquent and moving” — Seattle Times
“Full of impressionist and minimalist impulses, with washes of color and repeated motoric elements, it sounded like a meeting of Debussy and Philip Glass. Jessica Murphy Moo’s heart-wrenching, poetic libretto got right to the point in an opening scene with a Japanese-American family hastily burning belongings in the hope of avoiding arrest…An American Dream is a gripping piece of musical theater” — Seattle Times
An American Dream is presented by Anchorage Opera.
Runs approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes without intermission.
MATURE CONTENT: Adult Theme
BABIES — Discouraged. Ticket required for all ages.
CHILDREN — Recommended for ages 6 and older.
Disruptive patrons of any age will be expected to exit the show.
Sydney Laurence Theatre
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
621 W 6th Ave, Anchorage
If you already have tickets and are concerned that your current seats may not fulfill your needs, please complete this special seating request form.
All levels of the theatres in the Center have wheelchair-and scooter-accessible locations where patrons can remain in their wheelchairs/scooters or transfer to portable theater seats. Select seats labeled "W" to purchase these seats.
Scooters cannot be placed in the aisles due to the Center's evacuation plan. Patrons are welcome to transfer to a Center transport wheelchair in the lobby to gain access to permanent seat locations. Devices will be stored in the lobbies.
Assistive Listening Devices - Sound from the stage is broadcast directly to you by our in-house listening system (Listen Technologies LR-52000-072). This system has a standard 3.5mm output jack, so you can use your own headset or one of our stereo headsets. A limited number of T-coil compatible loop lanyards are also available. Listening devices are kept at the House Manager's station in the lobby prior to and during performances. This service is free of charge, however a deposit or ID is required.
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