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The Americana Series

As we journey through different eras, students experience our nation’s struggles and great victories through the eyes of those who lived it. These 50-minute concert style performances integrate poetry, dialogue, music and songs from each period and depict the setbacks and the on-going evolution of our American culture.

The Strength of Women
The story of womens’ struggle for equality is told through the eyes of Abigail Adams, Sacagawea, Lucy Stone, Carrie Nation, Zora Neale Hurston, Bella Abzug, Alice Walker, Anne Frank, Dolores Huerta, Sally Ride and others, empowering today’s women to be the heroes of the next generation.

America at War
Through the words of America’s artists, writers, poets and great leaders, we examine the wars that have shaped our nation. Some of the Historical Figures include: Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Frank, Isadora Duncan, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edna St.Vincent Millay, Eleanor Roosevelt.

Black History in North America
From the slave ships of Africa, we follow our African American ancestors as they arrive in a young country pervaded by the same racism that we still confront in our society today. Historical figures include Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth.

Searching for the American Dream
The American Working class has struggled for its share of the American Dream since arriving as immigrants at the turn of the 20th century. The fight for the 8-hour work day, decent wages and better working conditions are told through the words of many laborers including William Sylvis, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Samuel Gompers, Henry Ford, Mother Jones, Ella Mae Wiggins and César Chavez.

The Woody Guthrie Story
This is the story of American folk artist Woody Guthrie – from his childhood, to his Dust Bowl and Union organizing days. It was his friendship with Theatricum’s founder, actor Will Geer, which brought him from Oklahoma to New Yorkand radio fame. His songs and more are artfully woven throughout, including the song that many feel should be our national anthem: “This Land Is Your Land”.

Viva La Raza!
The Latino search for equality within America is the fascinating story of Viva La Raza! Words of the Mayas and Aztecs, as well as Christopher Columbus, Father Castillo, Don Juan, César Chavez and Cecilia Muñoz are used to tell the story of the Latino’s powerful struggle for recognition as a people intrinsically linked to this land, and who helped build its great industries.

A Poets’ Gathering
Sit down to a visit with sone of America’s greatest poets including Edgar Allen Poe, Emly Dickenson, Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and more.