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Ameriville, a collision of storytelling, spoken word and the infectious rhythms of jazz, gospel and hip hop, will change your concept of “musical theatre.” The viscerally energetic and diverse young team, Universes, put the state of the Union under the microscope and into the microphone, as they spin exquisite harmonies and beatboxing around themes of race, poverty, politics, history and government, examining our country through the lens of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. A modern-day variety show, the piece branches out from stories of post-Katrina New Orleans to the rest of the United States, giving voice to disenfranchised groups and articulating not just the difficulties, but also the underlying strength within America.
"Their energy and realness is unmatchable." –Village Voice
Post-Performance Discussions with Universes
Following the performances on TUE, MAR 13 @ 7PM and THUR, MAR 15 @ 7:30PM
Join members of the cast and special guests for talkback on their creative process and performance style.
The Jeff Robinson Trio have accompanied poets/singers at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA every Sunday for more than fifteen years. Their Rounder Records release Next on the Mic received critical acclaim. Jeff has also performed his one-man play about jazz saxophonist and legend Charlie "Bird" Parker entitled Live Bird Off-Broadway.
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The Occupy Movement and Katrina come together in a collision of hip hop, blues and storytelling
MAR 13 - MAR 18
Box Office: 617.824.8400
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90 minutes with no intermission
BOX OFFICE: 617.824.8400.
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10AM to 6PM. Sunday 12PM to 4PM
Mailing address: ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, Office the Arts, Emerson College, 120 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
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