america_Who_flier_large-1Written and Directed by Addie Ulrey
Ensemble Directors:
Anna Shneiderman & Amy Sass
February 16 – 17, 2012
If America were standing in front of you, what questions would you ask her?
Would you attack, ignore, congratulate, forgive?
What if you looked up and saw that the person being called America was you?

Using Allen Ginsberg’s poem “America” as inspiration, the Ragged Wing Youth Ensemble makes a direct address to our country in this show. The story travels from an Oakland high school to a McDonald’s to an Elvis-themed chapel in Las Vegas. Along the way we meet a cowboy, an American Idol contestant, a cheeseburger addict, Miss America, and a bunch of kids who are gathering their courage to face the America that awaits them when they graduate from high school. Using American archetypes and their own inner experience of un-define-ability, these young artists show how each generation creates a new America while also being shaped by their past.

Thursday, February 16 @ 7:00pm
Friday, February 17 @ 5:00pm
Saturday, February 18
@ 4:00pm & 7:00pm

Envision Academy Theater
1515 Webster St.
Oakland, CA 94612
FEATURING: Himal Acharya, Shoné Adams, Zuri Buenrostro, Sienee Dakina, Taylor Ewing, Xavier Gantt, Octavia Gray, De’Mareai Hicks, Mia Kellner, Eva Perez, Mayra Rincón, Nikki Thomas & Galy Torres

Stage Manager: Jason Ewing
Lighting/Sound: José Saldona