High school students

“Dreaming Again” in New Hampshire

"Dreaming Again" cast photo by Meghann Beauchamp

My novel, The Good Braider,  is based on dozens  of oral histories as well as much research about  Sudan.  I want to tell you about a play whose script  is created around oral histories  of immigrants. “Dreaming Again,” commissioned by the NH Humanities Council and written by Genevieve Aichele,  is a  New Hampshire Theatre Project traveling show. This week it’s touring the state of N.H. Here’s a Dreaming Again flyer with dates and locations in case you’re near NH and can catch it.  “Dreaming Again” is a play like a song, combining the voices of immigrants to NH  – from the Greeks and Italians who came to work in the Amoskeag Mills in the 1800s to contemporary newcomers from South Sudan and Iraq.   The actors build the drama with reprises of their lines and weave their stories together along with music.  Maren Tirabassi created a Dreaming Again discussion guide (in left column)  for the Humanities Council about the play.  The guide is especially for teachers of English language learners who see the play or others who are studying immigration in the U.S.  The Humanities Council is also going to make a dvd and script of the play  available to schools or groups who would like to perform it.

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