Patchwork U.S.A.!: Three Children's Stories About the American Experience
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Set in rural Ireland, John M. Synge's The Playboy of the Western World follows a young man who swaggers into a small pub, telling grand tales and boasting of dark deeds. Instead of condemning him, the local men and ladies admire him. Not all is as it seems, however, and when the young stranger meets his match in a feisty, beautiful barmaid, there's an unexpected twist in the tale that threatens his moment in the spotlight. This dark, comedic masterpiece still packs the same punch as when it was originally produced at Dublin's Abbey Theatre in 1907. Learn More
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Raven Theatre presents Patchwork U.S.A.!, a world premiere children’s theatre show written and directed by Producing Artistic Director Michael Menendian.
Patchwork U.S.A.!, is a collection of three stories, How I Love To Read, Pepito’s Story and The Happiest Day Of My Life, that touches on the melting pot American culture, with its many ethnic groups who have come to America from far away lands.
How I Love To Read, is about an elderly Black woman, Mary Lou, who shares her life story of her family moving from Kentucky to a small town in Ohio, where her mother was sure that her children would receive a proper education. In this story, our narrator also shares her love for reading, including a favorite fairy tale that was part of the black folklore on the plantations in the South.
Pepito’s Story takes place in a Texas town on the Gulf of Mexico. Pepito is a young Mexican American boy who loves to dance and therefore is mocked by all the other children, except his best friend Estrellita. However, now that Estrellita’s father has become mayor of the town he forbids his daughter from playing with the strange young boy who dances and sings, as it would be too undignified for her to continue this odd friendship.
The Happiest Day Of My Life is a story about a young Armenian boy, Vasken, whose family came to America when he was five years old. Soon Vasken learns English and discovers all the joys of being a young boy in a new world, especially a love for baseball. His excitement reaches new heights in anticipation of going to his very first baseball game.
The cast of Patchwork U.S.A.! consists of Krystel V. McNeil, Allison Sanchez, and Esteban Andres Cruz. Costumes and props are designed by Joelle Beranek.