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Raven Theatre East Stage
6157 North Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660
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"Patchwork U.S.A.!"
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24 events
13 reviews
40 stars
attended Dec 05 2009

It started out a little slow with the actors asking for kids to dance. But once the plays started, it was awesome. Their characters were right on, fun, well done. It was just the right amount of time for the 4 year olds. Thank you for a great...continued

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10 reviews
5 stars
attended Nov 28 2009

Very spirited and gifted performacnes; great audience rapport and understanding of young children. Wonderful dancing and great message.

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RaMeka Johnson
10 events
7 reviews
4 stars
attended Nov 28 2009

My children absolutely enjoyed Patchwork USA and I think my husband enjoyed it even more!!!! I loved the audience participation, the moral of each story, and the energy the cast brought to the stage, there was never a dull moment. This was one of...

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Raven Theatre

Raven Theatre’s mission is to establish itself as an important voice in regional theater, focusing on American classics, as well as new and lesser-known projects that shed light on the “American Experience.” The company’s mission is realized by uniting an ensemble of Chicago-based theater artists from diverse disciplines who work together with the goal of maintaining a high standard of artistic excellence with programming easily accessible to patrons of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, and thereby enriching our community’s cultural life. Vigorously fresh revivals of masterpieces by great playwrights such as Miller, Williams, Saroyan and Mamet introduce new audiences to established classics, while original and lesser-known works give voice to the next generation of playwrights. Through Raven’s Children’s Theatre Program, the company seeks to present a wide range of theatrical education and entertainment options applicable across a broad academic spectrum.