August 24, 2016

Community invited to help create new play on immigrant experience

By Office of Communications

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The immigrant experience is coming to the stage in a new devised theater event that begins this fall at San Diego Mesa College. Students, performers, and anyone with a story, experience or interest in immigration are invited to enroll in Drama 268, Experimental Theatre. The class begins Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Apolliad Theatre at Mesa College.


“This is going to be an awesome experience where we will think, debate and create as a group,” instructor John Polack said of the class, which is called a devised theatre project, loosely defined as the process of collaboratively creating a new work without a pre-existing script where the collaborators are also the performers. 


Tentatively called  “Immigrant Nation: A History of Love, Hope, and Fear,” the production will explore stories of arrival in America and offer an exploration of what people have gained and lost as new immigrants. Polack will facilitate the group discussion and creative research, and help the group explore concepts and topics through performance.


Everyone who shows up on Saturday, August 27, will be given an add code for the class, which is two units and costs $92 for the 16-week session, held in the Apolliad Theatre (Building CT). Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. with a break for lunch. Parking is free on Saturdays on the Mesa College campus.


Interested persons can call Polak at 608-344-4625, or register online for Experimental Theatre DRAM 268 at, or show up to get an add code.

Tags: play, drama, immigration, playwright, Dramatic Arts, Theater