The Epic Theater Ensemble is set to present Dispatches From (A)mended America (October 10- November 24), directed by Ron Russell and Hold These Truths (October 12-November 25), directed by Lisa Rothe. Both shows will perform at Theater at the 14th Street Y.
The former show began as a conversation between Godfrey L. Simmons Jr., a 42-year-old black man, and Brandt Adams, a 25-year-old white man. It was post-election 2008 and both men discovered they were nagged by the "race question." In the month leading up to the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, Simmons and Adams travelled throughout the South conducting 100 interviews in an attempt to better understand the significance of the election of America's first African-American President. Adams and Simmons perform the piece, and the ensemble includes Jacob Ming-Trent, Lori E. Parquet, James Wallert and Sarah Winkler.
Joel de la Fuente stars in Hold These Truths, Jeanne Sakata's one-man show inspired by the true story of first generation Japanese-American Gordon Hirabayashi. Agonizing over the forcible removal of all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast, Gordon journeys toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.