Urban Stages begins its 20th Anniversary Season with American Lives: From Italy to Cuba, featuring two comedic solo works in repertory that deal with the immigrant experience.
In Spite of Myself, written and performed by Antoinette LaVecchia, is about the outrageous, hysterical, and ultimately moving struggle between an immigrant Italian mother and her Americanized daughter. Jesse Berger directs.
Performances: Wed-Fri at 8pm; Sat at 2pm
Origins of Happiness, written and performed by Felix Pire, uses a full-vocabulary of body language and a variety of Cuban and Cuban-American accents to create a colorful assortment of characters -- most of whom are members of Pire's large extended family.
Performances: Sat-Tue at 8pm; Sun at 2pm
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