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VANG: A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers

July 22 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Playwright Mary Swander is a fourth generation Iowan, Poet Laureate of Iowa, and a distinguished professor of English at Iowa State. She worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award-winner Matt Foss to create Vang, a two-person play about recent immigrant farmers. Swander and Chamberlin interviewed and photographed recent Iowa immigrant farmers from many countries. Then Swander wound their words together to form a verbatim play that captures the farmers’ journeys to the U.S., and their challenges and successes as new farmers. Vang means “garden” or “farm” in Hmong.

This performance is part of our How the Other Half Lives exhibit programming, which focuses on the public’s perceptions of who immigrants are, what their lives entail and how they contribute to community both in the early 20th century and now into the 21st century. Following the performance, Mary Swander will lead a discussion with the audience.

Cost: $10 for members, $14 for non-members.
Registration Preferred.

Details and registration information to be announced.

This event is subject to change. Be sure to check back for the most up-to-date information closer to the event date.

Sponsored by CRST International and NEH on the Road

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For additional information, need assistance, or an accommodation for any ticketed programs or RSVP events, please contact Sarah Henderson at: 319-362-8500 ext. 231 or email shenderson@ncsml.org.


July 22
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM