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By Sam Kebede
Directed by Sophiyaa Nayar

May 10 - June 9, 2019

Richard Christiansen Theater at Victory Gardens
2433 N. Lincoln Ave

About the show

If the American dream is a privilege, not a right, then Girma and Elizabeth Kifle have truly earned it. After emigrating from Ethiopia to the United States with nothing, the couple is poised to send their eldest son to college. But everything behind Girma and Elizabeth’s white picket fence is not as it appears to be. The ghosts of the life they left in Ethiopia threaten to destroy their American dream before it starts, and the Kifle sons, Jonathan and Daniel, reckon with being American in Ethiopian bodies. In this tense and sharply-drawn family drama, playwright Sam Kebede mines the immigrant experience and asks how far each of us will go to find a place we can call home.


Early Bird Preview
What: $10 tickets
When: Previews (May 10 - 12)

The Cast 

Simon Gebremedhin
Gabrielle Lott-Rogers
Freedom Martin
Joseph Primes


* Denotes Definition Theatre ensemble member

The Production team

Director - Sophiyaa Nayar
Assistant Director - Ebony Chuukwu
Scenic Designer - Eleanor Kahn
Costume Designer - Paul Kim
Lighting Designer - Eric Watkins
Sound Designer - Joshua Willcox
Properties Designer - Therese Ritchie
Technical Director - Caswell James
Production Manager - Neel McNeill*
Assistant Production Manager - Alexandra Oparka*
Dramaturg - Athanasia Giannetos
Sana Selemon - Dialect Coach
Maya Prentiss - Fight Choreographer
Graphic Design - Ari Craven
Stage Manager - Rebecca Ross
Assistant Stage Manager - Ariel Beller