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Our October FREESTYLE LAB features an ensemble of immigrant and first-generation actors presenting excerpts from Shakespeare and contemporary poets, playwrights, essayists, and politicians – all with the focus on themes of immigration.The performance will be followed by a lively town hall conversation during which we will expand on topics like family separation, treatment of refugees, cultural stereotyping, assimilation, how languages figure in to the immigrant experience, and the code-switching and loaded expectations that often come with being a first-generation citizen.

Our guest moderator for the evening will be Bridget Crawford, Legal Director for Immigration Equality. Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. We represent and advocate for people from around the world fleeing violence, abuse, and persecution because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.


7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30)
at the 53rd Street Library
FREE (reserve a seat today)


Claudia Cortese, Denice Frohman, Ananda Lima, Carvens Lissaint, Ankita Raturi, William Shakespeare, Divya Victor, and others to be determined
Clemmie Evans, Katie Fanning, Niki Hatzidis, Anaseini Katoa, Aida Leguizamón, Salome Mergia, Hyojin Park, Krushika Patankar, and Marcus Xavier Stewart
Jennifer Curfman, Cristina Lundy, and Aysha Salam


Freestyle Labs
at the 53rd Street Library

Part lecture. Part performance. Part town hall conversation.

We address the issues facing our world through a Shakespearean lens. Join us as we enter into conversation as only NY Shakespeare Exchange can do.

#MeToo Shakespeare - Intimacy Choreography and Taming of the Shrew

What do Romeo and Juliet Really Look Like? - Implicit Bias on the Stage

Trans Warriors in the SpotlightCoriolanus through a lens of gender politics

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