THE STRANGER AND THE CITY
BABEL THEATER PROJECT MAKES SPACE FOR IMMIGRANT VOICES
Framingham, MA, Dec 14, 2019. The Babel Theater Project produced a “moving” performance in downtown Framingham with the Brazilian immigrant community and about immigrant experiences. In partnership with local immigrant writers and artists, the show The Stranger and the Citywas a moving performance that started in a café downtown and move to a couple different locations in the center of the city. The audience received passports and symbolic visas, then performed a “migratory journey” as the show evolved. Some scenes had an augmented reality component, designed by the ex-DACA visual artist Sabato Visconti, reminding us how technology is an important aspect of migratory dynamics and personal connections today. The script features texts by Brazilian immigrant writers exclusively. This time solely the performance was in Portuguese, but the future of the project foresees ongoing workshops and publications that will include translations to reach out to a broader audience. Sponsored by the Framingham Cultural Council and the Brazilian Consulate, the show was directed by Ana Candida Carneiro, artistic director of the Babel Theater Project, a Brazilian immigrant herself, who is a playwright and professor, currently artist-in-residence and faculty at Amherst College.