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"The performances are rich, strong, and arresting!"
"The ensemble is galvanizing and brilliant!"
" Powerful and entertaining as well as educational--and well worth the trip!" - Around The Town Chicago
" Moving, exhilarating, bombastic, and badass!" - TimeOut Chicago
Using Hurricane Katrina as a jumping off point, Ameriville is a highly entertaining performance piece fusing hip-hop, poetry, flamenco, standup comedy, music and spoken word. Universes weaves this electrifying 90-minute theatrical exploration of race, class, poverty, immigration and political awareness into a great adventure about what it means to be American.
UNIVERSES is a New York-based American ensemble company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros into their own unique brand of theater-based performances. The members of the Universes ensemble grew up in the housing projects in New York City and starting performing poetry in the electrifying spoken-word scene of the late 1990s, at venues such as The NuYorican Poets Cafe. They have since taken their original pieces around the world, electrifying crowds and sparking conversation about just what it means to be an American citizen, right here and right now.