For the most part, Welcome Home is an enjoyable forty minutes. But not everything that happens in Building 10A, in the island's quiet Nolan Park area, is upbeat. Thomas evokes the racial divisions of the times, and there's at least one tiny room--darkened, hurried through--that looks like a nightmare in progress. We're hustled away, perhaps for the best.
On Friday, Thomas's dad was on hand in another room, one open to the light of day, to briefly guide us through old family photos. The father/daughter resemblance is remarkable. Someone asked him how it felt to be back on the island.
"Weird," he said.
Performers: Samantha Allen, Keith Johnson, Saradiane Mosko, Jessica Stroh, Pedro Osorio, Kathy Stephens, Jim Stephens, Colleen Thomas, Darrin Wright, Olivia Young, Dylan Young, Bill Young
Visual Design: Rebecca Makus
Video Installation: Jason Akira Somma
Music: John McGrew
Costume Design: Rachel Jones Bellas
Dramaturgy: Adrian Silver
Welcome Home's remaining shows run today and tomorrow at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.
(If you go, I strongly recommend that you also take advantage of some of the last chances to see the profoundly moving Michael Richards: Winged exhibition in The Arts Center in Building 110, right off the Soissons ferry landing. Click here for information and gallery schedule.)
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