Austin Playhouse Presents "The Immigrant"

Austin Playhouse Presents "The Immigrant"

After more than 25 years, Austin Playhouse and Producing Artistic Director Don Toner are delighted to revisit Mark Harelik's “The Immigrant” in January 2018.

Based on the true story of a young Russian-Jewish couple who entered America through the port of Galveston, this moving play opens with Haskell Harelik seeking refuge in the tiny town of Hamilton, Texas. In 1909, Hamilton’s population of 1,203 included no Jews.

With only a fruit cart and a few words of English, Haskell Harelik’s open heart and hard work win him a helping hand from Milton and Ima Perry. Eventually, Haskell saves up enough money to send for his wife, Leah, and the couple plants their roots in this strange land and nation of immigrants. Religion meets religion, culture meets culture, fear meets fear, and love meets love in this Texas playwright’s tender tribute to his grandparents.

“With all the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming out of the White House these days, it is good to be reminded that this country was built by immigrants who came to the United States seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Their diversity, hard work, and love of country are truly what makes us great,” said Don Toner, who will be directing “The Immigrant” for the second time.

The show will star Austin Playhouse Acting Company Members Huck Huckaby as Milton Perry and Cyndi Williams as Ima Perry with Joseph Garlock as Haskell Harelik and Estrella Gonzales as Leah Harelik. The design team includes Mike Toner (set design), Diana Huckaby (costume design), Don Day (lighting design), and Joel Mercado-See (sound design).

Austin Playhouse is a professional theatre in its 18th season. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Don Toner and Artistic Director Lara Toner Haddock, Austin Playhouse has grown from a three-play season on the campus of Concordia University, to a year-round operation producing an average of eight plays a year. Austin Playhouse is currently performing at the Austin Community College Highland campus. ■

WHO: Austin Playhouse
WHAT: “The Immigrant” by Mark Harelik
WHEN: Jan. 5 – 28, 2018; Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Austin Playhouse at ACC’s Highland Campus, 6001 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78752
WEB: austinplayhouse.com
TICKETS: $32 Thursday/Friday, $34 Saturday/Sunday, $36 Opening Night and final Friday, Saturday and Sunday
BOX OFFICE: Call 512.476.0084 or email boxoffice@austinplayhouse.com
DISCOUNTS: All student tickets are half-price. $3 discount for Seniors 65 and up. Group rates available.

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