For 2016-2017, The Guthrie Theater has commissioned playwright and American Records’ founding CEO KJ Sanchez to create a documentary play about refugees, immigrants and support or opposition of their resettlement in the Twin Cities.
"A community can be measured by the questions its theater asks" - Former Guthrie Artistic Director, Liviu Ciulei
Based on extensive interviews with a multitude of unheard voices, Sanchez will construct a script to pose critical questions: who are we as Americans as defined by how we accept or refuse refuge to immigrants? What are the risks? What are the gains? Who are these refugees and why do they come to us for help? How is immigration in Minnesota different or the same today as it was decades ago?
AMERICAN THEATRE article detailing the commission for the Level Nine initiative in the Dowling Studio: