The Consul: A Benefit Concert for Immigrant Relief
Babies and children, ripped from their families, are caged at our countrys border in cells so over-crowded that they must sleep on concrete floors in shifts. Their fathers and mothers, fleeing crime, poverty, and oppression have brought their hearts and hopes to our country, claiming asylum, but instead of being cared for and guided through the steps to achieve their goals, they are housed in makeshift camps with insufficient water, food, and toilet facilities, for weeks at a time. Our countrys highest leadership have made plans for Immigration and Custom Enforcement to round up immigrant families, some of whose members are here legally while others have joined them without obtaining that status and rip them asunder and immediately deport anyone without expected documentation.
As we watch these horrors on our television screens and read about them in the media, what are we to do? Representatives must be contacted, and money sent, but which representatives, how often, and how much money, sent to where? We must not become inured to this injurious oppression, meted out at the hands of officials who seek to turn our country from a place of safety for the oppressed to a wasteland where everyone looks like them and thinks exactly as they do.
In times such as these, artists use their art to comment, to protest, and to share resonant stories with their audiences, introducing characters who can make the struggle of the other very real and present for them. Using their art as their finest arsenal, artists help their audiences maintain the focus to see each day for the war on humankind that it is and not simply another day in a time of great wrongdoing, and to send them to their phones, emails, wallets, and the organized protests that are still the right of the people of this county.
Transgressive Theatre-Opera and Friends are answering arts dictate by giving a single concert performance of Menottis masterpiece, The Consul. This is the perfect time to share Menottis story of persecuted immigrants trying to flee their oppressed lives only to be met with a cold bureaucracy demanding they obtain the correct papers in order to escape to asylum. If these papers cannot be obtained, their only choice is to attempt escape over the border, a journey that often ends in a speedy death or worse.
TT-O will offer this benefit concert at 7:30 PM on Saturday, September 7 at Ebenezer Lutheran Churchs auditorium. Everyone involved is donating their talent so that all tickets sales and other donations can go directly to a local immigrant relief and a national immigrant relief organization. The organizations to be benefitted are Ebenezers own Refugee Support and the National Immigrant Justice Center. Special permission for this concert benefitting these specific organizations was granted by the Menotti estate, and TT-O is proud to continue to share this immigrant composers deeply-felt story.
Artistic Director Aaron Hunts Facebook call for more productions of The Consul to reflect these battered days was answered quickly by Chicago singing artists Jessie Oliver and Caroline Shaul, championing the idea of this benefit concert, using a cast of Chicago actor-singers who will tell this story from their individual, multi-cultural and minority voices, in hope that many in the audience will see themselves on the stage, and make a connection that will both buoy them and excite them to imperative action. TT-O is proud to produce this monumental work and give Chicagos audience another opportunity to protest and protect in collaboration.
Ebenezer Lutheran Church - Auditorium (View)
1650 W. Foster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640
|Minimum Age: 15|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|