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Stepping Out

TheatreWorks' 'Rags' runs through April 30


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Bella (Julie Benko) and Ben (Travis Leland) discuss their future together in the United States in “Rags.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016-2017 season with a musical saga of immigrant America, “Rags,” featuring music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Joseph Stein.

The play is scheduled to run through April 30 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

From the creators of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Wicked,” “Rags” follows the journey of Jewish immigrants Rebecca and her son, David, who find themselves navigating the teeming, turn-of-the-century tenements of New York at the height of Eastern European immigration to America.

Five Jewish refugees travel in a boat in search of a new life. Rebecca (played by Kyra Miller) and David (Jonah Broscow) have left their destroyed village and hope to reunite with husband and father Nathan (Noel Anthony), who traveled to America years earlier. The Cohens – father Avram (Donald Corren) and daughter Bella (Julie Benko) – are on the same boat, desperately seeking a better life. Then there is Ben Levitowitz (Travis Leland), a young man in search of a fresh start in the land of opportunity.

“Rags” chronicles each of their journeys – the sea voyage to America, processing at Ellis Island and assimilation to life in a new world.

While in New York, Rebecca takes a job sewing in a sweatshop. She meets union supporter Saul (Danny Rothman), who broadens her view of the American dream.

The cast of “Rags” also includes David Bryant, Michelle Drexler, Teressa Foss, Nic Roy Garcia, Brian Herndon, Jake A. Miller, Caitlyn O’Leary, Benjamin Pither, Darlene Popovic and Christopher Reber.

Robert Kelley directs.

Shows are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $35-$86; discounts are available for educators, seniors and patrons 35 and under.

For tickets and more information call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.

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