A Nation of Immigrants or a Closed Society?

11:00 AM
Art Theatre
2025 E 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814

Long Beach Opera and Gregorio Luke invite you to an exploration of immigration issues from a historical and practical perspective. Mr. Luke’s lecture THE PLIGHT OF IMMIGRATION takes place in conjunction with Long Beach Opera’s production of THE CONSUL by Gian Carlo Menotti, featuring opera superstar Patricia Racette as a political refugee. THE CONSUL, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, follows the journey of refugee confronted with a soul destroying Consular bureaucracy where “your name is a number” and “your story is a case.”

“I cannot think of a more timely subject,” says Gregorio Luke. “IMMIGRATION has become one of the defining issues of our day. I will discuss the humanitarian drama confronting today’s immigrants: from the refugees fleeing war and violence, to the young Dreamers. What’s at stake is not only the fate of millions of immigrants, but also the future of our nation. The question is: Will we continue being a nation that welcomes immigrants or will we create a closed society with a permanent underclass that lives in the shadows?”

Tickets $10, available online at the Art Theater website or at the door.

Purchase of ticket can be redeemed for a discount to The Consul

Free to LBO A+ subscribers and Art Theater members. 

“A coincidence may be synchronicity, that being the experience of events which are causally unrelated, and yet their occurrence together has meaning for the person who observes them.” -Kammerer

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Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Opera events are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission