William Woods University Theatre to Perform ‘The Immigrant’

The ImmigrantThe William Woods University Theatre Department will present the play “The Immigrant” Dec. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium. Two of the performances will be “shadow interpreted.”


“The Immigrant,” subtitled “A Hamilton County Album,” is a true story about two Eastern European Jews who immigrated to a small Texas town in 1909. Inspired by his grandmother’s photo album, playwright Mark Harelik tells the story of two out of the thousands of Jewish immigrants who ended up in the American Southwest through an immigrant resettlement program.


Cast members are Drew Arnett (St. Louis, Mo.) as Haskell Harelik, Paige Runge (St. Louis, Mo.) as Leah Harelik, Jason Cavallone (Chicago, Ill.) as Milton Perry and Kayla Pulliam (Bloomington-Normal, Ill.) as Ima Perry.


On Dec. 2 and 3, William Woods students in the American Sign Language interpreting program will “shadow interpret” the play.  Appearing on stage in costume, they will interpret the actors’ lines.  Interpreters are Harrison Jones (Fulton, Mo.), Marisa Benthusen (Raymore, Mo.), Sydnee Kuster (Bunceton Mo.) and Jessica Voeller, Menoken, N.D.


“The Immigrant” is directed by Melissa Alpers-Springer, assistant professor of communication and theatre. The artistic director is Joe Potter, assistant professor of performing arts. Dan Springer is the scenic and lighting director. Jane Friedman, who is in her 16th year at William Woods, is the play’s costumer.


For tickets, call the William Woods box office at (573) 592-4267. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or at the door on performance day. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for WWU students, faculty, staff and senior citizens (62 and up) and $5 for children, between the ages of 6 and 12. No children under 6 allowed.