by Marc Levitt
November 8 at 7:30pm (free and open
to the public)
Paff Auditorium, URI Providence Campus
80 Washington Street, Providence RI
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Marc Levitt’s ‘Triple Decker’ is a narrative history of a fictional triple-decker tenement in South Providence and of six immigrant groups who lived there over the course of sixty years. These groups, Armenian,Cape Verdean, African, Dominican, Cambodian and Irish, change themselves, each other and the idea of what being an ˜American" means during their everyday interaction. Mr. Levitt explores the stories and myths brought to the United States from the various nationalities while depicting how life was transformed by immigration and the subsequent living in an America at war, peace, depression and prosperity.
The piece is narrated by Marc Levitt and storyteller Valerie Tutson. Along with the narrative, music is performed by members of the communities represented in the piece. The music, under the direction of Chris Turner, combines music brought to the United States by the cultural groups living in the triple decker, with reconfigured American popular music and original music created for Triple Decker. The musicians include: David Ariyan (Armenian fiddle), Phil Edmonds (Irish whistles),Zerui Depina, Cape Verdean Guitarist, Song Heng (Cambodian xylophone), Levon Ariyan (dumbek), Carlos DeLeon (Dominican trumpeter), Isa Coulibaly (Malian drummer). Marc Levitt’s Triple Decker is the story of the American immigrant experience, touching on the joy, sadness, fear and utopian possibilities inherent in our unique multi-cultural experiment.
This performance is being presented as part of the URI Providence Campus URBANSCAPE. Funded in part by an Urban Initiative Grant. OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY: A Mosaic of Diversity and Unity is the mixed media exhibit which accompanies this performance and features more than 50 local professional and community artists whose families originate from across the world.