Apr 20 - May 26 , 2018

The Immigrant

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Told with humor and with important resonances to today, The Immigrant is the biographical story of the author's grandfather, a young Jew who fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia in 1909 and pushed his banana cart into the tiny Baptist community of Hamilton, Texas. Given shelter by a childless older couple, he sent for his wife, raised a family, and made this town his home. A true story of parents and children, newcomers and natives, Christians and Jews, and the realization of the American Dream.

"...A buoyant, heartbreaking achievement... The Immigrant speaks to what it is to be an American." - Denver Post

About Simon Levy

SIMON LEVY has been the Producing Director of the Fountain Theatre since 1993. The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle honored him with the Milton Katselas Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing; and he has been nominated for the Zelda Fichandler Award in Directing. His current production at the Fountain Theatre is Chaim Potok’s The Chosen, which has been extended until May 2018 and is Critic’s Choice in the Los Angeles Times.

In 2016 he directed the critically-acclaimed West Coast premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll. Other critical successes for the Fountain include: the West Coast premieres of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek and Reborning in 2015; The Normal Heart in 2013/2014; the world premiere deaf/hearing production of Cyrano in 2012; Tennessee Williams’ rarely-produced A House Not Meant to Stand in 2011; the L.A. premiere of Opus by Michael Hollinger in 2010; and the West Coast premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 in 2009 - all of which received numerous awards and nominations and Critic’s Choices. He has directed over 80 productions (20 for the Fountain) that have won hundreds of awards. His stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Drama) inaugurated the new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, was subsequently produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and is being produced widely across North America and internationally. It is the only stage adaptation authorized by the Fitzgerald Estate, and is published by Dramatists Play Service, along with his adaptations of Tender is the Night (winner of the PEN Literary Award in Drama) and The Last Tycoon. Prior to coming to Los Angeles he lived in San Francisco where he was the General Manager of Beach Blanket Babylon, Artistic Director of The One Act Theatre Company, and Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area. He belongs to many theatre, human rights, and political advocacy groups. www.simonlevy.com
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Written by

Mark Harelik

Directed by

Simon Levy

Set Design

Matt Hill

Costume Design

Shon LeBlanc

Lighting Design

Derek Jones

Sound Design

Peter Bayne

Produced By

Estelle Campbell & Nick Dugan


Arts for LA LA country arts commission Pasadena Tournament of Roses The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation The Spero Foundation Sierra Madre Community Foundation