Assimilation by Jack Dalton. November 20 & 21 @ 7:30pm
Seminar with the writer and performers Sunday, November 22 @ 2:00pm
“A history lesson you will never forget.”
It is the present, but in an alternate time. Western civilization has collapsed. The indigenous people of North and South America are now in control of the hemisphere. “Whites” now live in abject poverty. “Whites” are nearly impossible to help. “Whites” are too corrupt. “White” are too primitive. “Whites” are godless. “Whites” are savages. “Whites” are the problem. “Whites” must become assimilated, or “Whites” will be eradicated. In a village on the Bering Sea Coast of the Inuit Province of Alaska, three White boys are wards of the Paimiut Boarding School. They are beaten. They are imprisoned. They are dehumanized. “Our job is to make these Whites as little problem as possible,” states Elder, “They must become assimilated. It is for their own good.” Assimilation — a dystopian look at Alaska’s boarding school history, but with the roles reversed, Natives running the boarding school, Whites as the students — was called “one of the most powerful pieces of locally written theatre ever produced here,” by the Anchorage Daily News.