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Ellis Island, NY (January 2006) – The immigrant experience comes to life in Embracing Freedom, a 30-minute theatrical production that dramatizes the challenges of immigration both past and present. It will be performed at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum’s intimate Living Theater beginning March 26 for a limited run. Written by playwright and theatrical producer Nicholas van Hoogstraten, the play features professional actors,* who play a variety of roles that portray the experiences shared by immigrants today and the millions who made their way to America through Ellis Island, the largest human migration in modern history.

Produced and funded by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., Embracing Freedom is based upon the oral histories of Ellis Island immigrants, now stored for posterity in the museum’s Oral History Archives, as well as actual immigration information obtained from ship passenger manifests, located in the American Family Immigration History Center® (

Embracing Freedom will be presented seven times daily Monday through Sunday. Show times are 10:45; 11:30; 12:15; 1:00; 2:30; 3:15; and 4:00. The play will run from March 26 through November 5. Admission is $5.00. For more information or to make group reservations, contact: The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., 212-561-4500, ext. 0 or email

The Main Registry Building at Ellis Island underwent extensive restoration in the 1980s and reopened in 1990 as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, whose exhibits tell the inspiring story of American immigration from its earliest beginnings right up to the present day. It also houses the American Family Immigration History Center® that contains the ship passenger records of the more than 25 million people who entered through the Port of New York and Ellis Island from 1892-1924. And the popular American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the world’s largest wall of names, offers all Americans the chance to pay tribute to their immigrant ancestors, regardless of when or through which port they immigrated. For ferry schedules and ticket information, visit

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*The Actors employed in this production are members of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

About The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor® and the American Family Immigration History Center®. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

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