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LIBERTY DANCE TO PREMIERE AT ELLIS ISLAND THEATER
Play Dramatizes Multicultural Immigrant Stories

Ellis Island, NY (February 2007) – Liberty Dance, a new play which explores multicultural immigrant stories from the early 1900's to the present, premieres March 25 for a limited run at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum’s intimate Living Theater. Produced and funded by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., the show is written by playwright and screenwriter Aurorae Khoo and is based in part on the stories of Ellis Island immigrants from the museum’s Oral History Archives. The play unfolds through the eyes of a pair of young girls who both have immigrant roots—one in the early 1900s and the other a mere 25 years ago.

Liberty Dance 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 25 through mid-October. Admission is $6.00. For more information or to make group reservations, contact The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation at 212-561-4500, ext. 0 or email theater@ellisisland.org.

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 www.circlelinedowntown.com.

For more details on Liberty Dance, see http://www.statueofliberty.org.

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.


CONTACT:
Peg Zitko (212) 561-4517
pzitko@ellisisland.org
Elizabeth Oravetz (212) 561-4542
eoravetz@ellisisland.org



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