A note from our Dramaturg - Dr. DeRon Williams
In the US, we struggle with the notion of immigration reform, bearing witness to the many faces on our borders in search of safety. In search of a home. According to the UN Refugee Agency, "there are nearly 26.4 million refugees [and] around half of whom are under the age of 18," taking the journey alone. In their attempt to flee gangs, violence, and conflict, they, in turn, are faced with a myriad of challenges and atrocities associated with their harrowing journey, including the struggle of belonging.
As a story of strength, collective loss, and humanity, Naomi Iizuka's Anon(ymous) explores notions of homelessness, blame, empathy, and abuse of power. She uses Homer's The Odyssey as inspiration to underscore the trials and tribulations of young refugees encountering unspeakable acts of cruelty and astonishing moments of beauty. Tracing the sacrificial voyage of Anon--presumably short for Anonymous--we witness a young man searching for safety and stability only to face confusion, uncertainty, and antagonism. This brilliantly written piece avoids pinpointing the specific place, location, or even war that he and his mother Nemasani is escaping. As a result of Iizuka's purposeful omission and ambiguity, she reminds audiences, like yourself, of the many children, from various backgrounds and cultures who have had no choice other than making such an arduous journey.
Propelled by a blending of magical realism, humor, poetry, and movement, Anon(ymous) intentionally shifts the notion of home from merely a place to the memories that sustain and the loved ones who give us hope because home is where love is overflowing.
What is the show about?
Anon(ymous) Written by Naomi Iizuka
Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people -- some kind, some dangerous and cruel -- as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer's Odyssey.
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