Mary Swander’s Vang & Map of My Kingdom

Adventure, Sunday November 13th

Join us Sunday for two plays and a talk-back with the author, Iowa’s Poet Laureate, Mary Swander.

Doors open at 2:30pm and the plays start promptly at 3pm and end at 5:30pm at Grand Hall, Kimmel Center, NYU.

Suggested donation of $10.

Vang –

A Hmong family who fled Communist bullets and wild tigers through the jungle of Laos and across the Mekong River to the refugee camp in Thailand. A Sudanese man who was thrown into prison in Ethiopia for helping the Lost Boys and was left gasping for air through a crack under the door. A Mexican woman who taught herself English by looking up the meaning of the profane words that were hurled at her at her first job in a meat packing plant. A Dutch boy, dressed as a cowboy, who put the flag of the Netherlands through the paper shredder and declared, “I am an American.” These are some of the characters brought to life in Vang, a drama about recent immigrant farmers.


Map of My Kingdom –

Who’s going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Or have you even started to think that far ahead? Map of My Kingdom, a play commissioned by Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition.


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