When: Sat., Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m. and Sun., March 1, 4 p.m. 2015
Activist and hip-hop theater performer Ariel Luckey grew up in Oakland, but he has Jewish and Christian roots that tie him to places across the world. As a young adult, he became fascinated with tracing his cultural origins. He found that his great grandfather emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine to Arizona to escape the merciless raids of immigration police threatening to arrest and deport Jews. In his new one-man show, Amnesia, Luckey plays both himself and his great grandfather in a story that investigates issues surrounding race, immigration, and cultural identity. Staying true to his interest and style, Luckey presents the piece through a blend of theater, dance, and spoken word, with a soundtrack that mixes hip-hop Klezmer and Mexican folk music. Luckey aims to create a connection between his family’s experience and broader political issues today, specifically the treatment of Mexican immigrants in America. “How crazy that this thing that my family came to America to get away from is now happening again 130 years later on the other side of the world?” Luckey said in a video promo for the show. “Why are we still doing this to each other?” Luckey will be performing on February 27 at The East Bay Center for Performing Arts (339 11th St., Richmond) at 8 p.m., and on February 28 at Kehilla Community Synagogue (1300 Grand Ave., Oakland) at 7 p.m. and again on March 1 at 4 p.m.
Price: $18-36 sliding scale