Jorge Sosa, Composer
Cerise Lim Jacobs, Creator and Librettist
Prologue: SING OUT STRONG Immigrant Voices
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Two children, worlds apart—one flies, one walks—to America.
Two girls, divergent lives—one green card, one undocumented—in America.
Two women—different struggles, disparate hopes—for America.
Two friends, shared dreams, one journey—through America.
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I am a new American, an immigrant of ethnic Chinese origin, from Singapore. I grew up when my country was still a British colony. My ancestors, originally from China, came to South East Asia as part of the great Chinese diaspora, in search of a better life. Then it was my family’s turn to leave to find a better life, a life without racial turmoil, or race riots and fear of Chinese communism as the British got rid of all their colonial possessions. They settled in Australia, but I continued on – to Oxford, England, then to Canada and America, sponsored by a Polish Solidarity member who had jumped ship in New York and who knew what it was like to be without a country. Immigration is in my DNA, it seeps through every pore in my body. On September 5, 2017, President Trump, with one stroke of his pen, revoked Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), upending the lives of DACA recipients—Dreamers—in the country that had become their home. Read Cerise's inspiration
Dear Friends of White Snake Projects What a joy to speak with you about a vibrant and dynamic collaborator In I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams – the Boston Children’s Chorus led by Choral Director, Jason Holmes! BCC hosted a three-day music workshop for Dreamer in November 2018… Read More
A few months ago, we held the first workshop for I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams with the full cast, including the Boston Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Jason Holmes. After the workshop, Jason had them reflect on the opera. This what they said. As you continue… Read More
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