I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

September 20-22, 2019
Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage


Jorge Sosa, Composer

Cerise Lim Jacobs, Creator and Librettist

Curtain-raiser: 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.



An immigrant story

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.
Read the full synopsis

Creative Team

Jorge Sosa Composer
Cerise Lim Jacobs Creator and Librettist
Elena Araoz Director
Robbie Jacobs Boston Children's Chorus Director
Zane Pihlstrom Set and Costume Designer
Jeff Adelberg Lighting Designer
Nathan Leigh Sound Designer
Wanda Strukus Producer
Joseph Levendusky Production Manager
Rachel Sturm Production Stage Manager
Kate Johnson Assistant Stage Manager
Timothy Steele Rehearsal Pianist
Julia Carey Rehearsal Pianist

Related Events

Voices of America

April 13, 2019
First Church Boston

Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices

August 1, 2019 6pm
Multicultural Arts Center

Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices

August 8, 2019
Pao Performing Arts Center


The Inspiration

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

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