I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

An immigrant story that explores what it means to be American.

Upcoming Productions

Pittsburgh 2020


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


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

I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams on the White Snake Projects Blog

Q+A with Jorge Sosa

Composer Jorge Sosa was all set to work with White snake Projects on the opera, Monkey: A Kung Fu Parable when President Trump revoked the DACA act. He and Cerise put Monkey aside and started work on I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. Read More

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Q+A with Maria Sensi Sellner

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner took a break from rehearsal to answer a few of our questions about her pre-performance rituals and more! Q: What led you to pursue a career in music? I actually did not, at first! I was involved in musical activities from a very early… Read More

Q+A with Kirsten Chambers

Soprano Kirsten Chambers has her hands full in I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, playing the gangsters who threaten Singa and Rosa’s families, their mothers, and Rosa’s prosecutor. Kirsten took a break from juggling so many roles to talk about being in Dreamer. Q: How do you… Read More

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Q+A with Isis and Amy

Interview by Abby Nordan On this day three years ago, my friends and I sat in the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre for the world premiere of Gilgamesh. After months of rehearsing and workshopping and preparing, we and our choir, the… Read More

Q+A with Carla López-Speziale

Mezzo-soprano Carla López-Speziale plays Rosa, the titular Dreamer in I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. We caught up with Carla during rehearsals and talked to her about her character, yoga, and more. Q: If you had to swap roles with another member of the production, who would… Read More

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Q+A with Helen Zhibing Huang

Soprano Helen Zhibing Huang is a White Snake Projects veteran, having previously sung in workshops for Gilgamesh and REV. 23, as well as writing the song “I Can’t Understand a Word You’re Saying” alongside composer Michele Cheng for Sing Out Strong: Immigrant Voices. She is now performing in our… Read More

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