“Home/Land is passionate and well-argued piece of political theater about immigration – or, more specifically, a howl of collective anguish….The movement work here (choreography is by Stephanie Paul and Maggie Popadiak) is just gorgeous….The immorality of prison-like immigration detention centers, filled with those who wanted only to feed their children or feel free, is revealed with particular force….[APTP’s] work is at its best when born in the truth of oft-painful experience. When argued with vigor and fullness but coupled with the optimism and hope of youth. When expressed with the understanding that no global-scale change can come easily…But change will come, and the young people of APTP will be a part of the reason.”
Since its premiere in January, 2014, Albany Park Theater Project’s Home/Land has been performed nearly 50 times for more than 7,000 people – at our home theater and at the renowned Goodman Theatre. Scenes have toured to churches and schools in the Chicago suburbs, an Ohio college, even a law school. Home/Land has been seen and praised by members of Congress, state and city officials, and hundreds of immigration activists. Teachers will begin using a video of Home/Land and accompanying curriculum in Chicago classrooms this spring. The script has been published by Northwestern University press. In May, a high school in Santa Rosa will stage its own production, the first time another group has produced an APTP play.