A work by Universes (Gamal Abdel Chaste, Mildred Ruiz, William Ruiz, and Steven Sapp)
Projection Design* 

Tour Dates
Curious Theatre Company
(Denver, CO), November 14 – December 5, 2009
Southern Rep (New Orleans), Co-Presentation with JuneBug Productions, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and Tulane University, February 24 – March 7, 2010
Hopkins Center, Dartmouth (Hanover, NH), April 20 – 21, 2010
DiverseWorks (Houston, TX); September 30 – October 2, 2010
Round House Theatre (Washington, DC), October 20 – November 7, 2010
The Public Theater / Under The Radar Festival (NYC),  January 5 – 16, 2011

How high is the water…….3 feet high and risin’…..how high is the water……..5 feet high and risin’


Using Hurricane Katrina as its inspiration, Ameriville is a performance piece that fuses hip-hop, poetry, flamenco, standup comedy, music and spoken word to encourage conversation about racial oppression in America. Universes weaves this theatrical exploration of race, class, poverty and political awareness into a great adventure about what it means to be American.

Universes is a national ensemble theatre company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse many performance art forms into their own unique brand of theatre art. The company was formed in the Bronx in 1995 and began performing in the popular urban poetry and music scene of the late 1990s. They have since taken their original pieces around the world, inspiring crowds and sparking conversation.


Direction: Chay Yew
Dramaturg: Morgan Jenness
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Harwood



*  Additional design elements by Jason Czaja.