The story of the immigrant experience is one audiences from different backgrounds can relate to, but is rarely told. A few theatrical productions, however, do speak on the worldwide refugee crisis.
The immersive theatrical production “Flight” tells the story of two orphaned Afghan boys as they travel through Europe to try to find freedom.
The Tempe Center for the Arts and ASU Gammage will present “Flight” from Jan. 17 to Feb. 1, inside the arts center’s Lakeside all-purpose room.
Developed by the Scottish touring theater company Vox Motus, “Flight” is based on Caroline Brothers’ novel “Hinterland” and was adapted by Oliver Emanuel. The production is presented by ASU Gammage’s Beyond series.
Michael Reed, senior director of programs and organizational initiatives for ASU Gammage, saw “Flight” at an Edinburgh performing arts festival and it stood out.
The show uses miniature dioramas, a sound recording and lighting and sound effects. Instead of a traditional theater space, audience members sit in personal booths. Each viewer watches the dioramas move around them on a revolving carousel and experiences sound and music through headphones.
“Your senses are enveloped by it. It makes for a powerful experience,” Reed said.
The show tells a powerful story of how immigrants can persevere despite adversity.
The production is meant for older audiences, as it contains adult themes such as abuse.