Let’s All Be Americans Now: A Live Performance


“Most people don’t know you had to be white to naturalize from the founding of the United States until 1952.”

—Kirsten Wilson, Motus Theater

It is said that America is a nation of immigrants. And yet much of the dialogue around current immigration policy seems to lack any understanding of our country’s origins, or any awareness of how immigration policy has constructed our understanding of American identity. This theater performance explores the dramatic story behind the history of immigration.

The aim of the performance is to cultivate empathy for current immigrants by reminding the majority population of their own immigrant past. It focuses on the central role that race and class have played in immigration law and history; the role of immigration in shaping American culture, especially music; and how evolving ideas about race have shaped our view of who is an American.