America Is Hard to See

Theatre (new writing, verbatim)

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  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Big Belly
  • 19:45
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United States
  • Group: Life Jacket Theatre Company
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

This daring new play uses a blend of verbatim interviews, Methodist hymns and original songs to investigate the lives in and around Miracle Village, a rural American community for sex offenders buried deep in Florida's sugar cane fields. Direct from a sell-out, award-winning run in NYC. **** (List). ***** (Fest). ***** (ThreeWeeks). ***** (ArthursSeat.com). Top 10 Plays of the Year (NewNowNext.com). 'Explosive and profound' (ExeuntNYC.com). 'Excellent and deeply moving' (Independent). 'Smart and troubling' (New York Times). 'Heartbreaking and complicated' (New Yorker). 'Hands down, the bravest show in NYC... Powerful performances electrify... supercharged script' (TheaterMania.com). 18+.

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General venue access

  • Accessible entry: There are 32 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Mark Wenderlich 37 days ago

I’m a professional actor/director and have stood for 6 shows in my life. This was one of them. Outstanding ensemble. Excellent directing working with some great lighting moments as well. It’s tough subject matter handled in the style of Laramie Project but with amazing voices and music. Both strong emotional moments and good for though. See it now

Pat McP 42 days ago

This show is bound to sell out the entirety of its run once everyone gets wind of it. It is flawlessly acted, deftly directed and ingeniously constructed. Quite easily the best fringe show I've ever seen.


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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 24 days ago

Life Jacket Theatre is a New-York-based company committed to creating theatre from real events, particularly those involving “undertold stories about marginalised and underrepresented populations." ...

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Whats On Stage (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

It's the wave-particle duality – when unobserved, rays of light can act as a wave yet while under scrutiny they present themselves as a series of particles. Verbatim theatre has a similar problem – the moment someone knows they're being interviewed for a play, their behaviour starts to alter. Truth...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 28 days ago

“It’s murky, it’s very murky”, as the audience are reminded early on in this challenging and compelling piece of verbatim theatre. Set amongst the sugar cane fields of rural Florida in the town of Miracle village, a real-life community for sex offenders, America is Hard to See is a mixture...

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Broadway World (5/5 stars) 29 days ago

America Is Hard To See is a verbatim piece that tells the story of the inhabitants of Miracle Village in Florida. Due to strict restrictions on sex offenders in the state, convicted offenders are unable to live within a certain distance of schools, parks, bus stops and anywhere that children...

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Voice Mag (5/5 stars) 30 days ago

America may be hard to see but thank goodness the play wasn’t. What a powerful, compelling and unexpected piece of theatre that truly charters territory that makes other people nervous. A play about a community of planned sex-offenders, who actually exist and who you’ve met, spoken to and witnessed in the flesh? Simply genius.

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One4Review (4/5 stars) 33 days ago

Travis Russ’ play is not afraid to confront difficult subjects. Based on interviews with residents of Miracle Village, a haven for convicted sex offenders in Florida, we are introduced to 3 residents, Chad, Thomas and Chris. Chad (Harry Waller) is … Read More ...

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The Skinny (4/5 stars) 33 days ago

Miracle Village sits about three miles east of Pahokee, Florida. Surrounded by sugar cane fields, it's an isolated place, about a 40-minute drive from the nearest supermarket. For this reason, the site was chosen by Christian organisation Matthew 25 Ministries as a haven for ex-felons convicted of paedophilia and sex...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 34 days ago

The Edinburgh Fringe is awash with shows designed to shock and push our buttons. For the seasoned Fringe-goer, the merry-go-round of attempted provocation can become tiresome but America Is Hard To See stands out from the crowd. Recognising that to err is human, but to forgive is divine, the creative...

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 35 days ago

America is Hard to See takes a hugely uncomfortable subject, and opens it up without filter for us all to see, if it weren’t for the bravery of Life Jacket Theatre these stories would remain untold. It’s true you won’t know how to feel after you’ve seen it, but during it you can expect to experience a range of surprising and diverse emotions not normally found in a theatre.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 37 days ago

This show messes with your moral compass. But as Joyce Cohen warns early on, these are unreliable narrators. Set in Miracle Village, an American community for sex offenders, we learn of their interaction with the locals. Initially the religious people seem like the villains and we sympathise with the ex-offenders. Are we wrong? Who is being honest?

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Everything Theatre (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

A verbatim piece of theatre, the subject matter is bleak, but everything else about the show is not. Simply stunning theatre.

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Voice Magazine (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

America may be hard to see but thank goodness the play wasn’t. What a powerful, compelling and unexpected piece of theatre that truly charters territory that makes other people nervous. A play about a community of planned sex-offenders, who actually exist and who you’ve met, spoken to and witnessed in the flesh? Simply genius.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Cognitive dissonance is the state where a subject holds two contradictory ideas at once, much like a state of ambivalence. In its correct sense, it's possible for a person to find themselves hugely conflicted about a situation, or a person. It's a particular state of uncertain soul-searching that can bring...

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A Younger Theatre (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

America Is Hard To See is a transformative theatrical experience. In its fusion of verbatim interviews, Methodist hymns and original score, the play blows the doors to Miracle Village wide open. A rural dot secreted amid the sugarcane fields of Florida, its community is made up of sex offenders. This...

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Miro Magazine (4/5 stars) 39 days ago


A theatrically accomplished verbatim piece around sex offenders in Miracle Village, Maggie Kelly reviews America Is Hard to See and finds it to be wonderful theatre

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 40 days ago

In this breathtaking production, verbatim interviews are intercut with written scenes, traditional hymns and original music. Exploring the lives of convicted sex offenders in the rural American Miracle Village, the play deftly tackles an incredibly complex topic with a stripped back production, bringing the focus intently onto the stories told....

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The List (5/5 stars) 42 days ago

Compassionate yet troubling verbatim examination of a community of sex offenders...

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Fest (5/5 stars) 43 days ago

Deep in southern Florida’s sugarcane fields, there’s a village where sex offenders can live after they leave prison. It’s called Miracle Village. The residents are baffled that anyone would write a play about them, but after several visits, that’s exactly what Dr Travis Russ did. Using field notes, music and...

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