This Friday, “Alien: The Musical,” performed by The Arts at Center Street Theatre Company, will debut at The Arts at Center Street in Old Hickory, TN, on campus at G.O.D. Int’l. “Alien” is a 3-act musical that explores the historical amnesia related to American immigration. The play not only examines political issues, but also the social realities connected to migration. Themes of class struggle, race, power, and generativity come to life in the intersecting stories of two families over the course of 100 years. “Alien: The Musical” is written and directed by Gregg Garner, and produced by Sara Davis. Garner wrote the musical based on a single by him called “Alien” on Unnamed Servant’s 2010 album, Invitation to Exile.
Of the play, Garner states: "It's amazing to me how easily we forget the past. Or how limited the scope of our memory is within the present. I wanted to explore the difficult issues related to race, immigration, labor, and discrimination, but not with a typical response. The issues are too complicated to respond to outside the power of a narrative. So this story tries to respond to those issues and hopefully contribute to the discussion. Societies' amnesia is the disease that causes us to repeat the mistakes of our past. Our failure to remember is our refusal to accept our vulnerable condition as human beings - that we're all the same, and we all need a chance."
“Alien: The Musical” is playing this weekend only, Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 6th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, December 7th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are available at http://www.theartsatcenterstreet.com/tickets/. The show runs for three hours with two brief intermissions. It is not recommended for children under the age of 7. “Alien: The Musical” has been called heartwarming, and challenging. It is story about real people, living real life, and promises to provoke many tears, much laughter and great dialogue. You won’t want to miss it!