9/14-9/15: Mary Swander’s Play, Vang, to be Performed at the DeWitt Opera House

Event details

  • Thursday | September 14, 2017 to Friday | September 15, 2017
  • 1:00 am
  • The DeWitt Opera House Theatre is located at 712 6th Ave., DeWitt. The Humility of Mary Center is located at 820 W. Central Park Ave. in Davenport.

BEI Emeritus Fellow and  Playwright Mary Swander is a fourth-generation Iowan, Poet Laureate of Iowa and a distinguished professor of English at Iowa State University. She worked with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dennis Chamberlin, and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival award-winner Matt Foss to create “Vang.” “Vang,” a one-hour play about recent immigrant farmers, will be performed Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the DeWitt Opera House Theatre and Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center in Davenport. Admission is free. The word “Vang” means “garden” or “farm” in Hmong. The two-person play about recent immigrant farmers features a cast of characters including a Hmong family fleeing to Thailand, a Sudanese man who had been thrown into prison, a Dutch boy, dressed as a cowboy, who put the flag of the Netherlands through the paper shredder and declared, “I am an American.”