McCarter Theatre Center and Princeton University present a free public reading of five 10-minute plays by Adam Gwon, Martyna Majok, Heather Raffo, Mfoniso Udofia, and Karen Zacarías, directed by Lecturer in Theater Elena Araoz.

The reading is followed by an interactive panel discussion with the scholars whose research inspired the works.

Continuing McCarter’s tradition of producing timely, socially relevant work that engages with the central questions of our culture, McCarter has partnered with Princeton University’s Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) on a new initiative in the model of the 2017 Princeton and Slavery Plays. McCarter has commissioned five theater artists to write short plays inspired by the research and programming of the PIIRS research cohort “Migration: People and Across Cultures and Borders.” Since the spring of 2018, these artists have engaged with the Migrations cohort by attending seminars and symposia, meeting with scholars, and exploring the Princeton campus to create pieces that explore the nature of migration, how it is represented culturally, and the ways in which it shapes the world. The project culminates in this public reading of the five plays at McCarter.

The commissioning and public reading of The Migration Plays are part of the PIIRS Migration Research Lab.

This event is part of the year-long Mellon-Sawyer Seminar, “Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue.” Co-sponsors for this event include Lewis Center for the Arts, Humanities Council, Princeton University Art Museum, and University Center for Human Values.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, recommendations, or conclusions expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.



Early Decision

Getting into his dream college is all that high school senior Owen Li can think about until long-kept family secrets are revealed and threaten everything he holds dear.


An art museum docent takes the audience on a tour through his galleries that begs the question: how did we get where we are, and what remains after we’re gone?


Solomon’s Pools
Two women in a Palestinian refugee camp ponder the meaning of home and ownership in a world that is increasingly governed by commodities, money, and power.


The Family

Language is a vehicle of both connection and division in this story that follows a young African woman and her family as they navigate the unexpected in their new American homeland.


The Monkey with the Green Tail: A Migration Story
A college art instructor addresses her class about a recent incident of hateful graffiti on campus by sharing her own personal journey in a narrative that interweaves fiction and reality.

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Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • University Center for Human Values
  • Humanities Council
  • McCarter Theatre Center
  • Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
  • Princeton University Art Museum