The Latehomecomer - Nov. 4

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High School Matinee

This Literature to Life stage adaptation of Kao Kalia Yang’s memoir of the same name begins with her birth in the Ban Vinai Refugee camp in Thailand and eventual emigration to the United States.  The story follows her journey from a quiet, reticent student struggling to speak English while facing racial discrimination to a self-empowered young woman claiming her voice to tell the untold story of her people, the Hmong.  Gaosong Heu, an accomplished Hmong actress, performs this powerful, personal tale that tells a universal story of immigration through the specific lens of this ancient culture inextricably bound to the history of the war in Vietnam.

Date and Time: Friday, November 4, 2022 at 10am

Running Time:  90 minutes

Resources: Teacher study guide provided

Please note: There will be a display of Hmong story cloths on display in the Performing Art Center's lobby.

Reservations and Other Information

  • For 22-23, admission is free to all performances and reservations are required. To make a reservation for your school group or for additional details, contact Kim Engel at 518-442-5738 or [email protected].
  • Our series of high school matinees culminates with a play about hunger and food insecurity. We are asking that groups consider collecting and bringing canned and non-perishable items for donation to UAlbany’s Purple Pantry as well as local community food banks and pantries.
  • Resource materials are generally available approximately one month in advance of the shows. Directions and bus information are provided upon reservation.
  • Guided campus, Performing Arts Center and Art Museum tours as well as other activities like departmental meetings, class observations and lunch in the Campus Center are possible when your group is on campus. More information will be provided with your reservation.
  • Home school students and parents are welcome. 
  • Please read our current COVID safety protocols

Literature to Life's production of The Latehomecomer is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.   Funding support also provided by the University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and the Alumni Association through the Grandma Moses Fund.