One-Man Show at RVCC Focuses on Search for Immigrant Family’s History

Share one son’s search for his immigrant family’s history in Notes to the Motherland, Tuesday, April 7, at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. Performances are set for noon and 7 p.m.

Written by Paul Rajeckas and George L. Chieffet and performed by Paul Rajeckas, Notes to the Motherland is part of the Theatre’s Tuesdays with Stories. The series offers a unique way to experience great stories.

Do you know the stories of how your ancestors came to this country? What about the stories left behind? Notes to the Motherland is a transformative tale of one son’s search for his immigrant family’s history that brings the audience center stage into his compelling journey. This is a must see for anyone interested in exploring one’s family roots.

New York Magazine has described Notes to the Motherland as “a compelling, gut-wrenching, and surprisingly funny one man play about the search for a family history in the aftermath of WWII Russia.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the topic is invited to read The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński before or after attending the show.

Performances include a discussion as well as light refreshments. The series is recommended for individuals age 14 and older. Tickets cost $10 for noon performances and $25 for 7 p.m. shows. Tickets are general admission seating. Audience members may pre-order a box lunch for $5 and have lunch at the Theatre before the noon show. Audience members also may take part in the Theatre’s book exchange in the lobby. Feel free to bring any previously read novels.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Subscribers’ packages are available for many Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.

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