Port of Entry invites you to step inside the stories of immigrants from all parts of the world as they forge new lives within the walls of a single apartment building in one of the country’s most diverse immigrant communities: Chicago’s Albany Park. You won’t find this immersive performance on a stage; instead, Port of Entry unfolds across the three floors of a re-created apartment building in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. Co-created by Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects and performed by APTP’s youth ensemble, Port of Entry will take you on a journey through time and across cultures, welcoming you into the lives of people who have made this place their home over the span of a century.
Currently in development for the 2022/23 season, Port of Entry is the newest collaboration between Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects, the co-creators of 2016’s Learning Curve.
Because this production explores the question of “What is home?” with the framework of immigration, neighbors, connections and separation, and cross-cultural diffusion, I feel that it really has the potential to be a catalyst for change, hope and possible futures, and a suitable match for having a presence at PQ23. The whole entire concept of immigration in and of itself is centered around the basic human state of mind that is hope.
Immersive build out in warehouse – Albany Park – Chicago, IL
Co-Conceived by Albany Park Theater Project and Third Rail Projects
Scene Design – Scott C Neale
Lighting Design – Elizabeth Mak
Costume Design – Izumi Inaba
Sound Design – Misha Fiksel
Props Artisan – (Objects Designer) Ellie Terrell
Production Stage Manager – Monica Brown
Production Manager – Trina McGee