Marc Levitt’s Triple Decker is a
one-hour story, with music, of the history of a fictional
triple-decker tenement in South Providence, Rhode Island and of six families
from six immigrant groups who lived in the house over the course of sixty
years. These groups, Armenian, Cape Verdean, African, Dominican,
Cambodian and Irish, change themselves, each other and the idea of what
being an American means during their everyday interaction. Mr.
Levitt explores the stories and myths these families brought to the United
States while depicting how immigration and the subsequent living in an
America at war, peace, depression and prosperity transformed their lives.
Along with the narrative, music is performed by musicians from the nations
represented in the piece. The score combines music that might have been
brought to the United States by the Triple Decker’s inhabitants,
with reconfigured American popular music and original music created for
Triple Decker. Marc Levitt’s Triple Decker is the story of the American
immigrant experience, touching on the joy, sadness, fear and utopian possibilities
inherent in our nation’s unique multi-cultural experiment.
Triple Decker has been performed since 1995, in schools (High
School and College), theaters, churches and festivals. It can be a springboard
for discussing the history of immigration, current immigration policy,
the creation of an ‘American’ culture and the meaning and
importance of diversity.
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