Illegal: A New Musical
by Skyler Chin
Composed by Skyler Chin (MY’19), “Illegal” is a new musical blending rap, rock, and spoken word and is inspired by the true experiences of Skyler’s grandparents. “Illegal” traces the immigration journeys of several young people from China to the United States in 1923, when the US systematically enforced its Chinese Exclusion Act by separating families at the border and imprisoning them on Angel Island (in San Francisco Bay) for interrogations. Embodied by a cast dynamic and complex characters, “Illegal” asks the timely and timeless question, “What does it take to be(come) American?”
This is inspired by one Chinese-American family’s immigration journey through Angel Island, though the story is universal; it speaks to the experiences of immigrants and excluded groups everywhere, which Yale and America need to hear, see, and understand.
Performance Dates & Times
April 19, 2019 - 8:00pm
April 20, 2019 - 2:00pm
April 20, 2019 - 8:00pm
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