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Rosenthal Shelterhouse


Feb. 1 – March 8

Universes is an award-winning, multi-cultural performance ensemble that breaks traditional theatrical bounds to create its own brand of storytelling. Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, Universes will create a compelling portrait of contemporary America in this world premiere. Hailed by audiences and critics alike, Universes has performed off-Broadway, internationally and at major theatres across the country. This all-new show will challenge, move and entertain you.

“Exuberant… Insightful.” — The New York Times
“What we are witnessing here is the unmistakable birth of new art for a new generation.” — The New York Theatre Experience

americUS is suitable for adult and older teenage audiences. Universes performance ensemble presents an insightful and hard-hitting social commentary on contemporary America while discussing race, class and social inequality. Through powerful poetry, original music and dance movement, americUS covers topics including gun violence, sexual misconduct and issues surrounding immigration. The show contains some very strong adult language.

RUNNING TIME: The show runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Photo of Steven Sapp by Arthur Cohen; Mildred Ruiz-Sapp by Mildred Ruiz-Sapp; Gamal Abdel Chasten by Lawrence Turner; and Asia Mark.









Breaking Bounds

Jan 14, 2020
Natalie Clare

Take a closer look at Universes, the theatre company that's using poetry, music and dance to bring their world premiere americUS to life on the Rosenthal Shelterhouse stage.


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Jan 9, 2020
Natalie Clare

Universes performance ensemble fuses theatre, poetry, dance and music to create a compelling theatrical collage of contemporary America that will challenge, move and entertain you.





Steven Sapp

Ringmaster / Magnifique Philip Martin / Ensemble

Mildred Ruiz-Sapp

Lulu / Luisa / Ensemble

Gamal Chasten

Emmitt Weatherman / Crawfish / Ensemble

Asia Mark

Sunny / Senna / Ensemble


Authors / Creators / Composers

Joan Herrington


Misha Kachman

Scenic and Costume Designer

Mike Durst

Lighting Designer

Broken Chord

Additional Music Composition & Sound Designers

Jenifer Morrow

Stage Manager


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