Columbia Stages

based on the book by Giannina Braschi
Directed by Pablo Felix

Adapted for the stage by Juan Pablo Felix and based upon the book by Giannina Braschi, United States of Banana dramatizes the post-911 American psyche around the politics of empire and independence. Hamlet and Zarathustra join Giannina on a quest to liberate the Puerto Rican prisoner Segismundo from the dungeon of the Statue of Liberty, where he has been imprisoned by his father, the King of the United States of Banana, for more than 100 years for the crime of being born. The work depicts New York City as the Darwinist capital of the capitalist word and U.S.imperialism as doomed as a chicken with its head cut off. Latin American immigrants are granted American passports, Puerto Rico is declared the 51st state, and then comes the revolution.


Production - Grace Denoncourt
Stage Manager - Hellena Schiavo
Lighting Design - Mike McGee



Schapiro Theatre
605 West 115th Street
Basement Level

June 17-20, 2015

FREE and open to the public with general seating.
6/17 Wednesday @ 7:30pm
6/18 Thursday @ 7:30pm
6/19 Friday @ 7:30pm
6/20 Saturday @ 7:30pm





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