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Compiled, distilled and rendered by Zach Trebino
Directed by Rachel Thomas-Levy
ABOUT THE SHOW–
American Cream provides a view into the carnival of everyday life as sometime lovers Romeojuggalo and Self-Proclaimed Dip Queen search for recognition and purpose in a future United States where junk food and sex are interchangeable, the police are enemies, and families are corrupted by drugs, incest, and misunderstanding.
SHOW DATES–July 29, 30, August 5, 6, 11, 12
Rehearsals will start June 19
Here’s a little more about why we are doing this play:
American Cream explores what may be called the underbelly of American popular culture. This exploration centers on the lives of economically poor, poorly educated Americans and what is known as “Juggalo” culture. Juggalos are, in their broadest definition, fans of the musical group Insane Clown Posse, but this subculture amounts to a way of life for many. For mainstream America, Juggalos are the epitome of the “Other;” they violate our shared cultural mores, they disgust us, they are easy to dismiss. However, American Cream permits us to see the world through the eyes of this Other, making clear two important facts. First, the values promoted by this culture do not differ greatly from those of mainstream culture. Juggalos want love, acceptance, material goods, family and all that we cherish collectively as a society. Secondly, the disconnection that arises is rooted in the socioeconomic circumstances of the Juggalos. Those who identify with this culture come largely from poor communities and families in which drug use, sexual abuse and other such experiences are commonplace. While Juggalos aspire to the same things as those in the mainstream, they cannot fit in, they have few means of improving their economic circumstances, and they are often grappling with multiple traumatic childhood events. They are traumatized people being raised in traumatized communities by other traumatized people. By giving voice to this largely voiceless population, American Cream enables us to see ourselves in the Other.