THEY CAME TO THE CASTLE: Immigrants, a Tenor and Lola Montez

By Barbara Kahn
Directed by Barbara Kahn
November 4 – November 21
NOV 4 - NOV 21; THU, FRI, SAT @ 8 PM, SUN @ 3 PM



THEY CAME TO THE CASTLE: Immigrants, a Tenor and Lola Montez


November 4-21, Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm.

155 1st Ave. (9th & 10th Sts.) Res/Info: 212-254-1109
Tkts: $15, seniors/students $12, TDF accepted.

They Came to the Castle: Immigrants, a Tenor and Lola Montez is a historical play set in the mid-19th century in a now landmarked building in Battery Park–the entry point to the United States prior the facility on Ellis Island. Newly-arrived travelers share their hopes and dreams, seeking love and success in a new land. An Irishman fleeing the potato famine; an Italian man who escaped from forced child labor in the sulfur mines of Sicily; the sole survivor of a pogrom (organized violence against Jews) in a Russian village; a woman who “always felt different” and ran from an arranged marriage; a freeborn African American woman who works for the NYC Commission on Immigration. Castle Garden was briefly a prominent entertainment center. In a re-imagining of a night’s entertainment, the Italian tenor Lorenzo Salvi performs and the infamous dancer Lola Montez recreates her notorious “Spider Dance.”

Funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation and individual donors.

JC Augustin as Lorenzo Salvi
Grace Canahuati as Lola Montez
Christine Fiala Clara
Sam James as Aldo Catania
Christopher Lowe as Jimmy Rogan
Lisa Monde as Rosamina “Mina” Castello
Adara Totino as Lily
Ciaran Walsh as Jimmy Rogan/Announcer
Rebekah D. Wilson as Rose

Set design by Mark Marcante
Props & Set Dressing by Lytza Colon
Lighting by Alexander Bartenieff
Costumes by Everett Clark
Sound design by Joy Linscheid
Original music by Allison Tartalia
Choreography by Robert Gonzales Jr

Assistant to the Director – Devorah Shubowitz
Stage Manager – Selear Duke
Graphic design by Virginia Asman
Photo and video services by Joe Bly


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