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Realizing the American Dream

A new show tells what it's like to grow up when you weren't born in the USA

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    A new show tells the story of five first- or second-generation immigrants growing up in America.

    We live in an international city. And this weekend, Washington's diverse culture will be on display at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

    It's bringing a show called "Wetbacks, Aliens and Towelheads: True Stories from the First Generation."

    The show features five performance artists who tell true stories about being first- or second-generation Americans.

    There's a poet who tries to live the American Dream for his Filipino mother, a reporter who toes the line between the New and Old World rules set forth by her parents, and an activist who changes her plans to become Jamaica's first female prime minister.

    There's also a video artist who tries to survive his New Jersey high school after being transplanted from Nigeria. And there's a comedian who tells what it's like to grow up Indian in Potomac.

    "Wetbacks, Aliens and Towelheads: True Stories from the First Generation
    The Atlas Performing Arts Center
    1333 H Street, NE
    Friday, February 26 at 9:30 p.m.
    Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
    Tickets are $18.50 (plus a $1.50 online processing fee)