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Living Voices: Northwest Passages

  • Zech Hall 565 Camano Ave Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)


Discover a unique combination of theatre, video, and live interaction that creates a high impact experience and an unforgettable journey through history with Seattle’s award winning Living Voices Theatre.

About “Northwest Passages”:

Witness the dynamically changing Northwest at the turn of the century. The expansion of the railroad, the discovery of gold, labor struggles, and world war - these are the passages experienced by a young Swedish immigrant and her community. As she interacts with her African, Asian, and Native American neighbors you'll discover the diversity of the American experience.


The Story

Northwest Passages is the story of Julia Berg from Sweden. When Julia's father sees the futility of farm life in Sweden he decides to move the family to Washington State in America. Julia and her brothers begin a new life in Preston, Washington. A sister, Astrid, is born to the Bergs in their first few months in America. 

The story follows the family's growth in America as they celebrate both Swedish and American holidays, build a new life, and struggle against prejudice toward immigrants. 

After the death of her brother, Julia becomes a nurse with Seattle's Swedish Hospital. As a nurse she is able to travel throughout the Northwest. Julia interacts with African American coal miners and assists families when an explosion rips through the local mine. In Tacoma she hears the story of a Chinese immigrant and his struggle to be accepted in America. At an Indian reservation Julia witnesses the government removal of Native American children from their families to be placed in boarding schools where they are expected to become "Americans". 

When World War One breaks out Julia's world is changed forever. Her oldest brother disappears in the war, her father is killed in an accident, and her mother becomes ill during the flu pandemic of 1918. When she is required to send a letter to the family in Sweden she realizes that she no longer knows how to write in Swedish. Julia discovers her special status as a woman with two homes, two cultures and two families.

Friday, May 1 @ 7:30

WICA’s Family Series includes free matinees to all 6th and 7th graders and master classes for our local youth, which augments our arts in education mission.


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565 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260

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