Meet the Ideas

What is Culture?

Culture refers to the collective accumulation of knowledge, beliefs, practices, traditions, art, representation, and experiences that get associated with a defined group of people and transmitted from generation to generation.

What is Multiculturalism?

Multiculturalism refers to the cultural diversity of communities. As an idea, it promotes the understanding that society is comprised of distinct cultural communities that should be afforded agency, sometimes even self-determination or autonomy, typically within an institutionalized framework - the state, the corporation, the university, the organization, etc.

What is Polyculturalism?

Polyculturalism refers to the interchange between cultures. As an idea, it promotes the understanding that society is comprised of fluid cultural communities that continuously intersect and redefine themselves through processes of dynamic interchange. Unlike multiculturalism, polyculturalism is less adaptable to public policy and organizational rubrics, and more rooted in voluntary, often times spontaneous, engagements.


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Written by
Jamil Khoury

Directed by
A. George Bajalia

Executive Producers
Malik Gillani
Jamil Khoury

Gordon Chow as Multiculturalism
Virginia Lee Marie Martinez as Polyculturalism

Director of Photography
Drew Pientka

Editor, Script Supervisor and Assistant Director
Deann Baker

Set Design
Dan Stratton

Costume Designer and Props Master
Kelsey C. Melvin

Original Compositions
Peter J. Storms

Production Manager
Corey Pond

Neal Ryan Shaw

Location Sound Mixer
Dustin Barta

Post-Production Sound
Nate Green

Assistant Camera and Grip
Travis Legge

Nicki Beck

Make Up and Hair
Neva Stroud

Script Development Support provided by
A. George Bajalia
Neal Ryan Shaw
Gordon Chow
Nora Fiffer
Malik Gillani
Virginia Lee Marie Martinez
Madrid St. Angelo

Major Funding provided by:
Field Foundation

Additional Funding provided by
Siragusa Logo

Special Thanks to
About Face Theatre
Eric Branholm
The First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
Elizabeth Gingerich
Hannoun Rugs from Morocco
Elise Hausken
Becky Klein
Jeanette Kleymeyer
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2014 Planning Committee, Valparaiso University
Claire Melvin
Allison Schuette
Writers Theatre
Liz Wuerffel
Roger Wykes