Steerage Song Fact Sheet


By Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard

Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Directed by Dan Chouinard

Ellis Island was the gateway to America — a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left their homelands with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Steerage Song premiered in concert form at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2011; creators Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard have continued to develop the docu-musical, blending the songs of 20 countries of Old Europe and the rhythms of Tin Pan Alley into a moving, fully-staged, new musical.

World Premiere

The Cast

Sasha Andreev
Dennis Curley
Bradley Greenwald
Jennifer Grimm
Other cast members to be announced

The Creative Team
To be announced

The Musicians
Dan Chouinard (Conductor/Keyboard)
Other musicians to be announced

Performance Dates:
September 25 – October 20, 2013

Opening Night:
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Performance Times:
Wednesdays – Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, 2:00 p.m.

The Lab Theater
700 N 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Single Tickets will go on sale in August 2013

Group Sales: Theater Latté Da – (612) 339-3003

Special Programs and Events for Steerage Song include:

  • Audio-described performance for patrons who are blind or have low vision:Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • American Sign Language Interpreted performance for patrons who are deaf or low hearing: Thursday, October 10, 7:30 p.m.
  • Post-show discussions will be held after the 7:30 p.m. performances on Thursday evenings October 3, 10 and 17 as well as after the 2:00 p.m. performances on Sunday afternoons, October 6 and 13. Post-show discussions offer an opportunity for audience members to engage in a dialogue with the actors and creative team, making for a richer theatrical experience.
  • Director’s Dialogue Series for the 2013-14 Season: This series provides the opportunity to hear directly from Director Peter Rothstein as he offers insight into his vision for the production, the process the creative team went through to bring Steerage Song to life, and the final result that patrons see on stage. The Steerage Song Director’s Dialogue will take place Sunday, September 29, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. performance.

Press Photography:
To be posted

About Theater Latté Da:
Theater Latté Da is a Twin Cities theater company recognized for its ability to connect artists, audiences and communities through diverse stories that are both entertaining and enlightening. The company seeks to create new connections between story, music, artists, and audience by exploring and expanding the art of musical theater. For more information, please visit Theater Latté Da’s website at