The piece is the story of one man, Juan José, who lives in Mexico and finds his family threatened by violence by the drug cartels, Woodhouse explains. So he walks to America, singing all the way, to become an American citizen and find his own version of the American dream. Once there, Juan José falls asleep preparing for his citizenship exam. He has a spirit-dream encounter, Woodhouse continues, in which he meets scores of well-known, significant figures in American history. As is the case with all dreams, his journey is extraordinary: a whirlwind banquet of ideas, politics, satire, comedy and dreams in 95 minutes. And that sounds like the makings of a sprawling adventure far bigger than the physical stage upon which it plays out.
American Night continues daily except Mondays through November 20 at the Ricketson, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex; for tickets, $35 to $57, visit www.denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Nov. 20, 2011