The Arts at Center Street

Local, Original, & Meaningful.

The Arts at Center Street is a performing arts center and home to the Arts at Center Street Theatre Company, located in Nashville, TN.

Alien: The Musical

2015 - 2016

The historical amnesia related to American immigration is explored in the 3-Act Musical, "Alien." The play not only examines political issues, but also the social realities connected to emigration. Themes of class struggle, race, power, and generativity come to life in the intersecting stories of two families over the course of 100 years.


“It’s amazing to me how easily we forget the past. Or how limited the scope of our memory is within the present. I wanted to explore the difficult issues related to race, immigration, labor, and discrimination, but not with a typical response. The issues are too complicated to respond to outside the power of a narrative. So this story is my attempt to respond to those issues and hopefully contribute to the discussion. Societies’ amnesia is the disease that causes us to repeat the mistakes of our past. Our failure to remember is our refusal to accept our vulnerable condition as human beings - that we’re all the same, and we all need a chance.”

— Gregg D. Garner, Writer & Director of "ALIEN: The Musical"




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