ON ELLIS ISLAND

Written for ANIMALS OF THE CITY performance piece.
At this time (mid 80's) I was fascinated by NY architecture and the immigrant experience - visited Ellis Island and read everything I could find on the subject - discovered that in the 20's and 30's there was a cinema on the island - everyone watched silent films and understood them - then they introduced talkies, in English of course, and very few of the immigrants could speak the language.