School presents play about a refugee separated from family

LAKE PLACID – Northwood School’s Drama Club will present “Anon(ymous)” by Naomi Iizuka at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Led by Noel Carmichael, Northwood’s theater director, “Anon(ymous)” features a diverse cast of students from the U.S., South Africa, China, Tibet, Guatemala and Tanzania.

In the play, a young refugee called Anon is separated from his mother and journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.

All shows will be followed by a discussion.

There are currently more than 65 million people displaced worldwide — the highest number on record since the UN Refugee Agency began collecting statistics. This production aims to humanize the experience of these individuals who otherwise seem distant and different from us.

Anyone who is interested in attending one of the performances as a group or participating in the discussion is encouraged to email dramaclub@northwoodschool.com.