As the centerpiece of the 2016 One Action initiative, Motus Theater has asked Kirsten Wilson to research, develop and stage a new contemporary theatrical performance piece exploring American immigration history called Let’s All Be Americans Now. This theater performance will provide a dramatic story behind the history of immigration explored throughout the project. It is said that America is a nation of immigrants. And yet much of the dialogue around current immigration policy seems to lack any understanding of our country’s origins, or any awareness of how immigration policy has constructed our understanding of American identity. The aim of the performance is to cultivate empathy for current immigrants by reminding the majority population of their own immigrant past. It will focus on the central role that race and class have played in immigration law and history; the role of immigration in shaping American culture, especially music; and how evolving ideas about race have shaped our view of who is an American.