The Gateway to America – the front door to freedom – the Island of Tears. From 1890 to 1930, Ellis Island was the first experience of life in America for millions of immigrants. First and second class passengers who arrived in New York Harbor were not required to undergo the inspection process at Ellis Island. However, the process was far different for “steerage” or third class passengers; they were transported from the pier by ferry to Ellis Island where they underwent medical and legal inspections. Pippa White brings their stories – amusing, frightening, inspiring and true – to life in this multi-media performance. This performance is part of our Youth Matinee Series.