Shuny Theatre (Houston, TX)
THE WAITING ROOM follows the spirit of Priya Bannerji, a Bengali-British housewife and mother, very recently passed. Priya has three sunrises left to roam the earth and eavesdrop on her surviving family before moving on to The Waiting Room of the universe to await reincarnation. She is guided by an immortal soul in the guise of legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar through the process of resolving tumultuous business with her son, daughter, husband, and friends. A touching and humorous play brought for the first time to Houston audiences.
16th St. Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
KPOP is here and America will never be the same. Claim your exclusive, all-access pass and immerse yourself in the Korean Pop music factory where stars are made... or broken.
Single Carrot Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
a twist on Shakespeare's tragedy that explores the tensions between stuffy parents and their seemingly selfish millennial children.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (New York, NY)
Presented in association with Rosalind Productions, Inc., the culmination of a series of street installations that have taken place in New York City, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans over the past four months. Ryan McCurdy will provide music direction, and Stephanie Ryan Johnstone and Oh will co-direct.
Town Hall Theatre (Lafayette, CA)
Based upon a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale, The Song of the Nightingale is a magical, musical romp for the whole family that reminds us that true beauty and worth is always found within. In an ancient empire in China, a beautiful Nightingale sings. Seeking to better her station in life, a lowly kitchen maid captures the bird and presents it to the Emperor. But the Emperor is soon distracted, and fails to see the plain little brown bird's true inner beauty.
Ripped from today's headlines and breaking the theatrical mold, CAUGHT presents a sly philosophical puzzle that investigates the murky intersections of fact and fiction in the crafting of art … and news.
Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects and 6NewPlays (San Francisco, CA)
WP's 52nd season commences with the world premiere of Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a special event presented in association with Rogue Artists Ensemble—a collective of multi-disciplinary artists that creates Hyper-theater, an innovative hybrid of theater traditions, puppetry, mask work, dance, music, and modern technology—with support from Venturous Theatre Fund of The Tides Foundation, the Jim Henson Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Written by Lisa Dring, Rosie Narasaki, and Chelsea Sutton with Rogue Artists Ensemble, and directed by Rogue's Artistic Director Sean T. Cawelti, Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin is a multi-sensory, site-specific experience refracting ancient Japanese ghost stories through a modern, multi-cultural lens, revealing the noise of our histories and the silences that haunt us. Performances run from October 5 – November 5, 2017 and will be staged at a secret Mid-City, six-story warehouse built in 1927, to be revealed after tickets have been purchased. More information at www.rogueartists.org.
Bindlestiff Studio - located in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas - serves as the perfect venue for the world premiere of Conrad Panganiban'sWelga, a Filipino American coming-of-age story of a high school teen, Johnny Montalban, whose dreams of becoming a famous musician clash with his mother's dream of him first earning his diploma. Set in San Francisco's SoMA Neighborhood, the play explores family conflict against the backdrop of today's educational system, ongoing community pressures, and the legacy of Filipinos in the farm labor movement that sparked the 1965 Delano Grape Strike.
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October 6 - 21, 2017
Sponsored in part by San Francisco Grants for the Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission, Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, and the California Arts Council
-APALA Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, a caucus of SEIU/AFL-CIO.
-YOHANA (Youth Organizing Home and Neighborhood Action)
Cort Theatre (Broadway)
Broadway revival, directed by Julie Taymor and featuring Clive Owen.
In this searing, subversive comedy, a group of American corporate executives travel to Southeast Asia, eager to acquire a lucrative palm oil plantation. With relaxed safety standards, nonexistent environmental regulations, and dirt-cheap labor, who could blame them? But when idealistic negotiator Vi Wells is forced to choose between closing a land purchase that will destroy the habitat of endangered orangutans or procure a tract that would force indigenous families from their ancestral land, things get a little complicated. Nevermind the local rebellion taking place in the meantime...
Kitchen Theatre Company (Ithaca, NY)
The play follows B, an intersex comedian, trying the explain and reconcile their identity. O'Gara, who directed the play in Boston at Company One, will revisit the work.
A satirical take on dramas about affluent white families with no white actors playing the white characters. Artistic director Hutch Pimentel will direct.
When Sunny is born in rural China, her parents leave her in a slop bucket to die because she's a girl. She survives, and at 14 leaves for the city, where she works a low-paying factory job and attends self-help classes to improve her chances at securing a coveted office position. When Sunny's attempts to pull herself out of poverty lead to dire consequences for a fellow worker, she is forced to question the system she's spent her life trying to master – and stand up against the powers that be.
The Public Theater (New York, NY)
The play is about a teacher who has a meeting with a student who may or may not become a mass shooter. Neel Keller will direct.
Theatre Diaspora (Portland, OR)
Hansberry Project, eSe Teatro, SIS Production and Pratidhwani present Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival - workshops and staged reading of four new plays by playwrights of color from artistic communities represented by the producing companies.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre will present two new plays as part of the staged reading series Two Faces of Modern Asia: Fulfillment by Jeremy Tiang, directed by Mei Ann Teo (October 20, 2017) and UN by John Kim, directed by Flordelino Lagundino(October 27, 2017).
In Fulfillment, Bennett works at an Amazon fulfillment center, a dead-end job most of her co-workers dream of escaping -- except Mengru, a Chinese immigrant, who sees her path to a better life here. Can these two women survive in a system that's rigged against them, and what will they have to sacrifice? The five-member cast will feature Chun Cho, Jo Mei, Catherine Maria Rodriguez, Adriana Sananes and Jeena Yi. The Dramaturg is Xingying Peng. Stage directions will be read by Hui-Shurn Yong.
UN (a completely true story of the rise of Kim Jong Un) pulls back the curtain on the madman tyrant to fill the gaps between the little we know about his life and actions. Beneath the sculpted horn like hair, there was once a boy who wanted to be Michael Jordan. Meet Kim Jong Un. If we look beyond our fear of North Korean caricatures, what might we find?
Featuring a live reading of Soji Kashiwagi' "Garage Door Opener", a Japanese American dysfunctional family play. This play will bring smiles and laughter to baby boomer Sansei who grew up in a uniquely JA family environment.
Post -reading discussion facilitated by Dr. Satsuki Ina
Bay Area Premieres
Sunday, Oct 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
TICKETS - $20
A Grateful Crane Ensemble Event
Prospect Theater (New York, NY)
This original musical spins an epic love story, set against the backdrop of the 1860s construction of The Central Pacific Railroad, built by thousands of Chinese men.
EWP and The Robey Theatre Company—which explores, develops, and produces provocative plays written about the Global Black Experience—present the revival of Yohen, written by Philip Kan Gotanda, directed by The Robey's Producing Artistic Director Ben Guillory, and starring Danny Glover, with support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. In Japanese pottery, the term "yohen" refers to unpredictable changes that take place in the kiln. James and Sumi Washington are an interracial couple struggling to maintain their 37-year marriage after James retires from the US Army. The dramatic change in routine prompts questions about life, love, and aging, as the couple attempts to repair what's broken and decide what is worth saving. Performances run from October 26 – November 19, 2017 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. More information at www.eastwestplayers.org and www.robeytheatrecompany.com.
Playwright's Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
Pork Filled Productions (Seattle, WA)
Pork Filled Productions celebrates playwrights of color with Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century, a staged reading festival of seven new plays, produced in association with the Theatre Off Jackson, October 30 to November 4, 2017 at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S. in Seattle's International District).
From steamy nightclub noir, to sword and sorcery on the high seas, to imaginative science fiction exploring DNA technology and implanted memories, Unleashed helps give a voice to playwrights of color who want to break through the rigid norms and expectations of mainstream theater. With a diverse selection of Korean American, Chinese American, Chinese Canadian, and African American playwrights, Unleashed will showcase the wildly creative and outside-the-box stories that often get overlooked from writers of color.
The line up of plays for Unleashed include:
Individual tickets are $6 for General Admission. All-Festival Passes to see all readings are $20. Both are available at the door and in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets, at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/press/3061231. For more info, email PFP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unleashed is supported by 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and is an Associated Project of Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Amos and Juliette Cooke had the best intentions. In 1839 Honolulu, the couple was deeply honored to be chosen to personally oversee the education of the children of the kings and queens of Hawai'i. But how does one enforce rigorous discipline on a sacred ali'i child? When is education a form of imperialism? Inspired by historical events, Wild Birds tells the story of intense cultural clashes, the effects of western education on the indigenous monarchy, and the ultimate disillusionment of a teacher.
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Think Tank Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
GENSeng (Geneseo, NY)
The play explores what happens when a controversial professor goes missing and his students seek to publicize the truth. Helen Young will direct.
War between nations pits soldiers against each other. But, what about the war within? Do we know which side we are on? Do we know why we are fighting? Who is the real enemy? Ron is a story about an immigrant Indian family in the US soil and how the war is brought right to their doorstep, opening more wounds than they bargained for.
Yellow Earth (London, England)
Plays by Lauren Yee, Susan Soon He Stanton, Lloyd Suh and more!
Page Seventy Three Productions (New York, NY)
Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O'ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn't help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY is a comedy about loneliness in the age of connection.
Book It Theater (Seattle, WA)
The fantasy follows a young woman who is transformed into an elderly one and must strike a deal with a demon to break the spell. Sara Porkalob will star.
The Wilbury Group (Providence, RI)
South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
In it, Loh recounts the story of when she was a preteen and the thing she wanted most was a role in her school's production of The Nutcracker. Bart DeLorenzo will direct.
Why Not Theatre
What would happen if Godot, the mysterious unseen character in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, actually turned up? A homage to Beckett, this comic – often slapstick – sequel is performed in Japanese with projected English translations. Written by renowned absurdist playwright Minoru Betsuyaku and directed by K. Kiyama, the production has toured Paris, Berlin, Dublin, Moscow, Montreal and is now making its Toronto premiere.
Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell, MA)
about a young man who is struggling to learn Khmer, the language of his family's home of Cambodia. KJ Sanchez will direct.
Washington Ensemble Theater (Seattle, WA)
The rightfully celebrated Young Jean Lee returns to Seattle with this new play about an old identity that's only beginning to be recognized as such: straight white maleness. As a result of women and people of color speaking up and speaking loudly about whiteness and maleness as an identity, "for the first time in history, straight white men are experiencing some of what everybody else has been experiencing all along, and unsurprisingly, they really don't like it," Lee says in that interview supra.
Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT)
about a professor who tries to understand what her troubled student is going through in his disturbing writings.
ArtsWest (Seattle, WA)
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Eli's family and friends are well-meaning, but they won't leave him alone as he wrestles with his troubled past and uncertain future. Millie, Rose, Fannie and Junior haunt Eli with their concerns until they nearly drive him crazy. Eli's indomitable sense of humor and a handsome stranger may be his saving grace in this comedy about the drama one local man faces alone in a crowded room.
Intersect Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
The play takes place in a post-marriage-equality America, and is about a gay man who proposes to his fiancé. Evren Odcikin will direct.
San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA)
Diversionary Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
about the daughter of an American missionary who travels to Northern Uganda and falls in love with a local teenage girl.
Vortex Repertory Company (Austin, TX)
bout a woman's bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese mafia. The show will be directed by kt shorb.
Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Denver, CO)
When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, it's a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the scoreboard. American coach Saul grapples with his relevance to the sport, Chinese coach Wen Chang must decide his role in his rapidly-changing country and Chinese American player Manford seeks a lost connection. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Yee's "acute ear for contemporary speech" and a "devilishly keen satiric eye" (San Francisco Chronicle) creates an unexpected and touching story inspired by events in her own father's life.
Olney Theatre Center (Olney, MD)
fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto, Canada) and
Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. This multimedia performance investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home. A collaboration between ground-breaking Vancouver interdisciplinary super group Hong Kong Exile and Governor General's award-winning playwright David Yee of fu-GEN Theatre.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
Playwright's Realm (New York)
The show takes place on a spaceship, where a lesbian couple is trying to have a baby. Jade King Carroll will direct.
Seattle Children's Theatre (Seattle, WA)
"I was born here. I'm from here. I'm American."
Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person's struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past.
Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD)
about two girls from India whose story mirrors Mark Twain's famous tale about a prince and a peasant boy who swap places.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
The satire is about a wealthy white family, who reunites in the family's country house, where complicated secrets are revealed. Mu Performing Arts will coproduce the play and its artistic director Randy Reyes will direct.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
East West Players (EWP) and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) are pleased to announce the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance, which had its 2012 world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and played on Broadway from 2015-16 at The Shubert Organization's Longacre Theatre. Allegiance will be co-produced by EWP and JACCC by special arrangement with Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA, with performances at JACCC's Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles from February 21-April 1, 2018. Previews will run from February 21-25, with the Opening Night performance and reception on February 28.
Arena Stage (Washington, DC)
South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
The play uses the music of real-life rock band Dengue Fever, to tell the story of the fallout from the Khmer Rouge.
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
A world premiere. The story is about a man who returns home to Chicago after being imprisoned in Iran for being gay. Carin Silkaitis will direct.
American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, MA)
TheatreSquared (Fayatteville, AK)