Shuny Theatre (Houston, TX)
The Waiting Room
by Tanika Gupta
August 25 to September 3, 2017
dates postponed due to Hurricane Harvey
October 26 to 29, 2017

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.

Due to Hurricane Harvey and its continuing effects we are rescheduling our production of Tanika Gupta's The Waiting Room.

If you had tickets for one of the performances, please contact the MATCH at or 713-521-4533 or just reply to the confirmation email you received from the MATCH. Leave a message if you get the MATCH voicemail.

We hope that you will join us October 26 - 29, 2017 when we hope to bring this wonderful play to the stage under better circumstances.

Sanjay Mediwala
Managing Director, Shunya Theatre

16th St. Theatre (Chicago, IL)
by Minita Gandhi
August 31 to October 7, 2017
extended to October 21

Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
Ars Nova
Woodshed Collective
Music + Lyrics by HELEN PARK + MAX VERNON
September 5 to October 7, 2017
extended through October 21

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)
by Young Jean Lee 
September 29 to October 27, 2017

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)
{my lingerie play} 2017: Installation #9 THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!! 
by Diana Oh
September 29 to October 28, 2017

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)
The Song Of The Nightingale:
A Musical Fairy Tale
Book, Music & Lyrics by Min Kahng
Directed and Choreographed by Michael Mohammed
Music Direction by Margaret Halbig
Previews: Sept 28 & 29, 2017
September 30 - October 21, 2017

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.

Artist Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR)
by Christopher Chen
October 1 to 29, 2017

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.

  • Timely, One-of-a-Kind Drama
  • 2015 Barrymore Award for Best New Play
  • …an ingenious, beguiling play…" Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Dramatist Guild's 2017 Lanford Wilson Award

Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects and 6NewPlays (San Francisco, CA)
Madame Ho
by Eugenie Chan
October 5 to 22, 2017 and October 28 to 29, 2017

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Rogue Artists Ensemble
Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin
October 5 to November 5, 2017 

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

Bindlestiff Studios (San Francisco, CA))
by Conrad Panganiban
October 5 to 21, 2017

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.

Tickets on sale now!

October 6 - 21, 2017
(Community Preview on October 5)
Thurs - Sat 8pm

Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

$10 Students/Seniors
$15 General
$25 Support-the-Artists

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

Community Partners:

-APALA Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, a caucus of SEIU/AFL-CIO.

-Migrante SOMA/TL

-YOHANA (Youth Organizing Home and Neighborhood Action)

Cort Theatre (Broadway)
M. Butterfly
by David Henry Hwang
October 7 to....

Broadway revival, directed by Julie Taymor and featuring Clive Owen.

Theatre Esprit Asia (Aurora, CO)
Hearts of Palm
October 7 to 29, 2017

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)
Brahman/I: A One Hijra Stand-Up Comedy Show 
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
October 8 to 29, 2017

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.

First Floor Theater (Chicago, IL)
Two Mile Hollow
by Leah Nanako Winkler
October 8 to November 4, 2017

A satirical take on dramas about affluent white families with no white actors playing the white characters. Artistic director Hutch Pimentel will direct.

Seattle Public Theatre (Seattle, WA)
SIS Productions
The World of Extreme Happiness
by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig.
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
October 13 to November 10, 2017

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)
Office Hour 
by Julia Cho 
October 17 to December 2, 107

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)
The Brothers Paranormal
by Prince Gomolvilas
October 20, 21 and 22, 2017

Staged reading.

Pratidhwani (Seattle, WA)
SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
ese Teatro
Hansbury Project
October 20 to 25, 2017

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.

All performances at 7:30PM

Friday, 10/20 - Hansberry presents Shontina Vernon's new solo show Forging Ahead
Saturday, 10/21 - eSe Teatro presents Plumas Negras by Juliette Carrillo
Sunday 10/22 - Local Playwrights Showcase.
Monday 10/23 - Gregory Awards - see you at McCaw Hall.
10/24 - Pratidhwani presents House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar
10/25 - SIS Productions presents Echoes? ?of? ?Empire by ?Mara? ?E.? ?Palma

Each Performance ticketed separately - $9 online, $10 at the door.
All Festival Pass - $25

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
by Jeremy Tiang
by John Kim
October 20 and 27, 2017

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 RodriguezAdriana 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
Saturday, Oct 21st, 1pm - 4pm 
SJ Buddhist Church Betsuin, 640 N 5th Street (x Jackson)

Sunday, Oct 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine St (x Octavia)

SJBCB - 408/ 293-9292
BCSF - 415/776-3158

A Grateful Crane Ensemble Event



Prospect Theater (New York, NY)
Gold Mountain
A New Musical in Concert
book, music and lyrics by JASON MA
directed by ALAN MURAOKA
music directed by KRISTEN LEE ROSENFELD
choreographed by BILLY BUSTAMANTE
October 26, 2017

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. 

Presented in a return partnership with the  National Asian Artists Project, co-founded by 2017 Tony Awardee Baayork Lee.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
by Phillip Kan Gotanda
October 26 to November 19, 2017

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 and

Playwright's Arena (Los Angeles, CA)
Little Women (a multicultural transposition)
by Velina Hasu Houston
October 27 to November 20, 2017

Playwrights' Arena
presents the world premiere of

[a multicultural transposition]

by Velina Hasu Houston
directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera

In 1949, Josephine Mayeda and her sisters Meg, Amy, and Beth are emerging in the midst of the history of Japanese Americans who found a place for themselves in Los Angeles African American neighborhoods after WWIIs forced incarceration camps.

STARRING: Jeremiah Caleb, Jennifer Chang, Nina Harada, Karen Huie, Rif Hutton, Ken Ivy, Jacqueline Misaye, Ken Narasaki, Rosie Narasaki, Sharon Omi and Peter Pasco

PRODUCER: Joan Marie Hurwit
DRAMATURG Adrian Centeno
CASTING DIRECTOR: Raul Clayton Staggs

Preview: Thursday, October 26, 8 PM (SOLD OUT)
Opening: Friday, October 27, 8 PM (SOLD OUT)
Regular Run: Saturday 8 PM / Sunday 4 PM / Monday 8 PM
Closing: Monday, November 20, 8 PM

Chromolume Theatre
5429 Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

$25 online / $30 at the door
For tickets go to:

Pork Filled Productions (Seattle, WA)
Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century
October 30 to November 4, 2017

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:

  • Mirror, Mirror, by Seattle actor/writer Lamar Legend: ""No one suspects a woman with a vacuum!" in this zany fractured fairy tale. Directed by Aaron Jin, presented on Monday, October 30, at 7:30 pm (along with teaser scenes from the rest of the festival as a part of our Opening Night Gala).
  • My Samurai, by Seattle's Celeste Mari Williams, dramaturgy by Sonja Lowe, directed by Shana Bestock: Finding romance is hilarious and frustrating when watched over by a ghostly Samurai ancestor. Presented on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:30 pm.
  • Repossessed by Boston-based writer Greg Lam, dramaturgy by Daniel Rector, directed by David Gassner: Rich and Gretchen believe they have the perfect marriage, until they learn that it must be repossessed by the company that manufactured it. Presented on Thursday, November 2, at 7:30 pm.
  • Reparations, by Wisconsin writer Darren Canady: This innovative science fiction tale asks the question: if our histories are indelibly imprinted in our DNA, can reparations ever be enough to forget the ghosts of black history? Directed by Jay O'Leary, and presented on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 pm.
  • Blood Makes Noise, by Canadian writer Kuan Foo (performer/writer for the Vancouver sketch comedy group Assaulted Fish): An agitated patient is quarantined in a hospital room, while her flesh may or may not be turning undead. Directed by May Nguyen Lee, and presented on Saturday, November 4, at 2 pm.
  • Dawn of the She-Devil of the China Seas, by Roger Tang, dramaturgy by Kate Swenson, spins the true (we swear!) origin of China's pirate queen, who commanded the world's largest fleet, buckling her swash against the dark forces opposing her. Directed by Linnea Ingalls, and also presented on Saturday, November 4, at 2 pm.
  • Persimmon Nights, by Seattle writer Seayoung Yim (Do It For Umma), dramaturgy by Maggie Lee: A brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights to risks it all, while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. Directed by Sara Porkalob, and presented on Saturday, November 4, at 7:30 pm.

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 For more info, email PFP at

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)
The Wildbirds
A World Premiere By Eric Anderson
November 2 To December 3, 2016

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.  

See News story.

Think Tank Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
by Christopher Chen
November 3 to December 10, 2017

GENSeng (Geneseo, NY)
Carry the Tiger to the Mountain
by Cherylene Lee
November 8 to 12, 2017

Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Wild Boar 
by Candace Chong Mui Ngam
translated by David Henry Hwang, Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith
November 9 to December 17, 2017

The play explores what happens when a controversial professor goes missing and his students seek to publicize the truth. Helen Young will direct.

Seattle Theaterwala (Seattle, WA)
Ron: The War Within
by Sudipta Bhawmik
November 11 and 12, 20017

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)
Typhoon 2017
November 22 to 26, 20017

Plays by Lauren Yee, Susan Soon He Stanton, Lloyd Suh and more!

News story

Page Seventy Three Productions (New York, NY)
Today is My Birthday
by Susan Soon He Stanton
November 28 through December 23, 2017

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)
Diana Wynne Jones's Howl's Moving Castle 
with music and lyrics by Justin Huertas
November 29 to December 30, 2017

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)
by Young Jean Lee
December, 2017

South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Sugar Plum Fairy 
by Sandra Tsing Loh
December 3 to 24, 2017

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 
in association with fu-GEN (Toronto, Canada)
Godot Has Come
from Japan's Theatre Office Natori 
in a one night presentation
at Factory Theatre
December 9, 2017

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. 

Tickets are PWYCA (pay-what-you-can-afford) with prices set at $10/20/40/70 and they go on sale soon!

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell, MA)
by Vicent Chum
January 10 to February 4, 2018

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)
Straight White Men
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Sara Porkalob
January 12 to 29, 2018

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)
Office Hour
by Julia Cho
January 17 to February 11, 2018

about a professor who tries to understand what her troubled student is going through in his disturbing writings.

ArtsWest (Seattle, WA)
By Jiehae Park
January 18 to February 11, 2018

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Living Room
A World Premiere By William Kahele
January 18 to February 18, 2018

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)
Here Are Our Monsters 
by A. Rey Pamatmat
January 19 to February 11, 2018

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)
by Qui Nguyen
January 25 to February 18, 2018

Diversionary Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
The Cardboard Piano
by Hansol Jung
January 25 to February 25, 2018

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)
by Daria Miyako Marinelli
January 26 to February 10, 2018

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)
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
February 2 to March 11, 2018

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)
Everyman Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
by Julia Cho
February 7 to March 4, 2018

fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto, Canada) and 
Hong Kong Exile
in association with 
Theatre Conspiracy 
(Vancouver) & 
The Theatre Centre 
No Foreigners
February 7 to 17, 2018 at The Cultch (Vancover, BC)
February 21 to 25, 2018 at The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator (Toronto, Canada)

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)
Office Hour
by Julia Cho
February 2018

Playwright's Realm (New York)
Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth 
by Don Nguyen
February to March 2018

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)
Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida
Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Based on the Dear America series book by Barry Denenberg
Produced with special permission from Scholastic
February 8 to March 4, 2018

"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)
The Princess and the Pauper—A Bollywood Tale
by Anu Yadav  
with music by Ashwin Subramanian
February 10 to March 18, 2018

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)
Mixed Blood
Two Mile Hollow 
by Leah Nanako Winkler
February 16 to March 4, 2018

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)
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Music and lyrics by Jay Kuo
Book by Marc Acito, Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione
February 21 to April 1, 2018

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)
Hold These Truths
by Jeanne Sakata
February 23 to April 8, 2018

South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Cambodian Rock Band 
by Lauren Yee
March 4 to 25, 2018

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)
Through the Elevated Line 
by Novid Parsi
March 8 to April 15, 2018

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)
Dragon Lady
Sara Porkalob
March 2018

TheatreSquared (Fayatteville, AK)
by Qui Nguyen
March 14 to April 8, 2018

Everyman Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
by Julia Cho
March 14 to April 15, 2018

National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Ontario)
NAC English Theatre
carried away on the crest of a wave
March 21 to April 1, 2018

Born of a single cataclysmic afternoon, David Yee's stunning play tosses lives together and just as quickly pulls them apart – an apt metaphor for the massive tsunami that rolled across the Indian Ocean in 2004. Millions of lives were changed forever in a fury of water whose ripple effect gave rise to these far-reaching stories, extending from a Toronto shock-jock radio studio to the shores of Thailand. Winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama and directed by Siminovitch Prize laureate Kim Collier, carried away on the crest of a wave shows that despite our differences, we are all connected through serendipity, loss and love.

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Demigods Anonymous
A World Premiere By Noa Helela
March 22 to April 22, 2018

Power is both a curse and a gift.  As a modern demigod, Noe takes college courses, parties with her friends, and tries to stop herself from turning into a giant lizard.  Her friend, Marcella, is dealing with her unwanted tendency to become a mountain lion; Blaine transforms into a shark when aggravated.  These contemporary Kupua are like most people in their 20s... except for their ability to manifest ancient demigod powers and transform into animals...

Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
co-world premiere
produced in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company 
March 23, 2018 to April 22, 2018
Leo K. Theatre

China, 1971. The Communist Cultural Revolution is in full swing. San Francisco, 1989. The city by the bay is on the brink of a cultural revolution of its own. The name of the game is BASKETBALL. Beijing University's Coach Wen Chang is the quiet, efficient Tim Duncan-esque Party supporter, and Manford is a young, sparky kid from SF's Chinatown, vertically challenged, yet graced with undeniable BALLER SKILL. As the story leaps back and forth in time, Wen Chang and Manford play the game, facing unimaginable CULTURAL BARRIERS and as they circle ever closer to one another, an undeniable truth is revealed: That sometimes there's more to life than MAKING THE SHOT.

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (Storrs, CT)
She Kills Monster 
by Qui Nguyen,
March 22 to 31, 2018

Wilma Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
by Christopher Chen
April 18 to May 13, 2018

The play is described as a fantasia on E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. Wilma artistic director Blanka Zizka will direct the HotHouse company.

Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO)
by Qui Nguyen
April 18 to May 13, 2018

Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, CA)
Soft Power
book by David Henry Hwang
music by Jeanine Tesori
May 3 to June 10, 2018

Tony winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) riffs on a possible shift in relations between a rising China and the rest of the world in the decades to come in this world-premiere musical fable.

SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA)
book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo
May 4 to June 2, 2018

Interntional City Theatre (Long Beach, CA)
Cardboard Piano 

by Hansol Jung
May 4 to 20, 2018

About the daughter of an American missionary and an Ugandan teenage girl who find love against the backdrop of Uganda's civil war.

Theater Mu (Minneapolis, MN)
The Princess' Nightingale
by Damon Chua
May 2 to 19, 2017

A thrilling new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale." In eighteenth century China, the prince and the princess of the dynasty embark on a magical competition to learn the wonders of their land. Will they be distracted by the glitter of royalty and fantastical entertainment or will they learn the lessons of the Nightingale and see the world with compassionate eyes?  

City Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA)
Nomad Motel 
by Carla Ching
May 12 to June 3, 2018

The not-so-sunny side of California is nothing new to Alix: she's bouncing between motel rooms taking care of her twin brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his missing father's Hong Kong mafia connections. Together, the savvy teens must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This world premiere play by newcomer Carla Ching (Fear the Walking Dead, Netflix's I Love Dick) is a coming-of-age tale about making something out of nothing.

Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
written and performed by Anu Bhatt
May 17 to 27, 2018

A world premiere. The one-woman show explores Bhatt's journey as a South Asian actor working in Chicago. Barbara Zahora will direct.

Atlantic Theatre (New York, NY)
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
May 23 to June 17, 2018

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI
Dead Of Night
By Edward Sakamoto
May 24 to June 17, 2018

Pre-statehood Honolulu, 1956: despite recently unionizing, Alex and his three best friends desperately struggle to provide for their families.  Joined by a mainlander, the four local men decide to violently pressure their company's boss to meet the union's demands.  When money is always the bottom line, can idealism and friendship ever win?  Celebrated and ground-breaking, Edward Sakamoto's Dead of Night is a suspenseful thriller about economic reality and the death of idealism.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
As We Babble On
by Nathan Ramos
May 31 to June 24, 2018

EWP's 52nd season closes with the world premiere of As We Babble On, presented in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and with support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Written by Nathan Ramos, winner of EWP's "2042: See Change" playwriting contest, As We Babble On explores the pursuit of success, its costs, and conquering the Swedish BIGBOX. Benji, a first-generation Asian American, struggles in New York City to find his voice as his writing career stalls. As the professional paths of his best friend Sheila and his half-sister Laura begin to blossom, he begins to unravel. As We Babble On explores what lengths we are willing to go to realize our dreams, whether morality is tied to upward mobility, and whether boxed wine and soda is an appropriate sangria recipe after the age of 24. Performances run from May 31 – June 24, 2018 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 and

Marin Theatre Company (Mill Valley, CA)
Straight White Men
by Young Jean Lee
June 14 to July 8, 2018

Theater Mu (Minneapolis, MN)
The Sex Show
by Sun Mee Chomet
June 15 to 24, 2017

Mu presents The Sex Show, a recipient of the 2017-18 Knight Arts Challenge Award. The edgy world premiere is a movement-theater piece produced and directed by Sun Mee Chomet, Mu veteran actor and playwright, in collaboration with phenomenal Twin Cities' Asian American artists.  The show dives into the heart of stereotypes and sexuality, exploring Asian American identity in surprising and thought-provoking new ways. The play encourages community engagement through open and lively discussion of a taboo subject.

Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
The New China Festival
curated by David Henry Hwang
July 2018

The event will feature readings of three plays translated from Chinese to English that focus on contemporary playwrights in China and Taiwan. Helen Young will serve as the festival's lead director.

Theater Mu (Minneapolis, MN)
The Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity
by May Lee-Yang
July 27 to August 19, 2017

She's a Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean Dramas (soap operas with fantasy plot lines). He's the heir to a Korean manufacturing giant banished to the new Midwest office. Will she find a man before the magic hour of her 30th birthday? Will he buck tradition and embrace his musical dreams? Fantasy collides with reality in this romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the art of losing one's virginity.

Magic Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
The Gangster of Love
by Jessica Hagedorn
Summer 2018

An autobiographical tale of Hagedorn's immigration from Manila to San Francisco.

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