Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Great Expectations
Written By Charles Dickens
Adapted By Tanika Gupta
Co-Directed By Lavina Jadhwani & Nick Sandys
May 11 to July 2, 2017

Dickens' beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English "gentleman." In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?

2econd Stage (New York, NY)
Somebody's Daughter
by Chisa Hutchinson
May 23 to June 18, 2017 (opens June 7)

Alex is a fifteen year old Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her. She's a dream child-- except to her parents who wish she was a boy. Luckily she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it's like to walk in Alex's shoes. As three generations of women find their identity in question, each needs to decide who makes the rules and what happens when you break them.

The cast features  Vanessa Kai, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Michelle Herra Kim, Rodney Richardson, David Shih and Jeena Yi.

Pasadena Playhouse (Pasadena, CA)
East West Players
Hold These Truths
by Jeanne Sakata
May 30 to June 25, 2017

Magic Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
by Han Ong
May 31 to June 25, 2017

Grandeur imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the shape-shifting music legend, Gil Scott-Heron. Questions of legacy, art, hope, and redemption drive this funny and gut-wrenching exchange.

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Uncle's Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight!
World Premiere by Lee Cataluna
Directed by Harry Wong III
June 1 to July 2, 2017

Neighborhood Montage Comedy
Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is cancelled for the first time in -- ever! The usual attendees show up and process their shock over the cancellation-- while they eat, drink, talk story and play music. The old friends spend the evening telling stories, laughing and sharing food. But it's not a party, because Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is CANCELLED!

Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA)
Brownsville song (b-side for tray)
by Kimber Lee
June 15 through July 9, 2017

Cherry Lane Theatre Company in Residence  
LESSER AMERICA presents (NYork, NY)
in a word 
by Lauren Yee
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
June 16 to July 8, 2017

Featuring Justin Mark, Jose Joaquin Perez*, and Laura Ramadei*

Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona's son's disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day, to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.

SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Lots Asian American Fractured Fairytales Festival
June 17 to 25, 2017

LAAFF Fest: Lotsa Asian American Fractured Fairytales Festival

SIS Productions in partnership with 18th & Union and Youth Theatre Northwest present the premiere of Lotsa Asian American Fractured Fairytales! LAAFF Fest brings to life a delightful collection of deliciously fun, family-friendly fairytales with a feminist flair! Very loosely inspired by Asian and American tales, these six ten-minute scripts are penned by Asian American women and one teenage American girl, directed by Asian American women and featuring almost 20 Asian American actors!

Two locations!

18th & Union at 1406 18th Ave at 18th & Union in Seattle's Capitol Hill/Central Area

Sundays, June 18 and 25, 2017 at 5pm and 7pm

Online tickets available soon!

Youth Theatre Northwest in residence at Mercer Island's Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040

Saturdays, June 17 & 24 at 7:30pm plus Friday, June 23 at 7:30pm

Online tickets available soon!

Running Time: 70 minutes with no intermission

Appropriate for anyone 6 years and older.

Like our Facebook page for more insights on the show and the artists involved! Follow us on Twitter @SeattleSIS!

  • Haenyeo
    by Seayoung Yim directed by Mimi Katano Minji, a city girl who moves to beautiful Jeju Island, looks for the answers to her struggling family's problems in the pages of an old fairy tale. She meets Haenyeo, a real life mermaid, who shows her the answer to her problems may actually be found in her real life.

    Featuring Naho Shioya
  • Another Monkey Tale
    by Celeste Mari Williams
    directed by Elizabeth Wu
    Kimie's downtime at her favorite hangout is dramatically interrupted when a talking monkey invites her into his world of problems. Who is this monkey? Can he be trusted or is he an evil trickster out for his own personal gain? Kimie finds herself in an odd folktale world full of ancient wisdom, secrets, curses, and lessons to be learned.
  • We're With Her
    written & directed by Kathy Hsieh
    Sometimes it's grandmothers who know best. Cindy gets a surprise visit (or two!) that turns bedtime story-time into more than her mother ever would have imagined.
    Featuring Rachel Guyer-Mafune, Mariko Kita, Maydene Pang.
  • The Monsoon Girls
    by Julie Hoang
    directed by May Nguyen Lee
    What happens if you can't let go of a grudge? Two powerful goddesses in Vietnam go head-to-head in a stormy showdown.
    Featuring Annelih Hamilton, Mi Kang, Anna Saephan and Patty Sang.
  • Not All Fairytales Have Happy Endings
    by Esther Strako
    directed by Kathy Hsieh
    A grandmother gleefully shares fractured versions of all the fairy tales we thought we knew in this ACT Young Playwrights Program Festival Finalist.
    Featuring Rachel Rene Araucto, Aya Hashiguchi Clark, Mi Kang, Parker Kennedy, and Kevin Lin.
  • The Blindman's Daughter
    by Maggie Lee
    directed by Maria Batayola
    A young girl bonds with her dad when he shares his own version of the Korean story of the blindman's devoted daughter – Shim Chung.
    Featuring Rachel Guyer-Mafune and Denny Le.

SIS Productions 
is a production company that strives to create, develop and produce quality works that involve Asian American women, their themes, and Asian American issues. SIS Productions encourages opportunities and support for Asian American women to be involved in all aspects of the production of artistic endeavors.

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18th & Union
is a performance space in Seattle's Central District that serves as a home for solo and other portable performance and visual art, including theater, music, dance, comedy, and improv.

Youth Theatre Northwest 
nurtures the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of children and youth through drama  education, performing opportunities, and live theatre experiences.

2g Productions (New York, NY)
God Said This
by Leah Nanako Winkler
June 26, 2017

2g presents a free reading of Leah Nanako Winkler's play God Said This, directed by Victor Moag, at Alchemical Studios on Monday, June 26 at 2:30pm.

James, a recovering alcoholic seeks redemption from his family when his wife is diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of uterine cancer. John, a thirty-something single dad searches for a legacy for his only son while Hiro, a single NYC transplant struggles to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, a born again Christian, confronts her faith as she comes to terms with the inevitable death of her parents, her own shortcomings and some broken dreams. This is a play about five Godless and God-loving people in Lexington, Kentucky who face mortality in very different ways. 

The cast includes: Curran Connor, Ako Dachs, Jennifer Ikeda, Emma Kikue, & Jay Patterson.

Admission is free. Please RSVP to
Location: Alchemical Studios, 104 W. 14th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues) on the third floor in Studio A.
When: Monday, June 26 at 2:30pm

Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA)
The Model American 
Jason Kim
June 28 to July 9, 2017 

"Gay, Latino, young and unapologetically ambitious, Gabriel (Hiram Delgado) arrives in New York seeking work, friendship, love and mentorship. But, before he can move forward, he must honestly determine if he is running toward success or away from what he left behind."  Developed at WTF under the auspices of the Bill Foeller Fellowship Program in 2016, The Model American asks: what is the price we are willing to pay for a new life?

Artists At Play (Los Angeles, CA)
2017 AAP Summer Salon
by Theresa Rebeck
July 1, 2017

Join Artists at Play on Saturday, July 1 for the annual AAP Summer Salon fundraiser.

This year's AAP Summer Salon will feature a special presentation of Seminar by Theresa Rebeck with an exciting cast: Julia Cho ("This Is Us")Ewan Chung (EWP's Chinglish), C.S. Lee ("Dexter"), Tess Paras ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Vincent Rodriquez III ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"). Tim Dang will direct this reading. 


The AAP Summer Salon is an opportunity to incorporate diverse casting for a popular play that does not require but is consistently cast with all white actors.

Center Theatre Group (Culver City, CA)
King of the Yees
by Lauren Yee
July 9 through August 6, 2017

The 2016-2017 season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre concludes with the world premiere production of Lauren Yee's bitingly funny and heartbreakingly honest new play, King of the Yees. Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and produced in association with Goodman Theatre, Yee's hilarious romp through her own history runs July 9 through August 6, 2017. The opening is set for July 16.

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco's Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. King of the Yees is a joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley, CA)
The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga
Book, music and lyrics by Min Kahng
July 12 to August 6, 2017

The musical, based on Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's "Manga Yonin Shosei," follows four Japanese immigrants living in San Francisco during the turn of the century. Leslie Martinson will direct.

Bindlestiff Studios (San Francisco, CA)
Tagalog 2017
July 13 to 29, 2017

Tickets on-sale now!

When: July 13-29 @ 8pm. Community Preview (Pay-What-You-Can) Night, July 13. Opening Night, July 14 (reception following performance). Saturday, July 22 Matinee @ 2pm.

Where: 185 6th Street @ Howard
Tix:Student/Senior - $10; General - $15; Support-the-Artists - $25; Group Rate (6 or more) - $12.50

Join us in the heart of the SOMA Pilipinas Cultural District for Bindlestiff Studio's production of TAGALOG 2017, a collection of one-act plays written and performed in the national language of the Philippines. With creative use of live English surtitles, non-Tagalog speaking patrons alike can enjoy the innovative, brave, new voices selected from the prestigious Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The annual festival celebrates the best unproduced, experimental works from emerging Filipino playwrights, and Bindlestiff Studio is proud to pair their work on this side of the Pacific with talented local Bay Area artists.

  • Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady (How I Came to be the Leading Lady) by Visconde Carlo Vergara.* Sisters Mely and Viva turn a small grudge Into a battle between good and evil. Directed by Allan S. Manalo.
  • Ang Bata sa Drum (The Child in the Drum) by Dominique Beatrice La Victoria. A young brother and sister ponder life and chickens. Directed by Joe Cascasan.
  • Changing Partners"by Vincent de Jesus.* "A torch musical that explores the alchemy of relationships and questions the nature of fidelity and the complex issues partners face regardless of gender." - Giselle Garcia Ateneo Professor. Directed by Aureen Almario & Tonilyn Sideco with Musical Director, Rhoda Gravador.

Featuring Kathlyn Cabrera, Richgail Cruz Enriquez, Nic Feliciano, Faye Denise, Ryan Morales, Russelle McDermott, Jeffrey Ramos, Lee Robin Salazar, and Paula V. Sison.

*These one-acts were developed into full-length plays, which are now being adapted into feature films.

We invite everyone to witness Bindlestiff's Tagalog 2017, a one-of-a-kind production that exemplifies the unique arts & culture of SOMA Pilipinas.

July 13-29, 2017
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8pm
July 13th, Community Preview @ 8pm.
Opening Night, July 14th @ 8pm. Reception immediately following, catered by local vendors.
July 22nd, Matinee @ 2pm.

$15 General • $10 Students/Seniors • $25 Support-the-Artists • $12.50 Group Rate (6 or more)

Get your tickets now at

Sponsored by the SF Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, and Theatre Bay Area

Pork Filled Productions (Seattle, WA)
The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!
by Lloyd Suh
July 15, 2017

Staged reading in conjunction with Seattle's annual DragonFest! Free!

Long Beach Playhouse (Long Beach, CA)
Cowboy v. Samurai
by Michael Golamco
July 22 to August 19, 2017

Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company (Houston, TX)
In a Word
by Lauren Yee
July 27 to August 12, 2017

About a woman who struggles through the two-year anniversary of her son's disappearance. Troy Scheid will direct.

Mu Performing Arts (St. Paul, MN)
Immigrant Journey Project
by Masanari Kawahara
August 4 to 20, 2017

Created by artist Masanari Kawahara, the project explores the 21st-century immigrant experience using puppetry, movement, and masks. Community members will be joined by Mu actors who will play cameo roles and serve as mentors for the newly trained performers.

Dobama Theatre (Cleveland, OH)
brownsville song (b-side for tray)
by Kimber Lee
September 1 to 24, 2017

Everyman Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
M. Butterfly
by David Henry Hwang
September 6 to October 8, 2017

ACT (Seattle, WA)
King of the Yees
by Lauren Yee
September 8 to October 1, 2017

Crowded Fire Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
A Tale of Autumn
by Christopher Chen
September 14 to October 7, 2017

Inspired by Shakespeare's Richard III and Macbeth, along with popular "quest-for-power" TV shows Game of Thrones and House of Cards, this new collaboration with Crowded Fire Playwright In Residence Christopher Chen is a modern day fable about the psychology of a one-time altruistic corporation whose seemingly benign tactics destroy a community over time.

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.

La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego, CA)
Wild Goose Dreams
by Hansol Jung
September/October, 2017

A world premiere! This is about a North Korean defector who starts an online romance with a South Korean father. Leigh Silverman will direct.

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

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.

Artist Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR)
by Christopher Chen
Winter 2017/18

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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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