Perserverance Theatre (Douglas, AK)
The Long Season
Directed by Peter DuBois
March 20 to April 10, 2005

Perseverance Theatre continues its season with the world premiere of the musical The Long Season, written by Chay Yew, music by Fabian Obispo, from March 20th to April 10th, 2005. The Long Season is directed by former Perseverance Theatre Artistic Director Peter Dubois.

The Long Season begins in 1930’s Seattle, where a young Filipino named Allos has left his love and country behind in order follow his dream of attaining riches in the United States. He has signed a contract with a cannery in Ketchikan, and leaves immediately for Alaska. His vows of love are tested as he finds comfort in the bed and poetry of the foreman’s wife, and as the cannery explodes in conflict, he must decide whether he is willing to put his life on the line for his dreams.

The Long Season stars Broadway and Film star Paolo Montalban (ABC/Disney’s Cinderella, Broadway: Pacific Overtures, The King and I, and the national tour of Man of La Mancha), and features Melody Butiu, Doan Mackenzie, Bernardo Bernardo, Eileen Rivera, Raemond Bernaldo, Junior Davidson, George Holly, Flordelino Lagundino, Ellery Lumbab, and Rodrigo Sagrado, Jr..

Chay Yew is an award-winning playwright whose works include Porcelain, A Language of Their Own, Red, A Beautiful Country, Wonderland, A Winter People, and an adaptation of The House of Bernarda Alba. His plays have been produced by the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Royal Court Theatre in London, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theater Club, Long Wharf Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Cornerstone Theatre, East West Players, Dallas Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Northwest Asian American Theatre, National Asian American Theatre Company, Group Theatre, and TheatreWorks in Singapore.

Fabian Obispo worked as composer and sound designer for the recent Perseverance Theatre production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has composed and designed sound for Ma-Yi Theatre, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Folger Theatre, and Huntington Theatre.

The Long Season runs Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m. (except Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.). Previews are Sunday, March 20 at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m.

AATC (San Francisco, CA)
by David Henry Hwang
March 25 to April 9, 2005

Remember what it was like to be young in the 70s and 80s and searching for your Asian American identity?

Grace, Dale, and Steve, three twenty-something year olds in 1978 explore this Chinese and Chinese American identities among the Bee Gees, Chinese food, and ancient Chinese ghosts. In this revival, Mitzie Abe directs three actors in their 40s and 50s who revisit this moment in Asian American history through the characters in this play. Starring Randall Nakano, Dennis Yen and Vicki Zabarte.

March 24 - April 10, 2005
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 7 PM
Sundays @ 5 PM

Magic Theatre
Building D, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123

AATC (San Francisco, CA)
Fresh off the Plane
by Sean Lim
March 25 to April 9, 2005

World Premiere! Newsflash!

Three twenty-something year olds battle the quarterlife crisis and explore their Korean and Korean American identities on a plane ride to Korea. Hoping to reclaim the baggage their parents lost on their way to America, these characters discover that traveling begins with what you must leave behind. Written and directed by AATC Artistic Director Sean Lim. Starring Karla Acosta, Leon Goertzen and Daniel Lee.

March 24 - April 10, 2005
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 9 PM
Sundays @ 7 PM

Magic Theatre
Building D, Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123

Approximately 60 minutes.

Edison Center Of The Performing Arts (Monterey Park, CA)
Pinoys in Space
Book by Dom Magwili
Lyrics by Alberto Isaac
Music by Peter Boyd
Additional music and lyrics by A. Torres-Salazar
Directed by Jim Ishida
April 1 to 10, 2005

April 1,2,3 & 8,9,10, 2005
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm
Sundays at 4:00pm

Ingalls Auditorium at the Edison Center
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez in Monterey Park

Tickets: $10 General, $7 Students with ID,
$5 High School Students (Parents Free)

For reservations call: 323-265-8670 ext. 8408

Cast includes:
Loon Toon Toonie played by Special Guest Anthony Begonia, Marianne Fritz, Richard Lara, Fernando Acevedo, Neville, Robateau, Salvador Valdez, and Monique Alvarado.

written & performed by Rich Kiamco
directed by Dan Bacalzo

Midwest Asian American Student Union Conference
Rackham Building - Auditorium
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Rich performs excerpt of UNACCESSORIZED
as part of the entertainment events
sponsored by:

IC Square
The PUB @ Egbert Hall
Wednesday, April 6 @ 7:30pm
sponsored by:
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Asian Culture Club, LGBT & Diversity Awareness Committee
reception w/Rich Kiamco following performance

A queer overachieving Filipino comes out at age 14, facing hate crimes at school, prayer vigils from Mom and the threat of electroshock therapy from Dad. Wrestling with his family's expectations of medical school and his dreams of fashion design, he flees the suburban cornfields of Illinois and escapes to the streets of New York City. Will he find love, enlightenment and the perfect shade of beige?  Through sharp humor, crisp choreography and poignant truth this autobiopic romp shreds cultural legacy into a hilariously insightful adventure.

Rich Kiamco was a featured expert on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, was a panelist on the Discovery Channel's Second Opinion and has also performed nationwide with comedian Judy Tenuta as her sidekick. Rich's writing can be found in TAKE OUT: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America, Temple University Press and Queer Stories For Boys, a new anthology by Thunder's Mouth Press recently released and selling out in stores nationwide.

demo DVD available upon request / live clips available on website:

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Sex in Vancouver Undressed
April 3 to 12, 2005

A special return engagement of VACT’s popular continuing series of plays (imported from Sex in Seattle!) that has sold-out audiences laughing, crying, lusting and cheering for 4 hot Asian girlfriends ... and the hopeless men in their lives.

Your chance to catch up on all the hilarious action
See both Episodes One & Two - together in one special performance

  • Why is Elizabeth crashing her ex-fiancé’s wedding?
  • Who’s in bed with Tess and her husband?
  • Who keeps calling Jenna’s boyfriend?
  • What’s Shari doing in the women’s washroom?

Previous fans of SIV can experience it all again in this special "undressed" version. Plus see a sneak preview of the next episode, coming later this Summer!

AATC (San Francisco, CA)
Incubator Showcase
April 9, 2005

The NewWorks Incubator program was initiated by the Asian American Theater Company to combine the talents of San Francisco Bay Area's emerging playwrights, actors, and directors to develop and workshop original new plays. More so, it fosters the growth of artists by creating a sense of community that encourages collaborative efforts among its members. Each season consists of a 6 month process of weekly workshops and staged readings, and culminates in a showcase.

The showcase for Season 2 will be on April 9th, 2-5 pm at the Magic Theatre in Fort Mason.

  • Just Like Hermanos (working title) by A.P. Saito, Directed by Jeffrey Morris
  • Shui Jiao (Dumpling) by Wesley Du, Directed by Desdemona Chiang
  • Sleeper (A Chronicle of the Return of the Remarkable) by Samantha Chanse, Directed by Duy Nguyen and Samantha Chanse

Admission: Pay what you can
*Early arrival suggested to claim a seat*

fu-GEN Theatre Company (Toronto, Canada)
The Potluck Festival
Factory Studio Theatre
125 Bathurst Street
One night only! April 9th, 2005 @ 8:00pm

All tickets are PWYC
(Pay What You Can suggested minimum of $10)
For ticket reservations, call 416.496.5726
or email

On April 9th 2005, the second unit of playwrights to go through The Kitchen will present their work at The Second Annual Potluck Festival. Six brand new cooks in The Kitchen, six hot dramaturges helping them whip up something special. This one night event is sure to be another sold out success, so reserve your tickets early. You can reserve by calling 416.496.5726 or emailing

This year, The Potluck features emerging playwrights: Byron Abalos, David Eng, Christina Florencio, Stephanie Law, Christine Miguel and Norman Yeung. Their plays have been dramaturged by some of Toronto‚s finest theatre artists: Marie Beath Badian, Jo Chim, Ins Choi, Camellia Koo, Keira Loughran and Isaac Thomas.

The festival is pay-what-you-can, which includes admission to the show and a potluck feast afterwards. So grab your chopsticks, pass the wasabi and come sample the latest offering of new Asian-Canadian talent!

San Jose Repertory (San Jose, CA)
Making Tracks
by Welly Yang, Brian Yorkey and Woody Pak
March 19 to April 17, 2005

Vampire Cowboys Theare Co. (NYC, NY)
A Beginner's Guide to Decide
by Qui Nguyen & Robert Ross Parker
March 31 to April 17, 2005

thurs, fri, sat @ 8pm; sun @ 7pm
at Center Stage, NY
48 West 21st Street, 4th Floor

Tickets: $20
Preview Tickets: $15 ~ Previews: March 31 - April 2
Opening Night: Sunday, April 3rd @ 7pm

For reservations, call 212-696-7806 or email

Featuring Christian T. Chan, Caitlyn Darr, Dan Deming, Nathan Lemoine, Tom Myers, and Andrea Marie Smith Sets: Nick Francone; Costumes: Jessica Wegener; Lights: Nick Francone & Kim Klearman; Composer: Tim Marcus; Film Direction: Nathan Lemoine & Robert McMaster

Desipina Theatre (NYC, NY)
Seven.11: 2005
Directed by G.R. Johnson
April 1 to 18, 2005

A convenience store. Seven stories. Eleven minutes each.

Eight South Asian and Asian American writers show you what can happen during an evening of paranoid pit-stops, lucky cats, liquor runs and other run-ins, sci-fi and Parisian politics, plus another original pop musical that explores the meaning of a marriage of convenience.

April 1 - 18, 2005
Thurs - Sat & Mon at 8pm; Sun at 3pm
The Tenement Theatre at 97 Orchard St.
(bet. Delancey/Broome) F to Delancey, J/M/Z to Essex

Tickets: $15 General, $11 Students/Seniors, $10 Museum Members
800-965-4827 or (keyword:SEVEN.11)


*Playwrights: Samrat Chakrabarti & Sanjiv Jhaveri, J.P. Chan, Rishi Chowdhary, Celena Cipriaso, Anuvab Pal, Rachel Astarte Piccione, Debargo Sanyal

Jackie Chung, Andrew Guilarte, Kavi Ladnier*, Jackson Loo*, Lethia Nall*, Debargo Sanyal*, John Wu. *Appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity.

Factory Theatre (Toronto, Canada)
by Catherine Hernandez
April 15, 2005

Catherine Hernandez's haunting new play, Singkil, will have a staged reading on April 15th at 8:00pm in the Factory Studio Theatre, an official selection in the CrossCurrents Festival. We invite you to join us for this one night only reading, featuring: Karen Ancheta, Leon Aureus, Christina Florencio, Grace Lynn Kung, Caroline Mangosing & David Yee. Dramaturged/directed by Nina Lee Aquino. For more information, go to or call Factory Theatre‚s Box Office at 416.504.9971

Lodestone Theatre (LA, CA)
Solve for X
by Judy Soo Hoo
March 19 to April 24, 2005

"Cleverly directed...The dialogue crackles...(Elaine) Kao, (Kelvin Han) Yee and (Roger) Fan are entirely persuasive, and Emily Liu and Kipp Shiotani offer vivid turns in multiple supporting roles..."

"...sophisticated and humane, always watchable and frequently moving. Director Jeff Liu elicits sensitive performances from his handsome cast, particularly Kao, whose captivating blend of delicacy and forcefulness ameliorates Hannah's caprices and makes her genuinely poignant..."

"Sensuality and seduction drives this poetic story...The show poignantly veers in and out of fantastic imagery and adult subject matter, and director Jeff Liu does an excellent job..."

"Containing fine writing and intense, emotional acting, 'Solve for X' passionately presents the searing emotions found in love and loss."

Starring:  Roger Fan (Better Luck Tomorrow, upcoming Annapolis), Elaine Kao (Red Doors), Emily Liu (upcoming Only The Brave), Kipp Shiotani (upcoming Only The Brave), Kelvin Han Yee (24), James Huang (Law and Order), Camille Mana (The OC), Linda Shing (ER) and Harry Du Young (Eat Rice)


Solve for X is the story of Hannah, a savvy, young math teacher who marries an older tea mogul with a college-aged son.  Hannah develops forbidden attractions and finds that unraveling the equation of life and love has never been so hard.  Solve for X is a sensual, poetic tale of loneliness, betrayal, and searching…

March 19-April 24, 2005
Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
March 17-18 previews at 8pm

Two new discounted performances on April 12 and 14

$15 general admission
$13 students and seniors (w/ valid ID)
$11 (groups of 10+. While supplies last, groups will receive one $15 gift certificate to Kabuki Restaurant!)
March 17-18 Previews $8
March 19 Opening Night Gala $25 (w/reception)

March 20th Pay What You Can ($1 minimum)
March 27th Easter Special 2-for-1 on regular $15 admission

GTC Burbank
1111-B W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506

The theatre is in George Izay Park between S. Victory Bl. and N. Griffith Park Bl. Park near the jet plane at 1111 W. Olive and walk past the Olive Recreation center.  The theatre is behind the rec center; the entrance faces the softball fields.

To RSVP: (323) 993-7245
For more more information (including the cast/crews' responses ot the Solve for X questionnaire) and directions, go to

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC)
China Doll
by Elizabeth Wong
April 1-30, 2005

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC, NY)
Mr. Miyagi's Theatre Company
Sides: The Fear is Real...
April 7 to May 1, 2005


Obie Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company, one of the nation's leading troupes dedicated to portraying the Asian-American experience, will present Mr. Miyagi's Theatre Company in the critically acclaimed play Sides: The Fear is Real..., winner of the New York International Fringe Festival's Best Ensemble Award in 2003, directed by Anne Kauffman. Previews begin April 7th prior to an official Off-Broadway opening on April 9th at PS122, 150 First Avenue (at 10th Street) in Manhattan.

Sides: The Fear is Real..., a comic parade of actors' audition horrors -- including nervous performers, bizarre casting directors and every manner of mishap -- was written collectively by the company from their own experiences. It has been called "Whip-smart comedy -- a bull's eye (Wall Street Journal)," "High speed, chokingly funny (Washington Post)," "Smart, current and unapologetic –if you enjoy laughing out loud, go see it (," "Delightful! Although Asian American, these players amusingly, aptly and artfully represent young actors of any origin (," "A very exciting, talented and funny ensemble of actors (actor and playwright Charles Busch)," and "Hilarious fun (playwright David Henry Hwang)."

Mr. Miyagi's Theatre Company -- Sekiya Billman, Cindy Cheung, Paul H. Juhn, Peter Kim, Hoon Lee and Rodney To -- formed in 2001 for their production of Hot Stuff High!. They have performed their show Sides: The Fear is Real... in Los Angeles and New York.

Sides: The Fear is Real... has scenic design by David Korins, lighting design by John-Paul Szczepanski; and costume design by Elizabeth Slauto.

Scheduled April 7 through May 1st, performances of Sides: The Fear is at P.S. 122 (150 First Avenue) Wednesday and Thursday at 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm and 10:00pm, and Sunday at 7:00pm. Tickets are $28. $18, Student, senior, and group discounts are available. For tickets and information, call 212-352-3101 or online at   SUBWAY: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl

Review is here.

San Diego Asian American Repetory Theatre
Woman From the Other Side of the World
by Linda Faigao-Hall
Directed by George Ye
April 10 - May 7, 2005

A Filipina immigrant in New York denies her heritage until a nanny from her hometown stirs up spirits from her past. Rich cultural details reveal a deep emotional life below the surface.

Review is here. Anothere is here.

Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT)
by Julia Cho
April 13 to May 1, 2005

BFE about life as an Asian-American in the suburbs of Phoenix (Yes, and the Revue can testify as to how that could be a bit...odd).

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
by Thelma Virata de Castro
April 24, 2005

A play based on the playwright's mother’s memoirs about growing up during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines in World War II.  In this fictional account, a young woman must choose between serving her family or seeking vengeance for a hidden crime.  Directed by Jolene Hui.

University of Houston
by Soo-Jin Lee
April 26 to 28, 2005

Part of the Edward Albee New Playwrights Workshop at University of Houston's School of Theatre.

Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC, NY)
Making Tracks
April 27 to 30, 2005

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC, NY)
TWO NIGHTS ONLY: Experimental Artists Forum
New works in laboratory performances by Solo Artists
Directed by Ernest Abuba
April 27 to May 1, 2005

GENseng (Genesco, NY)
A Korean Comedy of Errors
April 28 to 30, 2005

GENseng, Geneseo's Asian American Performance Ensemble, continues celebrating its fifth birthday year with A KOREAN COMEDY OF ERRORS, April 28-April 30, 2005, Robert Sinclair Theatre, State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY. The production will be done with Korean masks and a student samulnori ensemble directed by Hanna Lydia Kim. Contact Randy Kaplan (585-245-5806 or for more information.

Bindlestiff Studio (SF, CA)
Kreatibo in
Dalagas & Tomboys: A Family Affair
April 28-30, 2005.
Thurs-Sat 3 NIGHTS ONLY!

Where:Bindlestiff Studio
505 Natoma Street (btwn Howard & Mission), SF

Tickets:10$-$15 sliding scale, $8-$10 students (w/ID), disabled and senior citizens (60 and over w/ID). No one turned away for lack of funds.

Reservation and phone: 415-974-1167

Dalagas & Tomboys: A Family Affair marks the return of the queer Pinay artist collective, Kreatibo*, to the Bindlestiff stage. Presenting original works that delve even deeper into themes of gender, sexuality and Filipino identity as experienced by lesbian, bisexual and transgender Pinays, Kreatibo boldly innovates traditional Philippine artistic forms, embraces modern day pop culture and utilizes comedy, drama and satire to bring new meaning to the concept of family. A dyke couple going to couples therapy for the first time only to be confronted by an elder Pilipina therapist who reminds them of their mothers; a surreal conversation between a daughter and her talking balikbayan box; the consequences of bringing your same sex partner to a salsa club; a fantastical daydream involving ballroom dancing and the quintessential family party; and a queer wedding . . . guerilla style. These, and other stories will engage audiences in a provocative exploration of both intimate and social issues.

Directed by Michelle Bautista

Cast: Maiana Minahal, Lolan Sevilla, Patty Tumang, Jinky de Rivera, Tina Bartolome, Aimee Suzara, Morningstar Vancil, Cynthia Blancaflor, Nedjula Baguio and Geene Gonzales!

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
Staged Reading Series
Eyes of the Heart
by Catherine Filloux
May 1, 2005

After witnessing the atrocities collectively known as the “killing fields” in the chaos of Cambodia in the 70’s, a 50 year old Cambodian woman suffers from psychosomatic blindness as she adjusts to life in the United States.  Directed by Kim Miller.

written & performed by Rich Kiamco
directed by Dan Bacalzo
Princeton University
Asian American Students Association's
Annual Spring Banquet
Whig Hall
Sunday May 1st


A queer overachieving Filipino comes out at age 14, facing hate crimes at school, prayer vigils from Mom and the threat of electroshock therapy from Dad. Wrestling with his family's expectations of medical school and his dreams of fashion design, he flees the suburban cornfields of Illinois and escapes to the streets of New York City. Will he find love, enlightenment and the perfect shade of beige?  Through sharp humor, crisp choreography and poignant truth this autobiopic romp shreds cultural legacy into a hilariously insightful adventure.

Rich Kiamco was a featured expert on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, was a panelist on the Discovery Channel's Second Opinion and has also performed nationwide with comedian Judy Tenuta as her sidekick. Rich's writing can be found in TAKE OUT: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America, Temple University Press and Queer Stories For Boys, a new anthology by Thunder's Mouth Press recently released and selling out in stores nationwide.

demo DVD available upon request

live performance clips on website:

to bring Rich Kiamco to your campus
contact: Shelly Weiss

Discovery Theatre (Washington, DC)
Tigers, Dragons & Other Wise Tails!
by Soo-Jin Lee
May 3–6:: Ripley Center
Sat. May 7: Ripley Center, 12 noon
May 11–13: Round House Theater, Silver Spring

A world premiere by playwright Soo-Jin Lee, dances by acclaimed Washington choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess, DT artist Michael (Black Diamond) Bobbitt directing. Animal tales blend the beauty, wisdom, and fun of ancient Asian culture in this original musical play created to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Ages 4–10

UMass Lowell Council on Diversity and Pluralism
Bobby Pins Up Your Nose
May 2, at noon

O'Leary Library Room 222, South Campus. This humorous theatrical riff, featuring Christina R. Chan and Judy Tso, is based on stories of Asian-American women trying to manipulate their bodies to fit the white culture's idea of beauty. The free performance is part of Asian Heritage Month. Call 978-934-3916.

Springtime Performance Schedule!
Kristina Sheryl Wong

April 2: “Free?” at the University of Illinois, Chicago!
Kristina Wong
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Illinois Room, Student Center East

Renegade solo artist Kristina Wong subverts your typical notions of pretentious performance art with a dash of arty, farty and downright smartass — giving a fresh perspective on identity politics, culture, war, sexuality, memory, family and guilt in "Free?" Noted for her quirky, culture-jamming, subversive style, Kristina takes an offbeat artistic approach to political activism that upstages the strangeness of our times. Discussion to follow. Refreshments will be provided.
Or for more info please contact Alana Stegich at (312) 413-1025 or

April 9: Performance and Keynote at Michigan State, East Lansing
April 15: Performance at University of Texas, Austin
April 18-19: Performance and lecture at Univ. of NC, Asheville (tent.)
April 20: Guest Lecture at CSU Fullerton
April 22: Workshop and Performance excerpt in Boston (tent.)
April 25: Show at U.Mass, Amherst (tent.)
April 28: Career Day Visit at Mercy High School, SF
May 14: Final showing of “Visible Performance Lines”, a 10-week performance workshop for women of color in Van Nuys, details TBA

East West Players (LA, CA)
Manzanar Family Day
May 14, 2005

Dangerously Asians
an all-new sketch comedy blowout
April 14 to May 21, 2005

APRIL 14 - MAY 21
Thursdays & Fridays 8pm, Saturdays 8 & 10pm

The Flight Theater @ The Complex
6472 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90038

Jen Brown, Corinne Chooey, Ewan Chung, Beau Danner, Charles Kim, Eugene Kim, Thessaly Lerner, Chase Sprague, Jae Suh, Wenson Tsai, and Ryun Yu

by Thessaly Lerner

by ChungKim Express

RSVP: e-mail

Kirk Douglas Theatre (Southern CA)
A Distant Shore
by Chay Yew
April 24 to May 22, 2005

In the stifling jungles of Southeast Asia, two lives are forever entwined, destined to play out life rituals while constrained by culture and colonialism. We first see a pair in the 1920's, a place of rubber plantations and rebel insurgencies, and another 80 years later in the same city, now independent and metropolitan. Are these lovers destined to repeat their histories or will they break the cycle this time around? Love seems to be the only constant. An erotic and poetic play about globalism, fate and passion.

Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 Washington Blvd. at Duquesne Ave, Culver City

For tickets call (213) 628-2772.

The Playwrights Group (LA, CA)
Home Again and
House of Sticks
by Felix Racelis
April 30 to May 22, 2005

Felix Racelis's one-act plays, Home Again and House of Sticks, a finalist in the 2nd Annual Fire Rose Productions Ten-Minute Play Festival, will be presented in "Tales from Hollywood Boulevard ," an evening of outlandish yarns from the Main Street of the world‚s story factory, produced by The Playwrights Group.

House of Sticks is directed by Alberto Isaac; Ellen Sanford directs Home Again. The evening also features work by Tom Cavanaugh, Shirl Hendryx, Arthur Kraft, Harry Singleton and Tim Turner.

WHERE: The Actor's Playpen, 1514 N. Gardner St., Hollywood .
WHEN: Apr. 30 through May 22. Shows are
Fri. & Sat. at 8pm; Sun. at 7pm.
$$: Tickets: $15; $10 for ALAP members,
seniors and industry.
Reservations: (323) 960-7738, or visit

Mark Izu will perform Sho in
by Kent Nagano
Musical Director, Kent Nagano
Composed by Jean-Pascal Beintus, David Benoit, Naomi Sekiya
Written and directed by Philip Kan Gotanda

TUESDAY, May 10, 2005, 8 pm
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Performed by Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 7, 7:30 PM
Pacific Rim Festival, Recital Hall, UCSC

Thursday, Jun 2 at 8pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
Performed with the American Youth Symphony

Under the direction of Berkeley Symphony Music Director, Maestro Kent Nagano, Manzanar: An American Story will challenge the understanding of our shared past, and offer a contemporary reflection on the advances of American freedom. This narrated oratorio will bring to life the voices of interned Japanese-Americans at Manzanar, a World War II internment camp located in Owens, California. Manzanar: An American Story, will illustrate the triumph of the human spirit and the experiences that bind us all.

Pork Filled Players (Seattle, WA)
Model Minority 101
May 20 to 22, 2005

One weekend only!

PFP's twenty one gun and one-digit salute to Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! (And if Bush gets wind of this, we'll never have another one!). Everything you ever wanted to know (and lots of stuff you NEVER wanted to know) about Asian Pacific Islander Americans!

Contemporary Legend Theatre (Taiwan)
The Kingdom of Desire
an adaption of Macbeth
May 21 and 22, 2005

See News story.

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
SKETCHOFF!#$%!! - Ha Ha H-A!*
Friday, May 27th - Judged Event - Vancouver Rice Bowl
Saturday, May 28th - Audience’s Choice - PEOPLE CHOY’S Award

Featuring: OPM, The Kupps, and Assaulted Fish

8pm nightly at the Roundhouse Performance Centre (Map)
* Funny from a hyphenated Asian Slant

SKETCHOFF!#$%!! - Ha Ha H-A!* is the only Asian Sketch Comedy Competition in North America. Three Sketch Comedy Groups: OPM (Los Angeles), The Kupps (Toronto) and Assaulted Fish (Vancouver’s own) will compete for the coveted Vancouver Rice Bowl on Friday night and the PEOPLE’S CHOYS Award where the audience will determine the winner on Saturday night. Come on down for a night of laughter, good times and side splitting fun. Always a sell-out, so get your tickets early! For more information, visit

by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Paul Schmidt
Directed by Jonathan Bank
Previews: May 20, 21, 2005
Run: May 23 to June 8, 2005

Mondays - Saturdays, 7:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 2:00 p.m.
Bernie West Theatre
17 Lexington Ave. (at 23rd St.)

Michi Barall*, Joel de la Fuente*, Mel Duane Gionson*, Keiko Green, Deepti Gupta, Mia Katigbak*, Daniel Dae Kim*, C.S. Lee*, Orville Mendoza*, Stephen Park*, Rochele Tillman* Virginia Wing*

Bindlestiff Studios (SF, CA)
Anak Ti Diablo
by Patty Cachapero
May 26 to June 4, 2005

An Ilocano term for Children of the Devil, Anak Ti Diablo is loosely adapted from Plautus‚ Haunted House. Set in modern day Daly City, the play focuses on the members of Anak ti Diablo, a Pilipino-American punk rock band who gets entangled with a notorious leg breaking loan shark, an absurdly pious Catholic mother, a barrio fiesta beauty pageant wannabe and an ex-thief turned exorcism expert. The play's action is energized when the characters break into thrash metal riffs and sweet Rondalla tunes to exorcise the ghosts of the past and summon the spirits of colonial history. In the end everyone rocks out. Cast includes Rose Almario, Pio Candelaria, Eric Fructuoso, Werner Goff, Jo-ill Merc! han, Jaime Nallas, Francis Novero, Jose Saenz and Golda ŒSupanova‚ Sargento. Music by Golda Supanova and Ogie Gonzales and set design by Dino Ignacio, Nina de Torres and Gwen Torres.

Directed by Alex Torres, ANAK TI DIABLO goes on stage on May 26-28, Thursdays-Saturdays, 8pm and June 2-4, Thurs-Sat, 8pm at the Bindlestiff Alley, 505 Natoma on 6th Street between Howard and Mission. For ticket reservations, call (415) 255-0440 or or visit Tickets are $8-$15 (sliding scale). Support Bindlestiff in its Capital Campaign to rebuild its original theater space on 6th & Howard!

Kumu Kahua Theater (Honolulu, HI)
The Work #8
May 31, 2005


Kumu Kahua Theatre presents as part of it’s Dark Night Series THE WORK #8, where emerging theatre directors compete for artistic bragging rights. THE WORK #8 will play for one night at the Kumu Kahua Theatre Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30pm.

Two emerging directors are showcased in a competitive format whereby each of them is allowed a limited amount of time to stage the same prepared but unrehearsed scene, using the same actors, on the same night, one right after the other, in front of a live audience. Don't miss the Iron Chef of Hawai‘i theatre.

The two directors for this night’s challenge are Reb Beau Allen and Stephanie Conching. They will be directing a new short scene by playwright Jason Kanda, Monk to Monk.

THE WORK#8 will play at Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street downtown Honolulu, on Tuesday, May 31 at 7:30pm and tickets for this event are $5. Seating is limited, so call and reserve your seat soon. For reservations call 536-4441 Monday through Friday 11am-3pm.

Bland Theatre Young Playwrights (LA, CA)
Escaping Chinatown (LA)
by Lauren D. Yee
June 2-5, 2005

Starring Amy Hill, Gedde Watanabe, Angela Oh, Adam Wylie

It's 1963 in San Francisco's Chinatown. When their ambitious daughter Anna Eleanor returns home from her second year at Berkeley, Donald and Irene must learn to deal with their daughter's new world view as they grapple with their own past. Directed by Ron Rogge. Produced by the Blank Theatre Company. Presented with Tessa Leigh Williams' Home for Christmas and Kit Steinkellner's The Room Next Door, this one act kicks off the 13th Annual Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival.

Hudson Mainstage
6539 Santa Monica Blvd. (between Highland & Vine)
Theatre Row, Hollywood

Thursday, June 2 - Sunday, June 5
Thursday, Friday Saturday 8PM
Sunday 2PM & 7PM

$15 for general admission
$10 for ALAP members,seniors and industry.

(323) 661-9827 or

secured parking available

fu-GEN Theatre Company (Toronto, Canada)
In association with Factory Theatre
Banana Boys
June 3 to 5, 2005

Factory Studio Theatre
125 Bathurst Street
Previews: June 3rd 8:00 - $16.00
Shows: June 4th 2:00 and 8:00, June 5th 4:00 - $22.00
For ticket reservations call 416.504.9971
For more information, visit

fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company has been invited to bring our hit play Banana Boys to the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, this June in Ottawa. All the original "Boys" return to the stage in a newly updated, streamlined and sexy version of this sold-out success from September 2004. Before leaving for Ottawa, we will do a 4 show limited engagement back where it all began at Factory Studio Theatre. From June 3-5, Toronto audiences will be the first to see the hottest thing to hit Ottawa since the sponsorship scandal: The story of 5 guys trying to find their way home.

Highway Performance Space (LA, CA)
Not About Me
June 3 to 5, 200

Featuring: Keith Mason, Marianne Kim & Lee Ann Schmitt, Dan Kwong, Alison De La Cruz, Alexander Thomas, Pat Payne, Peter Carpenter, Reina Alejandra Prado
Curated by: Denise Uyehara
Fri. – Sun., June 3 & 4 at 8:30pm and June 5 at 7:30pm
Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica
Admission $15, student/seniors $13, group discounts available.
For more reservations: (310) 315-1459

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Hawaii)
The Ventriloquist
by Mark D. Tjarks
May12 to June 12, 2005

This first play by Mark D. Tjarks presents a volatile and highly theatrical cocktail of music, tape-recorded encounters, and tart home-truths from an endearing but ill-adjusted couple.

Aono Jikken Ensemble (Seattle, WA)
Kaiki Shoku (Eclipse)
June 2 to 12, 2005

The Aono Jikken Ensemble will premiere Kaiki Shoku (Eclipse), a new performance work, June 2-12, 2005 at the Theatre Off Jackson. Eclipse is based on the true story of journalist and activist Suga Kanno who, in 1911, became the first female political prisoner to be executed in Japan's modern history - for plotting to assassinate the Emperor. Eclipse interweaves Kanno's gritty Meiji-era story of survival and resistance with dreamy tales from ancient mythology focusing on the sun goddess Amaterasu, considered the most important of dieties and a direct ancestor of all Japanese emperors. Eclipse is set amid the tumultuous changes sweeping Japan at the turn of the last century, as seen through the prism of the social, cultural, and political movements of the time. Much of the story is told in Suga Kanno's own words, taken from interrogation and court transcripts, as well as her letters, articles and the only surviving fragment of her prison journal written during the last week of her life. Eclipse combines theatre, dance, film, and live music to examine the life and motivations of one of the most notorious, least understood, and marginalized women in Japanese history.

Kaiki Shoku (Eclipse) is created and performed by the Aono Jikken Ensemble. Written and directed by William Satake Blauvelt, this multi-disciplinary work features choreography by Yoko Murao, film/video projections by John D. Pai, lighting by Mark Baratta, costumes by Kikuko Dewa, musical direction by Esther Sugai, sound design by Susie Kozawa, dramaturgy by Naho Shioya, and stage management by Rachel Rene Araucto. The cast of actors and dancers includes Naho Shioya, dk pan, Michael J. Perrone, Marie Broderick, Sam Tsubota, Mary Cutrera, and Mizue Trinidad. The original and adapted score will be performed live by Michael Shannon (erhu, dilruba, bass, rejek, beene, zurna, shinai, harmonium); Esther Sugai (flutes, clarinet, hichiriki, zurna, melodica, accordian); Susie Kozawa (sound toys, objects & inventions); Marcia Takamura (koto, shamisen, sanshin, biwa); Stan Shikuma (taiko, percussion, sho); Dean Moore (drums, gongs, cymbals, percussion); and One World Taiko [Gary Tsujimoto & Nancy Ozaki] (taiko, percussion, clarinet, sheng). As with all AJE's projects, "Eclipse" features an eclectic soundscape. Influences range from Japanese and Korean drumming, Okinawan court music, gagaku and chin-don, with inflections from Chinese, East Indian and Middle Eastern music, to unadulterated cabaret, tango, Christian hymns, political anthems and sonic experimentation.

East West Players (LA, CA)
by Sachi Oyama
lyrics by Aaron Coleman and music by Nathan Wang
May 11 to June 5, 2005
extended to June 19

This new musical details the rise, fall and exile of the infamous Imelda Marcos using song and dance. Does the story of the First Lady of the Philippines go beyond the shoes? In this musical biography, an Imelda emerges aggressive, naïve and ultimately discovers that her husband‚s newfound power is a means to obtain everything she was once denied. Thief or political ploy? Greed or need?

See News story for more details.

Pintig Cultural Group (Chicago, IL)
A Trilogy of One Acts
by Bienvenido Santos
May 19 to June 18, 2005

This trilogy of short stories written by Bienvenido Santos and taken from his collection entitled Scent of Apples was adapted by Larry Leopoldo and directed by Narciso Lobo.

Scent of Apples is a poignant piece on male bonding, as a visiting professor and a self-effacing farm worker find themselves pining for home.

The Day the Dancers Came is a tale of two Filipino men who find redemption from being culturally displaced when a troupe of folk dancers come to Chicago for a brief visit.

Immigration Blues is about a Pinoy old timer in the 1970s who finds emotional refuge in the arms of two women seeking fortune in America.

Presented as part of the Studio Theater Series. The Studio Theater is an intimate "incubator" stage in the historic Chicago Cultural Center, giving Chicago's best off-Loop theater companies the opportunity to share their work with downtown audiences.

A Trilogy of One Acts
By Bienvenido Santos
Adapted by Larry Leopoldo
Directed by Narciso Lobo

Aimee Algas
Levi Aliposa
Ube Leopoldo
Evelyn Masbaum
Bert Matias
Michaelle Pureza
Allen Hope Sermonia
Rey Villar, Jr.
Elaine Wong

May 19 - June 18, 2005
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00
Note: No performance on Sunday, May 22

Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater
77 E. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60602

Tickets - $12 / $10 for students and seniors with valid ID.

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