The Private Theatre (New York, NY)
Directed by Evan T. Cummings January 7th, 7pm Location TBA
Journalist Kent MacDonald is no saint and certainly no savior. At least he never meant to be until 17-year-old Jared winds up missing. Moving through a lurid world of online sex, naïve parents, and kids who know too much, it’s up to Kent to find Jared, bring him home, and perhaps rescue both their souls in the process.
Rasaka Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Join us for a night of theater, music and food to help benefit Chicago's only South Asian American ensemble (and our upcoming production of A Nice Indian Boy)! We are excited to be in residence at Victory Gardens, and need your support to continue presenting plays that illuminate the South Asian experience.
No Rules Theatre Company (Arlington, VA)
Chicago SketchFest (Chicago, IL)
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
The Playwright's Center
Friday Jan 23 at 7:30pm
Fast Fwd Motion by Katie Ka Vang
*Both plays are unfinished works-in-progress
Sat Jan 24th at 7:30pm
Sun Jan 25th at 2pm
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
The MSG Theatre Lab, VACT's script development and play reading program, is back for its 3rd year! Join us for a free staged reading of Kamila Sediego's Homecoming.
Homecoming is the story of the Cruz sisters, who have reunited in the Philippines for the funeral of their mother. Older sister Tess immigrated to Canada decades before while younger sister Vicky remained in their home country. The play follows their first confrontation, revealing the miscommunication and complex emotional landscape that such separations can bring about. Homecoming is a mature and moving debut by first-time playwright, Kamila Sediego.
The staged reading features some of the finest emerging and established talent in Vancouver theatre.
Following the reading will be a Q&A session with the creative team.
Where and when:
Please RSVP your name and the number of people that will be joining you to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is highly recommended you RSVP as seating is limited.
The SIS Writers Group presents
SIS Productions is thrilled to present Insatiable! Seattle's 9th Asian American Playwrights’ Festival, a three-day showcase of plays and scenes from new work by local Asian American playwrights. With pieces by Kathy Hsieh, Maggie Lee, Roger Tang, Celeste Mari Williams and Seayoung Yim!
All tickets are pay-what-you-can at the door!
Sunday, January 25 at 5:00pm -
Scenes from Moms & Their Sons by Kathy Hsieh
Someday My Prince Won’t Come by Celeste Mari Williams
Monday, January 26 at 7:30pm -
Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30pm -
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The Wong Street Journal
Shows start at 7:30pm!
The Wong Street Journal is the latest work-in-progress from Los Angeles-based performance artist and writer Kristina Wong. It's half psychedelic TED lecture, half hip hop extravaganza as Wong illuminates and breaks down complexities of intense social issues from the inside. With her trademark wit, Wong draws from her own travels, bringing the audacious story of a not-so-white savior's fast-track trajectory from stranger to hip hop legend in Northern Uganda.
THIS IS A FULL PREVIEW OF THE SHOW! YOU GET TO SEE AN ARC!!!
"Part sassy stand-up comedian, she is genuinely funny, has terrific stage timing and uses media with studied originality." — Los Angeles Times
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Pan Asian Repertory Company (New York, NY)
Winner of the Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Play, Film Chinois is an atmospheric noir drama with equal measure of spy-versus-spy intrigue and dangerous romantic liaisons set in 1947 China, an uneasy time between WWII and the imminent Communist takeover two years later.
Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative, has been sent to the imperial city on a secret mission. He makes progress until he meets a Chinese woman who calls herself Chinadoll, his would-be adversary and lover. Is their relationship doomed from the start? How does the star-crossed couple navigate the thin line between personal passion and patriotic imperative? And how is their cat-and-mouse game linked to the amoral Belgian Ambassador and his current squeeze, Simone, a willful local songstress? As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness that was once the most beautiful city in the world, he finds his life imperiled, even as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old home-made film, and a beautiful woman who seemed to have vanished into thin air.
Stanford Asian American Theatre Project (Stanford, CA)
These are some of the stories of Stanford Monologues. These are our stories.
Stanford Monologues is a unique, student-written exploration of the discovery of conflicting identities and the way we all perceive them. The play features the diverse experiences of actual students on campus in finding their identities and reconciling these identities with those that other people project onto them. Come and discover something new, or find yourself reflected.
Written by Joseph Lee
The production is presented by the Stanford Asian American Theater Project and supported by Women's Community Center, AASA, SANSKRITI, BSU, MEChA de Stanford, and the Stanford Spoken Word Collective.
Photo by Denise De Guzman
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Rodger, a playwright of Samoan ancestry, deals with themes of race, racism and identity. In My Name is Gary Cooper, he combines knowledge of classic Hollywood films about the South Pacific with a determination to bring Pacific Island characters to the foreground. He says, “Hollywood’s South Pacific films, white characters entered the brown world and stirred things up. What if, I wondered, a brown character entered the white world instead, and stirred things up? What would it look like?”
City Lights Theater Company (San Jose, CA)
Meet the current hotshots in video-game design: Will is the sellout, a well-attired, Ferrari-driving office-hound; Kip is keeping it real, working from home in a bathrobe and three-day beard. Together, they're working on the sequel to their virally popular video game — but Kip is more interested in the creative potential of his game engine, and in the female Artificial Intelligence that he has developed on the sly. (Never mind that this sexy and insightful A.I. looks just like Kip's late wife.) This Northern California Premiere explores the conflicting perceptions of engineering as art, and engineering as business — and the overriding notion that love is the code that makes sense of it all.
Theatre Espirit Asia (Colorado)
The Occidental Moon
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Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Written by pre-eminent Asian American playwright David Henry Hwang (Broadway’s Kung Fu, Chinglish, M. Butterfly). Directed by Artistic Director Randy Reyes, Hwang’s landmark 1979 play explores relationships and conflicts between established ABC (American Born Chinese) and FOB (fresh off the boat) newcomers. The production stars Eric Sharp, Meghan Kreidler (Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals), and Michael Sung-Ho (Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors). In anticipation of the 2015 full production, Mu will tour F.O.B. to Chinese restaurants in Greater Minnesota (Perham, Mankato, Red Wing, and Rochester) this summer (June 7 – 29, 2014) with the Arts Tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. F.O.B. follows Mu’s successful recent productions of other David Henry Hwang plays including Yellow Face (2010) and his adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song (2009).
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Hypokrit re-imagines Shakespeare the most unexpected way - through a Bollywood lens. By making the verse accessible and showcasing the richness of the Bollywood aesthetic, they bring this timeless love story to new audiences.
fu-GEN (Toronto, Canada)
We couldn't decide whether to have a Chinese New Year party or an Un-Valentine's Day party... so we thought we'd have both! What could be more Canadian than that? On Thursday, February 12th, come celebrate with us at May Cafe, 876 Dundas St. W. Doors and food are at 7PM, music and stuff starts around 8PM.
May Cafe has a storied past and is an essential part of Toronto's Asian Canadian history. It used to be a hangout for Vietnamese gangsters, and has seen its share of raids, shut-downs and other illicit drama. The cafe has been remodeled and is now a very sexy lounge, maintaining a hint of that old world charm.
The fundraiser on May 12th will feature live music from Elena Juatco, Steven McCarthy and Alex Punzalan Jr., as well as spoken word performances from fG Artist in Residence Leonard Cervantes and Janice Lee. There are great prizes to raffle off, and a hotshot mini ping pong tournament. We'll also have delicious food available and other surprises at the ready.
Tickets are available in advance for $15 or $20 at the door.
Sausalito Public Library (Sausalito, CA)
In BANYAN, a large tree houses a renegade group on an unspecified island. In the U.S., however, Ona is relegated to the shredding room of a big corporation. She's due for a vacation but needs to travel with her reluctant brother. The Oz-like characters she meets guide her deeper into a jungle-like world and closer to the mystery she's eluded in the shredding room.
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?"There's no place like. . ." ? Join us for our first play reading inside the Library! Director Norman Gee will present BANYAN by playwright and Sausalito resident Jeannie Barroga. Barroga has a long list of awards and national productions to her name. In BANYAN ? (2009 Arty Award for Best Production)? , a large tree houses a renegade group on an unspecified island. In the U.S., however, Ona is relegated to the shredding room of a big corporation. She's due for a vacation but needs to travel with her reluctant brother. The Oz-like characters she meets guide her deeper into a jungle-like world and closer to the mystery she's eluded in the shredding room.
Play by: JEANNIE BARROGA
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Unwanted from the moment she's born, Sunny (Jennifer Lim) is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny's bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.
18 Mountain Warriors
Back in the Bay Area for the first time in seven years!
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Plays and Players (Philadelphia, PA)
Beginning February 12, Philadelphians will have a chance to watch a unique one-man show. Hold These Truths is the story of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American, who challenged the US government policy of internment camps during World War II. Gordon embarks on a profound and wild adventure in defense of our Constitution, discovering his Quaker faith, hitchhiking to prison, and taking his fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Philadelphia-based actor Makoto Hirano gives voice to over thirty characters in a one-man tour-de-force performance
Purchase tickets at www.playsandplayers.org or call 866-411-8111
Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Americans Katie and Craig are having a baby with Suraiya, a surrogate from India. As all three “parents” anxiously await the baby’s due date, Katie and Suraiya are attacked by flights of their imagination: a seductive Frenchman and a sharp-tongued fetus. Originally developed at Victory Gardens’ IGNITION New Play Festival in 2012, this smart world premiere comedy takes us on a hilarious and highly theatrical journey into 21st century parenthood and modern-day colonialism.
Rasaka Theatre (Chicago, IL)
There's an elephant in the room
"Rasaka is proud to be a part of the Resident Theater Program and of Victory Gardens' diverse and inspiring artistic community," Rasaka's Producing Artistic Director Kamal Hans said. "We are excited about producing A Nice Indian Boy, an emotional piece that tackles the tough matters of gender, identity, love and marriage, with a humor and honesty that audiences will appreciate."
"A Nice Indian Boy is a romantic comedy with familiar tropes -- that are anything but familiar when immigrant assimilation collides with the adoption of a foreign heritage," Director Anna Bahow said. "The play challenges our traditional concepts of ethnicity and marriage. Shekar has such respect for her characters and the humor is generous to all."
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Moxie Theatre and
What does a girl have to do to fit in at Comi-Con? In the creative spirit of The Year of the Ram, this performance features live music, puppets and original artwork created right on stage. Includes a puppet performance for Year of the Ram. Families welcome!
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
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Parley (Seattle, WA)
production coordination by Heather Posten
Tuesday, March 10th
Don't take business personally, right? But what if your boss is your grandma? For Sheila, running a bakery with three generations of relatives can't help but hit her where she lives. CAFÉ ?? MÁ is a comedy about the struggle to please your elders, reach your potential, and get drunk most afternoons. Or maybe it's about why anyone would go to work so f**king early in the morning.
Generic Ensemble Company
If the title and image offend you, this show is for you.
Using only songs and text from The Mikado, the (almost) all-Asian/Pacific Islander American cast turn Gilbert and Sullivan's "classic" on its head. Set in an internment camp--in the FUTURE--we reclaim this piece from the white boys in yellowface. This is a workshop production in preparation for a full run in Fall/Spring. Be there, get offended. In a good way.
Directed by kt shorb.
Presented by Lucky Chaos Theater Projects and Generic Ensemble Company.
Live accompaniment by: Tyler Mabry
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Why is Sonya so hesitant to introduce her new husband Michael to the people in her building? Why does the doorman keep calling her about a package in the lobby? Tempers and misunderstandings flair, and mayhem ensues as the arrival of Michael’s mother, some nosy neighbors, and Sonya’s best friend Sam force Michael and Sonya to re-evaluate their relationship and decide whether all is fair in love and real estate. East West Players presents the world premiere of this new farce.
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Pandora Productions (Louisville, KY)
Pork Filled Productions (Seattle, WA)
Pork Filled Productions presents a staged reading of Rick Shiomi's classic Asian American play, Yellow Fever, as we give the gender of some of the main characters the ol' one-two.
Hard boiled private detective Sam Shikaze takes her wits, her fists and her trusty gun into the investigation of the mysterious disappearance of the Cherry Blossom Queen in 1970s Vancouver BC. With a knack for finding trouble, Sam gets herself entangled in politics, romance, racism, and the looming specter of Japanese-Canadian incarceration.
Under the direction of Jennifer Jasper, PFP presents a fresh new look at this classic Asian American play!
All tickets are pay-what-you-can.
The INKWELL Theater Development Lab (Los Angeles)
John, a Chinese-American war veteran, returns from Iraq to try to rebuild his life and reconnect with his estranged mother from Hong Kong, Betsy. However, both mother and son allow the demons of their pasts to blur into the present and threaten their chances for a normal life.
Produced by Daniel Shoenman & Annie McVey
Monday, March 16th @ 8pm
East West Players and
At 7:30 PM
Aurora, Remedios, and Eugenia are three of the most sought-after professional criers (individuals paid to cry at funerals) in Monterey Park. They are eager to welcome Aurora's 14-year-old daughter Ligaya (nicknamed Gaya) from the Philippines into their world and teach her their somber trade. However, they soon realize that Gaya has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead of cry. What ensues is a hilarious and heartwarming story of cultural identity, generational conflict, and finding home in a new country.
This reading is FREE and open to the public. RSVP here.
Crowded Fire Theatre (San Francsco, CA)
Dukesbay Productions (Tacoma, WA)
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Leviathan Labs (New York, NY)
Bindlestff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
Are the Granny Cart Gangstas ladies or tramps? Actually, it's all about being bosses. Watch as this troupe of outspoken, unabashed women own the stage with sketches that tackle sex, pop culture, and dating in the modern world. "Vag Save" illustrates how to save your best friend's vagina from creepy guys at the club. "OMG" ponders what you REALLY think about your friend's social media posts. In "Plan B," a fan-girl celebrity obsession hits too close to home. "Mom I'm in Love with a Hipster" skewers love and dating in SF when a daughter announces to her mother that she is in love[you guessed it] with a hipster. In "Psycho Siri," a group of girlfriends ponder the question, "Is Siri Vietnamese?" Everything is up for grabs in this uninhibited show.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR)