Stir Friday Night (Chicago, IL)
Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
January 8, 2016

Stir Friday Night in Sketchfest!

Also performing in the 15th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival! Stir Friday Night is proud to have performed in every Sketchfest since it began. SFN presents their newest sketch revue: K-Spa Time Machine.

Saturday @ 7pm

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657


Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
Winter LabFest
January 10-17, 2016

South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
The Madwoman in the Volvo
by Sandra Tsing Loh
directed by Lisa Peterson
January 3 to 24, 2016

In ancient times, tribal women went alone to caves during menopause. Today, the 50 million menopausal women in America turn to cheery self-help books. As for Loh and her friends, they are determined not to go quietly into their sixth decade but instead opt for a desert festival of debauchery and half-nude stoners! "Burning Man" is only one hilarious side trip on this bumper car ride through mid-life "madness." Based on the NPR commentator's enormously popular memoir that Booklist calls "hilarious, comforting and enlightening."

Fillet of Sole Festival
Stir Friday Night (Chicago, IL)
January 17 and 24, 2016

SFN is performing in the 18th Annual Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival! They'' be performing sketch and storytelling, returning for their fourth year.

1/17 & 1/24
Sundays @ 7pm

Heartland Studio Theatre
7016 N Glenwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60626


EnActe Arts (Bay Area, CA)
A Nice Indian Boy
by Madhuri Shekar
January 22 to 23, 2016

Stir Friday Night (Chicago, IL)
The Revival Theatre
Friday January 8 to 29, 2016

Stir Friday Night at The Revival Theater!

Come see some sketch and improv at a new theater next to the University of Chicago. Improv was founded by the Compass Players at the University of Chicago in 1955. Now, improv returns to its birthplace with The Revival! Stir Friday Night is pleased to be performing sketch and improv at this brand new theater.

Fridays @ 8pm

The Revival
1160 E 55th St Chicago, IL 60615

$10, $5 students

Stage Left Theatre (Chicago, IL) and
Red Tape Theatre
by Christopher Chen
January 9 to February 14, 2015

Hijinks are set in motion by the Republican party choosing a 2016 presidential candidate of mixed Asian decent.

Rasaka Theatre Comany (Chicago, IL)
A Widow of No Importance
by Shane Sakhrani
January 15 to February 21, 2016

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Kumu Kahua (Honolulu, HI)
Not One Batu
A world premiere by Hannah Ii-Epstein
January 21 to February 21, 2016

An intimate look at a family's struggle with the ice epidemic in Hawai'i.

"If you like survive dis business, no act wit me. Dere's worse guys out dere dat would kill you fo' dis."

16th Street Theatre (Chicago, IL)
presents the World Premiere of
Yasmina's Necklace
by Rohina Malik
Directed by Ann Filmer
January 21 to February 27, 2016

Meet Abdul Samee: his father is Iraqi, his mother is Puerto Rican-but if you ask him, he'll say he's Italian. Longing to shed his cultural identity he changes his name to Sam, marries an American and does everything in his power to turn his back on his heritage. But when Sam meets Yasmina, a beautiful woman from his father's homeland, he begins to learn that a tree without roots cannot stand for long.

Soulpepper Theatre (Toronto, Canada)
Samurai Vs. Cowboy
by Michael Golamco
January 26 to February 20, 2016

Directed by Ins Choi featuring actors Jonathan Tan, Rosie Simon, Miquelon Rodriguez and TJ Riley. SM team of Kat Chin and Neha Ross. Design team of Ken Mackenzie, Jackie Chau and Samuel S. Sholdice.

Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
by Nandita Shenoy
February 2 to 21, 2016

Directed by Benjamin Kamine, WASHER/DRYER is a hilarious new farce that examines the pressures of modern-day marriage against the backdrop of New York City. Sonya and Michael's recent elopement in Vegas seemed like a dream come true for both of them until they try living together in Sonya's Manhattan studio apartment. As they discover that they haven't been entirely honest with each other or themselves, their secrets come home to roost along with an intrusive mother, the co-op's strict Board president, a harsh best friend, and a fabulous washer-dryer. Mayhem ensues as the couple is forced to re-evaluate their relationship and decide whether all really is fair in love and real estate.

Magic Theatre (San Francisco)
by Jessica Hagedorn
February 3 to 28, 2016

Can't believe that this is a Bay Area premiere....

Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Ziryab, The Songbird of Andalusia
Written & Performed by Ronnie Malley
Directed by Anna C. Bahow
February 18 to 21, 2016

A musical journey following the life and legacy of the ninth century musician and polymath, Ziryab, who rose out of slavery to achieve extraordinary fame throughout Islamic Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. His influence on music, fashion, and the culinary arts are still seen around the world to this day.

Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
You For Me For You
by Mia Chung
February 20 to March 6, 2016
Guthrie Theater (Dowling Studio)

In the closed world of North Korea, Yuna's sister Minjee is desperately sick. To save her, Yuna pays a Smuggler to help them flee North Korea—but Minjee is too sick to make it across the border. Instructed by the Smuggler, Yuna races across time and space to New York, committed to returning for Minjee. Yet the free world is seductive and confounding: life suddenly offers Yuna a distracting bounty of choice, and time moves much faster than in North Korea.

Seattle Fringe Festival
Dragon Lady: I'm Going to Kill You
by Sara Porkalob
February 25 to March 5, 2016

It is the year of the Water Dragon and the eve of Grandma Maria's 60th birthday. By the light of karaoke machine, fueled by fresh lumpia and years of resentment, her five children discover a dark family secret hidden within the stories of their childhood dystopia.

Traveling back and forth through 30 years of faulty memories, Sara Porkalob embodies the 2nd generation of her family to weave a tale about their past that seems too grandiose to be true.

FIlipina gangsters, possible murder, lotsa white rice, 1 actor,
15+ characters, 45 minutes.
Dragon Lady's gonna kill ya'll.

Seattle Fringe Festival
SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Paper Angels
by Genny Lim
February 27 and March 5

Back with two encore performances at the Seattle Fringe Festival! Playing Saturdays February 27 & March 5 at 5pm at the Center House Theatre!

Chinese Historical Society of America (San Francisco, CA)
Broken Blossoms
by Eddie Wong
March 5, 2016

The Chinese Historical Society of America will present "Broken Blossoms – The Story of Four Chinese Women and Their Journey from Servitude to Freedom," a play by Eddie Wong, on Saturday, March 5. The performance will be held at the Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay Street, San Francisco. Doors will open at noon for the 1 pm performance.

The play is based on the testimonies of four Chinese women who were falsely promised marriage to Chinese merchants in San Francisco and forced into prostitution in the 1930s.

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East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Criers for Hire
by Giovanni Ortega
February 11 to March 13, 2016

Aurora, Remedios, and Eugenia are three of the most sought-after professional funeral criers 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.

Bindlestiff Studios (San Francisco, CA)
The Love Edition: Always & 4Ever
March 3 to 21, 2016(Thu-Sat)

Location: 185 6th St. San Francisco, CA
Tickets: $10-$25; Click here for more info...

The Love Edition returns to Bindlestiff Studio with new original pieces about love, heartache, and the weirdness in-between. Stories come to life as audience members find themselves part of an interactive theater experience where projected media and social media collide to create a new level of theatrical immersion. Watch 7 different stories ranging from the hilarious to the heartfelt written by playwrights from around the country, all directed and performed by amazing local artists!

Lyric Stage Company of Boston (Boston, MA)
Fast Company
by Carla Ching
March 4 to 23, 2016

The Lyric Stage loves stories that focus on family, but wait til you meet Blue and HER family in Fast Company. Blue's mom, Mable Kwan, is a tough cookie and the best grifter who ever lived . . . and she raised her kids to be just like her. Son Francis is the top roper around and H is the number one fixer. But it's Blue — the outcast of the family — who surprises everyone by putting together the score of the decade. Fast Company is a fast, funny, and dangerous theatrical crime caper that will keep you guessing about who's on top and who's getting conned. As playwright Carla Ching wrote, "I could say that Fast Company is about grifts, game theory, and magic. And it is. But at its essence, it's about family."

Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
New Eyes Festival
March 18 to 20, 2016

Charles Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery
by Lloyd Suh

1967. The auspicious beginnings of a new political identity called Asian American, as a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ENDS IN A GROTESQUE CARNIVAL OF MURDER!!!

The Two Kids that Blow S#%t Up
by Carla Ching

Diana and Max meet at 10 years old, the day their parents start f#%*ing. In the ensuing 18 years, their parents break up, get back together, marry and divorce. And they see each other through it all, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did. A play about falling in and out of love with your best friend.

The Sex Show
by Sun Mee Chomet

The Sex Show is an exploration of intimacy, sexual stereotypes, and sexuality in the Asian American community. Using movement, music, and text, the artists have collaborated to explore their own bodies and sexuality in a raw, humorous, and imaginative way.

Enacte Arts (Bay Area, CA)
The Twentieth Wife
by Farah Tasmeen Shaikh
March 19 and 20, 2016

THE TWENTIETH WIFE performed by Kathak Artist, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh based on the novel by Indu Sundaresan, telling the tale of one of India's most powerful women, Empress Noor Jahan, through a performance of dance, live music, multi-media and live narration from the novel.

Set amidst the the splendor and luxury of the opulent courts of the Mughal Empire of India, Noor Jahan is the twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir. Living in the imperial harem, she assumes great power bestowed upon her by her husband, who loves her obsessively, and trusts her beyond anyone else, and spends most of her life fighting fiercely to maintain her delicate power.

Show Times:
March 19th at 7:00 PM
March 20th at 4:00 PM
At Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose

Direction by Matthew Spangler
Musical Director & Original Score by Salar Nader

Artists at Play (Los Angeles, CA)
Spring Readings
As We Babble On
by Nathan Ramos
Two Mile Hollow
by Leah Nanko Winkler
March 20, 2016

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Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America (NY, NY)
presents a Staged Reading of
A Book By Its Cover
By Damon Chua
Directed by Chongren Fan
March 20 and 21, 2016

Long-lost cousins Millie Wu, a Chinese American, and Chan Pui Mun, from southern China, reach across the Pacific Ocean for a family reunion that starts well but soon descends into misunderstanding and conflict, as selfish and economic motives get the better of them. A BOOK BY ITS COVER is a hilarious yet pointed glimpse of two lives becoming intertwined and whose fortunes reverse, set against a world where China begins to challenge the United States as a world power.

Esther Chen, Edgar Eguia, Elisabeth Ng,
Nick Ryan, and Shelley Valfer

Sunday March 20 and Monday March 21, 2016
Door opens at 6:45PM, Reading starts promptly at 7:00PM
The Celebration of Whimsy Theater a.k.a. The C.O.W.
21-A Clinton St, New York City, NY 10002
(Between Houston & Stanton)
Free Admission

$10 Suggested Donation

Geva Theatre Center (Rochester, NY)
presents a staged reading of
The Brothers Paranormal
March 21, 2016

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
From Berdoo to Bonneville
By John K. Lee
Directed by Diane Wyenn
Mary 22, 2016

Chino Kim, a talented but unheralded custom motorcycle builder, has a Harley Davidson sized chip on his shoulder that he can't seem to cut, grind, or weld away. After seven years of uncompromising dedication to his aesthetic vision, a personal tragedy and the fear of lifelong anonymity force him to reconsider his hardline stance.

Japanese American National Museum
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
A Writer's Gallery Reading
The Piano
by Robert Kuang
Thursday, March 24 • 7:30 p.m.


East West Players presents a reading of The Piano, written by Robert Kuang. An Asian-Jewish-American family collides with music, food, and identity crises, as the death of a Chinese patriarch forces three generations of Asian American women to live under the same roof for the first time.

A powerful multigenerational drama about the complexities of the Asian American experience, The Piano was the second place winner of East West Players' 2042: See Change playwriting competition. For more details, visit

Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
By Julia Cho
Directed by Tony Taccone
February 5 to March 20, 2016
extended to March 27
World Premiere

An estranged son, a father who's ill, a visiting uncle carrying their memories in tow, a woman without an appetite, and a refugee from a forgotten country—they all prove potent ingredients in this bittersweet and moving meditation on family, forgiveness, and the things that nourish us. When language fails, when the past fades, the perfect meal transcends time and culture and says more than words ever can. Julia Cho's plays have garnered critical praise from New York to Los Angeles. Now she pairs with Michael Leibert Artistic Director Tony Taccone on the elegant, poignant, and lyrical Aubergine.

Aubergine was commissioned by Berkeley Rep and developed in The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

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