Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
Fifty years after they fought alongside the Americans during World War II, Filipino veterans in the twilight of their lives find themselves in a cable car station in Powell Street. They are thousands of miles away from home, instead of "sitting under a mango tree, drinking beer and eating sitsaron" they wait vainly for the benefits promised to them. They all share a common desire; the chance for their body to be buried in their homeland.
La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego, CA)
Drawn from sources dating from the 4th Century BC, The Orphan of Zhao is a luminous reinvention of an ancient legend described as the Chinese Hamlet. When the Emperor’s mind is poisoned by a corrupt minister, the noble Zhao family faces destruction unless a country doctor is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. This gripping story of loyalty, family and revenge soars on an original score, sharp direction from A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff (Arcadia, Phèdre) and features the inimitable stage and TV star BD Wong (M. Butterfly, Law & Order: SVU).
Yellow Earth (London, Great Britain)
Few people today know there was once a thriving Chinatown in London’s East End.
It starts in Limehouse in 1958 when the local
council is planning to bulldoze the last remnants of Limehouse
Chinatown. As the local people decide how to embrace this redevelopment
without losing their heritage, former Limehouse resident Eileen
Cunningham returns to start a revolution....
This promenade production at historic Limehouse Town Hall will take you into the heart of London’s original Chinatown, exploding the lurid myths of opium dens and sinister Chinese gangs, to reveal a place that was for generations of people, simply home.
Charlotte Dias as Mary M. and Kati Karoda as Mary V.
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Vampire Cowboys (New York, NY)
Directed by Robert Ross Parker. For info visit VampireCowboys.com.
In a seemingly utopian future, a young lady with unique abilities sets out on a murderous path to keep that world intact. What she doesn’t realize is if she fails, the world will go to hell…literally. A new sacrilegious action-adventure play by “the pioneers of geek theatre” utilizing VC’s trademark stage combat, multimedia, and puppetry to create a new comic book for the stage.
Vampire Cowboys are an OBIE Award-winning pioneer of geek theatre, crossing diverse genres and theatrical styles to create an explosively eclectic aesthetic rooted in today’s pop vernaculars. A current Archive Residency Company.
ACT Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Central Heating Lab at ACT presents Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, performed by Joel de la Fuente, July 31 - August 3, 2014 at the ACT Theatre Allen Arena, 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA.
Inspired by the true story of University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi, Hold These Truths follows Gordon during the U.S. Government's decision to forcibly remove and incarcerate people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.
Assaulted Fish (Vancouver, BC)
Find out on Saturday, August 2 when Assaulted Fish performs its annual 30-minute free show at the Powell Street Festival. It's their 11th year participating in this terrific community festival. Catch their newest members--don¹t want to miss this show. Directed by Dawn Milman. Stage managed by Ann Chow. Assaulted Fish @ the 38th Annual Powell Street Festival Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014 Time: 5:00 5:30 pm Place: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St. (@ Gore Ave.) [parking/map] Cost: FREE! Info: www.powellstreetfestival.com Notes: General admission seating. Rated "PG". No latecomers.
Moxie Theatre (San Diego, CA)
Jade McCullough’s journey began on a pile of vegetables in a small village in southern China. Adopted by an American woman, she grew up seeing herself as an outsider. The only clue to her past is half of a jade heart found in her swaddling clothes. The other half hangs around the neck of an unknown woman in a distant land. In the struggle to find out who she is, Jade rebels against the woman she loves the most and in uncovering the mystery of her past, discovers the promise of her future.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Park Square Theatre
Hailed by many as Sondheim's best musical, join Mu for an Asian American casting of this classic piece about love and dysfunctional relationships.
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Review from Star Tribune.
Review from HowWasTheShow.com
Theatreworks (Silicon Valley, CA)
A staged reading. Generations, gender, and
tradition collide as a Sushi Master struggles to preserve ancient
artistry in a society obsessed with change. In pursuit of perfection, a
brilliant protégé, eager apprentices, and the master himself have much
Kimber Lee’s plays include fight, different words for the same thing (2014 World Premiere CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre, dir. Neel Keller), and brownsville song (b-side for tray), which premiered at the 2014 Humana Festival and has upcoming productions at LCT3, Long Wharf, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. She is a Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow (2013/14), Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of 2014 Ruby Prize, 2013/14 PoNY Fellowship, and 2014/15 Aetna New Voices Fellowship.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
East West Players’ is proud to announce our first event in celebrating our milestone Golden 50th Anniversary - "ONE NIGHT ONLY: Fresh Faces, Golden Voices," introducing you to the new generation of Asian Pacific Islander entertainers. We are also excited to welcome celebrity chef Katie Chin as she collaborates with Food Fetish Catering on a unique Pan Asian dining experience al fresco, with dessert by Majestic Catering.
Proceeds of One Night Only will benefit the artistic/educational programs of East West Players and the organization’s endowment. Directed by Marilyn Tokuda Musical direction by Marc Macalintal For sponsorship and ticket information, visit East West. For additional information, contact "One Night Only" Producer Snehal Desai at (213) 625-7000 x 27 or email@example.com.See News story for more details.
Shunya (Houston, TX)
Shunya's second ever youth production. Sing along with Mowgli and all his jungle friends and foes as they re-tell the stories of the Kipling classic.
Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
After selling out an extended six-week premiere run at the Exit Theater, this one-woman show by Kat Evasco and John Caldon chronicles the personal experiences of a lesbian daughter and a closeted lesbian mother.
Mommy Queerest begins with young teenaged Kat having her earth shattered when she realizes that she and her mother are both lesbian. Too bad her mom hasn't figured it out yetdespite the fact she's been living with her partner since Kat was six years old! After a spectacularly failed attempt to share this epiphany with her mom, Kat lurches through her own teenage sexploration with guys and girls, trying to figure out how she fits in with her family, community and self. After a decade of attempting to educate this wayward parent about what it means to be lesbian, she discovers there is still a thing or two she can learn from her mom.
fu-GEN (Toronto, Canada)
DÀ JIĀ (大家) You are invited to join us for a reading presentation of a new play by Montreal theatre creator Sophie Gee. In the last week, we have been workshopping this play with Sophie and the next step is to invite you, the audience, into that process. The play will be presented in Cantonese/Mandarin and English with English subtitles. In DÀ JIĀ (大家), the patriarch of a Chinese Canadian family grapples with the consequences of his actions when a garment factory he owns collapses in China.
Pratidhwani (Seattle, WA)
Ketan and Rupal are separated and no one is more determined to re-unite them than aunt Kusum. Her daughter Supriya doesn't think Kusum's forty-two years of marriage makes her an expert, but with two divorces and trouble in her relationship with Pavel, how much does Supriya know about relationships? Everything But The Paper - a comedy in English explores the ideas of who should be together, who should be apart, and what does marriage and divorce mean to this contemporary Indian family?
For more info, go to http://www.pratidhwani.org/ebtp
Theatre Espirit Asia (Colorado)
M. Butterfly is loosely based on the relationship between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Shi Pei Pu, a male Peking opera singer.
Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
Stories High XIV
September 12 to 27, 2014
Bindlestiff Studio is proud to announce the premiere of Stories High XIV,
the latest installment of our annual workshop-to-stage production. This
year, we have had the privilege of working closely with artists from
Campo Santo and Guerilla Rep as workshop facilitators.
the culmination of what the participants¹ have brewed in our
playwriting, acting, directing, movement, scenic design and stage
management workshops. Stories High XIV previews Thursday September
11th, opens Friday, September 12th, and plays through September 27th.
The writers have bared their souls in the writer¹s room; the actors will breath life into those words through the guidance of their directors; and the scene designers and stage managers will put the final touches for a show that year-after-year amplifies the voices of new and established artists.
Mu Performing (Minneapolis, MN)
Only days away from moving back to the Midwest, Billy, a Korean adoptee, is unexpectedly reunited with his Korean birth brother and must somehow reconcile his modern American life with his newfound Korean past. This imaginative physical theatre piece employs a quirky sense of humor, thrilling movement choreography, and live Korean karaoke to invite audiences into the mind of one adult adoptee on the journey of a lifetime.Written by and starring longtime Mu performer Eric Sharp (Yellow Fever, Into the Woods, Ching Chong Chinaman). The latest product of the Mu Performing Arts/Jerome Foundation New Performance Program, the play was recently named as a finalist for the National New Play Network Showcase. The new play will be directed by Robert Rosen (Co-director of Studio 206, former co-artistic director of Theatre de la Jeune Lune) and is the most recent addition to Mu’s body of work exploring the diverse stories from the Korean adoptee experience.
Artists At Play (Los Angeles, CA)
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Shakespeare Orange County (Orange County, CA)
Lark Theatre (New York, NY)
Lark Play Development Center is proud to announce that seven plays have been chosen for its 21st Annual Playwrights’ Week, which will take place September 22nd – 27th. This year’s plays and playwrights are Parachute Men by Mando Alvarado, Lucky Ladies by Dominic Finocchiaro, INC. by Diana Grisanti, No More Sad Things by Hansol Jung, Girl of Glass by Jennifer A. Kokai, Chalk by Walt McGough and The Tiger Among Us by Lauren Yee. Tickets will be available starting Tuesday, September 2nd. For more information visit www.larktheatre.org.
New York Theatre Barn (New York, NY)
New York Theatre Barn's monthly community-building platform for emerging writers & new musical returns to its home in the D-Lounge of the Daryl Roth Theatre.
New York Theatre Barn (NYTB - Joe Barros:
Artistic Director, Jason Najjoum: Producing Director & Brian
Swasey: Managing Director) is proud to present the September
installment of the 7th Season of NYTB @ THE DR2 (aka NYTB IN THE
D-LOUNGE), our revolutionary community-building platform for new