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?
Artists At Play (Los Angeles, CA)
Join Artists at Play on Saturday, July 1 for the annual AAP Summer Salon fundraiser.
Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA)
Cherry Lane Theatre Company in Residence
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.
"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?
Staged reading in conjunction with Seattle's annual DragonFest! Free!
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Neighborhood Montage Comedy
Bindlestiff Studios (San Francisco, CA)
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
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.
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
$15 General • $10 Students/Seniors • $25 Support-the-Artists • $12.50 Group Rate (6 or more)
Get your tickets now at http://tagalog2017.bpt.me/
Sponsored by the SF Arts Commission, Grants for the Arts, and Theatre Bay Area
Maria Cheng's Antecedents recollects with humor and grace the Americanization of a precocious Chinese teenager as she embraces Americana, but still honoring her forbearers. She tells of her parents' suffering under the Japanese occupation and then Communist rule, before immigrating to America, examining with incisive wit what price is to be paid in pursuing the American Dream.
New Century Theatre (South Hadley, MA)
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School
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 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.
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
After news of an affair involving one of their husbands, long-held secrets begin to emerge in the lives of three Muslim women, threatening the friendship that binds them together. A hilarious exploration of the multiple ways women are called upon to be "faithful," Twice, Thrice, Frice unleashes a debate about polygamy and fidelity, as each woman struggles with her sexuality and faith.
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company (Houston, TX)
About a woman who struggles through the two-year anniversary of her son's disappearance. Troy Scheid will direct.
One Weekend Only!
PUSSY GENERATION features all-new, all-original sketches by the Granny Cart Gangstas. Expect nasty cat calls, Asian accent jokes, painful waxes, plenty of pop cultural references, miscarriages, and some political commentary thrown in for good measure. All delivered in GCG's bawdy, outrageous, and sometimes macabre brand of humor. It's like watching SNL on PMS at your Trump-loving lola's house.
Returning from their sold-out appearance at the 2017 SF Sketch Fest, the GRANNY
CART GANGSTAS ("Bad Fruit", "Rise of the Red Dawn") is an all-women, all-Asian-American sketch comedy troupe out of Bindlestiff Studio, the only Pilipino-run black box theater in the United States.
Tix On-Sale Now! http://pussygeneration.bpt.me/
Thursday, 8/10 @ 8 pm
Atlantic Theatre Company (New York, NY)
Atlantic Theatre is thrilled to welcome an extraordinary group of artists to Atlantic this summer, and to partner with Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen to produce Asian American Mixfest, where they'll hosting readings of full-length plays by Carla Ching, Qui Nguyen, A. Rey Pamatmat, Madhuri Shekar and Lloyd Suh. In addition to the full length readings, they've commissioned Jessica Huang, Leah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Rajiv Joseph!
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email email@example.com
Long Beach Playhouse (Long Beach, CA)
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.
Drawing from her work on Jihad Against Violence and Sext of Saudade, Fawzia Afzal-Khan's Jihad Against Violence: Oh ISIS Up Yours is a Muslim feminist response to the hijacking of Islam by patriarchal extremists. Afzal-Khan's unfiltered, stream of consciousness reflections provide a potent indictment of the surreal and sardonic world we now inhabit, and a welcome reminder that sisterhood is powerful.
Tickets for Stories High XVII are on sale now! The seventeenth installment of our beloved page-to-stage workshop series culminates in a three-week fully-staged production, August 31 - September 16, Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm. Witness a new crop of SOMA Pilipinas artists take center stage!
Sponsored in part by:
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
While trying to navigate the currents of the Pacific, a woman of Arab descent and her nephew, who has enlisted in the U.S. military, dip into the treacherous waters of identity, family, and allegiance. We Swim offers a nuanced and sometimes surprising dialogue about what it means to be patriotic at our current moment in time
We Swim, We Talk, We Go To War is part of of Silk Road Rising's Crescent and Star: New Arab and Muslim Journeys initiative.
Continuing Previews of our 5th Anniversary Season
The Gift Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Gilbert Botello is dead. But who killed him? Was it the butler or the maid? Was it the eccentric tycoon or his son? Detective Roy Rodger Kalauakekahuna III and his sidekick Officer Billy Souza investigate the murder and astonishing events surrounding the untimely demise of Gilbert Botello in this comedic murder mystery. Peopled with recognizable characters, Who Killed Gilbert Botello reshapes the typical British whodunnit into a refreshing representation of Hawai'i.
Dobama Theatre (Cleveland, OH)
Mabuhay Majesty is a new play by Robert Francis Flor. It is set during the mid-20th century with Filipina American characters. This is an exploration of the unique cultural milieu that Filipino Americans experienced in the Seattle area.