Yangtze Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
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An ancient myth about blood and honor reveals the secret life of a Chinese theater troupe in the dark comedy Behind the Mask -- a Play by Chinese authors Feng BaiMing and Huang WeiRuo, which is being newly adapted by Yangtze Repertory Theatre in a production helmed by Chinese-born director Chongren Fan. The play will be performed in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles and will be completely accessible for English-speaking audiences. English translation is by Kristen Hung. This U.S. premiere will be presented by Yangtze Rep June 25 to July 12 at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue, East Village.
A play-within-a-play takes place in a theater space somewhere in China, where a nine-person troupe is rehearsing for a story about a Chinese mythical hero, Mei Jian Chi. As the myth is popularly known within Chinese culture, it depicts a tyrant, the King of Chu, who orders the death of his two master swordsmiths as part of a ritualized process to forge the world's sharpest blades, using human blood. Their son, Mei, seeking revenge, devises a death ploy with an errant by offering his own living but decapitated head to the King. Fragments of the mythical story switch in and out from snippets of mundane and personal follies of the struggling troupe during rehearsal. Through the play, we get to learn about the troupe and the pressures of the artistic life in contemporary China.
Yangtze will present a new adaptation of the original script that was written in 1999 by Huang WeiRuo and Feng BaiMing. The contemporary part of the play--the troupe's own story--is devised and created by Chongren Fan and ensemble. The play examines the current theatre world through a comic lens and throughout, the characters are aware of their own theatricality. Director Chongren Fan writes, "We get a taste of what's going on in contemporary Chinese theater but also get a chance to explore how a theatre troupe works together to create an ensemble work." The music in the play, composed by Xiren Wang, is new and modern, with a strong innovative approach to ancient Chinese music characteristics.
The production features an ensemble of nine who play various roles in the play. The actors are: Shan Y. Chuang, Esther Chen, Chien-Lun Lee, Xiao Quan, Viola Wang, Neil Redfield, Hui-Shurn Yong, Chris Smith and Francisco Huergo. Set and costume design are by K. K. Wong. Lighting design is by Yi-Chung Chen. Mask design is by Andrew Diaz.
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Penuel: The Sammy Lee Story is about the hard work, determination and triumph of an Olympian. As a twelve-year-old, Sammy Lee could watch as divers leapt gracefully into the public swimming pool. Despite his overwhelming desire to try diving himself, as a Korean (like any person of color) he could only use the pool once a week. Never would he have guessed that, sixteen short years later, Dr. Sammy Lee would become the first Asian American ever to win Olympic gold.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
Sundance Theatre Lab (Utah)
After Emily's bubble life in NYC pops, she retreats home to Hawai'i, where she creates an alter ego on live radio. Told through a playful mixture of radio and phone calls, Today is My Birthday is a comedy about life with a thousand friends on Facebook and no one to have dinner with on Saturday night.
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras (Nevada City, CA)
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) is pleased to collaborate with The Miners Foundry in presenting a dramatic play reading, The Ingenious Judge Dee, written and directed by Hock G. Tjoa, on Thursday, July 23, at 6:30 pm. Judge Dee is a series of vignettes on criminal investigations in seventh century China, adapted and inspired from The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee, by Robert van Gulik. Judge Dee, played by Hock G. Tjoa, investigates a double homicide, a "reluctant" corpse, and a bride poisoned on her wedding night, all taking place in Tang dynasty, China, and each demanding investigation and judicial resolution within a month! Judge Dee diligently works on these cases with his usual investigators and his customary aplomb, even though he himself is under investigation by an Imperial Censor.
Hock is active in local community theater and writing groups. He was recently seen in CATS' Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet as "Mr. Lee." As a writer, he is author of Agamemnon Must Die, The Battle of Chibi (Red Cliff), and The Chinese Spymaster.
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
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National Asian American Theatre Company (New York, NY)
By Clifford Odets
Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried
With Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Mia Katigbak, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari, Henry Yuk
Designers: Anshuman Bhatia (set); Alexae Visel (costumes); Gina Scherr (lights); Toby Jaguar Algya (sound); Charley Layton (dialect coach)
"NAATCO's production easily makes the point that ethnicity is transcended by the humanity of frightened, imperfect people facing unpleasant realities. Theatergoers deserve to hear great plays as they were originally performed, especially in productions like this." New York Times
"Odets' Depression-era drama may be old-fashioned, but it's moving, and it still feels relevant." The New Yorker
"Awake and Sing! is especially fresh in the new revival from National Asian American Theatre Company, directed with precise raucousness by Stephen Fried." Village Voice
"Awake and Sing! allows for some truly fine ensemble work. And Mia Katigbak is masterful, evoking Bessie as both a villain and tragic figure." NY1 On Stage
Previews start July 6. Opening on July 13 and running until August 1.
Mondays – Saturdays, 7:00 and Saturdays, 2:00
All tickets: $45
During World War II, approximately 200,000 women – and young teenagers – from across Asia were forced into sexual slavery at "comfort stations" for the Imperial Japanese Army. Inspired by testimonies from the women survivors, COMFORT WOMEN: A New Musical features a cast of fifty-three Asian/Asian American actors to tell these stories which are excluded from history books.
Each audience member will receive a copy of CAN YOU HEAR US: The Untold Narratives of Comfort Women. A portion of proceeds will go to "House of Sharing," the home for surviving Comfort Women living in South Korea.
Comfort Women: A New Musical is Directed by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim. Music by Bryan Michaels & TaeHo Park, and Lyrics by Bryan Michaels. Written by Dimo Hyun Jun Kim, OskerDavid Aguirre, Joann Malory Mieses, and Produced by Matthew Thomas Burda & Dimo Hyun Jun Kim.
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Village Theatre (Issaquah, WA)
Theatre Esprit Asia (Denver, CO)
The year is 1942. A young Japanese American lawyer has been arrested for breaking military curfew aimed at German, Italian and Japanese nationals, as well as U.S. citizens of Japanese descent. This arrest would be the young lawyer's test case against the nation's discriminatory acts targeted at the Japanese. The young lawyer is none other than civil rights leader, Minoru Yasui.
Citizen Min is written by Minoru Yasui's daughter, Holly Yasui, and directed by Tria Xiong. It takes place during Minoru's time in jail juxtapose with events that lead up to his test case. Citizen Min will be read in its entirety at Theatre Esprit Asia's next ACE event on August 9th from 7-9pm at Theatre Esprit Asia located inside ACAD, 1400 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO 80010.
Seating is limited so please reserve your seats by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Free entry with a suggested donation of $5. Complimentary snacks and drinks.
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Are you ready for romance? Geeta Gidwani thinks she is. A young, Indian American woman caught between conflicting notions of Eastern and Western love, she rejects the idea of arranged marriage. Geeta wants to fall madly in love like she's seen in Bollywood movies and on TV; so when she meets Manish, she is eager to start a fairytale adventure with her soulmate. Geeta's father has just one rule when it comes to love: "Don't bring him home unless you're going to get married."
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Pork Filled Productions (Seattle, WA)
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Theatre Diaspora (Portland, OR)
PlayMakers Rep (Chapel Hill, NC)
A one-man-show written and performed by Trieu Tran, about his experience growing up in America following the end of the Vietnam War. Tran first performed the show at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle in 2012.
Halcyon Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 6pm
Evie Malone—gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin—has it all figured out. Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online boyfriend, she also makes a little cash on the side writing love letters for people who've screwed up their relationships. Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks...