Playwrights' Horizon (New York, NY)
"A man (Kang) shares a bowl of berries, and a young woman (Kim) falls in love. A world away, a mother prepares a bowl of soup to keep her son (Park) from leaving home. And a son (Park) cooks a meal for his dying father (Kang) to say everything that words can't. In Julia Cho's poignant and lyrical new play, the making of a perfect meal is an expression more precise than language, and the medium through which life gradually reveals itself."
Collin Hoo, Eun Ho Lee, Kenny Kusaka. Picture by Denise Guzman.
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Charming Tradition vs. Change Comedy
"Da Pidgin Guerilla" Lee A. Tonouchi brings us a warm tale of generations of an Okinawan family in Hawai'i in his story about the change that any culture experiences when it is relocated. Grandfather wants to play music the way it is played in Okinawa, but his grandson wants to combine tradition with more modern methods and the mix of culture found in Hawai'i.
(*Please note, there will be no performances of UchinaAloha September 22-25; we will host Improvaganza that weekend)
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La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA)
Star students and squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen used to represent the pinnacle of adolescent achievement. But when it comes to adulthood, they're epic failures. Albert's just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer's been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable egghead brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! Travelling from California to China, Tiger Style! embraces the inner slacker and the outer tiger parent in all of us.
Book-It Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao's only solace is her diary. Across the Pacific, Ruth is a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As a mystery unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao's drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists
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Company One (Boston, MA)
Obehi Janice will reprise her performance in this cabaret show about an existential crises. It will be mounted at American Repertory Theater's OBERON cabaret space and directed by LaCount.
Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists
PAPA Fall Season Showcase
In the launch of this quarterly showcase series, experience the vibrancy and diversity of the local Asian American theatre and performing artists community, featuring members of PAPA and other local artists. Join us for an evening of comedy as members, old & new, will perform stand-up!
This is a FREE event, but donations will be accepted at the door and online at papacomedyshowcase.brownpapertickets.com
An American woman and a Tibetan man discover that their son may be the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. When two monks seek their permission to take the child to India and train him as a spiritual master, they are forced to make a difficult choice.
Stir Friday Night (Chicago, IL)
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Joel de la Fuente, photo by Lia Chang
Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
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Boston Playwrights' Theatre (Boston, MA)
This play centers on architect Maya Lin — who rose to fame at 21 when she designed the controversial Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
tion: 185 6th St. San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA—Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly, Artistic Directors of Highways Performance Space, present the world premiere of Grace Needs a Mirror, written and performed by Joyce Lu with actor and comedian Aidan Park, and singer and songwriter Florence Yoo, directed by Barry Shabaka Henley on Friday, November 4 and Saturday November 5, 2016 at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20 general admission /$15 students, seniors, and members of Highways.
Grace Needs a Mirror weaves together text, movement, song and video projection to tell the story of a professor who complains of racism and is thrown from the halls of academe into a psychiatric hospital. There she meets a host of characters who force her to confront her past life as an opium lord and the ghost of her uncle who died in a mental hospital in China after chasing Mao's "revolution." Grace Needs a Mirror explores how institutional violence marks bodies and psyches from one life to the next. It asks: What makes a person "insane" versus "normal"? What is "criminal" versus "legal" behavior? How much poison can you swallow and come out yourself?
Joyce Lu is a local performing artist and educator. She is a member of Body Weather Laboratory (BWL), directed by Naoyuki Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg in Los Angeles and has performed with BWL in various collaborations with Hirokazu Kosaka and the Arcane Collective at the Guggenheim and Getty museums, the REDCAT, and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Her last appearance at Highways was in Denise Uyehara's piece, The Senkotsu (Mis)translation Project in 2009. She has also performed with Los Angeles Poverty Department. Joyce also dances with Christine Germain and Diana Lara in the San Francisco Bay Area and practices Balinese dance with Burat Wangi in LA. She is a certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner and she currently teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College.
For more information on Grace Needs a Mirror, please visit www.highwaysperformance.org/highways/event/joyce-lu-grace-needs-a-mirror/
Seattle Theaterwala (Seattle, WA)
This one-hour play in English is written by a talented local playwright Arnav Sengupta, a 15-year-old high school student, and the world premiere of this play is directed by Jay O'Leary. Our sincere thanks to King County 4Culture for the Open 4Culture award to partially support this production!
SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
A Northwest premiere.
What do a ballerina with an artificial spine, a highly organized and fashionable wife, a mechanic who wants it all, and a man who forgets everything, all have in common? Love! Set in a mythical European city, this modern-day fairytale is a wonderfully wacky metaphor for love in all its magical, mystical glory.
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Portland Center Stage at The Armory (Portland, OR)
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Huntington Theatre Company (Boston, MA)
Rasaka Theatre (Chicago, IL)
"When hate trumps love...everybody loses."
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Returning after an extended and completely sold out run, Empire of the Son, written by and starring Tetsuro Shigematsu (former host of CBC Radio One's The Roundup), is the story of two generations of CBC broadcasters and the radio silence between them.
THE DRAW: "Exquisite. I'm telling all of the people I love most to see this show… I can't say enough good things about Empire of the Son" — Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight
Conception, writing, design, and performance: it's perfect… Do you have a heart? Give it this gift" — Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight Fall Arts Preview
National Asian American Theatre Company
Archie, still known as Angela to his family, comes home to the Pacific Northwest to find everyone in transition. Pops, suffering from diabetes, likes to sneak off for sugar binges. Mom is anxious and angry. Very hard-of-hearing Grandma is obsessing about getting her "granddaughter" married. Even the forest is changing. From the roots under our feet to the heavens above, the mysteries of the human heart help us navigate constant change.
With: Daniel K. Isaac*, Mia Katigbak*, Glenn Kubota*, Bex Kwan, Virginia Wing*
Ferocious Lotus (San Francisco, CA)
ANNOUNCING: The lineup for the fHERocious New Play Readings Nov. 12, 13, 19, 20 at the Magic Theatre, celebrating Asian American Women Playwrights!
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
Ana is an ex-daughter, summoned to Korea to retrieve her suddenly dead father's ashes. Luke is an American soldier, sent to Myanmar to survive a world war he probably shouldn't have volunteered for. Number Four is a Korean comfort woman, camping out on a bridge in Seoul, waiting for Luke. Jesus is a bellboy. Three wars of three eras folded into one hotel room, Among the Dead is a dark comedy about a family broken apart by betrayed promises, and finding each other through spam, journals, and Jesus. Mostly Jesus.
Plagued by the success of his first book and haunted by his past, Sin Hwang arrives in Hong Kong with some unusual cargo and a lot of emotional baggage. Featuring a surreal cast of characters, from a foul-mouthed Paddington Bear to a wisecracking Buddhist monk, this sharply comedic and heartbreakingly poignant tale of self, familial and spiritual discovery reflects the cycles from which we must all break free as we find our way.
Manhattan Theatre Club (New York, NY)
Casting news here. East Coast premiere of this smash comedy/romance.
A modern twist on the All-American love story, Qui Nguyen's (She Kills Monsters) new play Vietgone pulses with contemporary energy. It's the classic story of boy meets girl – except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Borrowing elements from the world of up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright's own parents' meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Nguyen and director May Adrales (Luce) skip through time and around the globe to present a fresh theatrical take on a moving account of one real family's history.
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
H?lau Family Drama
The art of hula is interwoven into this story about four very different young women.
Kumu `Iwalani is trying her hardest to pass on her love for hula and the knowledge she has learned from her K?puna to her students, a task that gets harder to do to with each passing generation.
(No show Thursday, November 24 - Thanksgiving)
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
The 2016-17 season begins with the West Coast Premiere of Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler (November 10 – December 11, 2016). Hiro is self-made, single, and almost making it in NYC when her born-again baby sister decides to marry a man she hardly knows. Hiro resolves to stop the wedding by returning to Kentucky and the past she put behind her. Will she save her sister and escape back to Manhattan? Will years of therapy unravel in one weekend back home? Identity, religion, and love collide in this rollicking coming-of-age story.
Artists At Play (Los Angeles, CA)
directed by Giovanni Ortega
Inspired by Japanese folktales, The Last Firefly follows the journey of a young boy named Boom who is trying to find his missing father—who may or may not be Thunder. Boom's quest takes him through a fantastical world where trees talk, spiders weave clouds and boys punch holes through the sky. It is a story about parents, children and what is found when they discover where they came from and who they really are.
Artists at Play presents this free reading in partnership with Center Theatre Group's The Shop, a program which provides Boyle Heights community residents with opportunities to make theatre a part of everyday life.
This new holiday musical revue puts a Silk Road spin on the Christmas season. Chicago favorite Christine Bunuan invites you into her world with Christmas at Christine's. Journey from California to Chicago to the Philippines to a Catholic-Jewish household, as Christine sings her way through the holiday songbook and a lifetime of yuletide memories.
The Adventures of Minami: The Robot from Japan Who Makes You Feel Safe When Loneliness is Palpable: Part I
Production Stage Manager: Eileen Lalley
Starring: Yurika Ohno, Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough, Alex Herrald, Jahna Ferron-Smith, Ariel Estrada and Merissa Czyz
In The Adventures of Minami: The Robot From Japan Who Makes You Feel Safe When Loneliness Is Palpable: Part I, a human–like android finds herself passed along to one household to the next – including a wholesome yet severely unhappy all-American couple, a grieving daughter in the wake of the 2016 Presidential Election and the lustful scientist who created her.
Technology, desire and the need to unload onto a third party intersect in this piece that asks the question: What does it mean to be a human?