Circle Players (Piscataway, NJ)
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Born out of her experiences growing up as a Korean adoptee in a family of ten in upstate New York, this coming-of-age, one woman show follows two orphans through the streets of South Korea, into the suburban American heartland, and their fortuitous journey back. Back to Korea, back to their past.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
An American businessman desperately looking to score a lucrative contract for his family’s firm travels to China, only to learn how much he doesn’t understand: his translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xu, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk—but what is she saying, anyway? From East West Player’s favorite playwright comes an uproarious new comedy.
Rasaka Theatre Company
Washer/Dryer is a hilarious new farce from playwright Nandita Shenoy that throws a modern, multicultural marriage into the pressure cooker of tight New York City living. When Indian-American Sonya elopes with Chinese-American Michael, she thinks she has finally found her happily-ever-after, and possibly even fulfilled her grandmother's wish for marriage. But when Michael discovers that Sonya's apartment is "Single Occupancy Only," and a colorful cast of nosy neighbors and relatives show up to complicate matters further, the couple is forced to re-evaluate their dirty laundry and decide whether all is really fair in love and real estate
"Rasaka is proud to be a part of the Resident Theater Program and of Victory Gardens' diverse and inspiring artistic community," Rasaka's Producing Artistic Director Kamal Hans said. "We are excited about producing Washer/Dryer, a wonderful follow-up to our highly successful production of A Nice Indian Boy. We feel Nandita Shenoy has written a beautiful play about a modern Indian-American woman, who makes some "non-traditional" choices and the complications that arise from those choices. We feel our audiences will connect with, laugh and enjoy the journey along with the wonderful characters in this piece."
Ferocious Lotus Company (San Francisco, CA)
When Sadako stumbles into a cabin in the mountains in the dead of winter, she meets Bradley, a young, hermitic artist who once created a great work but has since descended into mediocrity. He now risks being dropped by his pushy agent if he doesn't produce another masterpiece. After taking in this mysterious woman, Bradley soon discovers that Sadako has her own secret talent that could potentially save him. But at what cost?
In this wry, poignant story of love, forgetfulness and the nature of art, playwright JC Lee blends dreams with reality. Ancient myths and rich poetic language merge with a crass contemporary humor. A magical world of flying houses and talking refrigerators collides with a greedy, materialistic status quo. And the artist must choose…between creative integrity and commercial success.
Lee also weaves together two timeless Japanese myths— the memory of a young girl who folds 1,000 paper cranes to save herself after the Hiroshima bombing, and the tale of a crane who weaves her feathers into a stunning cloth to financially save the man she loves.
CRANE is the first premiere of Lee's work since his play LUCE premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre's LCT3 in 2013. He's currently writing the screen adaptation of the musical PIPPIN for the Weinstein Company. He's also a writer for ABC's HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and a former writer/co-producer on HBO's LOOKING.
Artists at Play (Los Angeles, CA)
This fall, Artists at Play is absolutely thrilled to present our fifth Los Angeles premiere: In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar. Aside from having an amazing title, In Love and Warcraft is a fresh look at the collision between online gaming and In Real Life (IRL) relationships. We have all been fans of Maduri Shekar's work in the past-- a delightful intersection of humor, love and subculture--and this play is no exception. So get ready to venture into the World of Warcraft with Artists at Play!
Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA)
Star students and squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen used to represent the pinnacle of adolescent achievement. 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.
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, CA)
The Old Globe is kicking off its 2015-2016 Season with In Your Arms, a World Premiere dance-theatre musical featuring direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, Godspell, Lincoln Center Theater's South Pacific) and original music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island; two-time Oscar nominee for Anastasia). Co-conceived by Gattelli and Jennifer Manocherian, In Your Arms features 10 dance vignettes written by an incredible and diverse lineup of theatre powerhouses, including Douglas Carter Beane, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage, and Alfred Uhry.
San Diego Union previews it.
ACT (San Francisco, CA)
At its new Strand Theater, American Conservatory Theater offers a view of San Francisco life through a Filipino lens in this pair of short stories by Lysley Tenorio adapted for the stage by two eloquent Bay Area playwrights. Philip Kan Gotanda's Save the I-Hotel revisits the eviction of Filipino residents from the International Hotel in 1970s San Francisco, and Sean San José's Monstress depicts a Manila director lured to SF to work with a dodgy filmmaker.
Crowded Fire Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
As the sole woman on a team of award-winning scientists, Dr. Schen is often uncredited or dismissed by her peers. Then one fantastical night in her lab, she creates something incredible…a vibrant new universe. Playwright Geetha Reddy weaves a highly imaginative and breathtaking look at the intersection of science and spirituality, as Dr. Schen becomes an avatar of Shiva and must decide whether to keep or destroy her growing Universe.
This new play is the latest co-commission from Crowded Fire and Playwrights Foundation who last teamed up on the Glickman award winning The Hundred Flowers Project.
In a Vietnamese refugee camp in the middle of Arkansas, a man (who plans to catch a plane to Guam and hop a boat back home to Vietnam) meets a woman (who doesn't like greasy American food and listening to Elvis, but knows when there's no home to go back to) and an unlikely romance begins. Using his hip-hop, comic-book style that Variety calls "infectious fun"—and skipping back and forth from the fall of Saigon to the here and now—Qui Nguyen gets up close and personal to tell the story that led to ... Qui Nguyen.
Theatre Diaspora (Portland, OR)
This one-act by Tony-award-winning playwright David Henry David Hwang features a ghostly story of a woman living in the woods and the samurai who happened upon her. Both yearn for THE SOUND OF A VOICE. Performed by Chisao Hata, Larry Toda with shakuhachi flute music by Larry Tyrrell and direction by Samson Syharath. Again we're offering great raffle items including a Japanese tea set and a painting by Portland artist Kathy Delumpa Allegrii! Order tix for either Oct. 17th at 2pm and Oct. 25th at 7pm at Portland Center Stage.(Suggested ages 10 & up) http://www.pcs.org/blog/item/the-sound-of-a-voice/
ACE – Asian American Cabaret Evening
free parking on the street or in lot south of the building
Stir-Friday Night! (Chicago, IL)
(Use the Offer Code HOTTIX for $5 tickets!)
Stir-Friday Night! is a 20-year-old Asian-American theater company. Our alumni include Danny Pudi from Community, and Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead.
Bindlestiff Studios (San Francisco, CA)
(Thu - Sat) at 8pm
The production spotlights Bindlestiff's commitment to foster new talent as well to nurture existing artists.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Taiko Groove will be a a collaborative concert with special guests artists that will explore a more contemporary taiko groove through a variety of instrumentation, rhythms and melody. We'll also have the visceral excitement and chest rattling of our big drum numbers that audiences love.
Shunya (Houston, TX)
Naveen Gavaskar just wants a traditional Indian marriage to a nice Indian… boy. While his parents are trying to wrap their heads around this strange idea, his older sister returns home and drops a bombshell of her own. A comedy about love and marriage today- gay or straight, arranged or not.
This performance will be a staged reading: a presentation of the script without a set or full costumes. The actors will be seated and reading from the script.
Times: November 7, 2015; Saturday at 8pm
Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL)
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 Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. At once bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee.
National Asian American Theatre Company (New York, NY)
NAATCO, the National Asian American Theater Company, will stage the world premiere of Lloyd Suh's Charles Francis Chan, Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, an adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Mysterious Affair at Styles," the novel that introduced her famed character Hercule Poirot.
Performances of the new murder mystery, helmed by Drama Desk winner Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, will begin Oct. 26 with an official opening night set for Nov. 2. Performances will run through Nov. 21 at Walker Space at downtown's Soho Rep Theatre.
Set in 1967, Charles Francis Chan, Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery is described as a "harmless sing-song Orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder!" The story examines the beginnings of a new political identity called Asian American as a literary hippie named Frank profiles a mysterious Chinese detective.
The cast features Jeff Biehl, Jennifer Ikeda, Peter Kim, Orville Mendoza, KK Moggie and Jeffrey Omura. The show features scenic design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Loren Shaw, lighting design by Seth Reiser, projections design by Olivia Sebesky and sound design by Jeffrey S. Bloom. Composer and musical director is Alan Schmuckler, dramaturg is Kimber Lee, props supervisor is Samantha Shoffner, and Qui Nguyen will serve as fight choreographer.
Lloyd Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, Franklinland, The Children of Vonderly, Masha No Home and more, produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and La Mama, among others.
The Soho Rep Theatre is located at 46 Walker St., Manhattan. For more information and to purchase tickets, priced $25-$40, visit NAATCO.
Nina Lee Aquino revisits this seminal work of Asian-Canadian theatre in a powerful new production that examines the deep challenges of being torn between cultures and identities. Drawn together by the death of their friend and unofficial leader, five young Asian Canadian men must confront unrealized potential, devastating loss, and time travel, all while trying not to punch too many white boys in the face. This wickedly funny play, adapted from a celebrated book that is a 'meditation for the restless,' is a call to anyone who has felt out of place in the world.
Fighting for global social transformation, performance artist and activist Kathy Change (formerly Kathleen Chang) was on a mission to save the world from disaster. As a final act of protest, she self-immolated on the campus of UPenn in October 1996. Chang(e) is a live-staged biographical docudrama that slipsbetween reality and fantasy, plunging viewers inside the mind of Kathy Change. This project was born from our belief that her timely message and story deserves attention.
Chang(e) runs November 5th-22nd, Thurs-Sat 8:30pm, Sundays at 4pm
HERE Arts Center Main Stage: 145 6th Ave., one block south of Spring, entrance on Dominick.
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
Ma-Yi undertakes a new partnership this season with Fordham University, where Mr. Pena is set to direct a new English adaptation of Ji Junxiang's 13th Century play, The Orphan of Zhao-- adapted by Matthew Maguire and Ralph B. Peña-as part of Fordham University's Main Stage Season. The production runs November 11-13 and November 19-21st
CORRUPTION . REVENGE . FAMILY .
Come and see this all-student cast take on this epic tale, given a new spin by Ma-Yi Theater's Artistic Director, Ralph B. Peña.
When: Nov 15 at 7pm
A Noise Within
"Would'st thou the Earth and Heaven itself in one sole name combine? I name thee, O Shakuntala! and all at once is said." (Goethe)
Considered to be one of the greatest Sanskrit dramas, Shakuntala is an epic story of love and redemption. While on a hunting trip, King Dushyanta encounters the devout Shakuntala, the pair immediately fall in love only to be cruelly cursed and separated. Thus begins a sweeping romance that travels from the forrest to royal palaces, into the belly of fishes and thru ethereal celestial realms. As the faithfulness of these two lovers for each other is tested, they must choose between their love for each other and their societal duties and obligations. Shakuntala is a heartbreaking, dazzling poetic masterpiece.
Admission to this event is free. To RSVP, call the Box Office at (626) 356-3100.
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
My American Cousin is a one woman sketch comedy show with a unique glimpse at the life of an Arab American Muslim woman from the south side of Chicago as she navigates her way through cultural pressures and societa l assumptions. From arranged marriages to 9/11 and Ramadan to the age old question—"Why are most cabbies from the Middle East?"—nothing is off-limits.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Family bonds are strained when a local high school football star is forced to make a decision about his mainland school scholarship.
"Prove to me how bad you want this. You gotta be hungry to play."
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Leviathan Labs (New York, NY)
What does it mean to be an immigrant today? Immigration has and continues to be an intense issue for debate as we grapple with our legacy as a nation of immigrants and battle over the very composition of our country. Beyond attention-grabbing headlines and hardened ideologies, what are the stories of those who sacrifice and dream of a new life elsewhere? What do such stories of migration make possible? What does it now mean to be an immigrant, a citizen, and an American?
TEA (Denver, CO)
Prologue Theatre Company (Chicago, IL)
Five Japanese "war brides" of American soldiers who live in Kansas, struggle with their cultural identity and the anti-Japanese prejudice that followed World War II. After one of the women commits suicide, her ghostly presence forces the other women to deal with the tensions of being Japanese in post-war America, marrying a 'foreigner' and living separated from their culture.
Featuring: Kaori Aosima, Francesca Atian, Ginger Leopoldo, Jin You, Karissa J. Murrell Myers. Understudies: Theresa Ro, Pearl Paramadilok.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, re-opens the critically-acclaimed and tremendously popular production Chinglish by Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang and directed by Jeff Liu, for a limited run the first two weeks of December, starting Thursday, December 3 through Sunday December 13. See more...
Sideshow Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Co-World Premiere with Boise Contemporary Theatre
A girl catches a last-minute flight to Maui. A boy finds the girl on the shores of Ka'anapali. Something strange and something familiar pulls them closer. They have sex on the beach and spend the week together. The week ends. The girl is 32. The boy is not.
Sideshow Theatre Company follows up its smash-hit production of Stupid F##king Bird with a sly, delicate, and very funny world premiere by Hansol Jung.
Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven, CT)
Peerless is a comedy about ultra-competitive twin sisters, who hatch a plan to get into college after denied access upon early admission. The production is directed by Margot Bordelon.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
When you're hapa, you know deep down you're greater than the sum of your many parts. In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the multifacets of their multiracial identities as – accompanied by four Jade Pieces – they embark on a mythical journey from China to America and back again.
NEW PLAY READING!
Drawing on the history of her grandfather, a man caught between his studies as a Stanford medical student and his membership in a Chinatown gambling and prostitution guild in early 1900s San Francisco, Eugenie Chan layers original material with fragments of actual family documents to explore the world Chan's Grandfather knew — and made — one of high hopes and hard choices.
Directed by Jessica Heidt