Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (Chicago, IL)
"Rock Out With Your Wok Out!" The show starts Friday, January 8 at 8pm.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
*these plays are works in progress commissioned by Mu through the Jerome Foundation. The New Performance program focuses on giving opportunity to unpublished or 'non' playwrights in order to bring new perspectives to the field. Two of these plays will be selected to continue on to the next round of development.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
A one-night-only performance of Jason Robert Brown's The Last 5 Years will be presented next month at the David Henry Hwang Theater in downtown Los Angeles to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The Jan. 9, 2010, performance will co-star 2009 Ovation Award nominees Michael K. Lee and Jennifer Paz. Composer Brown will be featured at the piano. Show time is 8 PM.
The evening will be directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.
The Last 5 Years— which features book, music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown — charts the rise and fall of the marriage between Kathy and Jamie over a period of five years. The conceit of The Last 5 Years has the woman beginning her story at the end of the relationship and working her way back, while Jamie's story starts from the first date and works forward. They sing together only once, in the middle of the play, at their wedding. Song titles include "Still Hurting," "A Summer in Ohio," "The Next Ten Minutes," "I Can Do Better Than That," "Nobody Needs to Know" and "Goodbye Until Tomorrow."
For tickets, priced $45-$65, call (818) 358-2730 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org/BroadwayCares. The David Henry Hwang Theater is located at 120 Judge John Aiso Street in downtown Los Angeles.
East West Players (EWP)
A Staged Reading with Dante Basco, Fran de Leon, James Kyson Lee, Camille Mana, and Tamlyn Tomita
Slavery and human trafficking take on many forms sometimes right before our eyes. With her parents out of town, a daughter sneaks home for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend. But when they arrive, they discover two women and her parents' secret. THE GIRLS FROM AFAR explores two worlds that coexist, yet are often invisible to each other. What happens when they finally come face to face?
The reading will be followed by a panel discussion and reception. This reading is presented as part of a month-long campaign to raise the awareness of human trafficking and modern day slavery. To learn more on human trafficking, visit: www.castla.org.
RSVP on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=276509977245&index=1
Or call East West Players at 213-625-7000.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
On January 23rd, 2010, join the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT) and host Tom Chin and Benita Ha for an evening showcasing 10 years of great performances. Your favourite VACTors are gathering to bring you highlights of the decade including forty minutes of four plays of SEX IN VANCOUVER, a SINGALONG TO FLOWER DRUM SONGS and a viewing of Vancouver Asian Film Festival’s new documentary FLOWER, DRUM AND SONGS: MORE THAN A MUSICAL. You’ll also see sketch comedy groups DARIN’ JOES and LAUGHING MAKE MIND DAMAGE! strut their stuff on stage to make you laugh.
All proceeds will go to the development of future VACT productions.
Highlights of the CHOP SUEY #10 show:
In Mixed Company
Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany with performers Aretha Aoki, Jessica Colotti, Brian Nishii and designer Stephanie Cook brings "Rip It Open" (PS 122/2002) and "I'm not coming back" (new work-in-progress) to Hawaii. Saturday, January 23 - 8pm. http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu/
Open master class Friday, January 22 2pm - http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu/master%20dance%20class.html
HS out reach classes - Friday, January 22 - Aiea H.S. & Castle H.S.
Amrita Dhaliwal (L) and Mouzam Makkar (R) in Yoni Ki Baat, running January 7-31 at Strawdog Theatre, 3829 N. Broadway,
Rasaka Theatre (Chicago, IL)
See News story.
Wind Up Productions, Asia Society (New York, NY)
US premiere. See News for details.
San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA)
San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre enters its 15th season by announcing the upcoming production of Hip-Hop Kim-Bop: A Korean Herstory in the City of Angels, a new play by Elise Kim Prosser. Hip-Hop Kim-Bop is a contemporary comedy in which four women all named Kim meet at jury duty. Through coincidence, calamity, and kim-chee, the four become friends and discover their cultural and personal identities. The play runs January 15 - 31. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. at SDSU’s Don Powell Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego 92182. General Admission - $25 Students - $15 To reserve tickets or for more information email email@example.com or call 619–940-5891. Directed by Peter James Cirino Set Design by Christopher Lawrence Ward Lighting Design by Kelli Jean Groskopf Sound Design by Nhan Pham Videography by Fernando “Jay” Huerto and Samuel Dent Music by Nhan Pham, Elise Kim Prosser, Megan Stogner, and Ryan Tully-Doyle Dramaturgy by Lauren Beck Cast: Diana Alcausin, Oniric Cirino, Billy Khang, Gina Ma, Nick Mata, Elise Kim Prosser, Trinity Tuyen Tran
San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre enters its 15th season by announcing the upcoming production of Hip-Hop Kim-Bop: A Korean Herstory in the City of Angels, a new play by Elise Kim Prosser. Hip-Hop Kim-Bop is a contemporary comedy in which four women all named Kim meet at jury duty. Through coincidence, calamity, and kim-chee, the four become friends and discover their cultural and personal identities.
The play runs January 15 - 31. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2:00 p.m. at SDSU’s Don Powell Theatre, 5500 Campanile Drive San Diego 92182.
General Admission - $25
To reserve tickets or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619–940-5891.
Directed by Peter James Cirino
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
(L. to R.) Katherine Aumer & Jason Kanda. Photo by Firebird Photography
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
In a one-act play (House Lights) and six short plays under one title, (Prolonged Sunlight), playwright Yokomori explores the human condition via dramatic surrealism and theater of the absurd. Intense aberrant behavior is the norm as characters confront one another in strange situations. In one of the short plays, Joey tells Crystal that he possesses a magic rock into which he has placed all of his love, and no one can take it away from him. Crystal finds her own rock, and the battle begins. In another, an author attempts to convince a children's book publisher to buy his x-rated manuscript. In another, a bizarre cocaine deal goes bad. In House Lights, Saul Peacock, an actor whose credits are merely those of a perennial extra ("It's the hardest role to play, really. You never draw attention to yourself."), is invited to dinner at the dysfunctional Roget household and gives them all a lesson in the difference between illusion and reality.
See News story.
Made in Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
CATCH ASSAULTED FISH THIS THURSDAY
Actors At Play (Los Angeles, CA)
Actors at Play present the world premiere of an original Valentine’s Day show titled BEWARE OF CUPID.
BEWARE OF CUPID is a unique theatrical production centered on Valentine’s Day, presenting stories based on love and other matters of the heart. The various pieces explore and ultimately celebrate relationships in all their different manifestations. Opening on February 5 and running through February 21, 2010 at The Actor’s Playpen (1514 N Gardner Street, Los Angeles, CA 90046), this show is the inaugural production for Actors at Play and is directed by Julia Cho and Benjamin Kim.
"BEWARE OF CUPID deals with the different aspects and stages of love through a collection of original scenes and monologues... falling in love for the first time, struggling to make a relationship work, getting over the one that got away,” says producer and director Julia Cho. “All of the material is written and developed by the cast, offering the distinct perspective of those who are too old to believe in fairy tales but not yet ready to give up on true love."
The cast includes Jason Rogel (Splinterheads w/ Christopher McDonald, Lea Thompson and Rachael Taylor, Dexter, Bones, The Office), Julia Cho (Eating Out: All You Can Eat, Disney XD’s I’m In the Band), Benjamin Kim (SyFy’s CHA$E), Lynnette Li (Octomom! The Musical), Sandy Yu (recently seen in Company of Angel’s The Ghost Building), Jared Asato, Sara Ceballos, and Chris Miyasaki.
Julia Cho assembled Actors at Play in an effort to work with like-minded fellow actors to create a fun and moving experience for both the performers and audience members alike. “I believe theatre can and should be accessible and relatable, especially to younger people. I felt the need to produce this show and luckily I was surrounded by people who were incredibly supportive, excited and wanted to take this on with me," says Cho.
BEWARE OF CUPID runs February 5 through February 21, 2010 at The Actor’s Playpen (1514 N Gardner Street, Los Angeles, CA 90046). Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm. General admission is $14; opening night (including a post-show reception) is $20 per patron. Tickets may be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/92523 or (800) 838-3006.
For more information, please visit www.bewareofcupid.com.
[from l. to r. Jared Asato and Sandy Yu]
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Um, actually the 30th Anniversary was LAST year, but what's a year to an old fart like me (who couldn't make it down for the alumni panel).
Cold Tofu (Los Angeles, CA)
They're baaaack! That's right! COLD TOFU's first improv show of the year is Saturday, February 20th. We need your suggestions to make it happen, so bring your family and friends and don't miss out on a fun-filled evening!!!
The show begins at 7:30pm and admission is only $5.
Call (213) 739-4142 or email email@example.com for more information. Reservations are not necessary for this show.
Rasik Arts (Toronto, Canada)
Rasik Arts cordially invites you to enjoy “Tea with Tagore” at the MasalaMehndiMasti first Winterfest Festival! Share a whimsical half-hour with India’s Nobel Poet-Laureate, portrayed by Ishwar Mooljee, as he discusses his penchant for ‘picture-making,’ along with examples of his artwork. The performance takes place on Saturday, February 20 at 4:30pm in the Harbourfront StudioTheatre. Admission is Free. For other activities at Winterfest click on MMM Winterfest
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York, NY)
Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York, NY)
Youngblood takes on Wall Street and the financial crisis with studio productions of two new plays from the world of high finance.
February 10 - 27 at the Ensemble Studio Theatre
microcrisis is a ridiculous comedy about the world's next financial crisis. The play centers on "microcredit", the Nobel Peace Price-winning concept of providing Third World entrepreneurs with small charitable loans in the hopes of alleviating global poverty. This play is about what happens when bankers exploit microcredit, lump the loans into complex financial instruments, and once again ravage the global economy. It's a hilarious laugh riot.
Performances: February 17, 20, 21, 25 & 26 at 7pm
Breathing Space Ministries (Seattle, WA)
Grace's dream came true - she has the lead role in My Fair Lady, the musical. Ironically, her family is falling apart, she struggles with her physical illness and addictions including William Hurt and various sorts of carbohydrates containing white sugar. Just when things can't get any worse for her, betrayal lurks in the most unexpected corners.........This is her journey of falling in love with Christ. Inspired by playwright and actress, Kiki Yeung Johnson's testimony to Christ, this is the first episode of the full series.
Rated PG-13. Themes: Body image, self-esteem, love.
Location: University of Washington's Ethnic Cultural Theatre
Asian Arts Initiative & Urmika Devi present
(Doors open 30 minutes in advance – come stroll through our new gallery exhibit!)
For two days, on one stage, Moving Beyond Form brings together three distinctly different choreographers and ensembles — Annelize Machado, The Post Natyam Collective, and Philadelphia’s very own Urmika Devi Dance Collective — exploring the boundaries of contemporary culture through works inspired by modern dance, ballet, yoga, martial arts, and the classical Indian dance forms of Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, and Kathak.
URMIKA DEVI DANCE COLLECTIVE (Philadelphia) premieres IN DREAMS, a touching three-act story of family and migration as a mother and daughter weave between dream and reality, shifting between elaborate costumes and a set evoking the Indian home left behind for New York City.
ANNELIZE MACHADO (Texas) premieres INTERSECTIONS, a solo work on journey and ritual.
THE POST NATYAM COLLECTIVE (California and Kansas) presents TIME OUT, a series of pieces in which the collective members stamp out unconventional cross-rhythms, vocalize beats, and retell stories with their fingertips.
New Dramatists (New York, NY)
When: 1 pm, Saturday, February 27th
Diadem and Bone to Pick re-imagine the myth of Ariadne, Theseus and the Minotaur -- a triangle of sorts. In Diadem, Ariadne as a giggling Minoan princess, dreams of the return of her hero husband to Naxos. Bone visits her 3000 years later in a diner at the end of a post-apocalyptic world. An exploration of love, war, and complicity.
Diadem and Bone to Pick open on May 27th at Cutting Ball. Check out more about our collaborations in the February issue of American Theatre magazine in a feature about Cutting Ball. Bone was selected for the SF Bay Guardian's Best of 2008 list and nominated for a Glickman award.
An Evening of
The Drawing Studio
Cornerstone Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Follow six characters as they embark on parallel psychological, physical, and spiritual journeys through darkness into pain, and ultimately towards...light?
On Caring for the Beast is a study of the struggle between spirit and flesh, hope and despair, love and fear. Is the battle ever won?
L.A.'s celebrated ensemble returns with the fifth play in Cornerstone's Justice Cycle. Be consumed by this multi-media theatrical drama illuminating the shadows that exist in all of us.
Featuring Michael Cooke, MC Earl, Justin Gordon, Page Leong, Amro Salama and Bahni Turpin
Scenic Design - Shigeru Yaji, Costume Design - Garry Lennon, Lighting Design & Video Projections - Tom Ontiveros, Sound Design - John Nobori, Production Stage Manager - Nikki Hyde
MACLA Arts Center (San Jose, CA)
Grateful Crane Ensemble,
Grace is a sophisticated city girl, a college student, from Seattle while Tak is a bumpkin from rural California. Despite their differences, the attractive 20-year-olds fall in love. Typical story book stuff, you think. But this is a unique romance that takes place behind a barbed wire fence, in a prison for Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. Even in this difficult environment the relationship grows until it hits a snag in February 1943 when all inmates 17 years and older are ordered to answer the loyalty questions 27 and 28. Their responses to this order break up the relationship--Grace answers positively and leaves camp while Tak refuses to comply and is hauled off to the county jail.
Forty years later they meet again. Both have had a difficult life. Like most Japanese Americans they have struggled to re-build their lives after camp and though both have attained a measure of success in their respective fields, their marriages have not been totally fulfilling. Grace married a 442nd veteran and suffered through his nightmares of the war; Tak married a woman who refused to accept his No-No status in camp and as a consequence he loses his son to the Vietnam War. But Grace’s father dies most tragically, his American dream totally shattered. All are consequences of the incarceration, especially of the loyalty questions 27 and 28.
Panel presentation with playwright Hiroshi Kashiwagi and special guest to follow the 3 p.m. Saturday show, and the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee.
Fluid Motion (New York, NY)
Your gift will help us bring two exciting new plays to light:
The Secret History of Chingghis Khan: A Puppet Odyssey (w.t.).
East West Players, The Japanese American National Musuem and National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (Tateuchi Democracy Forum) (Los Angeles, CA):
A dark comedy about a mixed race American couple who outsources their pregnancy to India. Tomorrow, Robyn and Ajay meet the woman who will have her egg and his sperm implanted inside her. Tonight they won't have sex even though they want to. Past and present, America and India - connected by the tenuous threads of time zones and technology. Outsourced computer technicians, fast food order-takers and phone sex operators become the refuge they can't seem to be for each other.
A ferocious comedy about a war-torn landscape populated by characters on bicycles...all desperate to survive.
Directed by Rubén Polendo
Tickets: $15 - $20
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
The search for inner peace is a life long journey. However, Justin Yi plans to condense that journey into minutes by packaging it into a $49.99 video game. To help his cause, he tracks down Padma, a legendary Buddhist nun in a Tibetan cave high in the Himalayas. Padma hasn't spoken in three years but Justin hopes she will divulge her secrets of enlightenment. When his wit and charm fail, Justin resorts to tactics deemed less heroic.
See News for more details.
Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego)
The 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets & Information: www.moolelo.net or 619-342-7395
Beginning on February 24, 2010 and running through March 21, the award-winning, rubber-face, uber-talented Robert Farid Karimi will descend on The 10th Avenue Theatre in Mo`olelo’s production of his semi-autobiographical, spoken word, hip hop play self (the remix). Accompanied by DJ D Double and directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang, Mr. Karimi weaves a tale of words, music and movement about an American child of Iranian and Guatemalan immigrants growing up in 1970s and 1980s California in the shadow of the Iranian crisis and Reganomics. It’s a story about a boy learning about manhood, nationhood and neighborhood.
Based on the acclaimed novel, this searing drama follows the story of an 18-year-old in Kansas searching for the answers behind the traumatic events of his childhood. The possibility that he may have been abducted by aliens arises, leading him deep into an investigation of the paranormal and his own troubled past. All trails eventually lead to another 18-year-old, a New York hustler who holds the key to the terrifying truth. Together, they move towards an unforgettable and heartbreaking conclusion.
The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors in:
4th Annual Sketch Comedy Championships!
March 16, 2010
Hosted by CARLOS ALAZRAQUI (Reno 911)
(Note: the Improv is $14 admission plus the purchase of 2 items -food or drink- minimum)
Reserve tickets NOW! Or whenever it's convenient for you, darling.
Featuring 4 of the nation's BEST sketch comedy troupes!
Watch as these 4 sketch comedy groups battle it out in bloodthirsty competition for the Sketch Comedy Crown! Come CHEER 18MMW on, and help us influence the judges and WIN THE CROWN!
remember: THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
Stalk us at http://kamikazetheory.blogspot.com/
Assaulted Fish (Vancouver, BC)
The Fish are returning to the Wired Monk Bistro in Kitsilano to debut a selection of their newest sketches. This time, they're joined by singer/songwriter, Metta, who performed with them at the Xtra West Cultural Series last December.
Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
Join us for this special FUN-raising event as Bindlestiff Studio unmask a legacy...
In 1989, Sixth Street in San Francisco’s South-of-Market-Area was notorious as a roaming ground for drug dealers, crack addicts, and hookers. It is here where a group of local performing artists had the delusional idea of opening a black box theater inside the street-level storefront of a dilapidated SRO hotel. In 2004, after hundreds of shows, hundreds of artists, the hotel with the theater was torn down.
Twenty-one years later, in the same exact location, Bindlestiff Studio will open the doors to its brand new theater this coming Fall. Join us as we celebrate the artistry of live performance from those who have graced the stage of this little black box theater over the past two decades.
Experience an evening of special live performances, delectable cuisine, and good spirits as Bindlestiff unveils plans for the opening of its new theater. Be a part of building a new legacy through participation in Bindlestiff’s “Adopt-A-Theater” program. This fund raising event will also feature an auction of new works by local artist Dino Ignacio & Lorna Chui Velasco as well as music by the popular award winning DJ Sake One. We will also be presenting special community awards to OASIS FOR GIRLS and Skyline College’s KABABAYAN Program as well as honoring Bindlestiff Studio volunteers TJ Basa & Yato Yoshida.
Special thanks to our community partners SOMCAN, the Bayanihan Community Center,
Cold Tofu (Los Angeles, CA)
Join COLD TOFU for another night of improv madness. We need your suggestions to make it happen, so bring your family and friends and don't miss out on a fun-filled evening. And...the Level I Workshop Students will be making their debut, so come out and support them!
The show begins at 7:30pm and admission is only $5. FREE parking available on the property and on Hewitt Street.
Reservations are not necessary, but you can call (213) 739-4142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
TeAda Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
$15 general admission | $13 for groups of 8 or more
Filled with deliciously intense movement inspired by real events and ideas, Philadelphia-based MAKOTO HIRANO investigates Hip Hop and House culture that pays homage to Gene Kelly and Richard Pryor. During its development, Boom Bap Tourism: The Lost Tapes was discovered: material omitted from the final version has now resurfaced as an alluring pre/sequel.
With trademark humor and irreverent wit, KRISTINA WONG shares stories of moving through car-centric Los Angeles on foot, bus, and piggyback. The Wong Sans Wheels Chronicles is a love story about a girl and the green-living biodiesel car that betrayed her, a treatise on consumerism, and one woman's guide to recession survival tactics -- sure to leave you clutching your belly with laughter!
Part of an ongoing series Unsettling Certainties, sponsored by the University of Arizona School of Humanities. Multimedia presentations by professors Irene d'Almeida, Sandra Soto, Adelea Licona and live interactive performance in the courtyard by Denise Uyehara.