Stir Friday Night! (Chicago, IL)
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Group discounts available.
Directed by John Hildreth
Musical Direction by John Sturk
Actors Workout Studio (North Hollywood, CA) presents readings of two wacky short comedies
DATE: Sunday, January 22, 2012
TIME: 7:00 PM
PLACE: The Actors Workout Studio
4735 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
The evening is free; please call for reservations: (818) 506-3903.
Date `N Switch will also be reprised by DramaWest the following weekend:
DATE: Saturday, January 28, 2012
TIME: 2:00 PM
PLACE: Edendale Library
2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (Toronto, Canada)
East West Players & Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
This new work revisits Arthur Miller's take on the American Dream from an Indian point of view, updating it for the new millennium and its unique challenges. On a more personal level, the play gives us insight into a Gujarati family whose patriarch, Dhiraj, manages a 7-Eleven and is desperately trying to succeed in America to offset both personal and familial shortcomings from his past.
When: THURSDAY, January 26, 2012 - 7:30pm
For more information or questions, please call (213) 625-7000.
Admission is FREE.
MAYANK KESHAVIAH is a playwright and screenwriter. In 2007, his play THOSE WHO CAN'T received a workshop production in the USC School of Theatre's Blueprints festival. In April 2011, ANGELS FIGHT premiered as part of L.A. Views IV, the annual short-play festival produced by Company of Angels, and in November 2011, his play RECYCLING was produced as part of Single Servings, Cornerstone Theatre's One-Minute Play Festival. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Teaching ESOL from American University, and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the University of Southern California.
RANGOON will receive its World Premiere at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in New York City, May 25-June 17, 2012.
Cold Tofu (Los Angeles, CA)
7:00pm until 8:30pm
COLD TOFU goes back to the South Bay for a very special night of improv. Bring your family and friends because we need YOUR suggestions to make it happen.
Longacre Theatre (New York, NY)
David Henry Hwang's Chinglish will have its New York premiere on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre, beginning previews October 11. As previously announced, Leigh Silverman, who helmed the play at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, will once again direct. An opening date and casting will be announced shortly.
The work concerns an American businessman who travels to China hoping to make an important deal and finds himself enmeshed in a system more complex than he ever imagined.
The design team will include David Korins (set), Anita Yavich (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting).
Hwang's many other plays include M. Butterfly, Golden Child, Yellow Face, and FOB.
Official blog. David also blogs here. Interview with CNN talking head Erin Burnett. Visit if you know what's good for you.
NC Stage (Asheville, NC)
NC Stage Catalyst Series Production
Set in a futuristic universe where the human race is on the brink of extinction, Fight Girl… is the story of E-V, the last human female in all the known galaxies, and her quest to stay alive in the face of an intergalactic government conspiracy. Accompanying her is a rag-tag team composed of an ex-military General, an alien spaceship pilot, and an overly sarcastic robot sidekick as they face the President of the United Galactic Alliance and his compatriots.
Fight Girl Battle World is directed by Charlie Flynn-McIver, Artistic Director and co-founder of NC Stage, and it stars many local actors seen on stage everywhere from UNCA and Warren Wilson College to Montford Park and NC Stage. Cast includes Rebecca Morris (last seen at NC Stage as Harper Pitt in Angels in America), Jake Bowden, Lauren Kriel, Bobby Abrahamson, Jessica Lewis, Alison Young, Bradshaw Call, Travis Kelley, and Jason Williams.
Written by Qui Nguyen, an artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theater Company in New York City, the play was nominated for and won numerous awards at the 2008 New York Innovative Theater Awards.
Yangtze Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America in Collaboration with the Asian American Film Lab presents the Staged Reading of "My Brother, My Hero"
Vancouver Asian Candian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
What better way to celebrate Lunar New Year with great eats and karaoke at VACT's FUN FUNDS FUNDRAISER Karaoke Party on Monday, February 6, 2012 at Toko's Restaurant!
Join us for an intimate dinner and party and help financially support VACT's exciting 2012 season: Theatre Lab Project, Comedy Night, Theatre Lab Stage Readings & more!
Battles, door prizes, karaoke king or queen! Cheap drinks! Set menu! Snack menu! So much fun for one night, we want you to join us! All for $25 or just come to karaoke for $15!
TICKETS: Can be purchased now online
Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Toronto, Canada)
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Teada Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
TeAda Studio B
Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
Location: Bindlestiff Studio
RepresentAsian: The Changing Face of New York Theater
The Pope Auditorium at Fordham University
60th St. & Columbus Ave. (just inside the main entrance)
RSVP: AAPACrsvp@gmail.com (Seating is limited.)
To submit questions for our roundtable participants and for our latest updates, go to our facebook page: facebook-AAPAC
Asian Americans comprise 12.6 percent of New York City and is the city's fastest growing major minority group, yet Asian actors accounted for only 1.6 percent of all available roles in new shows on Broadway and 3.3 percent of all roles produced by New York City's top non-profit theatre companies in the last five years.
There were only 18 Principal Broadway contracts for Asian American actors in the last five years.
Stage Left Studio (New York, NY)
In SPEAK UP CONNIE, the versatile Cheung writes, performs, provides original music and lyrics, under the direction of BD Wong. Performances are Tuesday, January 17, Wednesday, January 18, Sunday, January 22, Tuesday, January 24, and Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20. ($2 ticketing surcharge will be added).
Due to popular demand, new show dates have been added – Sunday, February 5th, Tuesday, February 7th, Wednesday, February 8th, Sunday, February 12th, and Wednesday, February 15th at 7:30pm.
Cindy Cheung's theater credits include Middletown (The Vineyard), The Seagull, (NAATCO), Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable), Sides: The Fear Is Real… (Ma-Yi/Miyagi),Antigone (NAATCO), Masha No Home (E.S.T.), W;t (Florida Studio Theater), The First Picture Show (A.C.T.), A Christmas Carol (South Coast Rep), Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods (East West Players). Film and TV credits include: Children of Invention (Sundance 2009), Lady In The Water, Robot Stories, "Bored To Death," "White Collar," "Fringe," "Law and Order," "L&O:SVU," "L&O: Criminal Intent," "One Life To Live" and "Sex and the City". She holds an MFA from A.C.T.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Feb. 8 Preview ($18)
Mu Performing Arts presents Mu Daiko, Minnesota's foremost taiko drumming ensemble, as it returns to the Ordway Center to present its 15th anniversary concert. Starring Hanayui from KODO, including legendary Odaiko soloist, Yoshikazu Fujimoto. Also starring North American guest artists, Tiffany Tamaribuchi and Megan Chao Smith.
The first weekend of performances (Feb. 9-12) will feature Mu Daiko in concert. The second weekend (Feb. 16-19) will feature Mu Daiko along with special guest appearances including:
Hanayui from KODO: The top founders and artists from legendary group, KODO, come together to bring the best of Japanese taiko to the Minnesota stage. Long recognized as visionaries of the artform world-wide, Hanayui features three top female artists in traditional and fresh new performances of dance, drumming and song. Also featured is Yoshikazu Fujimoto, long-considered the best Odaiko performer in the world.
Tiffany Tamaribuchi: Grand Champion, 2002 All Japan Odaiko Contest. With her two signature strengths of power and form, Tamaribuchi was proclaimed by contest judges to have "a perfect hit." She brings 22 years experience touring and training professionally with several top companies and folk artists throughout Japan.
Megan Chao Smith: One of a handful of Americans to perform taiko professionally in Japan, Megan Chao Smith was the first foreigner ever to dance in the sacred Hana Matsuri festival in Aichi prefecture.
Families are invited to come to our special Family Concert on February 11, 2012 at 2:00pm. This program is specially priced and shorter in length. Plus kids get a chance to come on stage afterwards to try the drums!
Regular performance adult tickets range from $25-$35 (Children/students: $10) and can be purchased by calling the Ordway Center box office at 651-224-4222 or by visiting www.muperformingarts.org
MU DAIKO 15TH ANNIVERSARY MINNESOTA CONCERT TOUR
Pork Filled Players (Seattle, WA)
Seattle’s longest running sketch comedy group, the Pork Filled Players, enter the Year of the Dragon with a brand new Spam*O*Rama, Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 pm, at the Theatre Off Jackson (407 7th Avenue S., Seattle, WA).
Returning as PFP’s musical guest is chanteuse Jennifer O’Brien. Debuting as comedic partners in crime is the improv/sketch group of Drop the Root Beer and Run. Together, the trio are cooking up new baches of sketch comedy and cabaret, ranging from the curious case of the ghostly meows and the existential despair of three men in a tub.
Tickets are $10, and are online at http://brownpapertickets.com/event/221651.
Highways Performance (Southern CA)
ARCHIPELAGO is a new multidisciplinary work by critically-acclaimed performance artist Denise Uyehara in collaboration with award-winning visualist Adam Cooper-Terán. Through a nexus of video, monologue, music and ritual, Archipelago remixes ancient origin myths of Okinawa (Japan's southern-most islands) and the history of the Sonoran Desert's Yaqui River Valley, situating them in contemporary times.
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
John H.Y. Wat and Harry Wong adapt for the stage Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s collection of four novellas, told in verse by four teenage working-class narrators. Meet Tita, Girlie, Lucy, Kala, and other young women on the brink of adulthood, as they explore sexual awakening, family abuse, peer pressure, and identity. With humor, pain, and raw honesty, their voices come to life on Kumu Kahua’s intimate stage. This is sure to become another Kumu Kahua signature production.The winner of the Pushcart Prize, Saturday Night at the P?hala Theatre was Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s first major work and introduced the world to one of Hawai‘i’s bravest writers. This play contains strong language.
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox, the revolutionary-turned-politician, arrives in Washington as Hawai‘i’s first delegate to Congress in 1901. A man of action in a powerless position, Wilcox confronts some of the most famous names of the era as he grapples with his own role in shaping Hawai‘i’s future.
Presented by the San Diego Chinese Center
TICKETS ON SALE - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/217810
Produced and Directed by Andy Lowe
When Eng returns to his village, he brings with him the influence of the West. He ushers in progress, first with household gadgets, then with new ideas and beliefs. He wants change – to have only one wife (a wife he's chosen for love) and an end to the Chinese traditions of foot binding. His most radical idea is to trade his culture's ancestor worship for Christianity, in so doing, he will be allowed to re marry his true love, his "third wife" as his ONLY wife.
Eng brings an English pastor into his home to instruct him and his family. Each wife has her own reaction to the proposed changes; all fear the impact of Eng's new beliefs. It takes tragedy for all in this family to learn that growth comes with a price. It is only his young daughter Ahn who is able to truly accept progress and move on. She is the "golden child" who can balance the loss and the gain.
At the heart of the play are four very strong female characters that deconstruct and subvert the archetype of weak and submissive Chinese women within a polygamous household. These women are anything but subservient, kowtowing mistresses. The women of GOLDEN CHILD are smart, powerful, flawed, and human.
Additionally, the play takes the commonly examined cultural clash of "East meets West" and turns it on its head. Instead of seeing how an Asian cultural sensibility is contained, expressed and adapted within a western setting, we instead see how western values impact a family completely immersed within a classical Chinese household in the early 1900's.
fu-GEN (Toronto, Canada)
Tickets: $40 with a tax receipt
It is just as you imagine: an undead celebration of Asian Canadian theatre in gaudy prom garb! There will be music, drinks, raffles, delicious food and amusing zombie-based activities including a live band, brain cupcakes, costume prizes, zombie movies, zombie cocktails, cotton candy, and yes, a zombie prom king and prom queen.
To get your tickets, talk to a fu-GEN staff or board member. You can also reach us by e-mail: contact Jenna Rodgers, Artistic Associate, at email@example.com
Playwrights' Arena (Los Angeles)
Directed by Nathan Singh
Mercy leaves the village of Patagan for a job as a singer in a Kyoto only to find that adventure and hope have no boundaries – and no rules. A play featuring music.
Featuring: Melody Butiu, Fran De Leon, Kimiko Gelman, Jennifer Paz, Jeanne Sakata, Eric Schulman, Gedde Watanabe, Greg Watanabe
It's a fantastic cast - and there's singing, too! Don't miss this reading. One night only!
Presented by Playwrights' Arena New Pages Lab - Free readings of new plays fresh off the page; Series curated by Annette Lee
This revised version is a pretty kickass show that kept rolling in the aisle. Just saying.
Coach Soichi Sakamoto (Blake Kushi, top) keeps time as he trains the youth of Maui (L-R, Chris Takemoto-Gentile, Mapuana Makia, Kelsey Chock, Jared Asato) in the plantation's irrigation ditches, and where hula becomes the metaphor for swimming. Photo courtesy of Michael Lamont.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, who trained the youth of Maui to swim in the plantation irrigation ditches on their path to becoming Olympic champions. Set on the island of Maui in the 1930's, this heartwarming play becomes transcendent as the art of hula becomes the metaphor for competitive swimming.
See News story.
Magic Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
Asian Explosion 2012 is a five-day festival for discovering, celebrating and giving exposure to the vibrant community of Asian and South Asian writers for the theatre. The festival will coincide with the world premiere production of Lloyd Suh's Jesus in India. Magic's relationship with Lloyd Suh began with the development and production of American Hwangap, which traveled to New York and the Philippines in its subsequent productions. The world premiere this winter of Jesus in India (after two years of development through the Virgin Play Series) creates the perfect opportunity to weave a weeklong "explosion" of cold readings, workshops, concerts, salons, discussions, and panels from some of today's hottest young Asian and South Asian writers. Lloyd Suh will act as a writer and facilitator and his new work will be the focal point. Acclaimed spoken word comedian powerhouse Kate Rigg will help to lead the festival events, which will include a multitude of incredible artists from across the country who are presenting work that spans performance mediums.
This season provides a unique opportunity for an innovative, themed week of special events surrounding this extraordinary subset of new American playwrights. From JC Lee to Regie Cabico, from Chris Chen to Eugenie Chan, from Rey Pamatmat to Rehana Mirza we begin to look at American playmaking from a generation of writers with a theatrically unique lens. Amongst the groups involved in our canvassing are: USC, Ma-Yi's emerging writers Lab in NY, The Taper in LA, Pan Asian Rep in NY and many others.
Asian Explosion events and readings will all take place on the Magic Theatre stage surrounding performances of Jesus in India and every reading is FREE and open to the public. *All performances of Jesus in India require a paid ticket.
Wednesday, February 8th through Sunday, February 12th 2012
Thursday 2/9: 100 Flowers Project by Chris Chen 4pm-6pm (Magic Theatre)
For more information, please call the box office at 415.441.8822.
2012 Frigid New York Festival at Under St. Marks
Breathe Love Repeat: a near-life experience will be presented in February and March at Under St. Marks as a part of the 2012 Frigid New York Festival. In Breathe Love Repeat: a near-life experience, a "Samurai Super Daughter" struggles with her mother's love at the crossroads between East and West, struggling to affirm life between this world and the next.
Produced by Mustique Projects, the production is written by and will star Broadway's Suzen Murakoshi (A Chorus Line and The King & I) and will feature direction from Obie-Award Winner Ching Valdes-Aran (who performed in The Wild Party on Broadway). With warmth and humor, Breathe Love Repeat, a near-life experience tells the story of the last days in the life of a mother and daughter. This uplifting and life-affirming show takes audiences from the mountains of Japan to the islands of Hawaii as Murakoshi brings the clarity of life into focus by bringing us closer to the end.
Performance Works (Vancouver, BC)
Confessions of The Other Woman, by Valerie Sing Turner shows March 2, 3, 4, 7, 2012 at Performance Works on Granville Island!
Synopsis of play: What would YOU do if you met your soul mate – and he was married? That's the question Eve, a 40-something Asian-Canadian woman, struggles to answer in Confessions of the Other Woman, a new play by Valerie Sing Turner, winner of the 2011 Enbridge playRites Award for Emerging Canadian Playwright.
Seattle Children's Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Ages 8 and up - a thought-provoking drama
Newbery Award-winning author Linda Sue Park brings us a story of perseverance set in 12th-century Korea. Living under a bridge with his only friend, the crippled Crane Man, 12-year-old orphan Tree Ear seeks a better life for them both. After Tree Ear breaks a piece of master potter Min's work, Min grudgingly allows the boy to help with menial tasks in repayment, but never permits Tree Ear to try his hand at pottery. When the Emperor requests a sample of Min's exquisite pottery, Tree Ear volunteers to embark on the dangerous journey in hope of earning the master potter's respect.
A Note from Artistic Director Linda Hartzell:
ASL Interpreted Dates:
In the Wings Dramashop: Saturday, March 3
Curriculum Connections: Honesty, Perseverance, Apprenticeship, Pottery, Loyalty, Respect, Poverty, Literature, Family
Mo'olelo (San Diego, CA)
starring Brian Bielawski & Greg Watanabe
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
See News story.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
8pm nightly at the Roundhouse Performance Centre @ Davie & Pacific Blvd
Local Sketch Groups (PLUS! Seattle's Pork Filled Players!) compete for the coveted Vancouver Rice Bowl and the Peoples' Choys Award.
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