East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Join us for the latest New Works Festival from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute! The DHHWI is a 10-week workshop designed to help new and experienced writers start or develop new plays into scripts that are ready to be put on stage. The workshop, instructed by Doriz Baizley, culminates in staged readings of the works in progress at East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theater.
The David Henry Hwang Writers Institute is supported in part by the James Irvine Foundation.
SATURDAY, January 5
SUNDAY, January 6
MONDAY, January 7
For more information, contact Literary Manager Jeff Liu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre tackles aliens and identity crisis and Las Vegas, with its Master Class production of The Theory of Everything, an award-winning play by Thai-American playwright Prince Gomolvilas at the Roundhouse, Jan 9-12, 2013.
The Theory of Everything is delightfully witty, touching and ultimately uplifting comedy looks at Asian-American identity across three generations. The play paints a comical tableaux of 7 Asian-Americans (Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese) who gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week in search UFOs. While scanning the skies, they gaze into each other's souls, and discover a unique personal bond as they search for a deeper meaning to their otherwise empty Vegas lives.
Features Director, Alfred Lui, with performances by Alvin Tran, Aurora Chan, Quynh Mi, BC Lee, Isaac Kwok, Linda Leong Sum, and Yvette Lu. This production is mentored by veteren director, producer, writer and actor, Rick Tae.
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Stir Fri-day Night (Chicago, IL)
LIFELINE THEATRE & STAGE 773
Friday 1/4 @ 8:30pm
Stir-Friday Night! is a 17-year old comedy ensemble with alumni such as Danny Pudi (NBC's Community), Steven Yeun (AMC's The Walking Dead), The Second City's Mary Sohn (Who Do We Think We Are?), and Broadway's Christine Lin (Chinglish).
Heartland Studio Theatre
Theatre of the Yugen (San Francisco, CA)
More info: http://theatreofyugen.org/?spec=98
Chiori Miyagawa's This Lingering Life,
The Playwrights Foundation's Rough Readings series showcases new works by extraordinary contemporary writers with top Bay Area actors and directors.
In development to premiere in Theatre of Yugen's 2013/2014 Season, this new play retells stories from eight classic Japanese Noh plays in a way that captures their essence while transposing them into modern times and interweaving them into an epic portrait of the human experience.
This Lingering Life takes place in life and in Bardo (a place in between life and death) where we meet a woman with tragic hair, feudal warriors, a mother whose son was kidnapped, a blind beggar, dead lovers, a pathetic old man in love with a teenager, a boy whose father is an arrow, and it all happens in the present time, except when it happens in an ancient era. As in the Japanese Noh plays that inspired it, This Lingering Life looks at the human condition through the Buddhist concept of Karma. A battle is fought on a shore, a crazy woman looks for her kidnapped son at a bus station, a father and son have a falling out that results in the son's becoming blind and homeless, parents conspire to break up their daughter's relationship by drowning her lover, a poor old man falls in love with a wealthy young girl and commits suicide, and life goes on with people bumping into one another before and after death and in between.
About the Playwright
She is a recipient of many fellowships including a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship, and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University. She is a member of Lark Play Development Center and a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop.
Chiori teaches playwriting at Bard College where she created an undergraduate playwriting program under the chair JoAnne Akalaitis. She was an Associate Artist at The Public Theater during Ms. Akalaitis' artistic directorship.
The Playwrights Foundation Rough Readings series presents Chiori Miyagawa's This Lingering Life, Directed by Jublith Moore
Monday, January 14, 7:30pm at Roble Hall, Stanford University
Theatre of Yugen
with Lisa Hori-Garcia, Tessa Koning-Martinez*, Jed Parsario, Tony Williams (as Einstein)
"Can Love Be Reduced To an Equation?" Using Einstein's unfinished unified field theory (and noodling with alternate realities), physics grad student Jason toils over a thesis about string theory while alternate realities clash, Pasts and Presents intermingle, and What-Ifs are unified. All the while, a pajama-clad Albert Einstein narrates.
Join us for this new play by former Gerbode/Hewlett Foundations grant winner for "BUFFALO'ED" which premiered at San Jose Stage in 2012 Info: www.jeanniebarroga.com
Poeteic Theatre (New York, NY)
The Will to Knowledge
A ghost writer caught in a love triangle; an exploration of race, desire, trauma and queerness.
Takeo Rivera is a published poet, spoken word artist, playwright, and cultural critic born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a BA and MA from Stanford University and is currently a PhD student in Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His choreopoem-play "Goliath," directed by Alex Mallory, has won awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, and the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. An artist-scholar, Takeo has published in both academic and literary publications, touching on issues ranging from race and sexuality to state violence and pedagogy. Prior to starting his doctorate, Takeo spent two years working as a rape crisis advocate and educator in San Jose, CA.
Untitled conceived and directed by Natalia Duong
Sunday, January 27th @ 6:00pm
Featuring poetry and prose by Angie Chau, Tom Deedy, Janis Butler Holm, Lan Ngo, John Phalen, Alice Shapiro, Chris Soucy, julie thi underhill and Andrew Pham
Featuring Kenneth Heaton, Rich Liu, Jude Narita, and Wade Ray.
Co-Presented with Project Agent Orange
Untitled is being developed around the excavation of memories of war, family, grief, anger, and love long interred by women of the Vietnamese diaspora and families of Vietnam Veterans.
Natalia Duong is a performance artist, choreographer, and writer, native to the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on Kinesthetic Empathy as a resource for conflict resolution, community devised theater, and the embodied transmission of trauma as exemplified in the bodies of those affected by Agent Orange. She has collaborated with artists to perform internationally in Edinburgh, Paris, Uganda, and Vietnam, where she recently led a community-based devised theater piece that was performed at the US Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City. Natalia is also the Founder and Artistic Director of PAO, a movement collective interested in how war is inherited in the body. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Performance Studies at Tisch School for the Arts at New York University, and holds a BA in Psychology and Dance from Stanford University. She currently lives in Brooklyn.www.nataliaduong.com.
Teada Works (Los Angeles, CA)
Inner City Arts
Vandana Sood, Creator of "The Taxi Takes (On Terror): Video Conversations Between Drivers and Passengers Inside Mumbai Taxis" and "The Taxi Takes on the World: A Crowd Sourced Web Documentary about Talks Inside Taxis."
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
The play looks at the cultural disconnect felt by an isolated Hmong American family living in rural Minnesota as two siblings seek to blend traditional Hmong family values with modern life.
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Pork Filled Productions presents a staged reading of the new play The Clockwork Professor by Maggie Lee at Elliott Bay Book Company on Sunday, February 10, at 2pm.
Professor Pemberton is a humble inventor, a quiet man of science. As political unrest sweeps over the great city of New Providence, buried secrets from his past threaten to destroy everything that he holds dear, and perhaps even the Crown itself! From romance to royal airships to roving inter-dimensional portals, come join the Clockwork Professor on this action-packed adventure of fantastical science fiction with a steampunk twist!
Company One (Boston, MA)
Two North Korean sisters make a bargain with a smuggler to flee to the United States – a land of new shoes, strange customs, and coffee dates. It costs more than money to make the passage, and they must remember to look for the totems and messages that guide the way. Playwright Mia Chung conjures magic, whimsy, and a stunning imaginative landscape in the telling of this deeply modern, and unexpectedly funny, epic journey.
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Tickets only $10!
Auditioning to play a terrorist in a major Hollywood movie may be stand-up comedian Aladdin's big break. As he prepared for his audition, he finds himself thinking back on his deceased father, who left Bangladesh for a better life in New York, and his parents' futile attempts to raise him Muslim in Spanish Harlem.
Accompanied by the tabla, Aladdin takes us on a hilarious and moving journey about art, immigration, family, the Yankees and the nature of the American dream.
Presented in collaboration with the Ismaili Community of Chicago, an Artistic and Cultural Diversity Initiative funded by The Chicago Community Trust.
TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY! Friday, February 15th at 8pm and Saturday, February 16th at 4pm.
Performances held at Pierce Hall, The Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W Washington St, Chicago.
Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
On February 18, 2013, Silk Road Rising, the League of Chicago Theatres and Lifeline Theatre will host a panel discussion and community conversation that will address challenges faced by Asian American actors, particularly as regards casting, questions that theatres face in producing plays with Asian American content, as well as broader community concerns with productions that are not perceived as culturally authentic.
Panelists will include: David Henry Hwang, Playwright; Jamil Khoury, Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising; Mia Park, Actor; and Chay Yew, Artistic Director of Victory Gardens Theatre.
The panel will be moderated by Danny Bernardo, actor and resident playwright at Bailiwick Chicago.
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
City Lights Theatre (San Jose, CA)
The Wongs are as American as apple pie. Desdemona wants to go to Princeton, but could use a little help with her calculus. Her brother Upton wants to be a World of Warcraft champion, but needs more free time to train. Upton solves both their problems by bringing in an indentured servant, but they soon discover that "Ching Chong" has an American dream of his own!
January 24th – February 24th, 2013
Thursday, January 24th – Pay What You Can Preview
Bindlestiff Studios (San Francisco, CA)
When: Feb 1 - 23 (Fri and Sat) at 8pm
Honolulu Theatre for Youth (Honolulu, HI)
Joel de la Fuente stars in Hold These Truths, Jeanne Sakata's one-man show inspired by the true story of first generation Japanese-American Gordon Hirabayashi, a college student during WWII. Agonizing over the forcible removal of all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. Gordon journeys toward a greater understanding of America's triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures. Gordon Hirabayashi was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor in May of 2012, posthumously by President Obama. Lisa Rothe directs this production.
Hold These Truths special performance dates:
PHOTO CREDIT: DENISE DE GUZMAN*
Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
A piercing kitchen-sink drama
Three elderly sisters of the kibei generation — sent as children to be raised in Okinawa, then returned to live and work in Hawai‘i — are at the heart of Daniel Akiyama’s new play.
Two of thesisters confine themselves to their small Honolulu apartment, enacting the rituals of daily life as they cling to a dream of returning to Okinawa. The third, charged with running the family’s orchid nursery, has inherited a title that is not hers. As long-hidden hopes and regrets surface, the sisters discover what is both selfish and selfless in their love for each other.
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The Ganley family visits a spirit medium to deal with hauntings in their family in the world premiere of East West Players’ CHRISTMAS IN HANOI. (L-R) Joseph Daugherty, Michael Krawic, Elizabeth Liang, and Elyse Dinh. Photo by MICHAEL LAMONT.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
CHRISTMAS IN HANOI is about a mixed-race family who returns to Vietnam for the first time since the war. One year after the death of their strong-willed mother, siblings Winnie and Lou travel with their Irish Catholic father and Vietnamese grandfather to re-connect with their roots. Whether they embrace that past or reject it, they are haunted by their own family's ghosts and by the phantoms of Vietnam's long history. Winner of the EWP Face of the Future Playwriting Competition. By Eddie Borey and directed by Jeff Liu. CHRISTMAS IN HANOI runs February 7-March 10, 2013.
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Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
Teenaged, delinquent, a bit confused and a lot punk rock, Jesus of Nazareth journeys East on the back of a camel with his friend Abigail of Galilee. They cross the Hindu Kush to the Indo-Mathura, a region renowned for spiritual innovation, New Age music, and like, freakin' good weed.
A contemporary parable that looks at the world's most famous rebel -- before he found his cause.
February 13 to March 10, 2013
The Theatre at St. Clement's
Queens Theatre in the Park (Queens, NY)
Damien runs a boutique water company. Robert, Miriam and Savti just work there. As the global economy becomes increasingly smaller, each must face what they are willing to sacrifice in the pursuit of happiness.
with: Francis Benhamou ("Invasion"), Nilajana Bose, Birgit Huppuch ("A Map of Virtue"), Cleo Gray, Peter Kim ("Maple & Vine"), Peter O'Connor ("The Aliens" DC & SF), and Stephen Stout ("Job")
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
The EVOKE Festival returns March 14-17, this time presenting the vivid reality and imaginations of South Asian American artists.
From its debut in the Fall of 2012, the EVOKE Festival nurtures artists and new performance works that expand the dialogue about the Asian Pacific American experiences.
EVOKE audience memebers will also have unique opportunities to explore the work and engage with artists Shilpa Agarwal, Snehal Desai, Sheetal Ghandi, Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty, Puja Mohindra, Ami Patel, and SaiQa (Saba Waheed).
For more information about the artists, visit www.eastwestplayers.org/special_events/evoke.html
General Admission: $10
San Francisco Public Library (San Francisco, CA)
San Francisco Public Library Fourth floor, San Francisco, CA. Grady consumes true crime episodes, exasperating Will; nephew WonderJay is mesmerized by video games; his parents, suburban hunter Hank and wound-up Marcie, smolder in thick air and guilt while June¹s ghost observes them all. This is a setting where psychic ability is a given, simultaneous scenes play out in 2 to 3 locations while a courtroom waiting game plays out. Aurora, Colorado was the July 2012 site of a dozen deaths of which the accused pleads insanity -- 20 miles away for a single murder, loved ones reflect on a similar plea. Contact: www.jeanniebarroga.com
Signature Theatre (New York, NY)
On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland.
The Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
This award-winning comic mystery follows hard-boiled detective Sam Shikaze through the shady streets of 1970s Vancouver. On a case to solve the disappearance of the mysterious Cherry Blossom Queen, Shikaze becomes entangled in a web of political deception and racism that rouses memories of the Japanese-Canadian internment camps and leads to an unexpected romance. An Off-Broadway hit and New York Times Critic's Choice, Yellow Fever launched Rick Shiomi's theatrical career.
The cast includes Mu regulars Kurt Kwan (Sam Shikaze), Sara Ochs, and Eric Sharp, as well as Wade Vaughn and more. Yellow Fever marks the fourth Mu production to be presented in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio.
Pangea World Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Tickets are now available for Hmong Bollywood at Brown Paper Tickets.
A 1.5-generation Hmong American Katie Ka Vang finds herself trying to escape by leaving the realities of the American struggle, painful memories, fear and cancer behind her and dancing instead into the fantastical world of Bollywood. Vang and her family spent hours watching Bollywood films with their extravagant plots, brilliant costumes, music and star crossed lovers.
Hmong Bollywood explores how Bollywood gives Hmong Americans a way of engaging with forms of tradition different from their own. The performance blends creative non-fiction, broken prose, monologues, video installation, media art, Bollywood dance numbers and choreography based on Vang¹s life¹s movements.
*Additional matinee times are available upon request. For booking, please contact Katie at Pangea World Theater: (612) 822-0015
CAAMFest and Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
East West Players in association with the Japanese American National Museum presents a Writers Gallery reading of
Featuring Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda, Sharon Omi, and Jeanne Sakata
Assistant Director/Stage Manager
The story of three elderly sisters of the kibei generation: sent as children to be raised in Okinawa, then returned to live and work in Hawai'i. Two of the sisters confine themselves to their Honolulu apartment where they enact the rituals of daily life and ream of one day returning to Okinawa. The third, charged with running their family's orchid nursery, embraces the modern world and disrupts her family's fragile traditions. As long-hidden hopes, resentments, and regrets surface, the sisters must confront the nature of their love for each other.
A CAGE OF FIREFLIES, which recently premiered at Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu to critical acclaim and a sold-out extended run, explores the tug-of-war between progress and preservation, the selfish and the selfless.
Admission is FREE! RSVP your seat today!
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Teadaworks (Los Angeles, CA)
Eriko, Sofia, and Lesley cook up a spicy concoction of three solo pieces that will take you on a provocative and sometimes frightening journey of sex, bra-stuffing, and coming to terms with our confusing loves for white men and Honey Boo Boo. Overbearing mothers deconstruct the so-called American dream, while their daughters struggle to find beauty in a world full of suffocating family members, boyfriends, and tv-show ideals. Hilarious and brutally honest super-heroines (us!) battle against Japanese-girl obsessions, opinionated aunties, and beauty-obsessed moms. Meet a promiscuous teen with a 4.0 GPA, a loud-mouthed, thong-wearing Cuban cousin, and a babysitter/ Asian nightclub hostess who is currently looking for an American-citizen man, or a woman to marry.
Director/Dramaturge by D¹Lo
With additional dramaturgy from Leilani Chan, Alison De La Cruz, Shyamala Moorty & Ova Saopeng.
Traffic Stop, Border Patrol, Deportation.
As part of a community-based, site specific project,
Special FREE matinee for the community
Artists at Play (Los Angeles) presents
at 3:30 p.m. Woman's Club of South Pasadena
Iggy Woo by Alice Tuan
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fu-GEN (Toronto, Canda)
The Canadian premiere.