Highways Performance Space (Southern CA)
by Shyamala Moory
bu Mita Ghosal
by Anjali Tata
January 15 to 17, 2004

January 15-17, 2004, 8:30pm
Highways Performance Space
1651 18th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tickets $16 general, $14 students
For Reservations call (310) 315-1459

Uproar will catapult you through a maze of complex relationships between Hindus and Muslims; a cycle of emotional deaths and rebirths within one woman's psyche; and the absurd and humorous terrain of a revolutionary sacred cow.

"...when Ms. Ghosal is dancing, she is a wonder to behold. Like Durga, just the sight of her brings harmony to the cosmos."
-NewYorkTheatre.com, August, 2000

"Imagine a Goddess (Moorty) challenging religion-feuled genocide in India armed only with a toilet plunger..."
-Good Times Calendar Pick of-the Week, LA Weekly, August 22-28, 2003

"Tata generates a powerful volatile, technique crossing from one complex step pattern of traditional Indian classical dance to another with perfect control. There is a spontaneity and a revealing of free passionate spirit determined to not only extend artistic dimensions but exude a warm rapport with the audience."
-Prem Kishore, India Post, Feb. 2003

Mita Ghosal's Bovinatrix exposes the story of a young cow who has migrated to the U.S. for the sole purpose of "Liberating Cows in the West". This cow, a.k.a., Bovie, uses a whip, Bhangra (Punjabi folk dance gone techno) and seduction all as tools to aide her on an inner and outer quest for revolution.

In Shyamala Moorty's RISE, an Indo-American woman transforms into a fierce household goddess, wielding a plunger as her only weapon against riots, religious fundamentalism and the breakdown of the toilet. Moorty navigates a maze of complex relations between Hindus and Muslims, highlighting the mental filth and human waste of the 2002 riots in Gujarat, India. This piece was developed thanks to Teada Works 2002 and 2003.

Anjali Tata blurs the lines between traditional Bharata Natyam and Contemporary Indian dance in her bold new multi-media dance trilogy, Avatar. This new piece is a glimpse into one womanís psyche as she experiences a series of emotional deaths and rebirths in her quest for serenity.

Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle, WA)
A Decade of Celebration
January 18, 2004
Langston Hughes Center

Repertory Actors Theatre celebrates its 10th Anniversary.

UCLA Film and Television Archive
& Hugh M. Hefner present
Rediscovering Anna May Wong
January 9 to 25, 2004

Anna May Wong was born Wong Liu Tsong in 1905 in Los Angeles, where her family operated a laundry. Wong began her career as an extra at the age of 14 and had several supporting roles before being cast as the lead in the first two-color Technicolor feature, THE TOLL OF THE SEA (1922). A stunning beauty, Wong was the first Chinese American actress to become an international celebrity and appeared in over 50 films, making the transition from silents to talkies and even to television. However, despite her star power, Wong lost some coveted roles to white actors in "yellowface."

Diabolical Dragon Lady or fragile Lotus Blossom, villainess or victim, Wong's Hollywood screen persona seemed to oscillate between these two poles. In a wry and telling quote she later reflected, "I think I left Hollywood because I died so often. I was killed in virtually every picture in which I appeared." Like many of her African American colleagues, she sought greater opportunities in Europe, where she made three remarkable silent pictures, including the glorious and newly restored PICCADILLY, which opens this program, and two German films, SONG and PAVEMENT BUTTERFLY, with director Richard Eichberg.

Wong holds a unique place in Hollywood history as the first Asian American screen goddess. The unique career and talent of this Los Angeles native is long overdue for rediscovery and celebration.

All films screen at the James Bridges Theater in Melnitz Hall, located on the northeast corner of the UCLA Westwood campus, near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Hilgard Avenue.

Tickets are available at the theater one hour before showtime. Admission is $7 general, $5 students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

NOTE: Advance tickets for all programs are now available for $8 using your credit card at www.cinema.ucla.edu!

Parking is available adjacent to the James Bridges Theater in Lot 3 for $7. For further information, please call (310) 206-FILM or visit www.cinema.ucla.edu.

15 Minutes of FEM 5 (LA, CA)
by Kristina Sheryl Wong
Monday, January 26th @ 8pm

@ The Egyptian Arena Theatre,
1625 N. Las Palmas Ave. in Hollywood

Mention "BCT" and get 2-for-1 Tickets - that's just $5 each:
Reservations: 323-692-9601

National Tour
Flower Drum Song
new book by David Henry Hwang
Music/Lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Houston: January 15 to February 1, 2004 (Theatre Under the Stars)

EWP's Writers Gallery in conjunction with the Japanese American National Museum (LA, CA)
presents a staged reading of:
Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl
by Marty Chan
January 29, 2004

A young man must tell his traditional Chinese parents that he's moved in with his Caucasian girlfriend. His parents, however,  wants him to break off his relationship or they will disown him. Interwoven in this story is a satire of The Yellow Claw, a B-movie about a Chinese overlord seeking world domination. In the end, Mark must confront his parents, and guess who's coming with him to dim sum.

Free admission Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 2 @ 7:30 pm
Japanese American National Museum
369 E. First St. in the Little Tokyo District of
Downtown Los Angeles
(213) 625-0414

Canadian playwright Marty Chan has been working in theatre for over ten years. His play, Mom, Dad, I'm Living with a White Girl,  won the Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Best New Work (Edmonton). He wrote and performed the Dim Sum Diaries, a weekly humor commentary which ran on CBC Radio for six years. He also worked on the Gemini Award winning series, Incredible Story Studio. Currently, he is the playwright-in-residence at the Citadel Theatre.  His mother still wants him to become an accountant.

Fire Rose Productions (NYC, NY)
Uncommon Threads
by Felix Racelis
January 30 and 31, 2004

Uncommon Threads by Felix Racelis is one of the semi-finalists in Fire Rose Productions' First Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. It will be performed under the direction of Bill White on Fri. & Sat., Jan. 30 and 31 at the Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia, near Lankershim.

Please click on the link for the flyer with full Festival details:

Calaveras Repertory Theatre (Milpitas, CA)
Asian Voices/Shakespearean Connection
Staged readings of four one-act plays
January 31, 2004

Under the direction of Philip Kan Gotanda and Verkerley Rep, a number of Asian American students have written four one act plays inspired by Othell.

Park Square Theatre and Theatre Mu (Minneapolis, MN)
Pacific Overtures
By Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman
January 9 to February 1, 2004

New York Theatre Workshop (NYC)
The Architecture of Loss
by Julia Cho
January 11 to February 1, 2004

This new play by Julia Cho traces the familial repercussions of the disappearance of a young boy named David. The family's mixed American and Korean heritage affects their past, present and future.

Sacramento City College
by Jeannie Barroga
January 16 to 31, 2004

A dramatic look at the creation, the building, and the effects of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Sex in Vancouver, Episode Two:
Other Women
by Serin Ngai
January 29 to February 5, 2004

Sex in Vancouver: Episode One introduced us to four dynamic ladies and their complicated love lives. Episode Two is set two weeks later, and we finally discover the fate of each quirky character.

  • Are Elizabeth and Kenneth, high-school sweethearts, still in love with each other?
  • Can Colin finally end things with his conniving ex-girlfriend and re-build his relationship with Jenna?
  • Can Tess remain in her marriage of convenience, especially now that her husband's sexual orientation is thrown into question?

And as if these twists and turns weren't compelling enough, all the action takes place in a karaoke bar!

Visit www.vact.ca to learn more about Episode One and see what's in store for the gals in Episode Two!

Sex in Vancouver: Episode 2 - Other Women
January 29, 30, 31 and February 3, 4, 5
2 nightly performances at 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Roundhouse Performance Centre, Davie & Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

Ticket Info:
At the Door or By Phone: 778-885-1973 with Visa or Mastercard only.

Ticket Prices:
Tickets are $15 each in advance or $17 each at the door.
On Tuesday, February 3, 9:30pm show only, all seats are $10.75 each.
Single Mingle Nite takes place on Wednesday, February 4 at 8pm with the show starting at 9:30pm.

Feature article here!

Shunya (Houston, TX)
A Play in English by Girish Karnad
Directed by Soham Mehta
January 16 to February 8, 2004

Visit www.shunyatheatre.org for more info.
Visit www.tickets2events.com to purchase tickets.

The Venue
4040 Milam, #390
Houston, TX 77006 Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm: $13 (In Advance)
Sundays @ 3pm: $10 (In Advance)

To maintain an intimate theatre experience, seating is limited. Please reserve your tickets in advance by visiting www.tickets2events.com.

The Rose Nagelberg Theatre (NYC)
by Paul Knox
January 22 to February 15, 2004

KALIGHAT is a new play written and directed by Paul Knox, with choreography by Myna Mukherjee. Set in Mother Teresa's home for the dying in Calcutta, this full-length environmental ensemble play (with a cast of 26 actors) follows the journey of a group of Western volunteers and the lives of the nuns and patients who inhabit Kalighat, and explores issues of cross-cultural communication, disparity, the essence of service and the intersection of sexuality and religion set against a realistic backdrop of terminal poverty. Kalighat seeks to recreate an important historical place, and bring to life the actual work of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity, elaborated with neither ornament nor judgment. Kalighat merges the traditional Euro-American realistic theater styles and sociopolitical and spiritual/religious perspectives with the traditional ones of South Asia. The essence of the South Asian experience emerges thru the South Asian characters as the journey of the Western characters deepens. Kalighat has enjoyed development support at Circle Repertory Company, Circle East, LaMama, HERE, and with the Indo-American Arts Council.

Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street, NYC.
Entrance on 25th Street.

Tuesday to Fridays at 7PM,
Saturdays at 2 & 8PM
Sundays at 3PM
during the following dates:
January 22 to 25, 2004
January 30 to February 6, 2004
February 10 to 15, 2004
No performance Thursday, February 12, 2004.

Dad's Garage (Atlanta, GA)
8 1/2 x 11
Sixth annual new-play festival
January 22 to February 21, 2004

The title comes from the idea of eight or nine plays being performed, each in 11 minutes or less. Pieces by Asian American authors include

Don't [expletive] With My Dotted Eye
by Alice Tuan (Los Angeles)
An abstract piece about the meaning of punk rock. Claim to fame: Named "one of 10 playwrights ready for a breakout season" last year by American Theatre magazine.

Second Skin
by Chay Yew (Los Angeles)
What does it mean to be Asian American in post-Sept. 11 American. Claim to fame: Multiaward-winning director of the Asian Theatre Workshop at the Mark Taper Forum (L.A.) and artistic director of Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle.

Yankee Rep (NYC, NY)
Endings: A Collection of Love Stories Gone Wrong
by Nora Chau
February 12 to 21, 2004

Yankee Rep, a "favorite with NY audiences" (Martin Denton, NYTheater Experience), is proud to present ENDINGS, A COLLECTION OF LOVE STORIES GONE WRONG, a new comedy by Nora Chau, (2002-3 ABC/Disney New Talent Development Grant Recipient). This hilarious and poignant look at the tribulations of romance allows the audience a microscopic glimpse into the quirky dynamics of numerous couples as they struggle to understand one another. From start to finish, ENDINGS has something for everyone and is sure to be an audience-pleaser.

Directed by David Calafiore, and a cast featuring Jen Daum, Andy Horan, Matthew E. Kelly, Elise Marty, Heather Minniear O'Neill and David Shh, ENDINGS hits the stage with a bang at the beginning of Yankee Rep's 2004 season. Late-night performances at 10pm follow Yankee Rep's revival of the double-bill QUITTERS and THE DOOMSDAY CLUB. For "early-birds", two Saturday matinees at 4pm are also scheduled.

Reservations are highly recommended. 
February 12th - 21st at The Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, NY
All Tickets: $10 For Reservations call (212) 462-3064

Thur, 2/12 - 10pm Performance
Fri, 2/13 - 10pm Performance
Sat, 2/14 - 4pm MATINEE
Sat, 2/14 - 10pm Performance
Thur, 2/19 - 10pm Performance
Fri, 2/20 - 10pm Performance
Sat, 2/21 - 4pm MATINEE
Sat, 2/21 - 10pm Performance.

Second Generation (NYC, NY)
The Wedding Banquet
Conceived and Developed by Welly Yang
Book and Lyrics by Brian R. Yorkey
Music by Woody Pak
Musical Direction by Jason Robert Brown
February 19 and 20, 2004

A reading in concert featuring:

Welly Yang as Wai Tung
Danny Gurwin as Simon
Dina Morishita as Wei Wei
Ming Lee as Pa
Anthony Rapp as Shawn
Jason Collins as Sean
Herman Sebek as Lao Chen

The Signature Theater
555 West 42nd Street * New York City

Based on the Academy Award-nominated movie directed by Ang Lee, The Wedding Banquet tells the story of a gay Taiwanese American who agrees to a marriage of convenience to appease his nagging parents. When the parents unexpectedly arrive from Taiwan, cultures collide, traditions are tested, and family values emerge stronger than ever.

"A sparkling glass of Broadway jolly champagne... Jump into this luscious banquet of a musical for its witticism, human insights and most of all for its heart of pleading tolerance." - Taiwan News

"Feel-good oomph of an old-fashioned, heartwarming tuner, with some inter-generational culture clashing and dabs of randy sexual humor..."
- Seattle Times

"I went with my friends to this musical and it was one of the most powerful we have seen. We were not alone. The audience laughed, screamed and cried with the characters on stage. Many of us were moved to tears by the sheer power with which the songs were sung and the heart-breaking lyrics."
-The Straits Times

The Butcherhouse Chronicles
Written and Directed by Michael Hidalgo
February 20 and 21, 2004

The young and innovative producers Michael Hidalgo and Celena Cipriaso team together to bring you a reading of The Butcherhouse Chronicles, the newest work written and directed by Michael Hidalgo. The reading will take place on Friday, February 20th at 8:00pm and Saturday, February 21st at 8:00pm at Common Basis Theatre 750 8th Ave (Between 47th and 48th Street). Reservations can be made by emailing butcherhouse04@yahoo.com.

A suburban town is haunted by the myths and secrets of a dark house, at the edge of town. When four high school seniors search for their missing teacher, hidden agendas become revealed and the teens unearth a greater horror than they imagined.

chashama and
Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts (NYC)
Revolutionary Chickens
featuring Rob Lok
January 15 to February 25, 2004

Revolutionary Chickens
A Physical tale of The Chinese Cultural Revolution

chashama and Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc are proud to present REVOLUTIONARY CHICKENS. Rob Lok uses puppetry, movement, mask and circus arts to illustrate a daring escape from Communist China. Drawn from Rob's own family experiences, this is a comical tale of lost freedoms, conformity, mass hysteria and a voyage to a better life. A physical multi media story for our times.

"...remarkable one-man show."
-Spectacle Magazine

Performance dates will be
Thursdays at 8pm Jan 15,22 &29
Wednesdays at 9:30pm Feb 4-25

It will be at The Palace of Variety located at 125 W.42nd Street, NYC (between 6th Ave & Broadway). Subway (42nd St/Times Square Stop)

The price of admission will be $10.00, for reservations call 1-212-740-6022 or email roblok31@yahoo.com.

Loop Theatre (Chicago, IL)
by Velina Hasu Houston
January 17 to February 29, 2004

The Chicago Premiere of
By Velina Hasu Houston

Directed by Lynn Ann Bernatowicz

Featuring Mary Ann de la Cruz, Kate Garassino, Roxanne Lee, Stephanie Santos, Erika Winters, Nina Peng, and Leah Zhang.

Four women come together to clean the house of a fifth after her tragic suicide upsets the balance of life in their small Japanese immigrant community in the middle of the Kansas heartland. The spirit of the dead woman returns as a ghostly ringmaster to force the women to come to terms with the disquieting tension of their lives and find common ground so that she can escape from the limbo between life and death, and move on the next world in peace, and indeed carve a pathway for their future passage.

To watch a video preview of TEA at StageChannel.com, click the link below:

At The Loop Theater
8 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL

January 14 to February 29, 2004
Previews January 14, 15, & 16
Opening Night January 17
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm
Saturdays at 3 pm and 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm

East West Players (LA, CA)
Wind Cries Mary
by Philip Kan Gotanda
February 4 to 29, 2004

Loosely based on Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, the time is 1968 in San Francisco. Vietnam War protests are sweeping college campuses across America and young Asian Americans are coming into consciousness over their ethnic identities. A dynamic political play set during the 1960s Yellow Power Movement, the author of SISTERS MATSUMOTO and YOHEN raises issues of self-determination and explores the concept "yellow is beautiful." WIND CRIES MARY previews will be held Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2004. The play opens Feb. 4 and runs through Feb. 29, 2004.

The study guide for the original San Jose Rep production is here.

Japanese American National Museum
Mark Taper Forum and
Asian Theatre Workshop (LA, CA)
Question 27, Question 28
by Chay Yew
February 19 to 29, 2004

Drawing on testimonials, transcripts, interviews and historical documents, QUESTION 27, QUESTIONS 28 is a powerful piece of documentary theatre that illuminates one of the darkest moments in modern American history. The personal stories of women who were sent to the Japanese American internment camps during World War II are interspersed with statements from women on the outside creating a provocative and moving exploration of the far-reaching effects of internment on our country - the lives uprooted, the families torn apart, the suspicions that were planted and the prejudices that were cultivated.

The opening night, February 19, coincides with the Day of Remembrance which marks the anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942, authorizing government officials to force Japanese and Japanese Americans into internment camps.

Cast (in alphabetical order): Shannon Holt, Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda and Tamlyn Tomita.

Thursday, February 19 and Friday, February 20 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 21 at 11 am and 3 pm
Friday, February 27 and Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 29 at 3 and 7:30 pm

All tickets $10
Box office (213) 625-0414 x2237

Japanese American National Museum
369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
(corner of First and Central in Downtown Los Angeles)

AATC NewWorks Incubator
Rental Car
by Alex Park
Remember When...
by Sid Kimochi
February 26, 2004

AATC NewWorks Incubator!
First New Plays Hot out of the Incubator!
Two new playwrights. Two new plays.
Brought to you by the AATC NewWorks Incubator.

Rental Car by Alex Park
A play about guys at a rental car office doing what you'd expect guys to be doing at a rental car office, renting "cars".
Featuring: Biraj Lala, Wilton Yeung, Yoonie Cho, Leon Goertzen, and Alice Shikina

Remember When... by Sid Kimochi
A young, Filipino man, who, after having been away to college, returns to his community and visits his high school friend. This is a revealing look at the college-graduate's dilemma of returning in hopes of searching for what he left behind once.
Featuring: Brian Wang and Jarrett Chin

Thursday, February 26, 2004
7PM - 9PM
1119 Market Street (at 7th St.)
MUNI/BART Accessible

Black Tee Event
February 27, 2004

AATC Black Tie? Nope, it's the Black TEE!
30th Anniversary Black Tee

Celebrate AATC's 30th birthday in an evening with the stars. Special guests include David Henry Hwang, Philip Kan Gotanda, and many more! Presale tickets will be available January 1, 2004 and include a free AATC Black Tee to wear at the event.

AATC 30th Anniversary Black Tee
Friday, February 27, 2004
Herbst Theatre and Green Room
Tickets: $25, $50

ECAASU (East Coast Asian American Student Union) Conference
by Kristina Sheryl Wong
Saturday, February 28, 2004
at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville


Lodestone Theatre (LA, CA)
4th Annual Oscar Party Fundraiser
February 29, 2004

If it's Academy Award time, it must be time for Lodestone's annual Oscar viewing party!

  • Come out and watch the Academy Awards on a SUPER-BIG SCREEN with SURROUND SOUND....
  • FREE use of the private KARAOKE rooms during the Oscar show...
  • Hang out with your favorite Asian American celebrities (if you get some confirmations, let me know and I'll list them for future e-mails)
  • Enter to win COOL PRIZES in our raffle
  • Fully-stocked bar with DRINK SPECIALS all night long: 20% discount off everything from the bar and kitchen...

All this and more at Koreatown's hottest new nightspot:
ORCHID Restaurant and Cafe
3900 W. 6th Street (Corner of Oxford and 6th)
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Sunday, February 29, 2004
5:00 PM
Arrive early for best seating!

Tickets:Pre-Sale (if purchased by Feb. 27): $20
At the Door: $25
VIP (with special reserved seating): $35
To order advanced tickets, send a check (made out to: Lodestone Theatre
Ensemble) for $20 per ticket ($35 for VIP) to:
Lodestone Theatre Ensemble
c/o Oscar Night
PO Box 1072
Studio City, CA 91614

Please include your phone number and e-mail address so we can confirm your order. Tickets will be waiting for you at the door. All checks MUST be received by Feb. 27 for pre-sale price ($20). Order tickets early because we've sold-out every year!

Brickbox Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
The Atmosphere of Henry
by West Liang
February 6 to March 6, 2004

See News for more information.

San Diego Repertory Asian American Theatre
The Clouds, The Ocean And Everything In Between
by Michael P. Premsrirat
Directed by Rhys Greene
February 7 to March 7, 2004
Playhouse on Plaza
500 East Plaza Blvd., National City

Winner of the 2000 East West Players New Voices Playwriting Competition, this serious comedy follows two girls and a guy from the idealism of college to the burst bubble of dot-com society.  Boy, Tuesday and Ceilidh, mixed up and of mixed Asian heritage, struggle to keep their wit and humanity as they tumble through life and love.   

East West Players (LA, CA)
Asian Pacific Tales
March 6, 2004

See News story.

AATC (SF, CA) and
I Can't Believe They're Not Oriental!
March 5 and 6, 2004

"Winner, Best of the SF Fringe 2002"

Asian American Theater Company presents the OPM Comedy troupe in their smash hit, I Can't Believe They're Not Oriental!

OPM Comedy
March 5 6, 2004

Seattle Children's Theatre
Tibet Through the Red Box
by Peter Sis
adapted by David Henry Hwang
January 30 to March 14 , 2004

Tibet Through the Red Box (Jan. 30-March 14). Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang adapts an autobiographical book by Peter Sis about a magical journey his father took through the mountains of far-away Tibet. Staged by noted opera director Francesca Zambello, recommended for children ages 8 and up.

Study guide from the Seattle Childrens Theatre here.

Review from Seattle Weekly here.

Review from Seattle Times here (registration required)

InterACT (Sacramento, CA)
Alice in America-Land
By Dennis Snee
February 14 to March 14, 2004

See News item.

Met Theatre (LA, CA)
Lotus Maiden
by T. Y. Joe
February 9 to March 17, 2004

An adaption of a Korean fable.

Diversity Players (LA, CA)
by Lee Blessing
February 27 to March 21, 2004

The Lee Blessing play probes into the delicate relationship between grandmother, mother, and daughter, and illustrates their struggle to find love amongst years of alienation and estrangement. With the dramatic stakes raised by a gripping portrayal of three ethnically diverse women, this production will shed light on our many differences, but innumerable similarities.

fu-GEN Theatre Company (Toronto, Canada)
The Potluck Festival
A reading series featuring new work by: Leon Aureus, Jo Chim, In-Surp Choi, Kent Lam, Richard Lee and David Yee
Factory Studio Theatre
125 Bathurst Street (Bathurst & Adelaide)
Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 8:00pm

Tickets: PWYC ($15 Suggested Minimum)
Warning: strong language, new ideas, unadulterated Asian-Canadian hip-ness

In the tradition of Banana Boys and filial, fu-GEN brings you another dose of unadulterated Asian-Canadian hip-ness.

fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company presents a reading series featuring new work by the next generation of Asian-Canadian playwrights. The Potluck Festival is held in support of new work in the Asian-Canadian theatre community, and will be held on March 18th at the Factory Studio Theatre, starting at 8:00pm.

Last year, fu-GEN founded it’s inaugural playwright’s lab, nicknamed: “The Kitchen”. For the past 12 months, six playwrights have been cooking up all original new scripts. On March 18th, you get to see all of them. Six short plays-in-progress by six of the hottest Asian-Canadian playwrights in Toronto. Ticket price includes admission to all six readings, plus a potluck dinner afterwards. The Potluck Festival features writing from: Leon Aureus, Jo Chim, In-Surp Choi, Kent Lam, Richard Lee and David Yee.

To reserve tickets call 416-496-5726 or email promotions@fu-gen.org

For more information visit us online at www.fu-gen.org

isangmahal (Seattle, WA)
isangmahal arts kollective's 7th Anniversary Show!
March 19
Northwest Asian American Theater (7th and Jackson in the Chinatown/International District)

Doors open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8:00pm $3 Admission

Featuring artists from isangmahal, the Seattle APA community and other communities of color.

For more information, visit www.isangmahal.org. "isangmahal believes in
love as a source of freedom and art as propaganda for self-love. Understanding this dynamic relationship between art and love, and the critical location that art can take in the process of self-actualization, isangmahal continues to test the elasticity of this beautiful intersection and how it harnesses community.

As racist/sexist/homophobic representations continue to plague our daily lives by attempting to incarcerate our own imaginations (how we see/hear ourselves), we continue to fight for our own safe space for subjective cultural production, community empowerment, and individual freedom.

Vampire Cowboys Theatre Co. (NYC)
Vampire Cowboy Trilogy
by Qui Nguyen
March 5 to 25, 2004

VAMPIRE COWBOY TRILOGY is a comedic three-part fight spectacle telling the stories of one estranged paranormal investigator, two colorful cold-war Superheroes, and a high school full of teenage warrior princesses. A fast paced comedic tour de force, this show takes the world of Comic Books, Film Noir, and Chop Saki Kung Fu flicks and puts them on their head. An Action Play in full color 3-D Vamp-O-Vision! Not your Parent's theatre.

March 5-27, 2004
(Thurs, Fri, Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 7pm)
Common Basis Theatre
750 Eighth Ave., 5th Floor (at 46th St.)
Admission: $20
For reservations: call 212-696-7806 or email tix@vampirecowboys.com

by Samantha Chanse
by Christopher Chen
March 25, 2004

In Maya, three people find themselves in a strange, Kafka-esque prison with no recollection of how they got there or who they are. These sufferers of amnesia slowly piece together their shared past shaped by lost love and a brutal war. But soon they find that their memories diverge, and things are further complicated by their captor, a mad doctor, who casts doubts on what little they have to go on. His own agenda reveals a shocking take on spirituality. Maya is at once a political allegory and philosophical treatise that is brought to life by intense emotions and poetic language. At its core, it deals with the nature of the soul. Its surreal, neutral setting is inspired by Samuel Beckett and Sarah Kane. Its mood and language are inspired by Virginia Woolf and Kazuo Ishiguro.

In Mixed Company (NYC)
March 17, 18, 26 and 27, 2004

4 Shows only. Mar 17, 18, 26 & 27. 7pm. DTW 219 W. 19th St. (btwn 7th & 8th)
www.dtw.org or 212-924-0077 for tickets
www.inmixedcompany.com for info

NYC choreographer Maura Nguyen Donohue tears across borders with Hanoi-based choreographer Le Vu Long for the world premiere of Enemy/Territory.

Two companies, creating work on separate continents, negotiate a shared space in performance in a contest of choreographic turf warfare. The rambunctious work surveys a bizarre range of hostile environments drawing from Vietnam war movies to parenthood to International Visa regulations.

Enemy/Territory is a series of small works suffering the constant explosion of their environments. Solos are set against various video clips projected onto the floor. Dancers combat shrinking performance spaces and changing rules set by the whimsy of a whistle blowing lighting designer. Artists dance one another out of the space in duets. Choreographers rumble. And the audience is subjected to the new immigration laws of performance traversing the bowels of DTW's Bessie Schönberg Theater as they are subjected to random searches and fingerprinting.

"When Long and Lan were detained in Vietnam and fingerprinted last summer sabotaging a month of brainstorming and rehearsals in the US we decided to use it. We wanted to explode the historical enemy relationship between the US and Vietnam. We decided to draw on personal experiences to look at larger issues like America's newest way of identifying hostile parties" says Mara Donohue.

Sluts on Ice!
The Cheapest Sketch Show in Town On Ice!
(Note: No actual ice)
March 26 and 27, 2004

Stolen Cow Productions, the cutting-edge producing company that presented last year's sold out event Ex Marks the Spot, teams up once again to bring you its daring new sketch-comedy show Sluts on Ice! The show will take place on Friday, March 26th and Saturday, March 27th with performances each night at both 7:30pm and 9:30pm at 440 Studios on 440 Lafayette St. (at the corner of Astor Place), Studio Theatre 3D, 3rd Fl. Tickets are each $5.00. Reservations can be made by emailing stolen_cow@yahoo.com.

Sluts On Ice! is a comedic scream in the face of daily life from the writing talents of Jennifer Chen, Celena Cipriaso, and Brendan Hay. Rage with the underpaid assistant trapped in a world of rich white people. Tremble as a man's penis betrays his cheating ways. Wonder at the sight of Manhattan's newest trend - the straight queer! Dustin Chinn, one of the directors from last year's smash hit Ex Marks the Spot, returns to direct this saucy new show. Sluts on Ice! is guaranteed to be the cheapest ticket to the funniest show in town.

Brendan Hay, Jennifer Chen, and Celena Cipriaso first began Stolen Cow Productions as a writers' group of NYU Dramatic Writing alumni with the purpose of developing new work. All three work professionally in the arenas of television, theatre, publishing and film. Stolen Cow Productions eventually evolved into a production company with a mission to create fresh, exciting entertainment.

Dustin H. Chinn is a former member of Peeling, the Asian American performance collective. A native of Seattle, he's worked with the Northwest Asian American Theater, Repertory Actor's Workshop, Pork Filled Players, and 11:07 late night comedy series.

The show features the performing talents of Jimmy Donn, Nancy Kim, Fitz Mangubat, Matt Moses, and Campbell Smith.

RCJG Productions (LA, CA)
a staged reading of
by Ralph Pena
March 27, 2004

Best of the LA Women's Theater Festival (LA, CA)
by Kristina Sheryl Wong
March 27, 2004

Laundry transforms the act of doing laundry into an exploration of "Chineseness," language, hope, and "freedom" and its manifestations within three generations of the artist's family in America.

WHERE: The Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 4800 Hollywood Blvd in Barnsdall Art Park.

WHEN: This Saturday, March 27 at 8pm

Pork Filled Players (Seattle, WA)
STIFFED! A Benefit for the Seattle Fringe Fest
Capitol Hill Arts Center Lower Level
March 30, 2004 8 pm

Pork Filled Players joins an all star roster of Seattle theatre artists for a benefit for the 2003 Fringe Festival artists and venues who have gone unpaid in the wake of the financial crisis at Seattle Fringe Theatre Productions. Tickets $10.

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (LA, CA)
A reading of
by Michael Golamco
directed by Chil Kong
March 31, 2004

featuring Vic Chao, Tim Kimoto, DC Wolfe, and Marie Wong

Travis Park is a high school English teacher and the only Korean American man living in a dusty cowboy town known as Breakneck, Wyoming. When a gorgeous, whip-smart Asian American woman moves into town, he immediately falls for her.

The only problem is that she only dates white men.

In this funny and moving re-telling of Edmond Rostand's CYRANO DE BERGERAC, one man must choose allegiance between his cowboy friend (a dim, handsome, Caucasian P.E. teacher named Del) and his Asian Brother-with-a-Capital-B (crazed, militant Asian of Unknown Origin, Chester). He must choose between the Asian American and the American within himself -- between COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI -- in a pursuit of a love that may only be as real as the love letters he writes for someone else.


6567 Santa Monica Blvd., east of Highland, on the northwest corner of Seward,
2 blocks west of the Hudson Theatre and The Complex
There's no marquee, just a large golden check logo at the entrance. Limited parking in the lot in front of space. Otherwise, street parking available.

FREE ADMISSION (but donations gladly accepted and encouraged)

NO RSVPS required, however, please arrive early as seating is on a first-come basis.

For more info. about Lodestone:
(323) 993-7245

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