SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Sex in Seattle Episode 4: New Year's Confessions
March 22 to April 6, 2002
Center House Theatre

Sex in Seattle, Episode Four: New Year Confessions centers around the lives and loves of four contemporary Asian American women. Entertaining, touching, sexy and fun, join Shari, Elizabeth, Jenna, and Tess as they bring in the New Year in their own unforgettable way.

Kuma Kahua Theatre (Hawaii)
A Ricepaper Airplane
by Gary Pak
adapted by John Wat and Keith Kashiwada
March 14 to April 14, 2002

Kim Sung Wha is a dying man, piecing together the story of his life for his nephew. As the old man drifts in and out of consciousness, he tells of his days working on a sugar plantation, his Korean homeland and his dream of building an airplane with a broken down bicycle, bamboo and rice paper, which he would use to fly home.

Bad Guys, Good Girls and Kick Butt Films
A Night Celebrating Short Films By Bay Area (h)APAs
Hosted by AATC, curated by Matthew J. Abaya
April 11 and 12, 2002

Showtimes: Thursday and Friday, April 11th and 12th @ 8PM

Location: Theater of Yugen
2840 Mariposa Street in San Francisco

Tickets: $8

Information and Reservations: 415-440-5545 /

A showcase of some of the Bay Area's most talented (h)APA (*HAPA/Asian Pacific American) filmmakers. This short film program is presented with no theme to showcase a wide variety of genres ranging from experimental, documentary, comedy, animation and narrative. Depending on how this first run goes, we will consider making (h)APA films part of a monthly series.

The Films:

  • In the Dark by Rosa Lau (TRT 3 Minutes - 2000) -
    Genre: Experimental Visual Exploration of Human Form.
  • Post Neo Deo by Anna Mae Chin (TRT 15 minutes 2002) -
    Genre: Experimental Documentary on Post/Neo/Deo Colonialization
  • Kung Fu Mon Amore by Simon Mah (TRT 20 minutes) 1999 -
    Genre: Martial Arts Comedy
  • Secretions and Lies by Kevin Sun (TRT 5 Minutes 2000) -
    Genre: Situation Sexual Comedy
  • Four Noble Truths by Brian Seichi Tsukamoto (TRT 6 minutes 2000) -
    Genre: Experimental Hip Hop
  • Bad Guys by Roy Lee (TRT 30 minutes - 2001) -
    Genre: Gangster Narrative

Plus more to be announced...

Mark Taper Forum (LA)
Written and Performed by Alec Mapa
Directed by Chay Yew
Fri Apr 12, 8PM; Sat Apr 13 2PM & 8PM; Sun Apr 14, 2PM

You are fourteen years old.  You are dressed in Sergio Valente jeans.  You lipsync to the FAME soundtrack.  You think you are Irene Cara.  No rules.  No AIDS.  You just came out and you are out way past curfew.  Get on board this uproarious and poignant technicolor roller coaster journey with actor/performer Alec Mapa as he takes you back to his adolescence in "the last minutes of the Roman Empire," also known as San Francisco 1980.

At The Evidence Room
2220 Beverly Boulevard, LA
All Seats $10
To Purchase Tickets
Call 213.628.2772
for more info click here…taper_too_show.asp

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC)
Forbidden City Blues
by Alexander Woo
March 16 to April 21, 2002

The new Pan Asian Rep production, Forbidden City Blues - a new comedy about race, culture, and...genitals. An ABC and his caucasian girlfriend vacation in China and discover there's more than what meets the eye when he is kidnapped and forced to undergo an operation.

" A clever, skewed view of China, America, relationships therein and points between. A culture clash for the new millenium."

Live sizzling, electric blues music composed and performed by Rick Ebihara, Jose Rosario, and Perry Yung

Directed by Ron Nakahara
Written by Alexander Woo.

Featuring: Kate Chaston, Fay Ann Lee, Julia Mclaughlin, Les J.N. Mau, Scoot C. Reeves, Peter Von Berg, Jose Rosario and The Slant Performance Group on the scene and behind the scenes.

The West End Theater
263 West 86th St.
March 16 - EXTENDED to April 21st.

Call Ticket central (212) 279 4200
Or Pan Asian Rep for more info
(212) 505-5655

The Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada) presents,
Saturday April 20, 2002
Written and performed by Jean Yoon
With instruction poems, images, music and other text by Yoko Ono
Directed by Marion de Vries
Produced by Loud Mouth Asian Babes
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12 AGO members/$15 general public + handling fee
Call 416-979-6608 for tickets

THE YOKO ONO PROJECT - SOLO is an abbreviated, revised and revisioned one-woman version of the 2000 stage spectacle that premiered to rave reviews at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. Obsessed, passionate, provocative, THE YOKO ONO PROJECT foregrounds the experience of Asian-Canadian women as filtered through and magnified by the icon of Yoko Ono. THE YOKO ONO PROJECT is an inventive melding of music, performance and multimedia, that shatters myths and challenges (mis)perceptions about one of the most controversial modern artists.

This "special edition" of THE YOKO ONO PROJECT - SOLO features writer/actor JEAN YOON as Helen, an Asian-Canadian woman on the road to self-discovery through the work, music and influence of Yoko Ono. Chock full of images of Ono's sculptures, performance art, instruction poems and her 30-year music career, this special performance also includes fresh looks at Yoko Ono's works, in the context of the AGO's current exhibition Y E S YOKO ONO.

For media information, contact:
Carrie Shibinsky, 416-979-6660, ext. 403, Fax: 416-977-8547

Stories Waiting to Be Told
performed and written by Jude Narita
April 25, 2002

a one-woman play
celebrating Asian and Asian American women, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Thursday April 25th
7:30 PM In the Cal Poly Theater. The theater is located on campus where Grand Avenue ends at Perimeter Road.

Presented by the Multi Cultural Center

Admission is free.

For more info on Jude Narita please go to

Joseph Papp Public Theater (NYC)
by Naomi Iizuka
April 2002

I Was Born With Two Tongues
April 2002

Check here for their April 2002 schedule.

Lodestone Theatre (LA)
by Judy Soo Hoo
April 6 to 28, 2002

See News story.

Theater Mu (Minneapolis)
Temple of Dreams

by Marcus Vrilius Quinones and R. A. Shiomi
April 13 to 28, 2002

A young Filipino man returns to Hawaii for his father's funeral, and discovers the immense world of his father's life.

Asian American Theater Company (SF) in association with
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center presents:
T O K Y O B O U N D *
Written and performed by AMY HILL
Produced by Pamela Wu
April 18 to 27, 2002

Thurs. - Sat. April 18, 19, 20 at 8pm
Sun. April 21 at 2pm and 7pm
Opening Night Benefit with Amy Hill and
Hapa Issues Forum: Thurs April 18th at 8pm

Thurs. - Sat. April 25, 26, 27 at 8pm
Sun. April 28 at 2pm and 7pm


Noh Space
2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco


$15 Thursday and Sunday
$18 Friday and Saturday
$25 Opening Benefit

For reservations or inquiries call
(415) 440-5545

Please visit our website at

San Francisco: Asian American Theater Company presents Tokyo Bound, a touching autobiographical one-woman multi-media show that chronicles and examines the experiences of a young Japanese-Finnish American who journeys to her mother's homeland: Japan. Through a series of character studies and humorous vignettes, she reveals the complexities of Japanese women. During this one-hour production, the audience is introduced to, among others, an obsessive-compulsive escalator attendant, a bitter talk-show host, and a touchingly oblivious pop singer. This is a personal odyssey for Amy Hill - a journey from insecurity and alienation to understanding and acceptance.

"I wanted to take a risk," notes writer/performer Hill. "At the same time that I'm recounting my own experiences in Tokyo, I wanted to explode the stereotypes of Japanese women and investigate the ties we have with our cultural past, both conscious and unconscious.

The Los Angeles Times says Tokyo Bound is "an enlightening personal work" that "soars toward comical cultural collisions."

Tokyo Bound will be opening Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center's (APICC) UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2002!

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto)
by Lee Pui Ming
April 25-27, 2002

Celebrated composer and pianist Lee Pui Ming and Dora award-winning choreographer and dancer Peter Chin join forces to create HUNDUN, an exciting new multi-disciplinary music-dance piece that delves into the process of awakening and transformation. Conceived and presented by Lee Pui Ming, HUNDUN runs April 25-27, 2002 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

HUNDUN is a music and dance theatre presentation that draws its inspiration from an ancient Chinese mythological creature by that name found in the fictitious geography book of China, Shan Hai Jing, dating from around 400 - 200 BC. The literal translation of Hundun is formlessness. Hundun was a creature that was a mass of undefined energy until the gods decided to open orifices in it one-by-one so it could see, hear, smell and taste. Upon the opening of the seventh orifice, Hundun ceased to exist in its formless state and became Earth.

HUNDUN explores the transformation that happens when one awakens to different parts of ourselves. The Shan Hai Jing details all the fantastical creatures that inhabit the different regions of China such as three-headed snakes, fish with feet and wings, and birds with human heads. It is in this mythological landscape that the exploration of awakening and transformation takes place.

The lines between music and dance will be very fluid with musicians moving and dancers sounding. In addition to Lee Pui Ming and Peter Chin, the performance features acclaimed dancer Yvonne Ng and some of Toronto's most respected and talented musicians: bassist Victor Bateman, percussionist Mark Duggan, percussionist Graham Hargrove and Ernie Tollar on winds and Montreal's Joane Hétu on alto sax and voice.

Composer and performer Lee Pui Ming is a celebrated Canadian pianist whose improvisational stylings can be found on her recent CD release "who&Mac226;s playing" as well as past releases "Taklamakan", "Strange Beauty" and "Nine-Fold Heart".

Choreographer and performer Peter Chin is a multi-disciplinary artist with multiple Dora Awards and nominations to his credit.

Lee Pui Ming presents HUNDUN, April 25-27, 2002 at 8pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street. BOX OFFICE: 416-975-8555. TICKETS: $23 ($18 Student, Senior, Artist).

GENseng, State University of New York
Paper Angels
by Genny Lim
April 26 to 27, 2002

Geneseo's Asian American Play Reading Series, presents Genny Lim's PAPER ANGELS, about the hardships endured by the Chinese immigrants incarcerated on Angel Island off the coast of San Francisco in the early twentieth century. Dates are April 26-27. Performances in the Robert Sinclair Theatre on the SUNY Geneseo campus, Geneseo, NY. For information contact Randy Kaplan:

Indocenter (NYC)
by Rehana Mirza
May 2, 2002


On Thursday, May 2nd, Barriers will have its first introduction as a staged reading. The pan-Asian family drama, written by Rehana Mirza, primarily focuses on a family dealing with the loss and prejudices that arose from the WTC tragedy.

The Synopsis:
With the homecoming of the only daughter, Sunima (read by Deepa Purohit, most recently seen on The Sopranos), who is returning from NYC to announce her pending engagement, the play quickly unravels as the mixed Muslim family is forced to confront past betrayals and issues and eventually ends up reaching a critical mass point. Other talented actors involved in the reading include: Sunil Malhotra (American Desi, Where's the Party, Yaar) and Ismail Bashey (Law and Order, Wings of Hope).

The Basics:
Where: The IndoCenter of Arts & Culture, 530 West 25th Street
When: Thursday, May 2nd
Time: Doors Open at 6:30PM, Reading begins at 7PM
Cost: $15
($5 for IndoCenter members)
RSVP: (212) 462-4221 or by contacting

Corner. Store. Riot
by M. J. Kang
Cornerstone Theatre (LA)
April 27 and 28, 2002
Three Plays, Three Voices
May 4, 2002

In South Central, the Lees, a Korean family and owners of a mom & pop shop, watch as their dreams of prosperity clash with reality as tensions mount with their African American neighbors in the months prior to Sa-i-gu or 4/29. Though fictional, it is based on extensive research and interviews.

Stage readings of Corner. Store. Riot., a work-in-progress, commissioned by June K. Lu will be presented on Sunday, April 28th and 29th at 7:00 pm at Cornerstone Theatre, 708 Traction Ave., in Little Tokyo. Free admission. Seating is limited. For reservations and information, call 213 613 1700, ext. 33.

On Sunday, May 4th, it will be presented at Los Angeles Theatre Centre for the special one day event, "L.A. '92 - Three Plays/Three Voices" The Los Angeles Riots of 1992, their underlying causes, and lasting consequences is the subject of LA '92, THREE PLAYS/THREE VOICES. The day-long event is billed as an opportunity for community reflection on the social upheaval that gripped Southern California ten years ago. The day will feature readings of three plays and a panel discussion. Admission is $10 for the entire day, which begins at 12 noon.

All three plays touch upon the riots, their root causes, or their aftermath. CORNER. STORE. RIOT. by M.J. Kang, CANNED GOODS by Silas Jones, and OLYMPIC NOTIONS & SUPPLY by Robert Barnett. The panel discussion is titled, "Are We Getting Along Yet?" and will bring together artists, activists, community leaders - along with audience members - to explore what the events of 4/29 mean to us today and tomorrow.

Each play will be presented twice within the course of the day. There will be three performance times - 12 noon, 2:30, and 8:00 - with two plays presented each time, using two LA Theatre Center stages. The panel discussion "Are We Getting Along Yet?" will be held at 5:30 with the names of the moderator and panelists to be announced shortly.

For information and reservation for LA '92 - THREE PLAYS/THREE VOICES, call LA Theatre Center box office at 213 385 1681 or buy tickets online at

Village Theatre (Issaquah, WA)
Making Tracks
by Welly Yang, Brian Yorkey, and Woody Pak
March 14 to May 12 2002

Direction by Jeff Steitzer
Choreography by Steve Tompkins
Musical Direction by Tom Kitt and R.J. Tancioco
Asian Movement by Jamie Guan
Costumes Design by Linda Cho
Lighting Design by Stephen Petrilli
Set Design by Takeshi Kata

Starring: Deedee Lynn Magno, Herman Sebek, Michael K. Lee, Hazel Anne Raymundo, Thomas Kouo, Chil Kong

Also Featuring: Jennifer Paz, Ming Lee, Brandon Kuwada, Ben Gonio, Mark Dela Cruz, Leilani Wollam, Kari Lee Cartwright, Seema Sueko

In Issaquah:
March 14 - April 21
Tues-Sat, 8pm; Sat, 2pm/Sun. 2pm & 7pm
Francis J. Gaudette Theatre
303 Front Street North
Issaquah, WA 98027
Tickets: $25 to $42
(425) 392-2202

In Everett:
April 26 - May 12
Wed-Sat, 8pm; Sat & Sun, 2pm
Everett Performing Arts Center
2710 Wetmore Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
Tickets: $22 to $38
For tickets, call Village Theatre's Everett Box Office, (425) 257-8600

A young Asian-American rock musician journeys through six generations of his family's history in the rousing and passionate new rock musical, Making Tracks. An acclaimed international and Off-Broadway hit (hailed as "promising, energetic, and hopeful" by The New York Times and as "making Asian American history" by NBC's Today in New York), the latest incarnation of the show is making it's world premiere at Village Theater, after being developed as part of the Village Originals series in 2000. This all-American musical combines the epic scope of Les Miserables with the youthful dynamism of Rent. Featuring a cast that includes Broadway luminaries, the show has already been embraced by tens of thousands of people across the US and Taiwan. In a groundbreaking international collaboration, this premiereVillage Theatre production is scheduled to move on to other North American cities in 2002, with an eye toward a New York opening in 2003. Making Tracks features one of the most electrifying and compelling contemporary musical scores to come along since Rent hit the Broadway stage almost a decade ago.

For more information, please contact Jessica Fresolone at (425) 392-1942 x124.

East West Players (LA)
by Derk Nguyen
April 17 to May 12, 2002

A review is here; well received as well by the LA Times.

Minds on the Mend
May 8 and 9, 2002

Wednesday & Thursday, May 8th & 9th at 8:00PM
SALAAM! is pleased to have several of our company members working along w/Rising Circle Theater Collective's presentation of Minds on the Mend - a showcase of original and published scenes.

Featuring scenes from:

  • Death and The Maiden by Ariel Dorfman, directed by Anuvab Pal
    featuring Deepa Purohit, Andy Brown, Sourabh Chatterjee
  • SanctOvum: My One Good Ovary by Lucinda Holt*
    directed by Raphael Peacock
    with Colette Porteous, Thanya Polonio, Amanda Hargrove, Joseph Pagliano, Gita Reddy, Lucinda Holt , & Shannon Bryant
  • Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang
    directed by Shannon Bryant
    featuring Shannon Bryant and Thanya Polonio
  • Spoiled Milk by Ajit Jagdale*
    directed by Jordan Thomas
    featuring Neil Shah, Reena Shah, Lopa Banerjee, & Joe Corrao
  • Eleemosynary by Lee Blessing
    directed by Geeta Citygirl
    featuring Priya Soni, Sunita Mukhi, Geeta Citygirl
  • *an original piece written by a member of Rising Circle

Place: The Producers Club Theatres
358 West 44th St. (between 8th and 9th Ave)
Tickets: $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Please RSVP with your name and number of tickets to
For more information about Rising Circle:

Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Obon: Tales of Rain and Moonlight
by Ping Chong and Company
April 8 to May 18, 2002

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
The Goddess of Flowers
by Thelma Virata Castro
May 2002

by Melinda Corazon Foley
May 2 to 25, 2002

FLASH! whirlwind family images of a haunted past descend upon Maya's brainlike testament to attention deficit disorder. Driven by profound longing, and the encouragement of Ima, a wild ghostly elder, Maya returns to the people she most wanted to understand. That childhood foundation. Where something went bitter at the roots.

The Coconut Masquerade is a full-length play written in a rhythmic verse language influenced by developments in spoken word, hip-hop, adult alternative, and children's tales. Author,Melinda Corazon Foley, first gained recognition during Bay area theater and poetry shows in the late 1990's, and was soon performing her work nationally and overseas. She introduced story ideas for Masquerade during a UC Santa Cruz Pilipino Cultural Celebration in 1995, and performed in the first full-length play version with UCSC's Rainbow Theatre in 1996. After representing Rainbow Theatre at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Foley brought developing segments of Masquerade to audiences in NYC, Denmark, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles, among several other cities. Teatro ng Tanan is premiering the finished version of Masquerade at Bindlestiff Studio. The second in Foley's intended series of poetic verse plays will be completed in winter 2002.

Northwest Asian American Theatre (Seattle)
Woman, Monkey and Kabuki Joe
a collaboration by Byron Au Yong and Lee Swee Keong
May 10 to 19, 2002

Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT) is proud to present the world premiere of Woman, Monkey and Kabuki Joe, a theatrical creation of American composer Byron Au Yong and Malaysian choreographer/dancer Lee Swee Keong, co-written with puppeteer and NWAAT Artist-in-Residence Andrew K. Kim. Guest Artists include dancer Saiko Kobayashi, vocalist Jessika Kenney and musicians Karen Akada and Kelsey Furuta. Woman, Monkey and Kabuki Joe will premiere at Nippon Kan Theatre on May 10th and runs through May 19th.

Woman, Monkey and Kabuki Joe is an exquisite narrative that re-imagines the early history of Seattle's Japanese-American community through the female ghost that haunts the balcony of the Nippon Kan Theatre. Her poignant story of desire and loss is brought to life as she pays homage to performers who were not documented nor remembered but were nonetheless part of this vibrant hall.

Woman, Monkey and Kabuki Joe is the result of a year-long, multiple residency collaboration between Au Yong and Lee as International Artists Program (IAP) Collaborative Artists that began in May 2001. Throughout their residencies in Seattle and Kuala Lumpur, both Au Yong and Lee sought to develop a theme that carried the metaphor for their experiences and questions from their respective cultural contexts. They also realized that the physical model for the metaphor of hidden truths lay in their rehearsal space - the Nippon KanTheatre.

May 10, 11, 17, 18 -- 8:00 p.m.
May 12, 19 -- 2:00 p.m.

Ticket pricing and availability: 206-340-1049


Byron Au Yong, Co-creator/ Composer
Swee Keong Lee, Co-creator/Choreographer
Andrew K. Kim, Puppeteer/Director
Saiko Kobayashi, Choreographer/Dancer
Jessika Kenney, Vocalist/Musician
Kelsey Furuta, Musician
Karen Akada, Musician

Yangtze Repertory Theatre (NYC)
Variations in a Foreign Land IV
May 17 to 19, 2002

Written and performed by D.H. Naomi Quinones
May 16 to 26, 2002

DATES: 1st Week: Thurs. - Sat. May 16, 17, 18 at 8pm
Sun. May 19 at 7pm

Opening Night Benefit with D. H. Naomi Quinones: Thurs May 16th at 8pm

2nd Week: Thurs. - Sat. May 23, 24, 25 at 8pm
Sun. May 26 at 7pm

LOCATION: SomARTS Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco

TICKET INFO: $15 Thursday and Sunday
$18 Friday and Saturday
$25 Opening Benefit


"What's so strange about my mom being Latina, even if she is Japanese?" So goes a line from Strands, a solo performance written and performed by D.H. Naomi Quiñones. Naomi is the granddaughter of Kiichiro Yoshida, a journalist in Lima, Peru, who was interned in camps in Panama and the United States during WWII. After the war, he was sent to Japan, and the family was never reunited. Naomi unravels Strands of memory, history and fantasy to understand her grandfather's wartime experience and how it has effected her family, as well as her participation in the educational and redress efforts, and shaped her sense of self-identity and social justice. Commissioned by the Asian American Theater Company, Strands is funded by a grant from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program (CCLPEP). The CCLPEP was created in 1998 to inform the California community of the Japanese American experience. The piece is directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang, with dramaturgy by Judith Nihei, musical contributions by Francis Wong, Melody Takata, and Doug Hirai, and video by Casey Peek.

presents an In the Works staged reading of
by Bobby Del Rio
Directed by Alan Muraoka
Kim Montelibano, Dramaturg
May 19, 2002

WHEN CHILDREN FALL, a poignant tale of broken hopes and betrayal;

HALF-CHINX TAKING OVER THE WORLD, a hilarious and witty perspective on the half-Asian celebrity phenomena infiltrating the entertainment industry;

CHRISTIAN VALUES, an insightful look into the price of loyalty and integrity.

Starring Joel De La Fuente, Ron Domingo, Siho Ellsmore, Mel Gionson, Eileen Rivera, Orlando Pabotoy, Kaipo Schwab, Rodney To, Tara Wilson

Sunday, May 19, 2002 @ 7:00 PM
The John Houseman Theatre
450 West 42nd Street (between 9th & 10th Streets)
New York, NY

**Performance is expected to be sold out quickly, so make your reservations NOW!! at Maximum of 2 reservations per person. Reservations cannot be guaranteed after 6:45pm.

Free admission. Donations accepted at door.

The In the Works Reading series is made possible in part by the support of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a decentralization program of NYSCA.

East West Players & Lodestone (LA)
by Nic Cha Kim
May 23, 2002

EWP's New Voices Project presents a staged reading of HYPERBOLA by Nic Cha Kim in association with Lodestone Theatre Ensemble

Lang thinks his wife is gay. Mary thinks Lang is cheating on her. Mary's best friend thinks Lang is hot. Lang's psychiatrist thinks they're all crazy. It's bad timing to quite smoking when your marriage is failing. Don't worry -- we can help you.

When: Thursday, May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Where: Japanese American National Museum, 369 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Directed by Kipp Shiotani
Cast: Daniel Dae Kim, Jennifer Aquino, Shishir Kurup, Allison Sie, and Connie Kim

After graduating from UC Berkeley Nic Cha Kim moved to Los Angeles and joined the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. There he developed THE ATRUDA TRIANGLE, a trilogy of full-length plays, which includes HYPERBOLA. Nic is passionate about two things -- writing and motorsports. He grew up in Northern California where a life-long friendship with professional racecar driver Emerson Newton John led to a business partnership forming ENJ. At the moment, Nic is busy writing RACE DAY a documentary about motorsports.

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
WuNTuN of FuN! - Asian Comedy Night 
May 23 to 24, 2002

See! Real Asians make funny! Hear! Real Asians laugh at Real Asians make funny! Gasp! There’s nothing weirder than Real Asians laughing at Real Asians making funny! Asian Comedy Night looks at the world through slanted eyes. Performed by “ASIANS!” In White-speak!

C’mon down for another dose of comics: Host “Asian Curio” Tom Chin, Tetsuro “Surrey, but not sorry” Shigematsu, Henry “Top Banana” Mah, “Pedagogue” Paul Bae and Vancouver’s 1st Asian-Canadian Sketch Comedy Group, WuN TuN FuN!, a wacky, wild, cheeky group that when stir fried, baked or consumed raw, brings up an uncontrollable urge to chuckle, snortle, hootle and chortle. No stereotype will be granted non-ridicule status. Come to think of it, no one in general will be either! If laughter is the best medicine, why not forego Mom’s lotus root soup and slurp down WuN TuN of FuN! Directed by Tetsuro Shigematsu.

An MSG free by-product of the Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT)

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC)
The Romance of Magno Rubio
Adapted by Lonnie Carter from a short story by Carlos Bulosan
Directed by Loy Arcenas
Opens May 15, 2002
Blue Heron Arts Center
123 East 24th Street, New York City

Co-sponsored by a Cultural Equity Grant of the San Francisco Arts Commission
Tuesday, May 28th, 8.30pm

WHERE: Jon Sims Center, 1519 Mission Street, between 11th Street & S. Van Ness

(for directions visit

Contact 415.440.5545 or for more info

AATC suggested donation: $5

No one will be turned away for lack of funds

Kuma Kahua (Hawaii)
Super Secret Squad
by Lee Cataluna
May 16 to June 16, 2002

A comedy focussing on five University of Hawaii students who question the deeds of bureaucrats who banish the name "Rainbows" from UH athletics and turn the Duke Kahanamoku statue in Waikiki away from the ocean. In trying to make things right again, the students find their pranks get them into serious trouble.

ASIA (Washington, DC)
Karaoke Stories
Written by Euijoon Kim
Directed by Edu. Bernardino
At The Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, VA
May 23 - June 8, 2002

Ma-Yi Theater (NYC)
THIS END UP (A User's Manual for Lovers of Asians)
A new cabaret, conceived and directed by Ralph Pena
Presented by La Mama ETC.
Opens May 30, 2002
La Mama ETC, East 4th Street, New York City

A new KABARET from
Ma-Yi Theater Company

(A User's Manual for Lovers of Asians)
Written and Directed by Ralph B. Pena
Musical Direction by Dominick Amendum

Megan Johnson Briones
Angel Desai*
Rodney To*
John Wernke
Virginia Wing*

May 30-June 16, 2002
Thursday-Saturday @ 10:00 pm
Sunday @ 5:30 pm
74A East 4th Street, 2nd Floor
between Bowery and 2nd Avenue
Tickets: $15.00
Box Office Phone: (212) 475-7710
Box office hours 12:00pm-10:00pm 7 days a week

Take Ming, a twenty-something gay Asian man. Add Jenny, an Ivy League cheongsam princess sleeping her way through the English faculty. Insert Bunny, the quintessential Soho doyenne who likes gay guys. Add Elena, a 40-ish ex-nun with a penchant for studs who look like biblical characters. Attach Dickie, an Iowa boy who likes Jenny and Ming. Screw Dickie into Jenny. Drill Ming into Dickie. Drape Bunny over Ming, and get Elena to pray for everyone's salvation.

Five lives linked by love, longing and libido. A funny and romantic look at the ethnic dating game.

Wa Zu (world premier)
La Mama ETC
June, 2002

La Mama ETC (NYC)
Asian Comedy Night
June 3, 2002

All Laughs on June 3rd, 8 PM One Night Only!
At the La Mama Theater Club, 74-A East 4th street, NYC, between 2nd Avenue and Bowery,
As part of an ASIAN AMERICAN COMEDY NIGHT, the guys of Mellow Yellow Theatre will be performing with SLANT, Regie Cabico, Aileen Cho, and others.

Call Box Office 212-475-7710 for more info.
$15.00 non-members/$12.00 members
"Asian Comedy Night," featuring a lineup of some of the most edgy and sensational Asian comedians Gotham has to offer:

SLANT, the performance ensemble of Richard Ebihara, Wayland Quintero and Perry Yung, who made their name with "Big Dicks Asian Men (La MaMa 1996, 2001) and went on to win a solid following with a series of original Rock and Roll theatrical works where racial assumptions of masculinity, specifically Asian, are identified, examined and deconstructed. Their other shows include "The Second Coming" (La MaMa, fall 1996), "Squeal Like a Pig" (La MaMa, 1997), "wetSpot" (La MaMa, 1999), and "High" (La MaMa, June 2000).

Jonathan Lopez, a young Filipino-American actor and comic who recently had a very successful evening at Caroline's and appeared last season in Ma-Yi Theatre's "Dogeaters" by Jessica Hagedorn at the Public Theater.

Regie Cabico and Aileen Cho, each a successful solo performer in his/her own right and a wonderful comedy duo when together. Cabico has appeared on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam 2," PBS' "In The Life", Lollapalooza and MTV's "Free Your Mind" Spoken Word Tour. A pioneer in the poetry slam movement, he won the 1993 Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Slam. With Aileen Cho he has co-written and starred in several two person shows, most fondly, "Queer Shoulder To The Wheel." Aileen Cho is a "highly irregular" presence on the NYC spoken word/performance art scene, winning the House of Xavier Best Verbal Vogue slam in 1999. She is a veteran of the theater group Peeling, which is preparing for its July show, "Vampire Geishas of Brooklyn." She is not related to Margaret.

Mellow Yellow is an all-guys comedy group comprised of Andy Pang, Paul Juhn, C. S. Lee, John Fukuda, Philipe Cu Leong and John Cahill--an on-the-edge sketch group dealing with racial and sexual stereotypes.

Alvin Eng (emcee) is a native NYC comedian, playwright, lyricist, storyteller and journalist who appears frequently at La MaMa. His musical, "The Last Hand Laundry In Chinatown" (written with composer John Dunbar), was presented by La MaMa in '96, and he performed his monologue play, "More Stories From The Pagan Pagoda," there in '92. His work has been presented throughout the country and published in "Action: The Nuyorican Poets Cafe Theater Festival," "Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe" and American Theater Magazine, among others. He holds an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU and was named after the Chipmunk cartoon character. His last La MaMa production was the opera "Mao Zedong: Jealous Son (An Abstract Portrait)" (1999), a multi-media opera with concept and libretto by Eng and music by Yoav Gal.

in association with the National Asian American Theater Company, Inc.
Sung Rno
Saturday, June 8, 2002, @ 8 pm
The Joseph Papp Public Theater's Anspacher Theater
425 Lafayette Street, NYC (@ Astor Place)
Admission FREE
Reservations: 212-712-6506 or

written by Sung Rno
directed by Christine Simpson
produced by Michelle Chen
featuring Jovinna Chan, Deborah S. Craig, Ron Domingo,
Phillip Douglas, Paul H. Juhn, C.S. Lee, Ben Levin, Andrew
Pang, and Tara V. Perry

A striking new work by Korean American playwright Sung Rno, "wAve" is a radical reformulation of the Medea myth. A surreal tragicomedy, "wAve" oscillates between poetry and satire, Korea and America, M*A*S*H and Miss Saigon. It explores love denied, dirtied and ultimately betrayed by the ferociously fragmentary forces at work in our culture at the dawn of the 21st century.

Originally commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum Asian Theater Project, "wAve" was shown in the 2000 New Work Now! Festival at the Public Theater and received honorable mention in the 2001 Bay Area Playwrights' Festival. Sung Rno's other plays include "Drizzle and other Stories,""Cleveland Raining," and "Yi Sang Counts to Thirteen." He is a member of New Dramatists.

Asian American Theatre Company (SF)
On a Muggy Night in Mumbai
by Mahesh Dattani
June 14-15, 2002 8 pm

The Jon Sims Center for the Performing Arts in association with the Asian American Theater Company, Harvey Milk Institute, the Queer Cultural Center, and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center presents a workshop production of On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, in celebration of the National Queer Arts Festival. Written by Mahesh Dattani, the first Indian playwright writing in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award, On a Muggy Night is not simply the first play in Indian theater to handle openly gay themes of love, partnership, trust and betrayal; it is also a play about society’s expectations of behavior and how individuals fall victim to those expectations. Directed by Vidhu Singh. Join us for a panel discussion on contemporary Indian/Queer theater on Friday, June 14, from 1-3 pm.

Bindlestiff Studio (SF)
A comedy talk show with Allan Manalo

Michael Premsrirat
Dan Weil
Yato Yoshida
Wernher Goff

Standup Comedy by Dave Spark and Mario Ubalde

the much anticipated World Premier of a brand new piece by the critically acclaim spontaneous theatrical combustion improv troupe from Germany, Das Makeniks and a special appearance by Asian American porn star - Miso Long Dong

BAD PORK NIGHTMARE" is a comedy talk show conceptualized after the consumption of leftover Filipino/Chinese food purchased in the Mission District. This show will be featuring comedians, artists, porn stars and many unsung heroes from a world only seen through the eyes of the truly perverted. Come experience the fun of being visually and audiologically offended. This is the first (or last) talk show featuring standup comic/writer/director ALLAN MANALO, former Artistic and Managing Director of Bindlestiff Studio, the national Filipino American performing arts space in San Francisco's South of Market Area. He is also the Artistic Director of the Filipino comedy troupe, tongue in A mood.

Ma-Yi Theater (NYC)
Project Balangiga
A devised theatre piece that investigates the events of the Balangiga Massacre of 1904, and present-day issues of Ownership, Sovereignty and Appropriation
Opens late June 2002.

East West Players (LA)
PEAC performance
June 8, 2002

EWP's youngest performancer, the 7th graders of Brightwood Elementary School in Monterey Park, will perform original pieces Saturday, June 8 at 1 pm at the David Henry Hwang Theater. Through EWP's Partners in Education and Arts Collaboration (PEAC), instructors Denise Iketani and Kerri Higuchi have worked with 16 of Brightwood Elementary School's 7th graders for the past 10 weeks through a grant from the California Arts Council Exemplary Arts Program. This is the second year of EWP's PEAC program, which has helped middle school students improve grades and communication skills by utilizing the arts as an invaluable tool for the future.

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center,
in association with the Asian American Theater Company and as part of the Queer Cultural Center's National Queer Arts Festival 2002, presents
Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa in
Cosmic Blood
June 15, 2002

Co produced with QueLACo (the Queer Latino/a Artist Coalition) and the United States of Asian America Festival, Cosmic Blood by Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, explores the concept of mestizaje, the Latin American and Filipino term used to describe the race mixture of Spanish and indigenous blood as a result of colonialism, from a perspective informed by history, contemporary culture and racial formation and creative, spiritual speculation about the future. By redefining mestizaje to incorporate mixed race and queer identities that take on countless forms as in the case of multicultural San Francisco, Otalvaro-Hormillosa paints a picture of the revolutionary potential for such subversive, yet fluid identities to dismantle the binaries created by colonial constructs relating to race and gender. Live sound, composed and performed by Melissa Dougherty. Other collaborators include Chris Hill, Bill Sievert, Stuart Port, Lorraine Bautista, Carmen Allure, Heather Cox, Sauntoy Trotter, May Ling Su, emael and Allyn Nobles.

Cosmic Blood is on a shared bill with emael's 'The Queerest One of All' in which the artist introduces performance art direct (pad), an exploration in the dynamics of performance art as it attempts to merge with the larger world.

Saturday, June 15; 8:30 pm at the SF LGBT Center, 1800 Market St @ Octavia, 2nd Floor, Tickets: $15-20 sliding scale.

East West Players (LA)
The World Goes Round
music by John Kander
lyrics by Fred Ebb
conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Strohman and David Thompson
June 5 to 30, 2002

Wing Luke Museum (Seattle, WA)
Written by Nancy Calos-Nakano
Directed by Manuel R. Cawaling
June 28th, 2002 at 1:30pm
Saturday June 29th, 2002 at 7:30pm

Although this performance time was created specifically for visiting youth groups, everyone is invited to attend. If you know of any youth groups that would be interested in coming, please contact Katie Tupper at the Museum,
(206) 623-5124 ext. 106 or
**Reservations for large groups (15 or more) must be made by Friday June 21st, 2002.
WHERE: Seattle Repertory Theater/Poncho Theater Space
located at 155 Mercer Street on the Seattle Center Campus

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