International Sketch Comedy Competition (Los Angeles, CA)
April 1, 2006


The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors have been selected to compete! Help 18MMW win the Sketch Comedy Heavy-Wit Championship by cheering us on! Help us show that Asian Americans are a force in comedy! And be taped for a potential pilot!

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors - (Yay!)
Classholes -
Competitive Awesome -
Diani & Divine - website coming soon
Friends with Benefits -
Uphill Both Ways -
Not in competition: Skitsations -

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2006 @ 8pm

WHERE: Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Between 5th Street and 6th Street.

TICKETS: Purchase tickets for only $15 per person at

Proceeds from this event benefit the Lifetime Adoption Center.

Adam West! (Batman), Kiki Melendez! And more!

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Fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company (Toronto, Canada)
3rd  Annual Playwright’s Kitchen
Potluck Festival
A Festival of New Works by Asian-Canadian Writers
 Wednesday, April 5th • 7:30 pm

Factory Studio Theatre (125 Bathurst Street, corner of Adelaide)
To reserve seats, call 416.496.5726

Featuring readings from new plays by
Susan Aceron•Daniel Christopher Chen•Insurp Choi • Zoë Huang•Mia Grace Kim•Jane Luk•Dale Yim

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC, NY)
in association with Queen's Theater in the Park presents
The World Premiere of
Trial by Water
by Qui Nguyen
March 12 to April 9, 2006

at The Culture Project (45 Bleeker)
Trial By Water written by Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company‚s Artistic Director, Qui Nguyen, will receive its World Premiere in an Off-Broadway production by Ma-Yi Theater Company at The Culture Project (45 Bleecker Street) in NYC beginning March 12th. John Gould Rubin, member of LAByrinth Theater Company, directs.

Inspired by true life events, Trial By Water is the odyssey of two teenage brothers forced to flee Vietnam in the middle of the night by boat. When the ship's engine breaks down, their dreams of a better life are suddenly shattered by the nightmare of being stranded out at sea. With each day passing without any sign of rescue, each brother must confront his own issues of mortality and morality when faced with unthinkable acts of survival.

Cast includes Arthur Acuna, Genevieve DeVeyra, Dinh Doan, Jojo Gonzalez, Karen Tsen Lee, Timothy McCown Reynolds, and Jessica Chanley Smith. Creative team includes Clint Ramos (Sets/Costumes), Jane Stein (Puppets), Nicole Pearce (Lighting), Betsy Rhodes (Sound), Don Nguyen (Asst. Director), Mallory Catlett (Dramaturg), and Katie Ailinger (Stage Manager). Tickets can be purchased through or by calling 212-352-3101. For more information, go to or contact Daniel Rech, Marketing Director, at 212-971-4862. Originating from southern Arkansas and of Vietnamese descent, Qui Nguyen is an Artistic Director to Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company which has premiered Nguyen's plays: Stained Glass Ugly, Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, and A Beginner's Guide To Deicide.

Reviews here.

Walk the Mountain
written and performed by Jude Narita
March 15 to April 9, 2006

Jude Narita's one-woman play Walk The Mountain powerfully affirms the dignity, humanity and spirit of the Vietnamese and Cambodian people while examining the lingering effects of the Vietnam war, (or as it's called in Vietnam-the American War) on the people in those countries. It examines the legacy of misinformation that exists in the United States about that war, and thru it we can begin to see how history is distorted by the media and actually re-written by Hollywood movies. The humanity affected by U.S. bombing is kept from us. We may know some of the statistics, but they have no faces. In war, the enemy is purposely kept faceless. Without family. Portrayed as less than human. Having less feelings than us. Thus making it easier to kill them. This is a crucial and essential element of war, and can be felt and see to this day.

In Walk The Mountain we meet some of the "faceless enemy". Among them are a doctor working in the jungle hospitals, a freedom fighter imprisoned in a tiger cage, a mother searching for her sons, and an immigrant in America who dreams of flying. Narita takes you into their lives-their joys and sorrows, their courage, and their dreams for the future.

Similarities to the American wars today are unintentional, but unavoidable.

Walk The Mountain is directed by Darling Narita, with lights and set by Jerry Browning.

TUE - SAT 8:15 SUNDAY 3:15

(between PARK & MADISON)

SENIORS $20 with code SENR (ID required at box office)
5% of all ticket sales donated to The Smile Train (

BY PHONE 212-279-4200

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Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle, WA)
To Gillian, on Her 37th Birthday
by Michael Brady
March 23 to April 9, 2006

Some love lasts a lifetime.
Real love lasts forever.
ReAct is excited to open its new season with this heartwarming modern American classic by Michael Brady about a widower and his struggle to re-embrace life after the death of his wife. Don't miss this touching, inspiring and wonderful family drama about love, loss and life.

Kumu Kahua Theater (Hawaii)
The Songmaker's Chair
by Albert Wendt
March 16 to April 15, 2006

In the words of its playwright Albert Wendt, The Songmaker’s Chair introduces audiences to “the lives of those courageous migrant families who have made Auckland and Aotearoa their home.”  A story of conflict, continuity, and change in three generations of an extended Samoan family, this play enjoyed sold-out houses during its recent world premiere productions in New Zealand.  The first full length-play by one of the foremost Pacific novelists and essayists, The Songmaker’s Chair opens in March 2006.

See News story

Bindlestiff Studio (SF, CA)
The FOB Show: Return of the Comeback!
March 30 to April 15, 2006

The show from somewhere between two shores is back at Bindlestiff Studio, the epicenter of Filipino and Filipino-American art, with another sensory-overloading mix of sketch comedy, scripted drama, puppetry, animation, video, movement, and much more!!!

Join us as we delve deeper into the immigrant's world. Welcome to FOBlantis, capital of FOBlandia! Visit our other fobulous hotspots: steamy FOBlanta, wild Kirkland, and of course, sultry Serramonte.

Feel what it's like to leave something behind, experience culture shock, and see the world from a place we've all been to, but rarely visit. If you've ever felt like you didn't belong, welcome home.

Thursday thru Saturday March 30-April 15, 2006 at 8pm.

Bindlestiff Alley, 505 Natoma St. (between Howard & Mission), San Francisco.

Please visit or call (415) 255-0440

SEATING IS LIMITED, so get your tickets now!

Proceeds will benefit the Bindlestiff Capital Campaign to rebuild the theater at its original location on 6th Street.

THE FOB SHOW is a multi-genre production that captures the immigrant experience from a uniquely Filipino perspective.

Through puppetry, scripted drama, sketch comedy, improv, film, animation, song, poetry, live instrumental, movement and dance, this production is the opportunity for the Filipino immigrant community to express, explore, and showcase their existence and interaction with the world at large.

This show is meant for everybody and anybody. For anyone who wants to laugh, cry, or relate with us. For anyone who’s willing to listen, learn, and see … through our transient eyes.

Seven.11 Convenience Theatre (2006)
March 30 to April 16, 2006

Opening Night Thursday, March 30, 2006
At the Kraine Theater
Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Talk Backs with Cast & Crew after Every Sunday 2 p.m. Performance

The Big-Gulp just got even bigger… as the popular Seven 11 series moves into the larger and more commodious space of The Kraine Theater after the previous three years of successful sold out runs at the Tenement Theatre.

Heard to be "better than Ho-Hos," Seven.11 Convenience Theatre marks its fourth year with a whole new set of seven plays all set in a convenience store, and conveniently packaged in one evening of fun filled theatre.

This year's line-up includes

  • OLD NEW WORLD by J.P. Chan
    In the year 2106, superpowers fight for their right to claim the Jewel of Ancient America.
  • JAFFNA MANGOES by Vishaken Jeyakumar
    Race relations come to a head in a Sunnyside Queens convenience store, showing us that we can make lemonade out of lemons and lassis out of mangoes.
  • UNDONE by Elizabeth Emmons
    Two girls stop for supplies on a run away trip to Mexico to escape an arranged marriage.
  • KUNG FU HUSTLE by Jackson Loo
    Life is a hustle. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. And sometimes, your arms get broken.
  • HOMECOMING by Celena Cipriaso
    A young woman stumbles into a convenience store to find her past.
  • WHO KILLED MR. NAIDU FIRST? Samrat Chakrabarti and Sanjiv Jhaveri
    With 3 suspects and a heinous crime, a musical "whodunnit" that will send you singing and screaming from the convenience store...
  • BOMBAY SCREAMS by Rehana Mirza, music composed by Samrat Chakrabarti
    A falling Broadway star. A rising young writer. Could it be love? Or is it just business at the 7-eleven?

$17 for adults, $11 student rush tickets (at the door only)


East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
40th Anniversary Dinner
April 10, 2006

Join us as we celebrate East West Players' historic 40 Anniversary on Monday, April 10, 2006 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City.

The 40th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner is an award-winning event that salutes artists who have raised the visibility of the Asian Pacific American community through theater, film and television. Proceeds from the evening will benefit East West Players educational and artistic programs.

East West Players 40th Anniversary celebrates all the people who have built East West Players into the nation's premier Asian American theatre organization and the longest-operating theatre of color in the United States. For 40 years, East West Players has been a place for the Asian Pacific American voice to thrive.

Remember to mark your calendar for great food and the most exuberant crowd you are likely to encounter at any other event!

Note: Sandra Oh added to honorees' list.

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
presents as part of its Dark Night Series:
April 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Two emerging directors are showcased in a competitive format. Each director is allowed a limited amount of time to stage the same prepared but unrehearsed scene, using the same actors, on the same night, one right after the other, in front of a live audience. Don't miss THE WORK, the Iron Chef of Hawai'i theatre.

The two directors for this night's challenge are Dusty Behner and Nicole Tessier. They will be directing a short play, 45 ‘F’ Words, written by Chris Doi.

Tickets for this event are $5. Seating is limited, so call and reserve your seat soon. For reservations call 536-4441 Monday through Friday 11a.m.-3 p.m. Kumu Kahua Theatre is at 46 Merchant Street in downtown Honolulu. For more information about this and other Kumu Kahua productions, visit

Strange Gods
Written by David Neipris
Directed by Alyse Rothman
Monday, April 17, 2006 - 7:00 PM

(doors open at 6:45pm).

Featuring: Bernard White*, Firdous Bamji*, Jeremy Shamos*, Deepa Purohit*, Lisa Miller Fotedar* and Pia Shah.

* Member of Actor's Equity Association (AEA)

STRANGE GODS: Sonali, an illustrator from Bangalore, has a job offer from an American publisher and hopes her sunny, scripture-quoting lawyer can help her obtain a visa. Meanwhile the bandit featured in a book she plans to draw isn't a fantasy. He's based on an ivory poacher Sonali heard of as a child - India's most wanted man. Cut off from his wife and daughter, the fugitive kidnaps an equally legendary movie star whom he threatens to kill unless granted amnesty.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A and our traditional reception with COMPLIMENTARY wine, soda, nuts, salsa/chips, candies, and our much-loved vegetarian samosas. Plus our community corner featuring FREE magazines and TONS of great information about other events happening around town.

SALAAM Theatre
16 West 32nd Street - 10th floor
Between Fifth Avenue and Broadway
New York, NY 10001

Donations for reception:
$10 suggested (nobody is turned away due to lack of funds)

Reservations RECOMMENDED:
Phone: 212.330.8097

Lodestone Theatre (Southern, CA)
the next installment in the Yellow Box series:
A reading of a new play
The Descent of Chrome
written and directed by Dom Magwili
April 20, 2006

featuring Jennifer Aquino, Esperanza Catubig, Ivan Davila, Isaac Ho, Chil Kong, Giovanni Ortega, Debbie Robertson, Angie Tsang, Julio Urquidi and Dennis Yen

At the southern-most tip of Argentina, something not quite human escapes the destruction of a cloistered abby and begins a long journey north.  Meanwhile, a fifth generation clone of an international industrialist hires Wing Saito, a female cyborg thief, to steal a formula for immortality.  With the help of a 200 year-old hologram, Wing plans the heist and uncovers corruption, betrayal, and machines in love.

THURS, APRIL 20th, 2006
8:00 PM

(home of THE GOLDEN HOUR--see address/directions above

FREE ADMISSION (but donations gladly accepted and encouraged).

FREE PARKING: Park near the jet plane in front of George Izay Park at 1111 W. Olive. St.  Walk into the park, past Olive Recreation Center.  GTC Burbank is behind the Rec. Center, facing the softball fields.

NO RSVPS required, however, please arrive at least ten minutes before curtain for seating (which is limited and on a first-come basis).


Queens Theatre in the Park (Queens, NY)
Off White/Eclipse
by Cary Wong
April 22, 2006

Queens Theatre in the Park presents a free reading of Cary Wong's OFF-WHITE ECLIPSE on Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 8pm. The reading will directed by Victor Maog. The reading is part of the theatre's Immigrant Voices Project.

Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, NYC.

These readings sell out quickly, so please RSVP as soon as possible at (718) 760-0064.


These two one-act plays revolve around young Asians in New York City. The first play OFF-WHITE takes place in two hip Manhattan bars as two Asian friends try to conquer the singles scene and discuss the desirability of Asian mates. ECLIPSE, the second and longer play is a study of a friendship that is formed between an American-born Chinese man and two Chinese immigrants after a violent act brings them together, however momentarily.

Projekt NewSpeak (Los Angeles, CA)
The Asian American SLAM Poetry Showcase of the Nation
Saturday, April 22nd; 6:00 pm

@ Aratani/Japan America Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Downtown, Little Tokyo…on the corner of 2nd and San Pedro)

Parking is available at the corner of 2nd and San Pedro


Limited Pre-Sale Price: $15 (General Admission)
VIP Prices at $25

At the Door Price: $18 (General Admission)
VIP Prices At the Door: $30


Email to reserve/confirm


  • Edren Sumagaysay, Zero 3
  • Dumbfoundead, Jeet Kune Flow
  • Liza Gesuden, 2006 FPAC Slam Champion
  • Johneric Concordia, Host of Tuesday Night Cafe
  • Justin Nakasone
  • David Kim, Kaos/Project Blowed Poetry Team
  • Damnyo, Da Poetry Lounge


  • SKIM
    [2005 NewSpeak SLAM! Champion]
  • PK
    [Host of Kollaboration and the Laugh Factory]
  • DJ K-SLY
    [100.3 the Beat, Dance 360, and Steve Harvey’s Big Time]
    [Resident Performer of Russell Simmon’s & HBO’s Def Poetry Jam]
    [Acapella / R&B]
    [Folk Singer / Tuesday Night Cafe] |

All questions can be asked to:

Created and Performed by Patty Pomplun
Directed by Michelle Lockhart
Featuring Walayn Sharples and Connie Kim
Sunday April 23, 2006

Two show times: 4:00 pm or 7:30 pm

T4 Theatre
4th Floor, Seattle Center House
Seattle Center
305 Harrison
Seattle, WA 98109

Village Gate Theater / USC (Los Angeles, CA)
Three Lives
by Alex Luu
April 23, 2006

Performance artist Alex Luu returns to USC with his critically acclaimed one-man show Three Lives." Spanning four generations and three decades, Three Lives tells the heartbreaking and powerful autobiographical story of Luu's family, from being uprooted from Vietnam during the Vietnam War through their harrowing escape to the hilarity/pain of the American Dream/Nightmare. Three Lives also deals with themes of identity, racism, and the ultimate power of redemption. Hailed by critics and played to sold-out audiences at theaters and high school/college campuses nationally since 1997, Three Lives is at once brutally honest and over-the-top hilarious, all the while celebrating the beauty of the human spirit.

The Peoples Improv Theater (NYC, NY)
by Rich Kiamco
April April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2006
Thursdays @ 9:30pm

A queer overachieving Filipino comes out at age 14, facing hate crimes at school, prayer vigils from Mom and the threat of electroshock therapy from Dad. Wrestling with his family's expectations of medical school and his own dreams of fashion design, he escapes the suburban cornfields of Illinois to the streets of New York City. Will he find love, enlightenment and the perfect shade of beige? Through sharp humor, poignant truth, lush sound design and crisp choreography, this autobiopic romp shreds cultural legacy into a hilariously insightful adventure.

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (Southern CA)
at The Comedy Store
April 27, 2006

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors perform with
Kiki Melendez's .Hot Tamales Live. Variety Show at the World Famous Comedy Store! We.ll only be doing one sketch but the entire show will be GRRRREEEEAAT! Info below!

Lifetime Television for Women proudly present Hot Tamales LIVE.
Celebrating our 4th Anniversary as the Premiere Comedy Show in LA! Join Us Thursday, April 27th, @ 8:00PM

Hot Tamales Live premiered April 2002 to a sold out crowd and four years later we are still in performance launching new stars and creating a platform for multi-talented and multi-ethnic performers!

GENseng (Geneseo, NY)
Eyes of the Heart
by Catherine Filloux
April 27-29, 2006

Catherine Filloux' EYES OF THE HEART runs in Geneseo's Black Box Theatre.

The Museum
Bones of occupation, war and (mis)translation
An interactive performance installation hosting a series of games in response to
U.S. military occupation In Okinawa and elsewhere
By Denise Uyehara
April 29, 2006

Performance installation as part of the
C.O.L.A. 2006 Individual Artist Fellowship Exhibit Opening Reception
Saturday, April 29, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Free admission
Barnsdall Park Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90027

(Exhibit runs April 28 – June 11)
Gallery: 323.644.6269
More info:
This project was made possible in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles.         
Photo: Marcel Schaap. 

Hustle & Pho (Bay Area, CA)
April 30, 2006

With their unique styles and angelic nastiness, Sheng Wang, Kevin Camia, Brent Weinbach and Ali Wong are blowing up the Bay Area stand-up scene and redefining Asian-American comedy. Come see what everybody's talking about and get ready to pee in your pants.

SHENG WANG is seriously silly. Born in Taipei and raised in Houston, he performs comedy based on personal experiences with intense honesty and ill logic. His refreshingly affable stage presence combined with a healthy penchant for absurdity and self deprecation make his comedy universally accessible. Over the past two years, he has quickly risen to become a regular at local comedy clubs, such as the Punchline, Cobbs, and the Purple Onion.

KEVIN CAMIA is a stand up comic who loves to perform. He has performed around the country, the Philippines and is becoming a local favorite in the San Franci! sco Bay Area. Kevin's comedy is a unique blend of dry wit, storytelling and social satire. He does draw from his own experiences as a Filipino American but will write wherever his mind takes him. He has performed for theater, and film and occasionally appears as the musical legend, Bobby Banduria.

In the relatively short time BRENT WEINBACH has been performing stand-up comedy in the Bay Area, he has gained a particularly favorable reputation in both the underground and mainstream local comedy scenes. With a unique and quirky approach, Brent combines absurdism, borderline toilet humor, and cultural characterizations with an intellectual sophistication. Originally from Los Angeles, Brent Weinbach received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley with a major in Film Studies and minor in Music. He works professionally as a comedian, musician, and school teacher.

Pintig Cultural Group (Chicago, IL)
and the Center for Immigrant Resources & Community Arts (CIRCA) invite you to
The Bells of Balangiga
the Musical
Book & Lyrics by Rodolfo Carlos Vera
Music and Direction by Louie Pascasio
April 27 to May 7, 2006

The Bells of Balangiga features a remarkably unbiased book by Rodolfo Vera (who blames the war, not the warriors) and a quasi-operatic score by Louie Pascasio that includes rousing patriotic anthems, inspirational prayers, sweet lovers' ballads and rowdy soldiers' choruses... (It) reaches beyond agitprop pageantry and emerges as an ambitious, professional production that explores a chapter in history that's still still relevant to mainstream audiences." Mary Shen Barnidge, Chicago Reader, 1997 Premiere of The Bells of Balangia.

Light Opera Works/McGaw YMCA Child Care Auditorium

1420 Maple Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

(Davis stop on the Purple Line)

April 27 Thursday, 8 pm, preview night, $10

April 28 Friday, opening night, 8 pm, $25

April 29 Saturday, & April 30 Sunday, 3pm, $20

May 5 Friday, & May 6 Saturday 8pm $25

May 6 Saturday, & May 7 Sunday, 3pm, $20

May 4 Thursday, Industry Night (2 for 1 for theater folks, bring headshots/programs) $25

April 29 Saturday 8pm, Gala Night, $50 with food

Students/Seniors/Groups of 20 or more, $15.00/$12.50 matinee (except for Gala Night)

For tickets & for more information, please call CIRCA (312) 222-1551; Lani (773) 814-9679; or Angela (773) 480-4824; or email

In 1901, during the U.S. occupation of the Philippines, a small town rose up against American colonial soldiers stationed in the southern island of Samar. It was the church bells that announced the early morning attack that left 45 American soldiers dead and 22 wounded. The U.S. retaliation was swift. "I want no prisoners," Brigadier General Jacob W. Smith was said to have ordered Major Littleton Waller, the soldier he assigned to the duty. "I wish you to kill and burn, the more you kill and burn, the better you will please me." Targeted were Filipinos 10 years and older and "capable of bearing arms." Over 50,000 were killed reducing Samar's population to one-fourth.

This production is funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (CityArts I) and Nuveen Investments; community sponsors include United Church of Christ Montclare, UP Alumni Association of Greater Chicago; HAPAG

Bindlestiff Studio (Bay Area, CA)
Boondok Arts' Bulaklak ng Dila
May 4 to 6, 2006

Influenced by Manuel Ocampo, Red and Rizal, Filipino Collective Boondok Arts re-enters Bindlestiff Studio with Bulaklak ng Dila, an art installation and performance.

This time from May 4th - 6th, Bulaklak ng Dila (flower of the tongue) an idiomatic expression in the Filipino language, Tagalog that means "exaggeration of meaning" or "subversion from the truth" will show the universal concept of language and hypocrisy in an art installation by England Hidalgo, Angelica Cabande, Lian Ladia and Julius Dimanlig. Along with paintings by Mel Vera Cruz and Marcius Noceda and a short film directed by Nono Ani and photographed by Peggy Peralta entitled, "TV" a 6-minute short-film that explores reel and real life in the eyes of a modern child.

Boondok Arts is a collective formed by students from the San Francisco Art Institute, Academy of Art University, and grassroots artists from the Bay Area Filipino-American community. Boondok Arts promotes progressive expression of ideas through experimentation in different genres. Inspired by Jose Rizal and Juan Luna‚s art collective in Barcelona and influenced by artists like Manuel Ocampo, Santi Bosse, Masferre and Raymond Red, these students, activists, musicians and scholars from the Philippines seek to create a movement that revolutionizes history through art.

May 4, 5 & 6.
Gallery opens at 6pm,
performance at 8pm.
Suggested donation: $5

Bindlestiff Studio
505 Natoma St. & 6th St, SF.
For more info: contact 415.255.0440 or email

Queens Theatre in the Park (Flushing, NY)
First annual Asian Cultural Festival
The Last Emperor of Flushing
written and performed by Alvin Eng
May 5, 2006

THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING, the sequel to the acclaimed memoir monologue, The Flushing Cycle, explores the irony of a child who struggled to adjust to Father Knows Best Americana Flushing, only to find that struggle irrelevant in 21st Century pan-cultural Flushing (NYC's second Chinatown). It's the end of an era, sort of like The Last Emperor paying admission to enter The Forbidden City, once his childhood home.

GENseng (Geneseo, NY)
East Side Story
by Betty Quan
May 7, 2006

Betty Quan's EAST SIDE STORY presented for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC, NY)
The Fan Tan King
a new musical
by C. Y. Lee
music by Douglas Lackey
May 7, 2006

See a preview of this exciting new show, featuring scenes and music THE FAN TAN KING, a new musical by C.Y. Lee, (author of THE FLOWER DRUM SONG), with music by Douglas Lackey and directed by Tisa Chang, is scheduled for a work-in-progress presentation summer 2006.

The Fan Tan King is planning to be part of the Asian Heritage Month Celebration on May 7 at Union Square. Free public outreach performances will be available to Staten Island and Queens.

The Lark Play Development Center,
Second Generation Productions (NYC, NY)
American Hwangap
by Lloyd Suh
May 6, 8 & 11-13 at 8pm
May 7 at 3pm - Followed by a special event in partnership with Second Generation
May 9 at 7pm

On Chun Min Suk's 60th birthday (hwangap), he returns to America in search of rebirth and determined to reclaim the wife and children he abandoned in the U.S. fifteen years earlier.  As his divided family gathers to pay tribute to his life, he is forced to take stock of his choices, his dreams, and what he left behind.

Tickets: $15, Available through or by calling 866-811-4111.

For more info, go to

Ethnic Cultural Theatre / University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
By Manjula Padmanabhan
Directed by Lydia Fort
May 4 to 14, 2006


Washington - Phone: 206-543-7661) (off University Way.)

More details at

Stella Adler Theatre (Hollywood, CA)
The Body and Soul of a Chinese Woman
by C. Y. Lee
April 8 to May 22, 2006

To showcase Asian talent, Lee, best known for having penned The Flower Drum Song, has written four plays that he's staging in small theaters around town and in New York, with four more in development.

His latest effort, The Body and Soul of a Chinese Woman, directed by Peter Henry Schroeder and starring Chinese newcomer Marilyn Zhu, opens Saturday at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. It tells the story of Amy Wu, a recently divorced, young traditional folk dancer from China who struggles to reconcile her sensuality and intellectual nature while dealing with a traditional Asian American aunt and an ex-husband who wants to come back into her life.

Lodestone Theatre (Southern CA)
The Golden Hour
by Philip Chung
April 15 to May 21, 2006
JUST ADDED: Thurs., May 11 and 18 at 8 pm

Starring:  Rachel Morihiro, Saachiko, Eddie Shin, Linda Shing, Ryun Yu, Heeli Kim-Jeng, Annie Lee, Matthew Yang King & Helen Ota

Laura Park is a young Korean American attorney who appears to be on the cusp of a promising future. But after suffering a near-death experience and unable to shake the haunting memory of a stranger’s prayer, Laura is forced to re-examine her life as she embarks on a journey that will challenge her fundamental beliefs. A play about faith, loss and the things that make life worth living...

April 15-May 21, 2006
Friday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
April 13-14 (8pm) special low-priced previews ($7)

$15 general admission
$13 students and seniors (w/valid ID)
$11 (groups of 10+)
$25 April 15 opening night gala (w/post show reception)

Please note that all Sunday matinees (except May 21) are discounted shows:
--April 16 special pay-what-you-can Easter performance ($1 minimum)
--All other Sunday matinees (except May 21) special 2-for-1 general admission (2 tickets for the $15 general admission price)

GTC Burbank
1111-B W. Olive Ave.
Burbank, CA 91506

Review here.

Pan Asian Theatre (New York City, NY)
Festival of New Works
May 3 to 28, 2006

  • Kendra Ware in RECOLLECTIONS
    a Butoh based movement piece inspired by Sotoba Komachi
  • Lan Tran in ELEVATOR SEX
    Where the metaphor of September 11th unites 6 people trapped in an elevator
  • John Quincy Lee in ABC
    on what it means to be Chinese American
  • Terry Park in 38th PARALLELS
    a multi-media exploration of home, history and memory

East West Players (LA, CA)
by Perry Miyake

Production cancelled. See News story.

Vampire Cowboy Theatre (NYC, NY)
Living Dead in Denmark
by Qui Nguyen
May 4 to 21, 2006

Directed by Robert Ross Parker
Fights by Marius Hanford

MAY 4th - 21st, 2006
thurs, fri, sat, & sun @ 8pm

48 west 21st street, 4th floor

Tickets: $18

To purchase tickets online:! p; Call 212-352-3101

Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen is an action-adventure/horror sequel to William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Set five years after the events of the original, the play follows the story of a resurrected Ophelia, Juliet, & Lady Macbeth and their quest to save Denmark from an impending zombie invasion. This high-octane dissection of Shakespeare skewers the worlds of sci-fi, horror, and musicals with both irreverence and intellect. KILL ALL ZOMBIES!

Featuring Noshir Dalal, Jason Liebman, Maggie Macdonald, Tom Myers, Melissa Paladino, Maureen Sebastian, Jason Schumacher, Andrea Marie Smith, Temar Underwood, & Amy Kim Waschke.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC, NY)
Private Lives
A timeless comedy
By Noel Coward
Directed by Ron Nakahara
May 6 to 28, 2006

You are on a romantic honeymoon in the south of France. You hear a familiar voice... wait, its's your ex-wife. What? She is on her honeymoon, oh no, and they're right next door...

Asian American Theater Co. (San Francisco, CA)
May 11 to 28, 2006

Who wants some comedy?
When Asian Heritage Month rolls around next year...
And you learn more about the 'drama' of our people...
You're gonna want some laughter...

Join us for a comedy festival like no other. 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors of San Francisco, OPM Comedy of Los Angeles, and another sketch comedy troupe of ill-repute from a faraway land will converge for the...

See the best of the best from these groups and some brand new material. Presented in sketch comedy format, it's guaranteed to entertain and make you laugh... and go home learning something new.

Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Theater Mu Infused Classic
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rick Shiomi
May 13 to 28, 2006

Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy graces Mu’s stage this spring with its confused lovers, thespian mechanicals, and fantastic fairies.  Infuse this Western classic with Japanese taiko drumming, Korean mask dance, and Kabuki sword fighting and you have a Mu-style Midsummer the Bard could never have imagined.

Dates: May 13-28, 2006
Venue: The Southern Theater
Preview: Friday, May 12 at 8pm, Tickets: $10
Performances: Mondays at 8pm, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm
AD/ASL: Sat., May 20 at 8pm
A post-show discussion follows each Saturday performance.

Thursdays - Sundays: $20
Mondays: Pay-what-you-can
Children under 12: $10
$2 discount students & seniors
$4 discount groups of 10 or more
Reservations: 612-340-1725

See News story.

Written and Performed by Kristina Wong
Directed by Randee Trabitz
May 18, 2006

With more street cred than you can shake a pair of Hammer pants at, Kristina Wong swoops into the Bay Area Hip Hop Theater Festival to riff on notions of freedom in times that would make Joe McCarthy gasp. Show highlights include satirical homage to save the world in five minutes spoken word, homeland suckurity, and that new disease from Asia -- what was it this time? Also an auction of old gentrified neighborhoods. Bidding paddles will be provided.

Thursday May 18, 2006, 8pm
$10gen. ($8 seniors & students W/ID)
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
Event info also at

Rainier Valley Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Rainier Valley Young Playwrights Festival
May 19 and 20, 2006

Mae West Fest (Seattle, WA)
The Time The Flower Withered
by Nu Quang
Directed by Nancy Calos-Nakano
May 19 9:30pm, May 20 2:15, May 21 6:45 @ Youngstown Cultural Center

Kearney Street Workshop (San Francisco, CA)
by Jeannie Barroga
May 21, 2006

Four people's lives connect the stringlike circle of missed opportunities, unlikely but fated couplings, and unrequited love. "M" is the current darling theory (superseding Einstein's on relativity, which superseded Newton's on gravity) – in short, string theory. "M" is reputed to be theorist Ed Witten's private fun on the letter itself, only upside down, of the first letter of his last name.

Bindlestiff Studios (Bay Area, CA)
OA (Overseas Artists)
The Movement 2006 (working title)
May 25, 26 & 27 and June 1, 2 & 3, 2006

Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
It's Great 2B _n American
performed by Dan Kwong
May 26 & 27, 2006

It's Great 2B  _n American is a collection of meditations on what it means to be a USer these days, partly in response to Kwong's work in Southeast Asia over the last 6 years. This new work is filled with dark humor and hopefully not TOO sarcastic...It's also a bit different from Kwong's usual approach - less talking. (more movement, video, music, etc.) Come see how well he manages to keep his mouth shut. It'll be short, around 35 minutes.Sharing the evening is Bill Roper, tuba player/performer-deluxe. His piece, "Land Ob Cotton - A Tragic Slapstick", sounds pretty outrageous.Barnsdall Park is at 4800 Hollywood Blvd.  Entrance on Hollywood Bl. just west of Vermont. Gallery Theatre is at the top of the hill.

Fluid Motion (NYC, NY)
The Art of War
Nora Chau
June 2 to 3, 2006

A work-in-progress by award-winning playwright Nora Chau

Nora Chau's new theatrical adaptation brings Sun Tzu's military treatise The Art of War" into the context of modern-day relationships. This workshop was generously supported by the Asian American Arts Aliance SOAR Regrant Program.

The ArcLight Theatre
152 West 71st Street
New York, NY
(between Broadway & Columbus)

Friday June 2nd, 8pm
Saturday June 3rd, 3pm & 8pm

Admission is FREE!


Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Philip Kan Gotanda
May 28 to June 6, 2006

Kumu Kahua Theatre presents as a part of its Dark Night Series Yohen, a play by Philip Kan Gotanda. Yohen will play at Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant Street, downtown Honolulu. It opens May 28 and runs through June 6.

Blending character-driven comedy with finely-wrought drama, Yohen offers an unflinching look at an American inter-racial couple after forty years of marriage. The play’s title, a term used in Japanese ceramic art, evokes an irony shared by longstanding relationships and prized clay pots – that we must cherish most that which is imperfect. A husband and wife (he a retired African-American GI, she a Japanese war bride) find themselves at odds in the midst of personal cultural renewal; the yohen aesthetic appears by turns vital and impossible to uphold. This play contains strong language.

Written for just two actors, the play features Jim Andrews, who played at the Yellow Brick Studio in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone earlier this year, and Jodi Yamada, a veteran of recent KKT offerings, Ventriloquist and Obake. Ventriloquist director Jason Kanda returns for his second directing engagement at Kumu Kahua.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Japanese American National Museum
Driving in L.A.
by Henrietta Chico Nofre
June 15, 2006
7:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum

A Los Angeles native, Henrietta is an alumnus of the East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Writers Institute whose short stories were recently included in the anthology Going Home to a Landscape: Writing by Filipinas.

DRIVING IN L.A. focuses on Gracie, a 23-year old who lives with her mother and never learned to drive, and Carlo, a five-foot-three certified driving instructor who loves wearing tight leather pants.

See News story.

Boston Court (Pasadena, CA)
The Winchester House
World Premiere
by Julia Cho
directed by Chay Yew
May 13 to June 18, 2006

We’ve all got one story to tell, the story that helps explain who we are and how we got there. When she’s given a chance to confront her past, Via has a choice: will she go on telling the same old story or have the courage to tell a new one? Rising star Julia Cho lays bare the strategies we use to hide from ourselves as she unravels the unreliable fabric of memory.

Kumu Kahua Theater (Hawaii)
Another Heaven
by Eric Anderson
May 18 to June 18, 2006

Based on a true story, Eric Anderson’s Another Heaven tells a tale of racial conflict, ambition, and greed in late nineteenth-century Hawai`i.  Katsu Goto, owner of a general store, tries to help the Japanese plantation workers stand up for their rights against their foreman and the plantation owner.  Violence ensues, and an investigator from Honolulu comes looking for evidence that others would rather keep buried.  This historical drama won the Kumu Kahua Playwriting Competition’s Hawai‘i Prize in 2001. Another Heaven opens in May 2006.

Seattle Public Theater
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
by Rolin Jones
May 19 to June 11, 2006
extended to June 18

Jennifer is just an average girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China, she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact. Rolin Jones' irreverent "techno-comedy" chronicles one brilliant woman's quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding creation called Jenny Chow.

The Next Big Bang
1st Annual Asian American Theatre Conference
Los Angeles, CA
June 18 to 20, 2006

See News story

United States of Asian America Festival 2006
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (San Franciso, CA)
May 5 to June 24, 2006

For its 9th annual United States of Asian America Festival, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center is showcasing 13 Asian Pacific Islander artists and organizations that exemplify the best in dance, music, visual art, theater and multidisciplinary performance. The Festival runs from May 5 to June 24, 2006.

Venue: SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan, SF.
Admission: $16 general, $12 students seniors.


For info/reservations: (415) 864-4126 or To contact Nguyen Dance Co: (415) 336-3154 or

in association with TANTA PRODUCTIONS
presents the World Premiere of
Okinawa 1945
by Alice Shikina
Directed By Malinda Trimble
June 1 to 25, 2006

In the final days of World War II, the peace of the Miyamoto household is shattered when their three teenage daughters are ordered by the Japanese government to tend to the wounded in caves on the island of Okinawa. With American forces invading the island and the Japanese confronting the enemy for the very first time on home soil, the girls witness the violence and brutality of war, transforming their innocent lives forever.

Cast: Mitzie Abe, Amielynn D. Abellera, Derek Kadota, Satoko Kakihara, Annie Kim, Randy Nakagawa, Becky Wang, Wilton Yeung, Sandra Young, Tommy Tse, Kenny Yun.

Hip Hop Theater Festival 2006 (NYC, NY)
Wednesday, June 21
7:30PM - Mainstage Shorts
The Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street, off Astor Place in Manhattan!

Tickets: $25 regular, $10 students & seniors, group discounts available. Buy Tickets and read more info at

A Night of Excerpted Works Featuring some of NYC’s most talented playwrights and performers from the hip-hop generation.

Shorts by Keith Josef Adkins, Jennifer Cendaña Armas, Chastity Dotson, Edwin Lee Gibson, Kenichi Ebina, the Winner of Voices on Blast Competition and Kristina Wong!

SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Sex in Seattle:
Episode 13: Risking It All For Love
June 2 to 24, 2006

SIS Productions offers another brand new episode of Seattle's longest running, original episodic series! Elizabeth’s Asian and will only date Asian guys. Nathan’s white and happens to only date Asian women. Colin’s Asian and dates Asian women but keeps losing them to white guys. Tess is Asian and willing to date anyone. Jenna’s trying to win back an old flame. Chloe’s in love with someone who only sees her as a friend. Kenneth and his best friend George have just kidnapped the woman they both love on her wedding night. Harold, her husband, is desperately trying to get her back. What do all these people have in common? They’re all in Sex in Seattle, Episode 13: Risking It All For Love where SIS explores inter-racial dating and what people are willing to risk in the name of love!

News story!

Review here!

Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America (NYC, NY)
Luo Shen (Legend of the River Luo)
by Joanna Chen
June 8 to 25, 2006

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)
the next installment in the Yellow Box series:
One Nation, Under God
Written & Directed by Philip W. Chung
June 22, 2006

Featuring Dennis Dun, Nechelle Fabiana, Caroline Le Duc, Jeff Liu, Kelley Lund, Brian P. Nichols & Ryun Yu

Paul Kim has rejected religion for science. But when an angel appears to him and reveals that he has been chosen by God to commit a brutal act of violence that will bring about the world's salvation, Paul must choose between faith and reason. Join us for what may be Lodestone's most controversial production yet.

THURS., JUNE 22, 2006
8:00 PM 

1111-B West Olive St. 
Burbank, CA 91506 
(inside George Izay Park, just west of S. Victory Blvd.) 

FREE ADMISSION (but donations gladly accepted and encouraged). 

FREE PARKING: Park near the jet plane in front of George Izay Park at 1111 W.  Olive. St. Walk into the park, past Olive Recreation Center. GTC Burbank is  behind the Rec. Center, facing the softball fields. 

NO RSVPS required, however, please arrive at least ten minutes before curtain  for seating (which is limited and on a first-come basis). 
For more info. about Lodestone: 
(323) 993-7245

peregrine arts (Philadelphia, PA)
Deadly She-Wolf Assasin at Armageddon
Fred Ho/Ruth Margaroff
June 24 and 25, 2006

A martial arts music theater spectacle! At the Mandell Theater at Drexel University.

Theatre East (Los Angeles, CA)
The Old Lady Who Popped Out of the Sidewalk and Became a Christmas Tree
by Henry Ong
May 26
June 6, 10, 15, 22
July 1, 2006

A mysterious creature erupts from the ground…

Is she human or vegetable? Saint or demon?

by Henry Ong
Directed by Alan Naggar

Starring in Alphabetical Order:
Louisa Abernathy, Maude Bonanni, John Content, Dillon Garcia, Stacey L. Miller, Julie Schaller, and George Svoronos.

Tickets: $15

Six performances only:
Friday, May 26, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 2, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 15, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 22, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 1, 8 p.m.

(*running as part of Theatre East's One Act Fertival from May 25 to June 1)
On the same bill are: Pros and Cons, Imperative, Mr. Hip, and Barcalounger.

Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90038
RESERVATIONS: (323) 957-5782

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