National Asian American Theatre Company (New York, NY)
Directed by Maureen Payne-Hahner
With: Joel de la Fuente, James Saito
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. New York City
History Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
For Aamera Siddiqui, growing up as an immigrant in the United States was a balancing act between her Indian Muslim heritage and her American surroundings. Aamera’s world consisted of one country inside the four walls of her family’s home and another country outside those walls. Curried peas and hot dogs, Catholic school uniforms and colorful saris, Urdu and English all blended and bounced off one another to shape Aamera’s identity.
Told with honesty and humor, American as Curry Pie is one woman’s story about immigration, assimilation, and discovering what it means to be an American.
Theatre of the Yugen (San Francisco, CA)
THE SOUND IS THE MOVEMENT SERIES
CONNER LACY AND CATHERINE RESER
GERRITT WITTMER AND PAUL KNOWLES
Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York, NY)
Mable Kwan was a famous grifter who taught her sons the long con, and how to be an expert roper and fixer. Tired of the life, Francis retired and became a magician. H became a sports writer. Blue, the youngest and the only girl, always kept out of the family trade, now studies game theory and may become the best con artist of the family. The estranged trio is called home to Mable’s deathbed. With a small fortune at stake, will they be able to break old habits? Or who will con who in the end.
The Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) present the 16th edition of Asian American Showcase, April 1 through 14. The festival encompasses comedies and dramas, probing documentaries, provocative shorts, and an array of special activities, all showcasing a wealth of talent on the Asian American scene.
Chicago's four non-profit, Asian American theater companies perform in the Showcase:
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
at the Rubin Museum of Art
Featured staged readings of selected scenes from
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierras (California)
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
VIETNAM PROJECT II: Past and Present
Vampire Cowboys Theatre (New York, NY)
American Splendor meets Scott Pilgrim in Vampire Cowboys' newest creation!
It’s been 10 years since Agent G has last been in Vietnam where his family and friends were all viciously slain. He’s now come back looking for answers and a good bit of revenge, however mysterious forces are at hand trying to stop him as well as the playwright from finishing this brutal task. After 8 years of exploding movie genre after movie genre onto the live stage, Vampire Cowboys now takes their irreverent pop-culture aesthetic and applies it to a true story in their most daring and risk-taking venture yet.
He lost his country, his family, and his soul. But what he hasn’t lost is his taste for revenge!
At INCUBATOR ARTS PROJECT
Asian American Theater Company And Crowded Fire Theater Copany (San Francisco, CA)
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UC San Diego
Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody
Hetchman loves his hat. Oh, and his wife, too. But when both go missing, the retired hatmaker vows to stop at nothing to find them. if he can ever muster the strength to leave his armchair. But the arrival of a talking wall and a hungry golem threatens to derail his endeavor. A klezmer-inspired love triangle between a man, his wife, and his hat.
OPENS: Wednesday, 4/13 at 8 PM
Pictured are: (back left to right) James “Kimo” Bright and Shawn Thomsen; (front left to right) Eleanor Svaton, writer Victoria Nalani Knuebuhl and Lauren Ballesteros in Kumu Kahua Theatre's production of "The Holiday of Rain", by Victoria Nalani Knuebuhl. Photo by Pacific Light Studios
At the Sadie Thompson Inn in Samoa, guests can take part in an unusual experience: a reenactment of W. Somerset Maugham’s 1921 short story “Rain.” But thanks to a magician’s time warp, the real Maugham finds himself on the guest list. Swirling together fantasy, history, humor and drama, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, winner of the Hawai‘i Award for Literature and the author of The Conversion of Ka‘ahumanu and Ola N? Iwi, deconstructs one of the world’s most popular writers.
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Matrix Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Helie Lee presents her one-woman show Macho Like Me, the story of her remarkable six-month journey living life as a man. Cutting off her hair and donning men's clothes, she posed as "Harry," gaining remarkable insights into the pressures men face in society. The smash hit one-woman show features footage from the documentary film of the same name, which screened at the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
Stir Friday Night (Chicago, IL)
This is probably the most gimmicky show we've ever done but in effort to support the relief effort we're holding an improvised show where YOU, the paying audience can come in with your homework* and we'll do it for you for a fee. Fee TBD at the event.
Some of us will do the homework all the while we'll use the assignment as a suggestion for a series of improvised scenes. This will be new for us as well but let's see what we can wrangle up. It's all for a good cause so bring money, your homework/assignment, and a healthy desire to get some laughs in while the effort all goes toward the relief effort.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARD THE RELIEF EFFORT.
Shishir Kurup's Merchant On Venice is a wickedly funny, politically provocative reimagining of Shakespeare's Merchant Of Venice. Set on Los Angeles' Venice Boulevard, the play combines iambic pentameter with Hindu-Muslim tensions, Bollywood musical numbers, and the LA punk scene. The play has received awards from the California Arts Council, Kennedy Center, and NEA/TCG.
SIS Productions (Seattle,WA)
SIS Productions continues its 10th Anniversary Season with the penultimate episode of SEX IN SEATTLE! Tess, Chloe, Elizabeth and Jenna have finally found true love. Or have they? Thoughts of the one that got away can interfere with even the happiest of relationships. And how can reality ever compete with the person of one's dreams? Newcomers and long-time fans will want to catch SEX IN SEATTLE 19: THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, before it goes away! Don't miss the country's longest-running quirky romantic comedy about contemporary Asian American women, their lives and their loves.
Rated "PG-16" for sexual innuendo and saucy situations.
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Pangea World Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Just one more chance to see Works in Progress by Anton Jones and Masanari Kawahara and a Staged Reading by Kathryn Haddad. Come to Pangea World Theater this weekend!
Through May 1, 2011
Med(i/e)a turns the classic tragedy into a dark satire that explores how pop culture, otherness, and mass media contribute to the glorification and trivialization of divorce, assimilation, and love.
HIROSHIMA is a one-person show about silence and memories, conversations with grandma, and growing up in Hiroshima, Japan and leaving there. This performance in-progress is influenced by Butoh dance and incorporates puppetry.
It is the not so distant future and suicide bombers have hit simultaneous cities across the United States. Arab and Muslim Americans are official enemies of the state and have been ordered into internment camps. ZAFIRA (warrior princess of the world) tells the story of one Arab American woman?s experience leading up to, during, and after her internment.
Design by Pramila Vasudevan
Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry-based, multi-media performance on the Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and "the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty" that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. Read more...
11 Days of Performances and Events: Full schedule and more information
PERFORMANCES: April 21 – 24 and April 28 – May 1, 7:30pm
Late-Night Open Mic & Music Jam!
Playwrights' Arena @ Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring Street, 4th Floor Rehearsal Room
GENseng (Geneseo, NY)
Directed by Randy Barbara Kaplan
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Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
6 - 9 p.m.
Three Parts for Two Boats : A long distance collaboration starting
April 16, 2011 - 8PM
May 6, 2011 - 8PM
Three Parts for Two Boats is a collaboration for piano, toy player pianos, electronics, ferries, and violin. Discovered mainly by gathering the explorations of Seattle pianist Tiffany Lin and Brooklyn sound artist Ranjit Bhatnagar, this watery piece encircles ferry passages from the Puget Sound and the New York Harbor.
Constructed over the soundscapes of the two ferries, the piece incorporates the whistles and bird songs of modified vintage toy player pianos, complex lush rhythms on magnetically-augmented piano,
Theatre of the Yugen
by Erik Ehn
April 20 to May 7, 2011
Cordelia is a new play written by Erik Ehn, directed by Jubilith Moore, and composed by Suki O'Kane.
Time and space are transcended as we witness Cordelia, wrapped in memory, trapped in a shadowy world, bear the weight of her own actions. This intimate echo of Shakespeare's King Lear from Cordelia's point of view is informed by the Japanese Noh "phantasmal warrior" play.
At the heart of Ehn’s inquiry into Cordelia is the question “What does it mean to root for a warrior?” Cordelia speaks to all of us who wonder how to be true to ourselves while being good to others, and asks whether, if it is impossible to save another, if the effort to do so still has value or meaning.
Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 7 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 p.m.
Preview: Tuesday, April 19th @ 7 p.m. All tickets $10
Shakespeare's Birthday Party: Saturday, April 23rd. All tickets $25
Post-performance Artist Talks: Friday, April 22nd, 29th, and May 6th
Critical Response Session: Monday, May 9th @ 7 p.m. FREE
Advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006.
Information and directions at www.theatreofyugen.org
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN) and
Three children are magically transported to Imperial China, to Laos, and to the Philippines where they discover wondrous tales that teach them about their culture, their ancestry, and themselves.
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fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company (Toronto, Canada)
Three young men disguised as Bruce Lee, Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu explode Asian male stereotypes in a vibrant theatrical symposium. Issues of race, gender and sex collide as the Brown Balls Collective (or BBC) embarks upon an honest, unapologetic, and hilarious exposé of the Asian male in a Western context.
Leviathan Labs (New York, NY)
Of the hundreds of plays professionally produced on U.S. stages each year, just 17 percent are written by women. When looking only at major New York productions, that number drops to 12.9 percent. No Asian-American woman has ever had a play produced on Broadway.
Those statistics come courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, which on May 12 and 13 will present a festival of short plays by Asian-American female playwrights. Asian-American theater company Leviathan Lab will co-present. The program will feature shorts by 12 women—some experienced pros, others writing their own material for the first time. Among the topics covered will be the recent earthquake in Japan, Charlie Sheen's women, World War II–era Japanese internment camps, and, of course, the Tiger Mom.
"The opportunities for Asian-American actors, writers, and directors are considerably more limited than they are for our white counterparts," said Leviathan co-founder Ariel Estrada. "One thing that I often hear from casting directors is, 'We can't find any Asian actors.' I always sort of laugh at that, because the level of talent in the Asian-American community is fantastic."
Playwright and actor Christine Toy Johnson is a member of Equity's equal opportunity committee. She will be among the dozen writers presenting shorts at the festival and says that more work by Asian-American playwrights can lead to more work for Asian-American actors—and that cultivating more diversity among artists onstage goes hand in hand with cultivating more diversity in the audience.
"There's this whole kind of Catch-22 about developing an audience," Johnson says. "If the audience isn't seeing themselves reflected onstage, then they might not necessarily think it's for them."
Highways Performance Space
A show that features intellectual infants, infantile adults and multiple flower beheadings, "Once We Wanted" explores the question, "What does it truly mean to be with somebody?" Award-winning performance artist Dan Kwong and critically acclaimed Bay Area performer Iu-Hui Chua collaborate to create a dynamic collage of intimate personal reflections and social commentary as they engage their theme on a variety of levels.
Friday and Saturday, May 13th and 14th at 8:30PM
Tickets: $20 general - $15 Students/Seniors
Highways Performance Space & Gallery
Stanford Asian American Theatre Project (Stanford, CA)
Performances at Stanford:
Tickets available online, in White Plaza and at the door for $5
Pawn follows Abraham Niu, a young Asian Canadian soldier stationed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, into the heart of a bombing raid and the darkest night of his life. This groundbreaking, entirely original folk rock musical play unlocks an urgent discourse on the post-9/11 decade through the keyhole of one family's tragic loss and the triumph of unrelenting hope.
After a staged reading under the title Abraham Niu and the Friendly Fires in the spring of 2010, Pawn was produced last November by the Stanford Theater Activist Mobilization Project and the Asian American Theater Project.
In the wake of the recent capture and death of Osama Bin Laden, Pawn spearheads the re-examination of questions on justice, terrorism, retribution and the legacy of our generation.
This summer, Pawn will embark on a world tour, having accepted invitations from seven cities and four countries. It has been officially selected for New York International Fringe Festival, the largest and most prestigious arts festival in North America and Daegu International Musical Festival in Korea.
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre is proud to present NEWWORKS 2011
This expansion of emerging works by diverse artists building on Pan Asian's successful 2+3 Nights Only showcases and Acting/Writing workshops.
This year, we have an exciting line up of talent!
Full-length solos (55 min each):
May 18- RECESS by Una Aya Osato
May 19 and 21- AMERICAN MIXED TAPE by Allen Hope Sermonia
May 20- WOMEN OF TU-NA HOUSE by Nancy Eng
Solo-Shorts, your 'amuse bouche' before the full-lengths:
May 18 and 21-PARTY by Jillian Hassett
May 18 and 21-SC(RUB) by Kira Neel
May 19 and 20- UNFELT WONDER by Angela Santillo
Plus each night join us in the lobby post-show for a glass of wine and chance to schmooze with the artists!
Pork Filled Players (Seattle, WA)
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East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
East West Players Actors Conservatory Studio Lab Project in association with Japanese American National Museum presents:
CELEBRATING APA VOICES
Cast (in alphabetical order):
Directed by Leslie Ishii
When: May 21, 2011 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany
West End Theater - 263 West 86th Street
Soaking WET, is a series of choreographed evenings curated by David Parker
Admission: $20, $15 for students and artists
strictly a female female is a mashup of Asian themed musicals/opera and (mostly) 80s rock. Donohue and, musical collaborators, Richard Ebihara & Perry Yung have recombined elements from Flower Drum Song, South Pacific, the King and I, and Madame Butterfly with 80s anthem rock from the likes of Journey, Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, and Guns N'Roses to create a truly absurd derivative mesh of the original sources. strictly a female female marks the first collaboration between Maura Nguyen Donohue/inmixedcompany and Slant Performance Group since their 1996 Lotus Blossom Itch at DTW. A reboot to their earlier examination of the Asian female body in popular culture, strictly a female female puts portrayals of race and gender through the blender for a riotous and ridiculous combination of live dance, music, and theater. Direction and choreography by Maura Nguyen Donohue. Music arranged by Richard Ebihara and performed by Ebihara & Perry Yung. Donohue is joined on stage by longtime company member Peggy Cheng, dancers Jessica Colotti and Timothy Edwards, with MiRi Park starring as faux-queen, dancing diva Stella Ho.
Circle X Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
1871 Los Angeles was a violent, vicious town. Suspected criminals were often hanged by vigilante groups and lawlessness had reached its peak. The Chinese Massacre (Annotated) tells the story of the first race riot in Los Angeles and the dangerous Wild West town that became the metropolis we know today
Cutting Ball Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
MADAME HO tells the story of a formidable woman in the Wild West, a real-life 19th century brothel hostess, single mother, Chinese immigrant, great-great grandmother, and ghost.
With Bonnie Akimoto, Yoonie Cho, Lily Tung Crystal, Leon Goertzen, Cindy Im, Mimu Tsujimura, and Michelle Talgarow
With Shannon Holt, Ping Wu and Cal Arts actors Jennifer Greer, Evan Hyde and Jozben Bennett.
Hosted by Playwrights Arena and Jon Lawrence Rivera, this is a part of their monthly new play reading series.
Mo'olelo (San Diego, CA)
5:15 PM Potluck reception & mingle with the artistic team
The Arctic is melting and everyone wants a piece of it. In the race to shape the future of the region, four characters - an ice scientist, an Inuit activist, an officer for the Marine Communications and Traffic Services and a polar bear - see their values challenged as their lives become intricately intertwined.
Infusion Theatre (Chicago, IL)
"A young samurai girl and her sidekick fight through the mean streets of post-apocalyptic New York, featuring martial arts, a live DJ, multi-media, hip-hop, and vampires!" Featuring Stir Friday Night's Christine Lin.
Featuring Linda Park (Enterprise)
San Jose Repertory Theatre (San Jose, CA)
A World Premiere
What do a 70 year old extremely wealthy, extremely powerful Caucasian man and a 33 year old extremely beautiful, extremely intelligent Asian woman have in common? Everything if you are Mrs. Green, a modern day match maker for a highly specialized clientele looking for potential marriage partners. She thinks she may have found the right people for each other in Jackson Heller and Scarlet Mori-Yang. A match made in heaven or a merger of mutual interests? This provocative comedy takes an unflinching look at the “Rupert Murdoch Marriage Phenomenon” while skewering old prejudices and political correctness with one simple unexpected element – love.
(Ooooh....this looks like a skewering of uptight AsAm males)(No, there's no resemblance there. None at all. NONE, I say....)
Refugee Nation Pacific northwest tour dates announced!
Seattle, WA (May 19-22)
Refugee Nation's much anticipated tour to Seattle and Portland starts in one month!
It has taken several years of planning and thanks to the hard work of our partners and community members the tour is a reality. Litdet Viravong will again be joining Ova and Leilani in performing the full-length show and conducting workshops and community engagement activities in both cities. Please save the dates and help spread the word to family, friends and colleagues in the Pacific Northwest.
Ethnic Cultural Theater @ the University of Washington
May 19 at 7:30pm
TICKETS: call 253-237-2336, or visit www.eventbrite.com
Ethos at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC)
June 3 at 7:30pm
TICKETS: call (503) 764-IFCC, or visit www.ethos.org
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
at Mixed Blood Theatre
San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA)
Japanese American National Museum
COLD TOFU returns to the Tateuchi Democracy Forum with The Hiroshi Show.
Starting with one suggestion from the audience, COLD TOFU creates a long form improv show full of comedy and hijinks based on the personal stories of its special guest hosts. The two special guests hosts is Rodney Kageyama (June 2) and David Ono (June 9).
Admission is $10 and a portion of the proceeds from both evenings will go to the National Museum. For reservations, please call 213.739.4142 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
You are invited to share in the success of our students! Youth from Mu's ground-breaking Stories Program, our initiative which brings artists to schools and community organizations to empower young people through theater, will perform their work for one another and for you on Tuesday, June 7. Support the progress of students from Washington Middle School, the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, and the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, and be inspired by their achievements!
Artists at Play (Los Angeles, CA)
Saturday, June 11 · 7:30pm - 9:30pm
At this event we'll introduce you to our new collective and our goals toward impacting the Los Angeles theatre scene. We will also announce our inaugural production "Ching Chong Chinaman" by Lauren Yee.
The event is FREE and will feature a no-host bar, light complimentary hors d'œuvre, a button making station and a parting gift.
Be one of the first to get your ticket to "Ching Chong Chinaman," a biting new comedy. We will be raffling away five pairs of tickets at the event. Raffle tickets will be $2 each or three for $5.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Under the guidance of Sir Master Cert, young Norman Lee battles the baddest b-boy crew at Sunset Park High for respect, honor, and the heart of sweet Cindy Chang. A hip-hop musical extravaganza! Book by Qui Nguyen, lyrics by Beau Sia, vocal music by Marc Macalintal, directed by Tim Dang.
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Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
The Miyamotos look like a happy family, but in Edward Sakamoto’s dark comedy, nothing is what it seems. Beneath the surface you’ll find a collapsing marriage, resentment, regret, midlife crises, and three daughters who’ll do anything for their parents’ attention. One of our most popular playwrights and the author of Aloha Las Vegas and Stew Rice unveils a fresh, funny and challenging portrait of a local family adrift in the modern world.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS:
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (Vancouver, BC)
Friday, June 17, 2011 @ 8pm - Vancouver Rice Bowl Competition
Roundhouse Performance Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
$16 (plus service charge & HST) in advance online only
Introducing 2011's Sketchoff!#$%!! 3D Teams!
Six talented sketch teams will be vying for this year's top bragging rights. Who will take the coveted Vancouver Rice Bowl award? And which teams will win over the audience with their outrageous and funny sketches to earn the People's Choy Award? Here are this year's teams:
Stay tuned to our website: www.vact.ca or our Facebook page to learn more about these fearless teams who will stop at nothing to earn your applause!
New MC to Host This Year's Etch-Your-Sketchoff!#$%!!
VACT is pleased to announce that Tetsuro Shigematsu, a former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, will be the MC at this year's event Etch-Your-Sketchoff!#$%!! June 17 & 18, 2011.
Go to www.vact.ca to find out more about Tetsuro.
Third National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival
Conference panels here. The theme: New Directions.
The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists' 3rd National Asian American Theater Festival will feature ten works from around the world—and four partner productions from local companies—that feature Asian Americans performers and stories.
The presenters will hail from all areas, including New York, Massachusetts, the Bay Area and reaching as far as Munich, Germany. The festival will feature an eclectic array of multidisciplinary arts that include traditional theatre, dance, multimedia, storytelling, aerial arts and spoken word. The festival will take place June 16–26 in Los Angeles, with the core of the performances happening June 23–26.
The core participating performers will present their productions in alternating performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 23–25, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m and 4 p.m.
"We are thrilled to be showcasing a diverse array of theatrical forms, cultural heritage, and intergenerational voices through the Asian American theater festival," said Leilani Chan, Artistic Director of Teada Productions and Los Angeles Festival host. Chan continued, "With all the theatrical events happening around Los Angeles during the month of June, you should experience as much as you can."
"Imagine all the theater events in Los Angeles as this buffet, or expanded menu. You'll want to try everything and step outside of your comfort zone for this performance feast. The Asian American Theater Festival will give you a taste of something specific but altogether, you will have sampled this rich global stew," said Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director of East West Players and Los Angeles Festival host.
The selection panel for the festival participants were: Dr. Lucy Burns, PhD.UCLA; Philip Chung, writer; Sheetal Gandhi, performing artist; Dr. Velina Hasu Houston, PhD. University of Southern California, playwright; Nobuko Miyamoto, Founder and Artistic Director of Great Leap, Inc.; Jon Lawrence Rivera, Artistic Director of Playwright's Arena; and Kristina Sheryl Wong, Artist.
The two theatrical productions include NAATCO's presentation of A Number by Caryl Churchill—when Bernard learns that he was cloned he confronts his father who knew all along—featuring an all Asian American cast, and RasaNova Theater's presentation of Dancing on Glass by Ram Ganesh Kamatham. This dark comedy is an eloquent response to the rapid changes in the cityscape of Bangalore in 2004, in the thick of the outsourcing buzz.
Three of the shorter performance pieces will be presented together in one time-slot. Denise Uyehara's Archipelago: Islands of Land, Water and Legend will utilize video, monologues, music and ritual to narrate the origin myths of Okinawa and Native people of the American Southwest. Navarasa Dance Theater will use dance to explore the different kinds of ways people Encounter each other in contemporary human life. And in Pull Kennedy Kabasares and Traci Kato-Kiriyama will blend monologues, recorded interviews and aerial arts to tell stories of people's obsessions.
The growing use of projection in theatrical story-telling will be featured in three festival pieces. Soomi Kim's new work Dictee is a multi-media dance theater performance based on the text of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's seminal literary collage. Post Natyam Collective's Sunoh! Tell Me Sister layers video, dance and theater to bring to life subversive stories of women's erotic power and resistance. Jason Magbo Perez's The Passion of El Hulk Hogancito is a transdisciplinary, multi-media, literary performance that is a semi-autobiography of Perez's life.
Comic story-telling will also be highlighted by two performances. Comic duo Prince Gomovilas and Brandon Patton's Jukebox Stories is a critically acclaimed story-telling, song-singing, bingo-playing performance that has toured nationwide. In May Lee-Yang's Ten Reasons Why'd I'd Be a Bad Porn Star, she employs comedic storytelling, on-site sex toy demonstrations and some cultural competency training as she explores relationship and taboo topics.
In addition, there will be performances by four partner organizations. East West Players will present its new hip-hop musical Krunk-Fu Battle Battle. The Geffen Playhouse will presents the world premiere of Extraordinary Chambers. And two of the winners from 2008 East West Players' Pacific Century playwriting competition will be presented; The Colony Theatre Company will presents the 3rd place winner Year Zero and The Company of Angels will present the 1st place winner Sun Sisters.
National Asian American Theater Festival and Conference attendees will be able to attend these partner organizations' performances for a discounted rate on June 16–26. Performance dates and ticket prices may vary.
The National Asian American Theater Festival was first initiated in 2007 in New York City when six of the top Asian American theater groups (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, East West Players, Ma-Yi Theater, the National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO), Second Generation and Mu Performing Arts) met in June 2004 to discuss the state of Asian American Theater.
Funding for the 3rd National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival is being provided, in part by, National Endowment for the Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the California Community Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional sponsors are the Japanese American National Museum, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Inner-City Arts.
The Miyako Hotel and Spa is the Official Hotel of the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival.
LA Weekly is a media sponsor for the National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival.
LOCATION: The 3rd National Asian American Theater Festival will host core performances at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (Tateuchi Democracy Forum) at 111 N. Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles at the Alameda exit off the Hollywood (101) Freeway in Little Tokyo, part of the Japanese American National Museum, and at the Inner-City Arts Rosenthal Theater at 720 Kohler Street in Downtown Los Angeles between E. 7th St. and E. 8th St. Parking is available off Judge John Aiso St. between E. Temple St. and E. 1st St.
ABOUT CAATA: The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists envisions a strong and sustainable Asian American Theater community that is an integral presence in national culture—evocative of our past, declarative of our present, and innovative towards our future. Our mission is to advance the field of Asian American Theater through a national network of organizations and artists. We collaborate to inspire leaning and sharing of knowledge, and resources to promote a healthy, sustainable artistic ecology.
CAATA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Andrea Assaf, Leilani Chan, Tisa Chang, Carla Ching, Tim Dang, Gayle Isa, Mia Katigbak, Dipankar Mukherjee, Duy Nguyen, Jorge Ortoll, Rich Shiomi
ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND PRESENTING ORGANIZATIONS
RasaNova Theater was founded by Vidhu Singh, director of Dancing on Glass, to produce bold new plays from South Asia, its diaspora and other world theater traditions. She earned a Master's degree in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a doctorate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Asian Theater Program. As part of her doctoral research in India, Vidhu became part of a nation-wide experiment documenting regional theater companies that blended Indian and Western actor-training techniques in their work.
Denise Uyehara is an award-winning performance artist, writer and playwright whose work has been presented in London, Tokyo, Helsinki, Vancouver and across the United States. A pioneering performance artist whose work the Los Angeles Times hails as "mastery [that] amounts to a'coup de theater," Uyehara was one of the first to explore Asian American queer subjectivity through performance. She is the recipient a COLA Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as support from the Asian Cultural Council and Arizona Commission on the arts.
Kennedy Kabasares is an aerial artist, actor and writer. He has worked with a diversity of theater companies, including Tongue in a Mood Theater, East West Players, Center Theater Group, performance trio zero3, and Kinetic Theory Circus Arts. An almost chance encounter with a circus school in Los Angeles led to several years of training with world-class coaches such as Eric Newton (Cirque du Soleil, Quidam), Karyn and Sara Steben (Cirque du Soleil, Saltimbanco) and Rachel Walker (Cirque du Soleil, Kooza).
Traci Kato-Kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, arts educator, director/founder of the Tuesday Night Project and recent author of book of poetry, signaling, Traci previously toured with Kennedy Kabasares in their inter-disciplinary theatrical show, Zero3: Stage and Spoken Word Superheroes. She is currently touring with her book and just launched a new community documentation and arts project called Generations Of War with the support of the Aratani CARE grant and Professor Glenn Omatsu's Asian American Social Movements course at UCLA.
Soomi Kim is an actor/multidisciplinary artist based in NYC. In October 2008 her original play Lee/gendary (based on the life of Bruce Lee–written by Derek Nguyen and directed by Suzi Takahashi) ran for 3 weeks's at HERE Arts Center's mainstage. This production (produced by and featuring Kim as Bruce Lee) garnered 6 IT Awards nominations and received the award for 2009 Outstanding Production of a Play. Lee/gendary was also presented at the First National Asian American Theater Festival (FNAATF) held in New York City in 2007.
The Post Natyam Collective is a multinational community of dance artists, scholars and organizers critically and creatively engaging with South Asian dance forms and aesthetic concepts. The members of the collective are Sandra Chatterjee (Munich/New Delhi), Cynthia Ling Lee (Los Angeles), Shyamala Moorty (Los Angeles) and Anjali Tata (Kansas City). Every Post Natyam Collective member is steeped in South Asian and other movement forms, but the training of each member is unique. Collectively, their training includes Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, yoga, and contemporary dance.
Jason Magabo Perez received his MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the now defunct New College of California in San Francisco. An alumnus of the VONA Summer Writing Workshops and a featured artist for the New Americans Museum, Perez has performed at various university campuses and at venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Art Museum SF, and the La Jolla Playhouse. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Witness, Tayo, and In the Grove. Currently, he is writing for a dance-theatre collaboration and has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Prince Gomolvilas is a Thai-American playwright whose plays include Big Hunk O' Burnin' Love (East West Players, Los Angeles, 1998), The Theory of Everything (co-production between Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore & East West Players, Los Angeles, 2000), Bee (Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco, 2001), and the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel, Mysterious Skin (New Conservatory Theatre Center, San Francisco, 2003), which have been produced around United States, in the UK, and in Singapore.
Brandon Patton is a songwriter and instrumentalist. His solo album Should Confusion was nominated for Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards. He plays bass under the pseudonym BL4k Lotus for MC Frontalot, progenitor of "nerdcore hiphop." MC Frontalot's band and its first national tour was the subject of the documentary Nerdcore Rising. Patton composed the songs for Love Sucks: The Musical, a Shakespearean take on the punk rock of the 1970s, which won Honorable Mention at the 2007 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
May Lee-Yang is a playwright, prose writer, poet and performance artist living in Saint Paul, MN. Despite no experience and bad acting, she got her first gig at eighteen. Since then, she has gone on to perform her writing as a solo artist as well as a member of the spoken word group, FIRE. She's a two-time winner of the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, a two-time winner of the Playwright Center Many Voices Fellowship, a winner of Intermedia Arts' Naked Stages performance art program and a recipient of a National Performance Network Creation Fund.
East West Players has been producing work since 1965. Productions range from popular Asian American works, Asian American World Premieres, Mainstream Musicals & Plays with an Asian American twist and community performances. As the nation's premier Asian American theatre organization, East West Players produces outstanding works and educational programs that give voice to the Asian Pacific American experience.
The Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and musicals, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition.
The Colony Theatre Company is a 37-year old organization dedicated to bringing the finest-quality theatrical productions to Los Angeles. Named "LA's Best Live Theatre" by readers of L. A. Daily News and named one of "25 Notable US Theatre Companies" by Encyclopedia Britannica's Almanac 7 years in a row.
Company of Angels is dedicated to creating theater that is deeply connected to its community. Theater in Los Angeles is largely disconnected from the vast majority of residents. This is especially lamentable given the ability of theater to create a shared experience, illuminate societal struggles, and provide a vehicle to express and discuss ideas. We aim to share and help give voice to the many stories that exist in our community.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Another raucous concert that pulls out all the stops.
2g Productions (New York, NY)
Why should the West Coast have all the fun?
Last year, 2g held our first national call for submissions for brand new plays by Asian American playwrights and held a whirlwind reading series of all the winners - FREE RANGE. Now, we've commissioned three of the plays which have gone from 10-minute to full length plays.
Yangtze Repertory Theatre
An American premiere: "The Empress of China" is set in the year of 1784 during the 49th year of the reign of the Qing Emperor. It tells the legend of the first trading ship from the US to China. Blending significant historical figures and fictional characters, it examines the initial encounter for two peoples of drastically diverse experience and exceedingly different ways of looking at themselves and at the world. In the forbidden encounter between the dashing Supercargo of The Empress of China, Samuel Shaw, and the young beautiful Purple Lotus, daughter of a rich Chinese merchant, a common language was found in their belief in trust, honor, and integrity.
Writeact Repertory (Los Angeles, CA)
"Waking from the Dream" is a collection of four tales, written by Rochelle Perry, that delve deep into the psyche of the human experience and explore the dark places that the mind can lead us. Begin the night walking through a dreamscape of artwork by animation industry professionals. Then take your seats and be enlightened by a local entertainer. Each night will feature a different pre-show performer, ranging from a melting pot of excitement including stand-up comedians, musicians, and even a snake dancer!
Opening the series of plays is the quirky "Velma and Manny", which features the title characters - one of whom is a stuffed doll - on a special date. The next play, "Failure to the Family", addresses the pressure Asian-Americans face from demanding parents. "It Just Happened" reveals secrets from two women's pasts, and how demons they thought they destroyed end up haunting them forever. We then conclude the night with "Japan 1946 Meets California 2010", a play inspired by true events in the playwright's life – the struggle with dementia and the effect it has on a person's past, present, and future. Whether you live out your childhood fantasies, contemplate suicide because you've let someone down, live in regret with past demons that haunt you, or struggle to remember your loved ones... rest at ease knowing that someday you will wake from this dream.
For more info on Rochelle Perry, please visit: http://rochelleperryplaywright.wordpress.com/
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Isa Company, 4Hawk Productions and Leviathan Lab (New York, NY) Present
Come party and celebrate the summer with RED, WHITE & BOOZE, a fundraiser in support of Marisa Marquez's hilarious dark comedy GATED and Leviathan Lab at the air conditioned 29th Street Repertory.
Open Bar accepting donations for beer, wine, well drinks and snacks all evening, along with musical acts
and a special sneak preview of GATED!
Buy your raffle tickets online now for a chance to win this amazing package:
Plus many more prizes to be announced!
RAFFLE SALES END AT 9PM ON JUNE 24TH. DRAWING SHORTLY AFTER.
*Excluding opening nights and pending availability
Proceeds for this event will go towards Isa Company and 4Hawk Productions' upcoming run of GATED as well as future inititatives of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American Artists.
Special entry admission prices include more chances to win the raffle!
DramaWest Fest (Los Angele, CAs)
In this riotous comedy, a Beverly Hills matron decides it's time for her reluctant stepson to spread his wings. The play was a finalist in last year's Tehachapi Playwrights Festival.
fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company (Toronto, Canada)
fu-GEN's Playwright Kitchen The annual Potluck Festival gets a reboot in the Spring, with a few changes, new surprises and talented writers kicking (and cooking) up a storm in a teacup.
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Students from Mu’s new actor training program share their talents.