East West Players (LA, CA)
Stew Rice
by Ed Sakamoto
September 1 to October 2, 2005

Beginning in Hawaii during 1957 and ending in 1978, the play centers around three young men and their female counterparts, examining what happens to friendship when time and distance have their way. But more importantly, what happens when someone moves away and can no longer relate to "home." East West Players 1988 production of Stew Rice was one of the most successful in the theatre's history.

See News story

Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Cathay: 3 tales of China
by Ping Chong and Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre
September 10 to October 9, 2005

INNOVATIVE THEATRE ARTIST and master storyteller Ping Chong returns to Seattle Rep with his newest creation, Cathay: Three Tales of China. Like the delicately evocative Obon: Tales of Rain and Moonlight, Cathay is a theatrical triptych that weaves together tales from far-flung eras of China's past and present, mixing puppetry and actors. With a little magic, hints at reincarnation and the promise of Karma, Chong's Chinese stories take us from fabled ancient times through the tumult of the 20th century to its economically powerful present. The three tales, of an emperor and his consort, World War Two's consequences in a country village, and a contemporary "grand hotel" collage of international tourists and business people, converge in a resolution of forgiveness and hope. This original work was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the 2005 Festival of China and developed in partnership with Shaanxi Folk Art Theatre, one of China's premier puppet theatre companies.

Pork Filled Players (Seattle, WA)
K-SPAM: Yellow Journalism and Other Jaundiced Programs
September 16 to October 8, 2005

The Northwest's longest running Asian American sketch comedy group takes a pork-filled look at the media, from blogs to networks to the newspapers.

See News story, if you really want to.

Tickets available at www.ticketwindowonline.com

Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Happy Valley
by Aurorae Khoo
September 16 to October 2

Happy Valley picThe 2005-2006 mainstage season opens with Happy Valley a Theater Mu world premiere by California playwright Aurorae Khoo in September 2005. Life in Hong Kong for 13-year-old Tuppy and her guardian uncle is a magnificent world of horse racing, chinchillas and make believe. But as the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to mainland China looms, their untraditional family must scramble to devise an exit strategy. At once a charming comedy and a complex drama, Happy Valley explores racism between Asian ethnic groups, the struggles of adolescence, and the life changing nature of emigration.  Happy Valley runs Thursdays–Saturdays at 8pm with Sunday matinees at 2pm from September 16 – October 2, 2005 at Intermedia Arts (2822 Lyndale Ave S., Mpls.). Tickets are $16 with $2 discount for students & seniors. Groups of 10 or more receive $4 off per ticket. Preview performances are open to the public on Wednesday, September 14th and Thursday, September 15th at 8pm for $8. The AD/ASL performance takes place Saturday, September 24th. Tickets available at 612-871-4444.

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC, NY)
No Foreigners Beyond This Point
by Warren Leight
September 17 to October 16, 2005

From the author of Side Man. See News Story.

Bindlestiff Studios (San Francisco, CA)
Premieres 6 New SF Stories of Mystery, Love, & Loss
6 Stories High
September 22 to October 8, 2005

6 Stories High 2005
A man who has committed suicide finds himself in an interrogation room with supposedly divine agents, and an aging virgin and cafe owner struggles to find a love that goes deeper than her eczema. A private eye continues an investigation into a magical doll and a murdered girlfriend, while a collection of 20 - something activists battle their own ennui and self-loathing. Two friends catching up with tequila shots are reminded of a shared bond, and an unsuspecting derailed actor finds herself at the center of a bizarre crime.

A production premiering six new San Francisco stories from emerging Bay Area voices Ed Mabasa, Lisa Macabasco, Conrad Panganiban, Chuck Lacson, Ali Wong, and Anton Delfino.

The Stories High 2005 production represents the culmination of months of free writing, acting, and directing workshops led by Bindlestiff artists. Featuring first-time as well as veteran actors, writers, and directors in six gripping, hilarious, and startling pieces.

Stories High promises to captivate its audience with tales of mystery, love, and loss.


  • borders by conrad panganiban
  • you, me, and jose by chuck lacson
  • going down by lisa macabasco
  • lucy's kitchen and alex's garage by ali wong
  • final purification by anton delfino
  • the rub by ed mabasa

September 22 ? October 8, 2005 Thursdays ? Saturdays
8pm showtime
$9 ? 15, sliding scale;
reservations must be made at 415.255.0440

2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival
The View from Here
by Timothy Huang
September 27 to October 2, 2005

A writer arrives in his white-walled, sixth floor walk-up in New York, ready to tenaciously take on the city and get his novel published. Recounting his various misadventures in a series of letters to his love back home, he is forced to deal with the people he left behind before he can move forward.

4 performances at Primary Stages @ 354 West 45th Street in New York City. 

Music samples are available at  http://www.timothyhuangarts.com/tvfh/music.html

And more info here

Staged Reading
Winged Therapy
by Felix Racelis
September 29, 3006

 A reading of Winged Therapy, a full-length play by Felix Racelis, will be given:
                DATE:  Thur., Sept. 29, 2005
                TIME:   7:30pm
                PLACE:  Womans Club of Hollywood
                           1749 N. La Brea (between Hollywood & Franklin
                           Parking is available directly behind the

The Pilipino American Rosales family has achieved the American dream:  a home in the S.F. avenues, lots of envious friends and a son in a psychiatric hospital.  A coming of age story set in the turbulent, sex-crazed world of 1970's San Francisco.

The cast features Beau Danner, Alberto Isaac, Emily Kuroda, David Tittle, Sherry Finsand and Patrick Skelton.

For more information:  (323) 662-6861.

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