New Conservatory Theatre Center
presents the world premiere of
The Fabulous Adventures of Captain Queer
Prince Gomolvilas
June 2 to July 9, 2006

directed by
Arturo Catricala

Jeffrey Cohlman, Christin Davis, Donovan Keith, Markham Miller, Dennis Parks, Heidi Wolff

After he gets bitten by a radioactive ladybug, a high school nerd is transformed into a superhero. Donning a skintight costume complete with a rainbow cape, he must save the world from a diabolical plot hatched by Reginald Screamingbottom, the leader of an ex-gay ministry; Doctor Octopussy, his nefarious sidekick; and Gustav Lederhosen, a former Nazi war criminal who mentors them both. And when the hot high school jock gets carted away to the villians' underground lair, Captain Queer will stop at nothing to come to the rescue. Will good overcome evil? Do superheroes stuff? And what's better when you're wearing tights—boxer or briefs? All these questions will be answered in The Fabulous Adventures of Captain Queer, a rollicking new comedy in which even good taste is in danger.

Preview Performances: June 2 - June 9, 2006
Performances: June 10 - July 9, 2006
Wednesdays through Saturdays @ 8:00PM
Sundays @ 2:00PM
(No Shows June 11 or 25)

Tickets On Sale Now:
$40 Opening Night June 10
$34 Saturdays and Sundays
$28 Thursdays and Fridays
$22 Preview Performances and Wednesdays
Pay-As-You-Wish: June 8
(Pay-As-You-Wish Info)

New Conservatory Theatre Center
25 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 415.861.4914.
Or buy tickets online now at

Cold Tofu (Los Angeles, CA)
Edamame Heights
an improvised soap opera
June 3, June 17, June 24, July 1 & July 8 at 10pm

Cold Tofu's improvised soap opera is back! Come out for all five shows starting Saturday, June 3rd. Don't miss one night of drama, passion, romance, intrigue, and lies with those wacky residents of Edamame Heights!

ACME Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Avenue, LA 90036
Call ACME at 323-525-0202 for admission info and reservations for Edamame Heights.

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC, NY)
Swoony Planet
by Han Ong
July 6 and 8, 2006

Han Ong’s SWOONY PLANET is the remarkable story of immigrants searching for identity in the vast American landscape. Kirtana, a single, Indian woman, seeks out her runaway son Farouk. Jessica, a Filipina who has adjusted to life in the Midwest, aids her search, leading Kirtana to an unimaginable world no child should experience. Artie, Jessica’s son, races to find the father who abandoned him 16 years ago. Each, longing for wholeness and the chance to swoon, takes on an unforgettable, compromising journey. Join us for award winning playwright, Han Ong's exciting new play. Admission is FREE but reservations are required.

Information and Details

Thursday, July 6, 2006, 7:00pm
at Pregones Theater
571-575 Walton Avenue
Bronx, New York Call 718-585-1202 to reserve tickets.
Visit for directions.

Saturday, July 8, 2006, 8:00pm
at Queens Theatre In The Park
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Flushing, New York Call 718-760-0064 to reserve tickets.
Visit for directions.

David Bishins | Mel Gionson | Lindsay Goss | Kenneth Lee | Yusef Miller
Harvey Perr | Gita Reddy | Triney Sandoval | Sophia Skiles
Directed By
Ron Daniels

Pangea World Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Under the Bridge
Written by A-yia Thoj and Saychay Thor
July 7 and 8, 2006

Polarized expectations!
High emotions!
Deadly consequences!

Growing up can be hard. It gets even harder when you're a Hmong girl living in an American society. Cultural expectations are automatically placed on you. As Khang, a 16 year-old Hmong girl, evolves into a mature woman, she makes mistakes that change the course of her life.

This play tells her side of the story by exposing the challenges, attitudes, and internal barriers she must overcome on her path to becoming a woman.

Friday, July 7 @ 7 pm
SPNN Studios
375 Jackson Street, St. Paul

Saturday, July 8 @ 8 pm

Pangea World Theater Studio
711 West Lake Street, Suite 101, Minneapolis

Suggested donation: $5
( **Seating is limited**)

Written by A-yia Thoj and Saychay Thor
Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee

National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum-DC (Washington, DC)
July 7, 2006

The DC Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum invites you to "Creative Explosion 4: The Spirit of API Feminism through Performance" on Friday, July 7th 2006, at All Souls Church on 1500 Harvard St. NW, Washington DC.

This year, our show features-

  • LOOK AGAIN: Inspired by the Vagina Monologues, DC API artists explore the issues that have informed our self concept as Asian women in America. Told in our own voices, this short play is a powerful look into API feminism.
  • YELLOW RAGE: Back by popular demand, this Philly based spoken word duo will be sharing new work from their second CD, Handle With Care, Volume 2. Powerful and dynamic, their words addressing issues from cultural fetishism to ethnic pride have been featured on shows like HBO¡œs Def Jam Poetry.

Proceeds benefit NAPAWF-DC's effort to provide scholarships to women attending NAPAWF's 10 Year Anniversary Leadership Training in Los Angeles. Help us invest in our community's leaders!

Join us for a cocktail hour at 6:30p.m. to meet NAPAWF's fierce sisters and enjoy light food and drinks, sponsored by DC's finest API restaurants.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: $25 regular, $20 students, $30 @ door. Please be mindful that this show contains strong adult content.

Contact NAPAWF-DC Board members in these locations for tickets:

- Downtown DC - Samia Khan,
- Dupont Circle - Lillian MacEachern:
- Capitol Hill - Ann Surapruik: or
Victoria Tung at

Ford Amphitheatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Chasing Dad
by traci kato-kiriyama
Directed/dramaturged by Dan Kwong
Show Me Some Stuff
by Dan Kwong
Sat. July 8, 2006

Chasing Dad - Staring into the faces of birth, death and regret, a daughter realizes and discovers her spirit and true power.

Show Me Some Stuff - How the legendary martial arts star Bruce Lee saves a man's life and nearly gets him killed.

Full price $5 per reading, Open seating, Reservations recommended
Buy a subscription to all 12 readings for $36

Lodestone Theatre (Southern CA)
By Roger Rudick
Directed by Chil KongJuly 13, 2006

In the midst of World War II, In-Sil makes a promise to her father to meet him in Pusan.  But, her life is forever changed when she's forced into sexual slavery.  Haunted by the memories of her struggle to survive, she must face the loss of her own humanity or loose her only chance at redemption.  Can she come to terms with her suffering? 

Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Passing the Beat
July 14 to 16, 2006

Join Mu for the 8th annual Mu Daiko student recital, Passing the Beat. Members of Mu Daiko, teach over 200 students the art of taiko each year. In this annual recital, student taiko players of all levels show what they‚ve learned by performing new and classic pieces from the Mu Daiko repertoire along with their instructors. The energetic and mesmerizing experience blends physical movement, intricate drumming and rhythm in an unforgettable taiko display.

Passing the Beat
Dates: July 14-16, 2006
Venue: The Southern Theater (1420 Washington Ave. S, Mpls.)
Tickets: $13 (Discounts available for students, seniors and children under 12)
Reservations: 612-340-1725

Playwright's Center of Sn Francisco
A staged reading of
Rice Kugel
A new play by Chas Belov
July 11, 2006

Chinese American Richard Wong is converting to Judaism. So why is he keeping it a secret from his friends, his family, and his new white, Jewish boyfriend Bill Leibovitz?

Contains explicit sexual dialog.

Directed by John Ferreira
Presented by the Playwrights Center of San Francisco
Admission $5-10 sliding scale.

There will be an audience talk-back session after the performance.

When: Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 7:30 pm.

Ford Amphitheatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Calling Aphrodite
by Velina Hasu-Houston
July 15, 2006

A Hiroshima bomb victim travels to New York for reconstructive surgery, where she meets a surgeon whose brother was killed in battle during WWII. Their challenging association as victims on opposite sides of the war forces them to reflect on post-war peace and on their faith in humanity.

Iota Club (Arlington, VA)
Cynthia Lin
July 17, 2006

Cynthia Lin tour ˆ preview at

Mon July 17th - 8pm

IOTA Club and Cafe

Arlington, VA

w/ Amy Correia

$10, 21+

NOW Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Kristina Wong
July 20 to 22, 2006, 8:30pm
REDCAT Theater
Downtown LA

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a semi-autobiographical, serio-comic exploration of the remarkable high incidence of mental illness among young Asian American women in a world that's more nuts than we are.

Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Six Degrees of Separation
by John Guare
July 6 to 30, 2006

ReAct presents
a salute to Bastille Day
Let Them Eat Pork
Liberté, Égalité, Mocha Latté....
with the Pork Filled Players
July 14 to 29, 2006
Late night

See News story

Special bonus late nite snack!
Pork Filled Players and
Assaulted Fish (from Vancouver BC)
July 21 and 22

Photo by Dan Jackson, Manifest Photography

Kumu Kahua
by Velina Houston
July 6 to 30, 2006

See News story.

Ford Amphitheatre (Hollywood, CA)
Show Me Some Stuff
written by Dan Kwong
July 8, 2006

Veteran solo performance artist Kwong airs out his first multi-character stageplay

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
Hollywood, CA

Chicago, 1978. Disco rules. It's been 5 years since the tragic and untimely death of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee.

Jenny Fong is a 13-year old Japanese-Chinese-American girl who's become a street-fighting, ass-kicking, gung-fu/Bruce Lee fanatic.

Her best friend is a skinny kid who happens to be named Bruce Lee; a killer on the dance floor but a major nerd on the streets, who Jenny saves from local toughs.

While Dad plays it cool, Mom really wishes Jenny would be more of a "normal" girl. When the annual JA community dance arrives, things come to a head between mother and daughter.

In the midst of this family drama, the ghost of Bruce Lee appears (in a glass of water) to help Jenny on her journey.

Reading cast: Jennifer Chang (Jenny), Shuko Akune (Mom), Kipp Shiotani (Dad), Kennedy Kabasares (nerd Bruce Lee), Dan Kwong (ghost Bruce Lee), Chris Tashima (stage directions)

Presented as part of the 2006 Ford Summer Playreading Series.

Ford Amphitheatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Kristina Wong
White Manifesto and Other Perfumed Tales of Self Entitlement or Got Rice
by Philip Kan Gotanda
July 28, 2006

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a semi-autobiographical, serio-comic exploration of the remarkable high incidence of mental illness among young Asian American women in a world that's more nuts than we are. Note: this will be a different performance than the REDCAT Theatre presentation.

White Manifesto and Other Perfumed Tales of Self Entitlement or Got Rice is a provocative foray into the phenomenon of white male fascination with Asian women. It explores issues of racial and gender entitlment.

The Public Theatre (NYC, NY)
by Diana Son
previews begin May 23, 2006

Sandra Oh is returning to the theater to star in the world premiere of Satellites, Diana Son's play about an interracial couple, their young child and what happens when they move into a new neighborhood.

The production, directed by Michael Greif, begins preview performances May 23 at the Public Theater.

Oh had previously starred at the Public in another of Son's plays, Stop Kiss, for which she received a Theatre World Award in 1999.

[Revue snarkiness: Good to see Diana back on the stage, given her day job on Law and Order---though we'd wish she could give up the day job...but Dick Wolfe keeps more than NY actors off the unemployment line....]

SALAAM Theatre (NYC, NY)
A Reading of
Written by S. Karthick Ramakrishnan & Jyoti Thottam
Directed by Paul Knox
Monday, July 31, 2006
7:00pm - 10:00p

Based on true events, Interrogations tells the story of a family tragically affected by the silence surrounding their abusive household. Told form a variety of perspectives, Interrogations provides audience members with a chilling look into a family and community shattered by the consequence of denial, fear, and violence.

Featuring: Bobby Abid, Sarita Choudhury, Geeta Citygirl, Thaddeus Daniels, Neera Islam, Ragini Jain, Kiran Khalid, Aasif Mandvi, Manu Narayan, Deepa Purohit, Giuliana Santini, Anamika Sarkar, and Taniya Sen.

Event Sponsor & Location:
Barrow Street Theater
27 Barrow Street
South side of Barrow Street, at the corner of 7th Ave South
New York, NY 10014

Rainier Valley Youth Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Angkor / America
July 26 to August 5, 2006

In Angkor / America, documentary theatre blends with an allegorical fairy tale, classical Cambodian dance, and contemporary hip-hop to trace the stories of Southeast Asian immigrants and their families. The play begins with life in SE Asia and follows sometimes harrowing, always inspiring journeys through war and immigration, culminating with a look at life in America today and what it means to be a teenager - Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, American.

Ford Amphitheatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Happy Valley
by Aurorae Khoo
August 12, 2006

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 scrambles to devise an exit strategy. This dark comedy explores racism between Asian ethnic groups, the struggles of adolescence, and the life changing nature of emigration.

Play reading series at the Ford.

That Asian Thing Showcase
Saturday, August 12, 2006
7 pm - 9 pm
Fred P. Hall Amphitheater - Palatine Park District
262 E. Palatine Road
Palatine, IL  60067

A unified voice.

A unified race.

A one night show.

Be part of the concert event to be featured in That Asian Thing documentary.  Live and experience the talent of Asian American artists!

That Asian Thing Showcase"
Saturday, August 12, 2006
7 pm - 9 pm

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater - Palatine Park District
262 E. Palatine Road
Palatine, IL  60067

Cost:  FREE!
There will be a sliding scale donation of $5-$15 to help fund the completion of "That Asian Thing" Documentary.

NOTE:  This will be an outdoor event.  Please bring a lawn chair, blanket, or just yourselves and enjoy the music!

More info @ 

The Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
Clenched Fists, Open Hands: the waters of my ancestors
Our Summer Youth Art Works Exhibition and Performance
August 17, 2006
Reception at 6 pm
Performance at 7 pm

Asian Arts Initiative, 1315 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor
Free, with donations gladly accepted

Clenched Fists, Open Hands is the culmination of our Summer Youth Art Works program, featuring a multi-media exhibition and performance created by over 30 youth and teaching artists. The night will open with a reception for the visual arts exhibition incorporating a painted mural, collage, photography, 3-D installation, and sound. The performance and a screening of short videos follow, and joins the exhibition to explore the theme of relocation at what it means to us as an organization, as a community, and in a world context.

Summer Youth Art Works participants include: Scott Bounpraseuth, Brianna Collier, Chin Fong, Ronny Fong, Brittany Gray, Antonio Griggs, Daylin Hill, Aamir McCleary, Chris Mejia, Lena Park, Kavi Prom, Kevin Prom, Micha-EL Ringler, Barney Seng, Danny Seng, Latonya Starling, Jonathan Tieu, Simone Waller, and Darvy Van.

Teaching Artists and Assistants: Tomie Arai, Rodney Camarce, Sara Zia Ebrahimi, Rocky Kev, Chon Phoeuk, Gary San Angel, Linda Saroeun, Rana Sindhikara, Marian Thambynayagam, and Suny Uy.

Slanted Screen Benefit (Chicago, IL)
August 17, 2006

Proceeds to benefit the Quincy Wong Endowment Fund. The event is being hosted by the Center for Asian Arts and Media of Columbia College through the Quincy Wong Endowment Fund.

From silent film star Sessue Hayakawa to Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, The Slanted Screen explores the portrayals of Asian men in American cinema, chronicling the experiences of actors who have had to struggle against ethnic stereotyping and limiting roles. The film presents a critical examination of Hollywood's image-making machine, through a fascinating parade of 50 film clips spanning a century."
(Excerpt from, Jeff Adachi/HHMM Productions)

Winner of the Best Short Documentary award at the New York International Independent Film and Video film festival, "The Slanted Screen" envisions a new, exciting future in the entertainment industry, where the diversity of our culture and society is fully recognized and represented.

This screening is a pre-event for "All About Quincy," a Benefit Dinner launching the Quincy Wong Endowment Fund on September 19, 2006 at the Hilton Chicago. "All About Quincy" celebrates the naming of The Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression (33 East Congress, downtown Chicago), and the official launch of The Quincy Wong Endowment Fund supporting The Quincy Wong Scholarship for the Arts, at the Center for Asian Arts and Media of Columbia College Chicago.

The QWEF initiatives are believed to be the first of this kind in the Midwest. Proceeds from both of these events will fund The Quincy Wong Endowment Fund created by the Wong family, with a total goal of $100,000 slated to be funded by December 2006. For reservations or more information about the benefit, please visit, call 312.344.7870 or 312.635.0888, or e-mail

Actor, model, director, writer and producer Quincy Wong, the Midwest's top Asian Pacific American male model, passed away in July 2002 at the age of 48. The 6'1" charismatic Wong, who belied the Asian Pacific American non-athletic stereotype, appeared in hundreds of print ads in nearly every magazine, on stage, television, film and in nearly 40 commercials. A member of SAG and AFTRA, Wong was co-founder with Keith Uchima of the Chicago Asian American comedy troupe, Stir-Friday Night! (in 1995). He was also co-founder (in 1989) and long-time artistic director of Chicago's Angel Island Theatre Company. He was in the process of writing two plays at the time of his death.

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
August 19, 2006

See News story.

Lodestone Theatre (Southern CA)
A reading of a new play
written by Nic Cha Kim
August 20, 2006

directed by Shishir Kurup
featuring Vic Chao, Charles Kim, Emily Kuroda, Shishir Kurup, Tony Lee & Camille Mana

When the lead actress drops out before the final scene is shot, two filmmakers go "on the road" in search of a new ending.   When the world starts to collapse all around them, they find shelter in a country bumpkin, a magician and a runaway.  Do they find their ending?  Yah, well, sort of... if you can call it that.

Diverse City Theatre (NYC, NY)
Equality Plays Festival
August 11 to 26, 2006

  • Robert Askins' absurdist CLEAN LIVING, a riff on the military's "don't ask, don't tell policy"
  • Joe Byers' VEILS, about an American soldier in a war-torn Middle-Eastern country and his first sexual encounter with a local woman
  • Stuart Harris' ONNA FIELD, about a gay high school boy and his sports coach
  • Jorshinelle Taleon-Sonza's COLD FLESH, about a recently 'outed' gay Filipino doctor dealing with the arrival of his wife from the Philippines.

See News story.

National Asian American Theatre Company (NYC, NY)
The Dispute
by Marivaux
August 4 to 27, 2006
at the AbingdonTheatre

NAATCO presents under the guidelines of Actors Equity's Non-Profit.

Long before the Marquis de Sade and reality TV, an enlightened Prince runs an experiment into the nature of sex. Four foundlings are raised in isolated confinement in an artificial Eden. Now it's show time and they will be unleashed. Will the serpent appear in the garden? And if so, will the man, or the woman, be the first to fall?

Lodestone Theatre (Southern CA)
One Nation, Under God
Written & Directed by Philip W. Chung
August 5 to 27, 2006
Bonus show added August 24

Produced by Nicole Miyako Cherry
Produced by & Starring 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. An exploration of the nature of faith, religion and violence.

August 5-27, 2006
Fri-Sat. 8 PM, Sundays at 3 PM
Special discounted $7 previews on Aug. 3 & 4 at 8 PM.

$15 general admission
$13 students & seniors (w/ID)
$11 (groups of 10+)
All Sunday matinees (except Aug. 27 closing) are pay-what-you-can ($1 minimum)

Shunya (Houston, TX)
The Talk
August 18 to 27, 2006

Written By: Soham Mehta, Sara Kumar, Amit Patel, Jesal Kapasi, Elisabeth Cutrer, Mansi Master, Viraj Mane, Jonathon John

Directed By: Sriram VT, Artee Kumar, Kanchan Phalak, Phil Redman, Dilip Kapasi, Alice Fulks, Taj Ahmad, Suhas Verma
Featuring: Over 30 New and Familiar Faces!

In Shunya's newest experiment, we asked writers from all backgrounds and experience levels to write a 10-15 minute piece about "The TALK". From the twenty short plays that we received, we selected eight that caught our fancy and paired them with eight directors and an army of actors. Some are funny. Some are tragic. But they're all short and they're all about "The TALK" -- whatever that means...

Come join the conversation!

August 18th - 27th
Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 PM
Sundays @ 3 PM

$10 in July; $13 in August
$15 at the door
Diverse Works Art Space 1117 East Freeway
I-10 at North Main
Houston, TX 77002
(Link to Directions)

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC, NY)
The Fan Tan King
book by C. Y. Lee
music by Douglas Lackey
August 22 to 27, 2006

a new musical in development
from the author of Flower Drum Song
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre is proud to present THE FAN TAN KING as part of the 10th annual New York International Fringe Festival, a production of The Present Company.
August 22th - 27th
All tickets: $15 For tickets visit or call:
In New York: (212) 279-4488 or Outside New York: 1-888-FringeNYC

THE FAN TAN KING is adapted from Mr. Lee's novel, DAYS OF THE TONG WARS, set in late 19th century San Francisco, a time when Chinese pioneers arrived to the Land of the Golden Mountain with firecrackers and lion dancers in their quest for the American Dream. THE FAN TAN KING refers to Peter Fong, a gambling czar and businessman; Peter has a wife, who pines for a simpler life and more children to join her only son. His authority is challenged by his rival, Sam Fat, who wants control of Chinatown. There are a dozen colorful supporting characters who epitomize the diverse Chinatown community. This musical is good old-fashioned fun for the whole family while illuminating important aspects of Asian American history.

The Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre
at Eisenhower Park (Nassau County, NY)
Indian American Night.
August 27, 2006

Starting at 7PM

Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation & Museums
2006 Summer Concert Series
The Tenth Annual

WHERE: Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre at Eisenhower Park -
East Meadow, New York (Parking Fields 6 or 6A)

Call 516-572-0200 for information

This program is part of the 2006 Summer Concert Series sponsored by Nassau County. Indian American Night is a showcase of classical music and folk dances from all regions of India. Nassau County Executive Thomas R Suozzi, Commissioner Joe L. Lopez and other elected officials will preside over the show.

We welcome back theater aficionado and our Master of Ceremonies, Geeta Citygirl (daughter of Nassau County residents, Asha and Raj Chopra) who has made a name for herself in the bustling NYC arts scene. Raised in Nassau County, her high school days were spent at W.T. Clarke and the dance department at the BOCES Cultural Arts Center. She proceeded to graduate with distinction from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the City College of New York. With a mission to connect all people and link all the arts in the spirit of progressive solidarity, actress Geeta Citygirl founded (in the year 2000) and still serves as Artistic Director of SALAAM Theatre.

DATE: Sunday, August 27, 2006.
TIME: Starts promptly at 7:30 P.M.

If weather appears threatening, call after 6:30pm to confirm performance at 516-572-0355

For recorded updates on concerts and other special events, call 516--572-0223


BY TRAIN: Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Westbury then cab to Lakeside Theatre.

BY CAR: Meadowbrook Parkway North to Exit M3 East/Stewart Avenue. Make a right on Stewart Avenue and drive straight to the park.

Meadowbrook Parkway South to Exit M3/Stewart Avenue.
Make a left on Stewart Avenue and drive until you reach the park.

Drivers should use Parking Fields 6 or 6A

Silk Road Theatre Project (Chicago, IL)
A play by Michael Golamco
Directed by Katherine Condit-Ladd
August 27, 2006

Playwright Michael Golamco Featuring:

Lydia Berger, Jonathan Goodman, Denice Lee, Foo Nguyen, and Dwight Sora

Bindlestiff Studios (Bay Area, CA)
The Cleansing
A Fundraiser for Bindlestiff Studio
August 26, 2006

8:00 - 11:00pm
$8 - $12 Sliding Scale
505 Natoma Street, SF, CA 94103

Musical Performances by:
Power Struggle
Fredo Algebra
Golda Supernova
Phoenix Solite

Stand Up Comedy Performers:
Manny Cabrera aka mister needy
Emmanuel Romero
Dennis Rodis
Rob Trinidad

Live Painting by:
Dino Ignacio
Jonathan Lison

Open Mic Stage

13th Annual Fritz Blitz of New Plays by
California Playwrights (San Diego, CA)
Meet the Family
by Thelma Virata de Castro
September 7 to 10, 2006

Thelma Virata de Castro’s play, Meet the Family will be part of the 13th Annual Fritz Blitz of New Plays by California Playwrights.  Meet the Family tells the story of a young Filipino American woman who brings home her seemingly perfect match to meet her affluent parents, who have buried their Filipino heritage in an attempt to capture the American dream.  Surprises are in store as fine food and spirits are served amidst accusations of crime and conspiracy.

de Castro’s plays have previously appeared in The Fritz Blitz in 1995 (Ours is Just Dirt) and 1999 (Ushabti).  She is former Literary Manager of the San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre, where her play The Goddess of Flowers was produced in 2002.  Her work is collected in the Asian American Women Playwrights Archive. 

Meet the Family is scheduled for Week 3 of The Fritz Blitz, September 7, 8, 9 at 8pm and September 10 at 3pm at the Lyceum Space Theatre, in Downtown San Diego.  The director is Anne Tran.  The cast includes Dave Park, Sylvia Enrique, Nick Mata and Tara Ricasa.  The play contains adult subject matter.

Continuing its tradition of cutting edge theatre, and fulfilling its mission of developing top-notch theatre professionals, The Fritz Theatre is poised for another successful, entertaining and “you gotta-see-this” Fritz Blitz of New Plays by California Playwrights!  As the name implies, The Fritz Blitz premieres plays written by California playwrights. This year, over 100 entries were received, from which 8 were chosen. The Fritz Blitz program is quite diverse, presenting a different grouping of plays each week, varying widely from hilarious one-acts, to dramatic stylized pieces, and for the first time, two full-length dramas. The selection process was a challenging one, as so many entries were outstanding.

Pangea World Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Cooking con Karimi
September 8 and 9, 2006

@ 7:30 p.m.

Pangea World Theater Studio
711 West Lake St, Suite 101

Progressive public access chef, Mero Cocinero Karimi, together with his cooking comrade, cooks up revolutionary, fusion-friendly recipes live, in his quest to spread good food and good politics.

He cooks on stage. Live. His recipes are as original and unique as they could be. He brings latest world issues to the table. He believes that revolution begins with the cooking spoon. He feeds the audience at the end.

Suggested donations $ 12 (discount for students and seniors)
To make a reservation please call 612 203 1088

InterAct (Sacramento, CA)
Carry the Tiger to the Mountain
by Cherylene Lee
September 2 to 18, 2006

Bindlestiff Studios
Single: A One-Man Show About Sex, Love & Karaoke
writtena and performed by Kevin Nadal
September 14 to 16, 2006

Single is a one-man show about a gay pinoy navigating single life in New York City. Through the forms of storytelling (kuwento-kuwento), comedy, spoken word, song, and dance, the artist, Kevin Nadal, takes you through the journey of his never-ending Sex and the City episode. Listen as he tells you about the differences between Hetero World & Homo World, getting married to himself, the crazy boys in New York, and of course everything that his Filipina mom has to say about it. Be prepared for a night of sex, love, karaoke... and everything between.

Seattle Sketch Fest
PUSH Cabaret
Experimental Late Night Sketch Comedy
Assaulted Fish (Vancouver, BC)
September 8, 2006
Pork Filled Players (Seattle, WA)
September 15, 2006

Details at Seattle SketchFest.

Lark Theatre (NYC, NY)
13th Annual Playwrights’ Week Festival
September 13 to 18, 2006

See News story.

Thursday, September 14th, 8pm

By Gautam Raja
Directed by Gia Forakis

VAIDEHI begins with a birth and ends with its conception.  A prisoner of societal expectations, Vaidehi struggles to fight the origin of her name (one of exemplary womanly and wifely virtue) to find intimacy and independence amongst the men that surround her.

Monday, September 18th, 7pm

By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by John Eisner

Through Sanskrit, American Sign Language, and English, two sisters and their partners search for human contact and for love. Is it possible for two languages to fall in love, or for love to survive without communication? And does sex really trump words?

Teatro Nueva Alma (CA)
New Traditions
September 15 to 23, 2006

New Traditions
adding sentences to our histories hereandnow theatre company and Teatro Nueva Alma proudly present an exciting new collection of pieces created and developed by the cast. Rooted in the belief that everyone has stories to tell, New Traditions explores the magic and power of history and oral tradition, how stories have shaped us and also where they can lead us. We invite you to share in the experience of adding our own words to the stories that have bred us. We hope to see you at our new show! hereandnow theatre company / Teatro Nueva Alma

Pratidhwani (Seattle, WA)
Aath Ghante
by Sujit Saraf
September 22 to 24, 2006

Pratidhwani – a Seattle based organization of South Asian performing artists - continues its exploration of modern Hindi plays with the opening of well-known Bay Area Indian playwright Sujit Saraf's Aath Ghante (eight hours). First staged in Saratoga, CA to critical acclaim Aath Ghante opens on September 22nd. The production is directed by Seattle local Agastya Kohli, and stars two Seattle based actors – Ankur Gupta and Gurvinder Pal Singh.

Aath Ghante is a drama with comedic moments inspired by Murray Schisgal's Typists. Two main typists spend their eight our work day – thus the title—typing addresses on a postcard while looking out their window onto the world. While the work day continues the play also explores the characters lives over the next thirty years. A somewhat surreal story, Aath Ghante is an exploration of time, how one person can affect another's life and what it means to have a meaningful life.

"This is a play about achievement and accomplishment," said Director Kohli. "What constitutes a successful life? What role can ambition play in one's behavior? This play is a study of complexes and attitude, and a humorous reflection on our white collar 'professional' lives."

Aath Ghante is yet another opportunity for Hindi speakers to experience quality modern Hindi theatre right here in Seattle. While Hindi drama has become increasingly popular in cities around the country, Seattle's Hindi theatre scene is relatively new. Pratidhwani's production creates a unique chance for theatre enthusiasts to step into a vibrant world of locally produced quality entertainment.

Aath Ghante – Performance Information
September 22, 8:00pm
September 23, 2:00pm and 8:00pm
September 24, 4:00pm
All performances will be at:
Ethnic Cultural Theatre, UW
3940 Brooklyn Ave NE
(Corner of 40th and Brooklyn)
Seattle, WA
General: $7
Pratidhwani Members: $5
UW Students: $3

Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA):
Marian Yalini Thambynayagam
Strange Rain
Accompanied by Chon Phoeuk, Linda Saroeun, and Varuni Tiruchelvam
with Clenched Fists, Open Hands: the waters of our ancestors
Youth performance
Friday, September 22, 2006, 7:30 p.m.

$5 for members, $10 general admission
Asian Arts Initiative, 1315 Cherry Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia
215-557-0455 or

Through her unique blend of movement, music, spoken word, and storytelling, artist Marian Yalini Thambynayagam invites us on a journey exploring the legacy of community violence and conflict and its impact in individuals’ lives. Strange Rain uses the lenses of sexuality and gender to examine issues facing Sri Lankan Tamil communities displaced by war. Clenched Fists, Open Hands draws upon the experiences, writing, and performance of over 30 youth and adult artists in the Asian Arts Initiative’s summer YouthArtWorks program. The evening evokes the themes of dislocation, relocation, and hope—what that means to our local community and in a world context.

Vancouver International Comedy Festival
Assaulted Fish
Sketch or Die
September 23, 2006

Tom Lee Music Center Stage at 8pm, on Saturday Sept. 23. Check out the website, for ticket purchases.

Fifth Avenue Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Bombay Dreams
September 12 to October 1, 2006

Bombay Dreams, the colorful stage musical set in the world of India's bustling movie industry, will make its Seattle premiere this fall at the 5th Avenue Theatre. The run will open the 5th Avenue's 2006-07 season, and be part of a national tour starting this month in Tucson.

A crowd-pleaser in England, Bombay Dreams ran for two years in London's West End. It had a shorter run on Broadway, where it debuted in 2004 and lasted for 284 performances.

The show features dazzling sets and costumes, and was inspired by the international success of the romantic "Bollywood" musical films made in Bombay.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Sides: The Fear is Real
by Mr. Miyagi's Theatre Company
September 20 to October 1, 2006

East West Players will start their 41st season on a humorous note with the West Coast premiere of Sides: The Fear is Real, a side-splitting look at actor auditions gone horribly wrong. Produced in association with Mr. Miyagi’s Theatre Company in New York, Sides has been lauded as “A bull’s eye…high-speed whip smart comedy” by the Wall Street Journal and hailed as “…consistently entertaining satire…” by the New York Times.

Desipina & Co. (NYC, NY)
Unbound: a Workshop Festival
September 26 to October 1, 2006

A Festival of stories with females whose feet weren't bound, weren't drowned and find thmselves with something to say. Minimal sets, minimal costumes, maximum enjoyment.

The Good Muslim
A full length by Rehana Mirza

When an unlikely friendship that blossoms between Nora, a 28-year old, club-hopping atheist, and Farzana, a sheltered 19-year old Muslim girl, will it be like Felix and Oscar, or Bush and Osama?

Barely Breathing
A one-act by Deen
Take two South Asian women, a dollop of sexual tension, set it in suburban Connecticut, and send them on a first date. What they want is true love...but what will they find?

Ninja: The Musical
A One Act w/Book, Lyrics and Composition by Daria Polatin

Three singing Ninjas who fight injustices in the word--overcoming everything from personal issues to wardrobe malfunctions...who else would you want on your side? for info

September 26, 27, 29, 30
Barely Breathing/NINJA 7 pm
The Good Muslim 8 pm

September 30, October 1
Barely Breathing/NINJA 2 pm
The Good Muslim 3:30 pm

the next installment in the Yellow Box series:
A reading of the Greek classic
written by Euripides
translated by Kenneth Cavander
directed by Alberto Isaac
September 27, 2006

featuring Peggy Ahn, Julia Cho, Junko Goda, Jayne Han, Isaac Ho, Diana Lee Inosanto, Emily Kuroda, Emily Liu, Joyce F. Liu & Wa Yang

This play is one of the classics of dramatic literature and has also been called "the greatest piece of anti-war literature there is in the world" (by Edith Hamilton).  Twenty-four centuries ago, a playwright set down with perfect clarity the effects of war--in a play that still resonates with relevance in our time.

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

An Evening With Alec Mapa (Los Angeles)
Friday, September 29, 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 30, 8 p.m.
The Renberg Theatre

One Hundred Percent of the proceeds will benefit the programs and services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

Join America’s GAYSIAN SWEETHEART in a hilarious, all-new evening of comedy. Alec takes on gay married life, the trials and tribulations of celebrity, and his favorite subject – HIMSELF!! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll wonder…WHY??

“Alec Mapa is a freak. It’s not natural for someone to be this talented.” – Variety

“His ability to hold a stage is undeniable.” – Los Angeles Times

Tickets $20
Available online at
Or CALL 323-860-7300

1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood 90038
(one block east of Highland, just north of Santa Monica Blvd.)

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Improv to Da Max
September 29 and 30, 2006

Kumu Kahua Theatre presents as part of its Dark Night Series, On the Spot’s Improv To Da Max. The show plays on Friday, September 29, and Monday, September 30.  Both shows start at 7:30pm and play at Kumu Kahua Theatre, on the corner of Merchant and Bethel.

On the Spot (OTS), the Central-Oahu-based improv group, in it’s continuous quest to present improv as theatre, present Improv To Da Max. A fresh look at our very unique local kind language “Pidgin English.” The improvisers will generate several unscripted one act plays based on Hawai‘i’s local dialect. All the words will be provided by the audience.

OTS will actively present several different styles of plays all with a diverse cast of characters and locations. Some plays will be funny. Some will be dramatic. Some will be abstract and strange, and others will be genre oriented. But all of them will start of with a command pidgin word. There are no preconceived notions. Everything you will see, will be created spontaneously.

Improv To Da Max stars On the Spot members Garrick Paikai, Rod Cachola, Shawn Thomsen, Danel Verdugo, Chris Riel, and special guest Robb Bonnell.

Tickets are only $5 at the door.  The box office opens at 7 pm, one half hour before the start of each performance.  Call 536-4441 for information or reservations. For more information about this and other productions, visit

Kumu Kahua productions are being supported by the State Foundation on Culture & the Arts celebrating more than thirty years of culture & the arts in Hawai‘i; the Mayor’s Office of Culture & the Arts, Mufi Hannemann, Mayor; The Hawai‘i Community Foundation; Foundations, Businesses & Patrons.

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