HERE Arts Center (New York, NY)
We know what we are, but know not what we may be... Three disparate stories of displacement, inspired by Shakespeare's character, are interwoven in this haunting and playful exploration of identity in a globalized world.
Set and costume design by Clint Ramos
Written & directed by Aya Ogawa
June 11 - July 2
At HERE Arts Center - 145 6th Ave.
Yangtze Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
An original musical in English with 3 scenes in Cantonese and Toishanese Chinese, with bilingual subtitles, on 100 years of Chinese American experience through the life and times of the legendary entertainer, Jadin Wong.
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Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES,
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The reception that follows is by invitation only.
End of the Pavement: Micro New Works Festival (Portland, OR)
All End of the Pavement shows open at 8:00 PM, and all admissions are pay-what-you-will. For reservations or further information, call 503-312-6665 or e-mail Steve Patterson at email@example.com
Highways Performance Space (Southern CA)
IT’S GREAT 2B _N AMERICAN is Dan Kwong's first full-length solo in 9 years, as he explores the implications of having a U.S. passport and an Asian face, with all the delicious irony that includes, both domestically and internationally.
Along with some pointed (and sometimes funny) stories from his many travels in Asia, it’s loaded with juicy video imagery and lots of dance/physicality with the brilliant directorial assistance of Shishir Kurup.
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Highways Performance Space
Edge Of The World Theatre Festival
Directed By Jeff Liu
The story of Toraichi Kono, who worked as movie star Charlie Chaplin’s personal valet for 17 years before being arrested as a Japanese enemy spy on the eve of World War II. This is an off-book workshop presentation of Act One of the play which covers Kono's years with Chaplin.
FREE ADMISSION, NO RSVP required.
Sunday, July 13 at 3:30 PM
Chicago Dramatists (Chicago, IL)
Chicago Dramatists presents a staged reading of
Saturday, July 19, 7:30 p.m.
Vuthy Vichea is a sixteen year-old Cambodian American. He loves hip-hop and Dungeons and Dragons. He has thick-ass glasses. He is a weird kid in a place where weirdness can be fatal: Long Beach, California. And since his best friend moved and his mother died, the only person he can talk to is a human skull he keeps hidden in a cookie jar. Year Zero is about being chased across an ocean by death, standing firm, and finally confronting it head on.
Michael Golamco is a writer for both stage and screen whose works include Cowboy Versus Samurai, Build, and Year Zero. He is a Top 50 Project Greenlight screenwriter and was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival's All Access Programs. His short film Dragon of Love is currently running on the Sundance Channel.
Redcat Now (Los Angeles, CA)
CAT LADY premieres at the REDCAT NOW Festival July 31, August 1-2!
Animal psychics, aggressive pick-up artists and musty cat ladies come together in the hilarious and slightly frightening mind of writer and performer Kristina Wong. With incisive wit and delectable comic timing, Wong bends the parallel worlds of the pathetically lonely into an intersection of characters living at the margins of gender and society, while boldly attempting connection with the opposite sex, confronting inter-species betrayal, and seeking solace and celebrity on reality TV.
With guest performers Ova Saopeng and Lidet Viravong!
Also on the bill: Rosanna Gamson and Ann LeBaron and Douglas Kearney!
TICKET INFO HERE: http://redcat.org/season/0708/dan/now3.php
Assaulted Fish (Vancouver, BC)
Projekt New Speak(Los Angeles, CA)
SEASON 2 of THE SKETCH COMEDY SHOW
TICKET PRICE: Presale: $15 | At the door: $20
SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER: BIG PHONY
ROGER FAN | Finishing the Game
Directed and Produced by: Brian Corpuz
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Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle, WA)
In tandem with Absurd Reality Theatre's production of Angels in America: Millenium Approaches. See News story.
Cornerstone Theatre (Los Angeles, S)
Explore what draws people to place, to one another, and what pulls them apart, at the intersection of an urban global village experiment- at Traction Avenue. Dive in to our neighborhood's kaleidoscopic spirit, its magic, history and mystery.
Cornerstone Theater Company
Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Friday, Aug 1 at 7:00 pm
Mixed Blood Theatre
Victory Gardens (Chicago, IL)
Festival Passes - $20 (includes six reading and all special events)
IGNITION Festival Passes are available by calling the Box Office at (773) 871-3000 or emailing email@example.com
All six winning playwrights are coming to Chicago to participate in the festival, and leading theater artists of color from Chicago and nationally are being tapped to direct and perform the new play readings.
Tokyo Engeki Ensemble (Tokyo, Japan)
About the famed Hiroshima Maidens Project. In the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, Keiko Kimura is a reluctant participant in a U.S.-initiated project to provide free reconstructive surgery to 25 young Japanese women who were injured in the bombing. As she comes head to head with an American surgeon who suffered his own traumatic loss in the war, she learns the sacrifices that the hope for peace demands.
VACT (Vancover, BC)
The Odd Couple by Neil Simon tells the story of two mismatched roommates, Felix and Oscar. Felix, a neat and tidy health-nut newswriter, recently comes face-to-face with an end to his doomed marriage. In desperate need for a place to live, he moves in with his long-time friend, Oscar, a sloppy, slovenly divorced sports journalist. In the process of battling for their undying friendship, their differing lifestyles inevitably lead to cataclysmic conflicts and laughs! The Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre adds an extra twist to the story - one is a Canadian born Asian and the other is an immigrant. Directed by Rick Tae.
Tickets In Advance - $22 on-line at www.vact.ca starting June 2008
General Admission Seating
For more information, visit www.vact.ca
Save a date!
[More information at http://www.vact.ca/oddcouple.htm]
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Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
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Bone to Pick by Eugenie Chan
Commissioned by The Cutting Ball Theater and Magic Theatre / Z Space New Works Initiative
Bone to Pick sets the story of Ariadne in a diner at the end of the war-torn world. Here, Ariadne, now reconfigured as Ria the Waitress, has been stranded in a military base diner for three-thousand years. Depleted by millennia of foreign occupation, Ria enters the labyrinth and confronts her part in the murder of her brother, Steer #576. A dizzyingly postmodern look at the costs of love, war and womanhood.
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (Los Angeles, CA)
ALL NEW sketch comedy that is SAVAGELY FUNNY yet STRANGELY CIVILIZED!
Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun @8pm
Valet Parking $5 after 7pm
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A Squared Theatre Workshop (Chicago, IL)
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Lodestone Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
He was a pleasure seeker, corrupt and corrupting, she was the beautiful young cousin he had chosen as a victim... One of Tennessee Williams most haunting plays, the past meets truth in this Techno-Video inspired retelling of an American Classic.
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New York International Fringe Festival (New York, NY)
Lydia's Funeral Video runs August 9 - 23 at the New York International Fringe Festival at the Milagro Theatre at Clemente Soto Velez Center, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey Streets).
Rhino Theare (San Francisco, CA)
what it means to be at once South Asian, American, gay, brown, Hindu and short." It's also a journey of self-discovery leading from rural Nebraska to the clubs of London and encounters with "the butch lesbians of Mumbai."
LATC (Los Angeles, CA)
Pangea World Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Mizna presents an interactive performance with its Latitudes granting recipients. This year’s artists spent a year in workshops and intense rehearsals to create a collaborative performance. Directed by Pangea World Theater’s Dipankar Mukherjee, this performance explores the themes of visibility, journey, struggle, and body. The program was designed to facilitate and support original artistic work created by community members who identify as Arab, Muslim, Berber or Iranian.
Featuring: Sarah Ahmed, Charlotte Albrecht, Naj Bagdadi, and Saed Kakish.
This exhibition is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.
Breaking The Silence - A Program to Empower Refugee and Immigrant Women and their Communities
Hosted by Pangea World Theater, Immigrant and Refugee Battered Women's Task Force, The Advocates for Human Rights and Minneapolis Central Library
BREAKING THE SILENCE:
Asian American Theatre Company (San Francisco, CA)
"A Line" by David Wonpu
Directed by Duy Nguyen
Q&A, Panel Discussion and Feedback on each Play following the Readings
Diego Rivera Theatre
Kidnapping Water: 64 Operas
Connecting the ideas of surviving as an artist in America with living as a global citizen, composer Byron Au Yong premieres 64 portable operas inspired by the ancient Chinese text I Ching (Book of Changes) and the environment.
Scientists and global leaders worry that the world's future challenges revolve around water. Kidnapping Water emotionally addresses these aspects in a new way. "These Bottled Operas are meant to be carried through catastrophes. I think about straining water resources and compose songs of survival," says Au Yong.
Opera singers and percussionists perform Au Yong’s Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas in waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest this August. The 64 mini-operas explore operatic themes in an accessible format.
By taking opera out of the opera house, the Bottled Operas connect the power and beauty of traditional operatic voices with a musical experience intimately connected to nature. The site-specific performances allow Au Yong to take his music directly to places where people interact with many forms of water, creating opportunities for audience members from all walks of life to experience heightened awareness, understanding, and awe of the powerful forces of nature and humanity in a natural environment.
Percussionists play the water found at these locations with instruments that include wood, stone, bamboo, bone, rope, hide, plants, and metal. Libretti are written by eight writers from diverse cultural and artistic traditions not often represented in opera; the 64 Bottled Operas will be anything but a traditional operatic experience.
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas will be performed by opera singer/water percussionist duos in rivers, lakes, fountains, ravines, and other waterways as part of 4Culture's Site-Specific Performance Network on August 4, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 26.
4Culture Site-Specific Performances are FREE to the public.
Locations include Beaver Lake Park, Cedar River Trail, Chinook Beach Park, Des Moines Marina, Echo Lake, Environmental Park, Kubota Gardens, Pritchard Beach Wetlands, Ronald Bog, Salmon Creek Ravine, Saltwater Park, Seahurst Park, and White River, just to name a few.
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas Creative Team
Composer Byron Au Yong
Opera Singers Josie Davis, Emily Greenleaf, Ani Maldjian, David Stutz
Water Percussionists Stuart McLeod, Dean Moore, Benjamin Morrow, James Whetzel
Librettists Eugenie Chan (San Francisco), Bret Fetzer (Seattle), Aaron Jafferis (New Haven), Archana Kumar (Chicago), Carola Luther (Yorkshire), Caroline Murphy (New York), Vivian Umino (Los Angeles), Edisa Weeks (Brooklyn)
Production Pike Pin (Project Manager), Emily Carlsen (Costume Designer), Eric Rockey (Videographer), Ben Kasulke (Filmmaker), Jean-Stephane (Photographer, Multimedia), Erica Howard (Researcher, Writer)
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas, staged by director Bret Fetzer in the DuPen Fountain, will be at the Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts on August 29, 30, and 31. Telephone info 206 281-7788
Light/Sound Installation by Byron Au Yong and interactive media artist Randy Moss at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery from September 12 to October 10, 2008; Opening September 12, 7pm with Artist Talk September 25, 7pm. Telephone info 206 634-0919
Byron Au Yong creates ceremonial musical events for voices with Asian, European and hand-made instruments. His works have been performed in Canada, China, England, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Local projects include Piao Zhu: Flying Bamboo created for the Seattle Asian Art Museum and YIJU: Songs of Dislocation presented at the Jack Straw New Media Gallery. Au Yong was the only American selected for the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme where his mini-opera The River Museum was performed at Aldeburgh Music.
Performance Schedule available online at hearbyron.com and sitespecificarts.org.
Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas is thankful for support from the Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, 4Culture's Site-Specific Performance Network and the Jack Straw New Media Gallery Residency Program.
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
The gloves are off! The mics are on! And the voices are HOT!!! Grab your ringside seats as Divas and Tenors face off in celebration of Tim Dang’s 15 years as Producing Artistic Director of East West Players. Never before has the stage seen so much talent... and attitude! This will be one cool night you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, August 23th, 2008
East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
A Concert to Benefit the New York Premiere of IMELDA: A NEW MUSICAL
August 24, 2008
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Stir-Friday Night! (Chicago, IL)
Chicago – Stir-Friday Night!, one of the nation’s premier Asian American sketch comedy and improv troupes, presents its latest original revue, Horry Kow, That’s Lacist!, starting Fridays from August 8th to September 5th, 2008 at Donny’s Skybox. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for General Admission and $10 for Students. Reservations can be made by calling the Second City box office at (312) 337-3992 or through their web site: www.secondcity.com
Stir-Friday Night! presents
Horry Kow, That’s Lacist!
Opens: Friday, August 8th, 2008, 7:30 p.m.
For reservations call (312) 337-3992
Even as Kosuke Fukudome, fellow Asians and Asian Americans, and the Cubs publicly denounced the “Horry Kow” t-shirts, these t-shirts continue to sell. The vendors claim that they just want to make a living and that they are not deliberately trying to hurt or offend. While anyone could honor an honest living, their excuses would ring hollow should these vendors choose a derogatory stereotype of another ethnicity to place on a t-shirt.
Stir-Friday Night! (SFN) examines the issue with the t-shirts as well as other topics: high gas prices, reconciliation of Asian American adoptees and their genetic parents, Asian representation in the media, America’s foreign policy, and the subtle difference between South and East Asians. Artistic Director Harrison Pak says, “Even though Stir-Friday’s been in existence for 13 years, it’s just now that I feel that we’re getting into a groove in terms of what we want to say as an Asian American collective. No longer will being on stage be enough for us; we have to say something and we’re looking forward to offering Horry Kow to our audiences, both old and new.”
In its 13th year of existence, SFN continues its mission to provide a voice for the Asian American comedic actor. The cast of Horry Kow, That’s Lacist! is Brijul Bhakta, Melissa Canciller, Neal Dandade, Jin Kim, Andy Lee, Christine Lin, Ron Mok, Harrison Pak, Freddie Sulit, and Steven Yeun.
Musical Director is Shane Sharrifskul and the Technical Director is Jason Flowers.
Second Generation (New York, NY)
Becky Yamamoto has always loved the musical Oklahoma!
directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni
at The Ensemble Studio Theatre
TWO NIGHTS ONLY!
Chicago Dramatists (Chicago, IL)
Abandoned as an infant on a pile of vegetables in a Chinese marketplace, a fragment of a jade heart hanging around her neck—the only clue she has to discovering her origins—Jade grows up in America
Pangea World Theare (Minneapolis, MN)
When Ram Autar is drafted to clean the latrines for the soldiers at war, the ways of his newly-wed wife, Gori, create an uproar in the household and the neighborhood where she and her mother-in-law live and work. At once playful and powerful, Do Haath (A Pair of Hands) explores the tensions between economics and morality, and how these are played out along the axes of class, caste, and gender.
Director: Tarun Kumar (theater artist and cultural critic from India)
Saturday & Sunday
**This event is free and open to the public**
Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego, CA)
Night Sky is the story of Anna, a brilliant astronomer. When a car accident renders her aphasic, her speech becomes a hodgepodge of disconnected words alternately poetic, funny, confusing and profound. She and her family must fight through the black holes of her mind and journey from her night sky into an unfamiliar world and a new language. This moving drama celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit and the universal need to find words to communicate our deepest thoughts and feelings.
Abrons Art Center (New York, NY)
Location: Abrons Art Center (466 Grand St, at Pitt St, NYC. Subways: F to Delancey, J/M to Essex St.)
In just three years, Korean-American performance artist
Rasik Arts (Toronto, Canada)
we will be reading a brand new translation of Tagore’s “Red Oleanders” by Nupur Gangopadhyay Lahiri.