Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC)
translated by Ralph Pena
June 15 to ?, 2000
Ma-Yi Theatre Company's Director'Initiative Project presents "INTERMEZZO," translated and adapted by Ralph Pena from an original Tagalog play by Chris Millado. The director's initiative aims to provide opportunities to aspiring Asian American directors. "INTERMEZZO" is directed by Orlando Pabotoy. The showcase opens on Thursday, June 15, 2000 at the Blue Heron Arts Center, on 24th Street between Park and Lex Avenues in New York City.
One other directing intern will be selected in the Fall for a total of two interns for a period of two years.
ASIA (Washington, DC)
ASIA Theatre will perform dramatic readings of new works by rising Asian American playwrights in June. The off-night readings will take place on
Monday evenings, 7:30PM,
at The Clark Street Playhouse in Crystal City.
The scheduled plays are
The Superfriends of Flushing Queens
by Ji Hyun Lee
by Prince Gomolvilas,
by Euijoon Kim
The Poet of Columbus Avenue
by Dennis Escobedo.
Get out of the summer heat and join us in celebrating the works of these talented young playwrights. Oh, and we've got some pretty excellent actors, too! Admission is FREE so come on out and share in the fun!
Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC)
The Poet of Columbus Avenue
by Dennis Escobedo
June 14 to July 9, 2000
A charming romantic comedy about 20-somethings and love, set in San Francisco.
by Felix Racelis
June 9 to July 2, 2000
Felix Racelis's ten-minute play, "Woof!" premieres Friday, June 9, 8 pm at the Tamarind Theater, 5919 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood. The off-beat dramedy of a daft father and his sex surrogate daughter is one of "The Kitchen Kronicles" produced by the Playwrights Group, an evening of seven ten-minute plays by Hindi Brooks, Tom Carrico, Jim & Pat McGinn, Felix Racelis, Harry Singleton, Nalsey Tinberg and Jim Tavares. "The Kitchen Kronicles" runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from June 9 through July 2. Reservations: 213-892-6825; Tickets are $15. Felix Racelis is an alumnus of East West Players' David Henry Hwang Writers Institute and a past curator of the Teatro Event of the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture.
Everything You Wanted to Know about Asian Men (LA)
Roads to Travel
July 6, 7 and 8, 2000
Moving Arts to present L.A. premiere of latest work by critically acclaimed Asian American performance group for three performances only in LATC's mid-sized Theatre 3
Fresh from its successful run in Philadelphia in April, ROADS TO TRAVEL makes
its West coast premiere in association with Moving Arts at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. This Los Angeles production returns the work of a burgeoning Asian American performance network to the City of Angels where it all started six years ago, connecting the distance, lives, hearts, histories, and stories of Asian men from the original Los Angeles troupe as well as men from the Philadelphia, New Haven, and New York City sibling groups.
The show, directed by Van Lier Fellowship recipient Gary San Angel and Moving Arts resident director Darrell Kunitomi, marks a new plateau in the ongoing legacy of an Asian American performance movement that now comprises over 80
performers. This movement has its roots in award-winning performance/installation artist Dan Kwong's landmark Asian Men's Writing/Performing Group in 1994.
Having been nurtured in a safe workshop environment, the Asian Men's Writing/Performing Group unleashed its powerful personal stories with the show EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT ASIAN MEN BUT DIDN'T GIVE ENOUGH OF A SHIT TO ASK to sold-out audiences and critical acclaim. Inspired by the raw success and opportunity to tell one's own stories without filtration, San Angel established writing/performing groups for Asian men, women, and teens throughout the Northeast, including NYC's critically-acclaimed pan-Asian performance group, Peeling the Banana.
Individually and collectively, the groups have won praise and fans with their heart-wrenching stories and performances that touch on issues that transcend class or race, thus giving voice to a powerful and human Asian America rarely seen by the mainstream and beyond.
The New York Times has compared the groups' productions to Ntozake Shange's choreopoem FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF. Shelby Jiggetts, former director of play development for the Joseph Papp Public Theater told Newsday, "I was moved just being in a room with them." The Los Angeles Times has hailed their work as "hilarious" and "wonderfully effective." The LA Weekly has given them a Performance Pick of the Week honor, calling EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW... "explosive packages of humor and pathos."
The groups and its members have performed at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, Highways Performance Space, Japanese American National Museum, The Smithsonian, San Francisco's Asian American Theater Company, the New York Film Academy, Boston's Tremont Theater, Philadelphia's Asian Arts Initiative, and has toured over a dozen US cities.
Moving Arts is presenting the show in Theatre 3 of the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
EVENT: "Roads to Travel"
RUNS: July 6, 7 & 8 at 8 p.m.
THEATRE: Moving Arts at the Los Angeles Theatre Center,
514 S. Spring St.,Los Angeles
TICKETS: $15. Group rates are available.
INFORMATION & PRESS RESERVATIONS: 213-622-8906.
Box Office: 213-485-1681.
Moving Arts (LA)
Leon and Clark
by Lucy J. Kim
June 24 to July 23
PLAYWRIGHT'S ARENA (Jon Lawrence Rivera, artistic director) presents the world premiere of
LEON & CLARK (a big serving of sibling revelry)
by Lucy J. Kim
directed by Dona Guevara-Hill
Radmar Agana Jao
Pay-what-you-can previews June 22/23 @ 8pm
June 24-July 23
Fridays/Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 5pm
Tickets $15 - CALL 323-960-7756
StirFriday Night (Chicago)
June 9 to July 17, 2000
See News story.
Mark Taper, Too (LA)
by 16 authors, including Chay Yew and David Henry Hwang
July 1 to 16, 2000
An intriguing amalgam of 16 short plays--by, among others, David Henry Hwang, Maria Irene Fornes, Jose Rivera, Mac Wellman and co-conceiver Chay Yew--set in and around L.A.'s Chinatown, one scene per century, from the 1850s to the year 2000. Co-creator Lisa Peterson directs these variations on a theme and investigations of a malleable symbol. The Square previews June 29 and 30, opens July 1 and runs through July 16 at the Actors' Gang, 5201 Santa Monica Blvd., in little old Hollywood.
SHP/LODESTONE THEATRE ENSEMBLE (LA)
IN ASSOCIATION WITH EAST L.A. ACTORS COMPANY
PRESENTS A WORKSHOP PRESENTATION OF
CHINESE MEN DON'T BOOGIE
by Howard Jonathan Hong
July 7, 8, 14, 15, 2000
A play about how pursuing a dance career and falling in love can be hazardous to a Chinese family.
Written by Howard Jonathan Hong
Directed by Zar Acayan ("Miss Saigon," "Pacific Overtures")
Original choreography and dance by Carol Hong.
Starring (in alphabetical order): Mimi Austensen, Harry Du Young, Cici Lau, Kelly Miyashiro, Eddie Mui, Julia Nickson and Marcos Tello
July 7, 8, 14, 15 at East L.A. City College
All performances begin at 8pm. Limited seating for this event, call 323-692-2880 for reservations. $5 suggested donation at the door.
East Los Angeles College is located at 1301 Cesar Chavez Ave. in Monterey Park, one block east of Atlantic (north of the 60 freeway). Free parking available on the Southeast lot of Collegian Ave. and Cesar Chavez.
Email: ChineseMDB@aol.com for more information.
Gascon Center (LA)
29 Views of Hwang Chin-I
by Stephen Legawiec
July 8 to 15, 2000
Based on the life of a famous 16th-Century courtesan, 29 VIEWS OF HWANG CHIN-I stars Jenny Woo. Written and directed by Stephen Legawiec, the one-person performance interweaves traditional Korean dance, music, and poetry and explores the joys and dangers of earthly love.
Previewed Thursday, July 6th, 29 VIEWS OF HWANG CHIN-I opens Friday, July 8th at 8:00 p.m., and takes place at the Gascon Center Theater, 8737 Washington Blvd (between National and Helms) in Culver City. The complete remaining performance schedule follows:
Friday, July 7, at 8:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Saturday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 14, at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, at 8:00 p.m.
General Admission is $10. For ticket reservations please call (310) 471-0545.
ASIA (Washington, DC)
by Ralph Pena
July 12 to 23, 2000
Asian Stories In America (ASIA) Theatre Proudly Presents Ralph Peña's Flipzoids at The Clark Street Playhouse
Making its Washington area premiere at The Clark Street Playhouse is Asian Stories In America (ASIA) Theatre's production of "Flipzoids". Making his directorial debut is ASIA founder and Artistic Director Edu. Bernardino. The play will have a special limited engagement July 12 through July 23. Press night seats are available for the July 14 performance by calling our box office at (703) 418-9703 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Flipzoids, penned by Ralph Peña, is a funny and highly moving story about immigrants and the compromises they strike as they navigate a casually hostile landscape.
Mr. Peña is also the author of "Cinema Verite", "Kuti-Kutitap" (book and lyrics), "Kape Barako", "December", and "Loose Leaf Bindings". His works have been staged at The New WORLD Theatre (Amherst, MA), Northwest Asian American Theatre (Seattle), San Diego Asian American Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu), The Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila), The Public Theatre, Theatre for the New City, and Ma-Yi Theatre Company in New York City. As an actor, he has appeared with the Public Theatre, National Asian American Theatre Company, Ma-Yi Theatre, LaMama ETC, and Lincoln Center Library, among others. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, and commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Foundry Theatre. Most recently, Ralph received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for a month-long residency at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy. He is the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theatre Company and is a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts.
For more info, go to the ASIA website story.
written & performed by gita reddy
directed by dan bacalzo
July 13, 2000
world premiere! one night only!
thursday, july 13, 8pm
curated by regie cabico as part of queer Hot! month at
309 East 26th Street (just east of 2nd Ave.)
New York City
tix are $10
general info: 212-532-1546 or www.dixonplace.org
Bindlestiff Studio (SF) presents the show that sold out the YBC Forum.....
tongue in A mood's
July 13 to 15, 2000
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND for 3 NIGHTS ONLY!!!!
If you missed out on this juicy, tasty, mouth watering, crunchy, lip smackin...... oh, hell, just go see the show.
Thursday, July 13th thru Saturday, July 15th @ 8:30pm
$12 general - $10 seniors & students w/ID
Reservations: call (415)974-1167 or email
185 Sixth Street @ Howard
in San Francisco's SOMA
THE NIGHT THE MOON LANDED ON 39TH STREET
One show only:
Sunday, July 16 2:00PM $5.00
Los Angeles appearance
Follow the antics of a seriously space-crazed guy as he reaches for his dream of going into orbit. Veteran performance artist Dan Kwong combines personal anecdotes, space program history and wild fantasy with a multimedia array of video, slide projection, music, inventive costumes & comically low-tech props.
Along the way Kwong endures a wacky, do-it-yourself astronaut training program the likes of which NASA has never dreamed, as he warp-speeds his way towards becoming The First Performance Artist in Space. A hilarious and poignant celebration of human wonder, complete with Zero-Gravity Karaoke...
Rated PG-11... (some profanity)
Reservations strongly recommended! (213) 228-7025
L.A. Public Library
Mark Taper Auditorium
630 West 5th Street
(5th and Flower in downtown)
Peeling the Banana (NYC)
The Kraine Theatre
July 20 to 22, 2000
Journey with the members of Peeling the Banana
as they tell stories grounded in the reality of
day-to-day life, in survival, and personal struggle
July 20-22, 2000. Th-Sa at 7:30 pm
The Kraine Theater @ KGB
85 East Fourth Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue)
New York City
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
directed by Dan Bacalzo, Jennifer Chang, and Fitz Mangubat
Roger J. An
The opening night performance on July 20 will be a benefit for the Asian American Writer's Workshop. Tickets for that night can be reserved by calling 212-494-0061. For the other two nights, reservations are accepted by e-mail only at email@example.com
Peeling the Banana is a critically-acclaimed New York based pan-Asian American performance ensemble exploring autobiography and collective identity as departure points for performance and community-building. Founded in 1995 by performance artist Gary San Angel, Peeling creates collaborative work, digging deep into issues facing the Asian American community. Join our mailing list: Peelingfirstname.lastname@example.org
OHANA OPEN MIC Special Feature:
GAPA LITERARY ARTS - Gay and bisexual API writers
Reading selections from original work
Friday, July 21, 2000, 7:30- 9:30pm
Pro Arts Gallery, 461 Ninth Street at Broadway
Oakland, near 12th Street BART
OHANA features poetry, stories, spoken word, comedy by Asian/Pacific Islander Americans. All are welcome. Free of charge.
GAY ASIAN PACIFIC ALLIANCE (GAPA) advocates for gay and bisexual APIs, through supportive community, positive identities, and public awareness. GAPA Literary Arts is part of GAPA Community Arts Project (GCAP), which promotes gay Asian/Pacific artistic expression in all disciplines, and includes GAPA Men's Chorus, GAPA Dance Company, GAPA Theater, and GAPA Visual Arts. GCAP encourages innovation, collaboration, and leadership among a network of artists, while promoting cultural diversity in the larger queer community, and in mainstream API populations.
Asian American Theatre Company
Presents A Reading of
a New Play by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
This Saturday, August 5th, at 7:30 PM
@ Center for African & African American Art & Culture
For information call: (415) 244-0317 or 440-5545.
Performed by Alan Quismorio, Joel Tan and John Tunui, this three character play takes place in American Samoa. A dark tale of an old man who returns to Samoa after a lifetime in the U.S. Unwelcome by his eldest son whom he never sees, he is slowly being poisoned to death by his daughter-in-law. A story of contemporary Polynesian life under American colonialism in the South Pacific.
Dan Taulapapa McMullin lives in San Francisco and Samoa. His screenplay "Bikini Boy" is under option with Kunewa Productions and in development with Sundance Native Screenwriting Program; and was produced on stage at Theatre Mu and Soho Rep. He has performed at New Zealand International Arts Festival, Pacific Festival of the Arts in Samoa, Highways in Santa Monica, La Pena in Berkeley, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and on TVNZ in Aotearoa-New Zealand. His stories and essays have been published by Bamboo Ridge, Cleis Press, Wasafiri UK, Colors, Folauga, Resistance in Paradise and Penguin. He attended Cal Arts and was nominated for an L.A. Area Emmy Award for cable photojournalism. He was recently the NEA Millenium Artist-in-Residence in American Samoa for the year 2000; and is currently Playwright-in-Residence with Asian American Theatre Company in San Francisco.
Second Generation Productions (NYC)
by Michael Golamco
an In the Works Reading
August 25 to 25, 2000
*Ecstasy, Internet porn, ghosts of parents, past loves, and trash-talking action heroes appear in this deconstructed sitcom about destroying and re-creating yourself.*
at the PUBLIC, this Thursday & Friday:
August 24th & 25th!
Joseph Papp PUBLIC Theater
425 Lafayette Street @ 8th St.
$5 suggestion donation
*discussion with playwright, director, & cast to follow.
Deborah Craig as AKIRA
Joel de la Fuente as MURPHY
Sue Jean Kim as ELLEN
Ron Domingo as TRENT
Lloyd Suh as SHINGO
Director: Alan Muraoka
Assistant Director: Laura Bach
In the Works Director: Gladys Chen
Public Theater Community Affairs Associate: Madhu Kaza
Producer/Q&A Moderator: Welly Yang
Asian America meets Friends in this serio-comedy about nothing in a La-La Land made up of images and false idols. Life begins at twenty-three, when five young friends get kicked out of their West L.A. apartment and start searching for a new home. The roommates' eviction turns out to be the catalyst that gets these five would-be members of "The Model Minority" to begin their pursuit of *something*, of a future, of a past, of a place where they belong.
Don't miss out! This event is sure to fill up quickly. RESERVE YOUR SPACE AT WWW.2G.ORG NOW!
Special pre-show from cast of I ENJOY BEING A GIRL, playing at Joe's Pub on August 31st, more information to follow.
Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company
SKINning the surFACE
The Association for Viet Arts, San Jose, CA
August 25 & 26, 2000
The Stage in Downtown San Jose
Highways Performance Space
August 31, Sept 1 & 2, 2000
The 18th St. Arts Complex in Santa Monica, CA.
Tom Jones (Book and Lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (Music)
July 27 to August 20, 2000
SHP/LODESTONE ENSEMBLE (LA)
A workshop presentation of
by William Shakespeare's
in an abridged version
August 18, 2000
Directed by Ryun Yu
Featuring: Melody Butiu, Esperanza Catubig, Ray Chang, Victoria Chen, Lynn Delgado, Elaine Kao, Yuria Kim, Diana Lee Inosanto, Tony Lee, Emil Lin, Jeff Liu and Eddie Mui
Fri., Aug. 18, 8:30 PM
East L.A. City College
1301 Cesar Chavez Ave
Monterey Park, CA
(just 10-15 minutes east of downtown L.A.)
Directions (from downtown L.A.):
Exit Atlantic Blvd.
Left on Atlantic Blvd.
Left on Cesar Chavez
Right on Collegian. There is a parking lot to your left - as you enter the lot, the theater is the building to your right, stenciled with a "U-2" on it. Free parking.
RSVPs strongly recommended: (323) 993-7245 or SHPLodestone@aol.com
This presentation is the culmination of a summer-long Lodestone Shakespeare workshop featuring the students who participated. The workshop was moderated by Ryun Yu.
SHP/Lodestone Theatre Ensemble is a L.A.-based Asian American theatre company with a mission to develop, create, promote and present edgy, compelling and impassioned works that bridge communities through truthful and entertaining artistry.
East West Players (LA)
August 20, 2000
DON'T MISS COMMAND PERFORMANCE 2000!
East West Players Conservatory Invites You To Attend
COMMAND PERFORMANCE 2000
An Offering of works-in-progress from the culmination of our 6-Week Summer Intensive Workshop
a 5,6,7,8... turn 2 3 4 kick kick...again
FUNDAMENTALS OF ACTING
What is your action?
Give me a place where two people might go on a first date
Blanche: "Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
TAI CHI CHUAN
Let your chi flow
When: Sunday, August 20th
Where: DAVID HENRY HWANG THEATER
120 North Judge John Aiso St. (formally San Pedro St.)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Seating is limited. RSVP 213/625-7000 by August 18th.
Admission is free.
Students of the EWP Summer Conservatory: Jacques Abellira, Lui Amador, Jarrett Chin, Jinwha Choi, Michael Fuerte, Irene Furukawa, Arnold Hilrano, Aysia Lee, Michael Palma, Suelynn Phan, Kenneth Quan, Will Shin, Jo Sunga, Trinh Tran, Diana Toshiko, Shinki Yamamoto & Jia Jia Zhang
*The David Henry Hwang Theater is located in the Union Center for the Arts in downtown Los Angeles (Little Tokyo) between Temple and First Street. There is some street parking or you can park in the parking lot next to the Union Center for the Arts, City Lot #7.
This program has been funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Discovery Series at Eureka (SF)
presents a staged reading of
by Judy Soo Hoo
Directed by Kelvin Han Yee
Monday, August 28th, 2000
Eureka Theatre is located at 215
Jackson Street, between Battery and Front
College-boy Steven arrives in Texas intending to stay in a big house with a "nice Asiatic family." What he gets is Danny and Duke, two loony Cambodian brothers who live in a Winnebago. Outside roams a band of feral dogs, but the most terrifying barks and howls come from inside.
TEXAS was developed at the David Henry Hwang Institute at East/West Players and the Asian Theatre Workshop at the Mark Taper Forum. It was originally produced by SHP/Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles. TEXAS is the winner of the 1999 Yukon Pacific New Play Award. Excerpts will be published in BOLD WORDS: A Century of Asian American Writing, by Rutgers University Press, forthcoming in Spring 2001.
Tickets are pay-as-you-can
An audience discussion period follows the
Second Generation and Joe's Pub (NYC)
I Enjoy Being A Girl
Thursday, Aug. 31st
at The Joseph Papp Public Theater
425 LaFayette St. (Corner of 8th Street)
Written and performed by:
Rona Figueroa (Dragonheart II, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon)
Julie Danao (Saturday Night Fever, Rent, Miss Saigon)
Cindy Cheung (Wit, Making Tracks)
Tina Horii (Midsummer Night's Dream, Othello, Miss Saigon)
Producer: Welly Yang
Sex, rock 'n roll, and some old fashioned storytelling. Second Generation presents yet another fresh new world as expressed by four spicy New York Asian women. Sometimes they're naughty, sometimes they're nice, but they got A LOT to say. Vibe with us for a night of songs, poetry, laughter, and wit. Add a little alcohol and food...and who knows? You might get lucky.
Quantum Theatre (LA)
by William Shapespeare
August 11 to September 17, 2000
Politics... Betrayal... Murder... Film at Eleven. Welcome to Quantum Theatre Company's inaugural production, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Director Tiger Reel has updated the action to the treacherous world of today's political jungle, just in time for the Democratic National Convention to hit L.A.. With rowdy town hall meetings, live video, and up-to-the-minute news factoids, you've never seen Caesar like this.
Julius Caesar shows Thursdays - Sundays, August 11 -September 17, 2000, at the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre in North Hollywood. Show times are 8:00 p.m. each night except Sunday (7:00 p.m.). Tickets are $10 Thursdays & Sundays, $12 Fridays & Saturdays. Students, seniors, and groups get in for $8 to any performance. Members of Actors' Equity call the hotline for their discount rate. For tickets, call 818-755-8850 ext. 2 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Whitmore-Lindley Theatre is located at 11006 Magnolia just short of the southwest corner of Magnolia and Vineland. There is ample free parking on the street. Alternately, the theatre is four blocks from the new North Hollywood metro stop. For maps and directions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CocoJam Productions presents
the 2nd Annual
SIYAM SIYAM SHOW
a Pilipino American StandUp Comedy Showcase
September 9th @ 8pm (doors open at 730pm)
Where: the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street (between Mission & S.Van Ness) in SF
Ticket Prices: $10 General Admission (No Reservations taken, it will be first come,first in)
Info: Call (415)863-7576 or (415)974-1167
Hosted by: Mark Marking
Featuring: Tim Tayag, Oliver Saria, Kevin Camia, Jericho Saria, Allan Manalo and the very sexy Angelito Gaberdines
After breaking the box office record for single night attendance at Bindlestiff Studio, the very popular "Siyam, Siyam Show" is moving it's venue to a more accommodating space - the glorious Victoria Theatre in the Mission district of San Francisco. Siyam (which is the Pilipino word for the number '9') began on 9/9/99, hence the name and the birth of an occassion to celebrate Pilipino American stand up comics -- all 8 of them (acutally there are a few more). This year's show will be featuring up and coming talents as well as old seasoned professionals. The show takes place on Saturday, September 9th at 8pm (the doors will be opening at 730pm) at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street between Mission & South Van Ness in San Francisco. Tickets are $10 general admission. For more information please call the Victoria Theatre (415) 863-7576 or Bindlestiff Studio (415) 974-1167.
Second Generation Productions
and The Museum of Chinese in the Americas
The Superfriends of Flushing, Queens
Written by Ji Hyun Lee
September 11th and Tuesday, September 12th
*post-performance discussion with playwright and actors to follow
This event is expected to fill up quickly so don't miss out: RESERVE YOUR SEATS at http://www.2g.org!!!
Cindy Cheung, Nancy Wu,Dee Dee Lynn Magno & Deborah S. Craig
Four friends, a Korean, a Chinese, a Japanese and Vietnamese girl, struggle for the perfect grade in the academically elite Flushing High School. They vie for the cutest boy in school, the perfect prom dress and most importantly, the prestigious scholarship to Harvard. But underneath the model minority stereotypes, Linda, Eve, Michelle and Liat endure some pretty tough times at home and see Harvard as a means of escape from their hardships. But nothing can be stronger than four Asian girls standing together! When one friend is in trouble, they morph into their altar egos Wonder Girl, Slut Girl, Dyke Girl and Nerd Girl to help those friends in need. Because in the end, our girl heroes know that what really counts are good friends who would go to the ends of the world to rescue you, even if it means losing the Invisible BMW every now and then.
Produced by Welly Yang
In The Works Program Director: Gladys Chen
2g Company Manager: Laura Bach
2g's In The Works is a bi-monthly staged reading series of original Asian American plays,and is dedicated to developing new works, while also nurturing a working community of professional writers, actors, directors, and producers.
In The Works Team: Laura Bach, Gladys Chen, Madhu Kaza, Alan Muraoka, Welly Yang
East West Players (LA)
TUESDAY NIGHTS AT THE CAFE
Tuesday, September 19 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Featuring the Reader's Theatre Project from the Chidlren's Museum of L.A.
The group will be performing original music based on children's books/art:
Happy To Be Nappy
Charlie Parker Played BeBop
Whoever You Are
Life Doesn't Frighten Me
The "Summer 2000 X" ensemble (alphabetical order): Candace Barrett (Director), Oriel Beltran (Asst Stage Mgr), Berthania Carswell (Asst to Candace), Betsy Chang (Choreographer/Performer), Eric Chi (Stage Mgr), Elizabeth Eidenbergh (Performer), Kimberly Evans (Choreographer/Performer), Randall Guiaya (Performer), Jere Jon (Performer), Jennifer Lettelleir (Choreographer/Performer), Kaname Morishita (Sound Engineer), Scott Nagatani (Composer/Musical Director), Frank Pittarese (Performer), the staff of the Children's Museum of Los Angeles.
Theatre Creatures Stage Company (Seattle)
presents a reading of
Things Left unsaid . . .
a new play by Richard Sloniker
Saturday, September 23, 2000, 8pm
Theatre Off Jackson
409 7th Avenue South
in Seattle's International District
Admission is free
for more information please call (206) 484-5621
featuring: Daniel Arreola, Sean Baik, Ciana Calos-Nakano, & Kathy Hsieh
A contemporary play exploring fatherhood, friendship and love, interwoven with a bedtime lullaby, and what happens when things are left unsaid . .
Ma-Yi Theatre Company (NYC)
presents the world premiere of
by Han Ong
September 8 to October 1, 2000
Featuring: Michi Barall, Ramon De Ocampo, Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Seth Michael May, Orlando Pabotoy, Harvey Perr, Shawn Randall, Bryan Webster, B. Martin Williams, Rebecca Wisocky, Ching Valdes Aran, and Marty Zentz. Designed and Directed by Loy Arcenas. Original Music and Sound Design by Fabian Obispo. Lighting Design by James Vermeulen. Costume Design by Gino Gonzales.
Previews begin September 8, 2000 at the Blue Heron Theatre, 123 East 24th Street, New York City. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:00PM. Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Closes October 1, 2000. This production of MIDDLE FINGER is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, The Rockefeller MAP Fund, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres of New York.
Beyond the Proscenium Productions (Sacramento, CA)
THE WAITING ROOM
By Lisa Loomer
September 7-30, 2000
Actors Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento
Karen Kunimura and A.M. Lai will appear in the Sacramento premiere of THE WAITING ROOM by Lisa Loomer. This dark comedy explores the quest for beauty and its cost to women's health through the ages as three women from different centuries meet in a modern doctor's waiting room. Ms. Kunimura portrays a wealthy eighteenth-century Chinese woman with bound feet and first wife of a Chinese businessman played by Lai. They join the ensemble cast of ten directed by Maggie Upton.
THE WAITING ROOM opens with a pay-what-you-can preview, Thursday, September 7, 8 PM, at the Actors Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd. (near Arden Way), Sacramento. It continues on the following dates: September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 PM and Sunday performances (Sept 17 & 24) are at 2 PM. Tickets are $15. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call Beyond the Proscenium at (916) 922-9774.
Red Nights Performing Series (NYC)
Can't Get Started
by Tom X. Chao
September 22 to October 2000
See News story.
In Association with Bindlestiff Studio
up the hill
directed by omz
Friday September 29th 2000, 8pm
@ the Victoria Theater, S.F.
2961 16th Street (@Capp), San Francisco
an independent experimental.
a love story.
and a little bit of fighting.
Big Dicks, Asian Men
University of Texas at Austin
Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 PM
Texas Union Theater- 22nd St. & Guadalupe (east side of Guadalupe)
For info and tickets call the Texas Union Council Program office at 512-475-6645, 4th Floor at the Student Union.
Tickets are free but limited, so get them while you can.
"We're not the waiters on T.V.
Not the model minority
No little dicks for you and me
We're Big Dicks Asian Men..."
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