East West Players (LA, CA)
Queen of the Remote Control
by Sujata G. Bhatt
September 11 to October 6, 2002

This serio-comedy, about an upper middle class South Asian American family in Calabasas, is seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Shilpa Shah, a 17-year old, longing to break out of the Valley and get to New York. But her parents, brother, and sister-in-law-to-be are the roadblocks she first has to bypass. QUEEN OF THE REMOTE CONTROL is supported in part by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and The James Irvine Foundation

Photos, here!

Review, here!

In Mixed Company
Rip It Open
September 26 to October 6, 2002

IMC is premiering their newest work "Rip It Open" at Performance Space 122, (www.ps122.org)150 First Ave, NYC. Sep 26 - Oct 6. Thu - Sun. 8:30. Visit www.inmixedcompany.com for more info on the work.

Thursday, Oct 3 will be a special benefit performance of Rip It Open. All proceeds with support the company. Details forthcoming.

East West Players
Goes Hawaiian!
October 12, 2002

Let East West Players bring you song, dance and comedy Hawaiian style! On Saturday, October 12, 2002 visit the Islands of Aloha as you enjoy a sunset luau and are swept away by the art of traditional hula, rhythm of contemporary music and humor of local-style comedy.

An annual fall fundraiser, EWP Goes Hawaii follows in the fun-filled footsteps of past events such as Red, Classic & Cool, EWP Goes Vegas and Classics from the 40s. Proceeds from this evening will support East West Players artistic and educational programs.

Last year EWP had 260 students involved in our arts education programs which includes Theatre for Youth, Actors Conservatory, David Henry Hwang Writers Institute and Alliance for Creative Talent Services. Our goal this year is to reach out and increase enrollment to more than 300. The funds raised from EWP Goes Hawaii will help expand all of our programs and make arts more accessible,î said Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang.

Featured performers include Jerry Tondo (master of ceremonies), Casey Kono, Members of Halau Hula ëO Napualani, Anthony Begonia, Kerry K. Carnahan, Yumi Iwama, Lourdes Laía Kea Iwataki, Kimiko Rojas and Friends, Members of KealiíI ëO Nalani and other special guests.

Held at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, the luau and silent auction will begin at 6 pm and the performance at 7:30 pm. Tickets $50-$150. For more information call the administrative offices at (213) 625-7000.

EWP Goes Hawaii is sponsored in part by David Mauss & Tenet Healthcare, Cherrystones restaurant, Bill Imada & ICWG, and Beulah Quo & Edwin Kwoh.

by Anuvab Pal
at HERE (145 Sixth Ave) October 10-13

For tickets or more info

starring Alec Mapa
October 15, 2002

The Keeping the Culture Arts Foundation (KTCA) and PASACAT Asian Pacific Arts Company proudly present Alec Mapa in I REMEMBER MAPA, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at the Chapman Center for the Performing Arts in Chula Vista, California. The show is a benefit for KTCA's and PASACAT's Filipino American cultural promotion activities.

I REMEMBER MAPA has played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Antonio, Seattle, Boston, Toronto, and Montreal. I REMEMBER MAPA won the 1997 LA Weekly Award for Best Solo performance, and has been published by Grove Atlantic in the Anthology O SOLO HOMO: THE NEW QUEER PERFORMANCE.

Alec Mapa is an award-winning actor, writer, activist, and performance artist. He most recently appeared as network television's first gay Asian sitcom character Vern Limoso in the CBS comedy SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS. Broadway credits include M.BUTTERFLY (original and national touring companies), TIMON OF ATHENS, and A LITTLE HOTEL ON THE SIDE. Off-Broadway Alec appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre productions of A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN and DOGEATERS (2001 Lucille Lortel Nominee Best Supporting Actor In A Play). Regional credits include Chay Yew's THE WHITELANDS TRILOGY at East West Players (winner 1996 LA Ovation Award, Best Lead Actor In A Play), Anna Deveare Smith's HOUSE ARREST: THE FIRST EDITION at Arena Stage, and the world premiere productions of Jessica Hagedorn's DOGEATERS (directed by Michael Grief) and Chay Yew's WONDERLAND (directed by Lisa Petersen) both at The La Jolla Playhouse.

Alec's second solo show Pointless had its world premiere at East West Players in December 1999, was nominated for a 1999 GLAAD Media Award for Best in LA Theatre, and has been published in the anthology TAKE OUT: QUEER WRITING FROM ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICA. His third solo show DRAMA! will be produced by the Mark Taper Forum next year. He has guest starred on over thirty television shows including FRIENDS, DHARMA AND GREGG, NYPD BLUE, SEINFELD, and ROSEANNE.

Film credits include BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, A SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, PLAYING BY HEART, and the upcoming FALLING OFF THE VERGE shooting in New York this fall. Alec hosts and performs at numerous AIDS, gay And lesbian, and Asian community-related events and benefits, notably A3M Miracle Marrow Matches, which helps to find bone marrow matches for Asian Americans.

The Keeping The Culture Arts Foundation is a nonprofit community organization which promotes under-exposed and non-traditional artistic disciplines within the Filipino American community, organizing events that provide the community at large the opportunity to witness the expression of these disciplines.

PASACAT Asian Pacific Arts Company, in its 33rd season, continues to contribute to the cultural enrichment of San Diego. The 60-member company gives fifty performances yearly to an audience totaling 14,000 for numerous educational, cultural, religious, and social organizations. Major productions include the Junior Dance Concert, Senior Dancers Extravaganza, and Parol Festival.

I REMEMBER MAPA will be presented at the Chapman Center for the Performing Arts in Chula Vista, California, at 1120 Eastlake Parkway. The show takes place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 15, 2002. For advanced tickets visit www.acteva.com/go/ktca or telephone 619.838.7367. For information and directions, call 619.838.7367.

Lodestone (LA)
China Doll
by Elizabeth Wong
October 19, 2002

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble and Edgefest 2002
present a workshop production of excerpts from
by Elizabeth Wong
directed by Lodestone co-artistic director Philip W. Chung

"China Doll" is the story of Anna May Wong, the first and brightest Asian American movie star--her triumphs, disappointments and struggles as she tried to change the world one frame at a time.

Jennifer Aquino, Angela Chiu, Dennis Dun, Roger Fan, Elaine Kao, Yuriana Kim, Clyde Kusatsu, Joon Lee, Yi Lin, Oanh Ly, Tamlyn Tomita & Phil Young.

Lodestone is proud to welcome our distinguished guest artists who are scheduled to participate in this performance:
Tamlyn Tomita ("Joy Luck Club," the new season of "24")
Clyde Kusatsu ("All American Girl," the upcoming "The Singing Detective")
Dennis Dun ("The Last Emperor," "Big Trouble in Little China")

Sat., Oct. 19, Noon
Autry Museum of Western Heritage Auditorium
4700 Western Heritage Way
in L.A.'s historic Griffith Park
(off the 5 freeway, directly across from the L.A. Zoo)
Seating is first-come, first-serve

18 Mightly Mountain Warriors/
Asian American Theater Co. (SF)
Spike Rhee's Get On the Bus
October 4 to 27, 2002

See News story!

2g Productions (NYC)
October 24, 2002

The Second Annual Concert of Excellence 
featuring the Rémy X.O Excellence Awards
Thursday, October 24, 2002
7:30 pm
Carnegie Hall

with support by Chase Manhattan Mortgage
hosted by Lisa Ling (host of ABC's The View) & Rick Yune (star of the new James Bond film)

featuring musical and dance performances by over thirty of 2g's acclaimed Broadway performers from the Broadway casts of Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera, Rent and others & a multicultural choir of 100 children

This year's Rémy X.O Excellence honorees

  • Academy Award nominated director Zhang Yi Mou (Raise the Red Lantern, the new film Hero starring Jet Li)
  • Hollywood leading man Jason Scott Lee (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, The Jungle Book)
  • Tony-award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Flower Drum Song)

Celebrity guest presenters to be revealed soon at www.2g.org.

Hurry and get your tickets now! Last year's Concert sold out a month in advance.

Ticket prices are $50,  $85, $125, $175, and $250*. To purchase tickets, log ontowww.coe.2g.org. To purchase tickets by phone, please contact Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800. Tickets purchased through the 2g website are tax deductible for the full face value less $50.

*Includes box seats, post-show VIP reception & one-year 2g membership

8th Wonder (Bay Area, CA)
Manifestation of the Wor(l)d
October 26, 27, 2002


an 8thwonder event @ Bindlestiff Studio epicenter of Filipino American Arts 185 6th Street (@Howard); call 415.974.1167 for reservations

Three shows only RESERVE NOW!
Saturday October 26th, 8pm.
Sunday October 27th, 5pm and 8pm

Price: $10/gen., $8/students,seniors
cash only please...

8th wonder, the premier Bay Area pinoy and pinay performance poetry group, has been growing in the past few years.  With babies, college diplomas, accomplishments, community, and traveling,  8th wonder returns to Bindlestiff, the epicenter for Pilipino American performing arts, with an anticipated show.  On Oct. 26th and 27th, 8th wonder will gather again, with an open invitation for everyone to join in their MANIFESTATION OF THE WOR(L)D.  

Disha Theatre (NYC)
Prince of Delhi Palace
by Ravi Kapoor
October 27, 2002 7:00PM
939 8th Avenue, 2nd floor,
New York, NY 10019



DISHA Theatre is proud to present the world premiere staged reading of Ravi Kapoor's new black farce verse play PRINCE OF DELHI PALACE at the LARK THEATRE on Sunday October 27 at 7pm. The reading will be directed by Los Angeles based writer and director Ravi Kapoor and will be followed by a talk back and reception.

Actors include Purva Bedi (Disha Board member, American Desi, ER, The West Wing), Sanjiv Jhaveri (On Caring for the Beast, Rice Boy, Indian Ink, Law and Order, Grasp, and Strangers with Candy), Meera Simhan (Queen of the Remote Control, The District, Turbans, Disha Launch 2000), Kiran Merchant, and Maulik Pancholy.

PRINCE OF DELHI PALACE by Ravi Kapoor: The story of Hamlet set in a curry house. Following a father's demise by a poisoned pickle and a motherís remarriage to the fatherís twin, a son searches for one good memory of the dead man's worth amongst the turmeric stained dishes, the pungent losses and the salted scars he left behind. But in the process can he remain true to his own values or will he just become "...his father's little monster. The offspring of his stain?"

Tufts University and Wellesley College
Sort of Where I'm Coming From
performed by Dan Balcazo
October 24 and 25, 2002

Cold Tofu (LA, CA)
Cold Tofu Celebrates 20 Years!
October 11 to November 3, 2002

Come laugh and reminisce with Cold Tofu as it celebrates 20 years of improv and sketch. The premier Asian Pacific American comedy improvisation group, which was founded in 1981, takes a retrospective look at the past 20 years. The evening promises to keep you laughing with sketch materials and improv, and special guest appearances by former Cold Tofu members.

The cast of The Best of Cold Tofu includes Steve Brady, Corinne Chooey, Robert Covarrubias, James Huang, Phil Nee, Tom Oshiro, Helen Ota, Zakiyah Reagan, Aaron Takahashi.

When: Friday, October 11, 2002 - Sunday, November 3, 2002
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tickets & Info:
$25.00 - Opening Night (October 11 & 12)
$15.00 - General Admission
$12.00 - Groups (10 or more)

Call for tickets - (213) 473-0660

For more information, call Cold Tofu at (213) 739-4142 or visit www.coldtofu.com

Cold Tofu is dedicated to promoting diverse images of Asian Pacific Americans through comedy and to developing multiethnic talent through education and performance.

National Asian American Theatre Co. (NYC)
by Lope De Vega
October 14 to November 2, 2002

Mia Katigbak, Artistic/Producing Director

presents an
all Asian American cast
in Lope De Vega's


adapted by Mia Katigbak
directed by David Herskovits, Artistic Director of Target Margin Theater

INTAR 53, 508 West 53rd Street (bet 10th & 11th Avenues)
October 14 - November 2, 2002
Mondays - Saturdays, 7:00pm; Saturdays 3:00pm

Tickets: $15 (10/14-10/16); $19 (10/17-11/2)
Reservations: (718) 623-1672
Advance group rates available for groups of 10 or more

FUENTEOVEJUNA is Lope de Vega's classic Spanish Golden Age play about a town under siege, a town that strengthens the bond that ties its people together to rise up against its oppressor. It is a play for our times. It was written in 1619.

FUENTEOVEJUNA features a stellar Asian American cast, including: Konrad
Aderer*, Yoko Akashi*, Pun Bandhu*, Joel Carino*, Deborah S. Craig*, Joel de
la Fuente*, Andrew Eisenman*, Siho Ellsmore, Lydia Gaston*, Mel Gionson*, Paul
Juhn*, Mia Katigbak*, C.S. Lee*, Tina Lee*, Timothy Ford Murphy*, Tomi
Peirano, John Roque*, Felice Yeh*, and Aaron Yoo. (*Appearing courtesy of
Actors Equity Association.)

Cuchipinoy Productions (NYC)
The 4 am 'Lizbeth
by Jonathan Calindos
October 17 to November 2, 2002


The World Premiere of THE 4 AM 'LIZBETH, a full length play by Jonathan Calindas, will be presented by CUCHIPINOY PRODUCTIONS as part of THE 2002 SPOTLIGHT ON HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL at Raw Space (Studio M) from October 19 through November 2.

THE 4 AM 'LIZBETH marks the inaugural production of CUCHIPINOY PRODUCTIONS, an exciting new theatre company dedicated to presenting plays that reflect the American multi-ethnic landscape and to providing opportunities to actors, writers, and directors of all ethnicities. CUCHIPINOY PRODUCTIONS was founded during the summer of 2002 by Mario Corrales, Rodney Reyes, and Jonathan Calindas, graduates of the theatre program at Rutgers-Newark.

THE 4 AM 'LIZBETH is directed by Mario Corrales and features Rob Moretti, Marlon Correa, and Anthony Go. Set and lighting design by Mario Corrales and Sarah Darnsteadt, with projection design by Jonathan Calindas.

THE 4 AM 'LIZBETH is a tribute to the city of Elizabeth, NJ, the author's hometown. Jerry, Jay, and Eddie, three lifelong friends, come of age as they hang out on an abandoned railroad track supposedly haunted by the ghost train known as 'The 4 am 'lizbeth'. A play about the common man's hopes and dreams in small city America, these three men come to terms with the breaks life has given them.

Jonathan Calindas is the author of works such as THE GREEN DRAGON and JERSEY STORIES, which included the one-act version of THE 4 AM 'LIZBETH and was described by Talkin' Broadway as "an engaging evening full of characters, whom we come to care about as they struggle to define themselves."

Visit the Spotlight On Website at www.spotlighton.org for complete information regarding the 2002 Halloween Festival.

Visit the Cuchipinoy Website at www.cuchipinoy.org for complete information about this new emerging theatre production company.

THE 4 AM 'LIZBETH will perform at Raw Space (Theatre M), 543 W. 42nd St., New York, NY. The performance times are Saturday, October 19 at 4pm; Sunday, October 20 at 9:30pm; Wednesday, October 23 at 5pm; Thursday, October 24 at 7pm; Sunday, October 27 at 5pm; Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30pm; Friday, November 1 at 9pm; and Saturday, November 2 at 5pm. 

By Phone: Ticket Central: (212) 279-4200 from 1-8 pm daily
Through the Web: Theatre Mania (www.theatermania.com)

Lodestone Theatre (LA)
By Matt Pelfrey
Directed by Kipp Shiotani
October 12 to November 17, 2002
A World Premiere Production

FrEAk StORM is a haunting and provocative examination of the nature of responsibility, the mysterious shifting bonds of friendship, and the unknowability of the ones we love. Adam and Lynn are on the verge of getting married. A week before the big day, two of
Adam's childhood friends show up unexpectedly with a plan they can't reveal: They must protect the groom and bride-to-be from something out in the rain...a revenant from their past bent on delivering the most horrific wedding gift imaginable.

Saturday, October 12 through Sunday, November 17, 2002.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Victory Little Theatre
Theatre and Box Office
3326 Victory Blvd. (one block east of Hollywood Way)
Burbank, CA 91505

General: $14
Senior & Student: $12
Group (10+): $10
Reservations can be made by calling the Lodestone
Theatre Ensemble Hotline at 323/993-7245.

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC)
The Romance of Magno Rubio
by Lonnie Carter
October 18 to November 17, 2002

THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO a new play written by Lonnie Carter, based on a short story by the late Filipino poet/novelist and blacklisted political activist Carlos Bulosan.

Set in California in the 1930s, THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO is the story of a lonely, illiterate Filipino farm worker who falls in love with Clarabelle, a white woman he has never seen and knows only through the "pen pal" section of a movie magazine. He must toil in the fields all day to pay a fellow worker for every English word he needs to write his love letters. A funny, and highly moving story that unfolds as their courtship blossoms through the mail and his long-awaited wedding day arrives.

Featuring: Art Acuna, Ramon de Ocampo, Ron Domingo, Jojo Gonzales, and Orlando Pabotoy.

The Romance of Magno Rubio
A new play by Lonnie Carter, based on the short story of Carlos Bulosan.
Designed and Directed by Loy Arcenas
Lighting by James Vermeulen
Original Music by Fabian Obispo
Costumes by Myung Hee Cho
Movement by Kristin Jackson
Tagalog Text by Ralph B. Pena
Musical Direction by Dominick Amendum

At the Daryl Roth 2 Theater
103 East 15th Street, off of Union Square
New York City

Limited Off-Broadway engagement
Begins previews October 18, 2002
Closes November 17, 2002
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8PM,
Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM
Tickets from $15 to $35

San Jose Repetory Theatre (San Jose, CA)
And the Wind Cries Mary
by Philip Kan Gotanda
October 19 to November 17, 2002

A take on Ibsen's Hedda Gabler set against the backdrop of rock 'n roll and the Civil Rights Movement. Set in San Francisco, Hedda is now Eiko, a Japanese American woman of vast gifts and intelligence hamstrung by the double burdens of gender and tradition in 1968.

Campo Santo (SF)
17 reasons (why)
By Naomi Iizuka
October 19 to November 17, 2002

``17 reasons'' once stared down from a rusty sign at the corner of 17th and Mission streets, an enigmatic landmark that helped define the Mission district in San Francisco for 65 years until the sign was recently torn down. Because no one seems to remember what the sign actually referred to, the playwright crafts her own mythology in a reverie of 17 vignettes that charts the evolution of the Mission district from 1800 to today. She has been digging into local lore and mining old-timers for their treasured stories for the past two years. While the piece remains unpolished in this world-premiere production, there are many golden moments where Iizuka's unique voice rings out.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre
October 22 to November 3, 2002

A reprise of the acclaimed Pan Asian production.

Yangtze Repertory Theatre (NYC)
The Shanghai Gesture
by John Colton
revised by Joanna Chen
October 24 to November 17, 2002

Simon's Rock College of Bard presents
ACTS OF MARRIAGE: Three One-Act Plays by Ding Xilin
Translated by Carsey Yee with John B. Weinstein
Directed by John B. Weinstein
November 8, 9, 14, 15, at 7:30 pm
Arts Theater Center, Simon's Rock College of Bard
84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

This production will include three Chinese plays in new English translations: A Wasp (Yizhi mafeng, 1923), Flushed with Wine (Jiuhou,1925), and Oppression (Yapo, 1926).

For further information, contact John B. Weinstein at jweinste@simons-rock.edu or 413-528-7281.

Ladyfest Los Angeles
Kristina Wong performs in two shows
November 9 to 10, 2002

Saturday November 9, 2002  1:30pm
That Takes Ovaries
Come see a staged reading of Rivka Solomon's That Takes Ovaries!, then during open mic share your own stories about being a brazen babe. This performance is a collection of real-life stories from women and girls based on a book of the same title and performed/stage read.

Sunday November 10, 2002  2:00pm (the site says 1:00, but it is 2pm)
Miss Chinatown 2nd Runner Up
My 25 minute solo show that upstages notions of beauty, color, and girlhood by integrating vivid imagery, outrageous props, symbolic movement, and text to reveal how the queen really earns her crown in an exploration of the Chinese American beauty icon a la Stephen King.

The Spring Tower Bank Building
453 Spring Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Kuan-Yin: Our Lady of Compassion
by Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu
November 9 and 10, 2002

The story of a boy in Chinatown whose grandmother gives him the story of Kuan-Yin, a millennia-old figure who embodies compassion, peace and response to prayer, as a birthday present. This new work by Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu features Japanese Living Treasure Togi Suenobu and is directed by award-winning Hong Kong artist Shu-Wing Tang. Kuan-Yin is performed through storytelling, Asian jazz and dance, Kuan-Yin features Japanese imperial court musician Togi Suenobu on hichiriki and Hiroshima member June Kuramoto on koto.

First Voice (San Francisco) and No Man's Land (Hong Kong)

present in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Ghost Festival 2: Kuan-Yin: Our Lady of Compassion

Saturday, November 9, 2002, at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 10, 2002, at 2:00 p.m.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 students/seniors/advance, $15 advance of 10+. To purchase tickets, please call 415-978-2787 or on the web at www.yerbabuenaarts.org

For more information: visit www.firstvoice.org or call 415-221-0601.

With generous support from the ASCAP Foundation; the Asian cultural council; Grants for the Arts of the Hotel Tax Fund; The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) funded by the James Irvine Foundation; the Japan foundation; Meet the Composer, USA; the National Endowment for the Arts; the San Francisco Arts Commission; Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts, Wattis-Artist-inResidence; Zellerbach Family Fund Foundation. Additional support from Sivanada YogaLife, the Commodore Hotel and individual donors.

2g After Dark (NYC)
Thank You, Andrew
written, directed and performed
by Julie Danao
Monday, November 4, 2002
The Cutting Room, 
19 West 24th Street (Between Broadway & 6th Avenue)
8pm Remy Lounge/Open Bar, 9PM Performance

Tickets $15 (available at www.2g.org or at the door)

ticket includes performance, admission to nightclub, and open bar

When Hurricane Andrew hits Miami in 1992, Julie's car, home, and all material possessions are destroyed. With an invincible smile and an embracing heart, she dreams a new life that ultimately finds its expression on the Broadway stage, from Rent, to Aida, to Miss Saigon. Now embarking on her own solo singer-songwriting career, the new Julie is set to take the world by storm in this heartwarming and inspiring musical memoir, as she explores for the first time the growing pains of sexual awakening, rebellion, reinvention, and triumph.

Indian Diaspora Playwrights Festival
November 13-16, 2002



November 13 at 6 PM and November 15 at 8:30 PM
UNSUITABLE GIRLS by Dolly Dhingra, directed by Madhur Jaffrey, Dramaturgy by Geeta Citygirl. In this comedy set in the East End of London, Chumpa Chamelli - a secretary for Concrete Weekly - searches for a better man in a world of not so arranged marriages.

November 13 at 8:30 PM and November 15 at 6 PM
THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF TIME TRAVEL by Sarovar Banka, directed by Ashok Sinha, dramaturgy by Andrea Thome. An immigrant father and son struggle with their past and their neighbors in this haunting story of cultural dislocation.

November 14 at 6 PM and November 16 at 8:30 PM
THAKURíS NOSTALGIA by Sourabh Chatterjee, directed by Michael Johnson-Chase, dramaturgy by Uzma Rizvi. A father and his daughter struggle against shifting cultural, religious and generational values in modern-day Goa, India.

November 14 at 8:30 PM and November 16 at 6 PM
THE HALAL BROTHERS by Aladdin Ullah, directed by Vernice Miller dramaturgy by Rehana Mirza. Set in a Halal shop in Harlem on the eve of the assassination of Malcolm X, this play explores the American experience of two Bangladeshi brothers.

Stir-Friday Night (Chicago)
Lucy Red Dragon Karaoke Night
September 19 to November 23, 2002


Chicago’s premier Asian American improv & sketch comedy troupe,Stir-Friday Night! and Hi Ricky  Asia Noodle Shop & Satay Bar are teaming up to bring you a delicious taste of comedy.

The Premise:

 The Lucky Red Dragon is a small, family owned, Chinese restaurant. Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday is Karaoke Night at the Lucky Red Dragon, and during the last week the karaoke machine broke down.

Unbowed, Lindo, the female owner/manager of the Lucky Red Dragon has a plan to satisfy her customer's weekly entertainment needs. All of Lindo's Lucky Red Dragon employees, which include amongst others, her young daughter Linda, her aged mother Lindai, her sneaky cousin Wing, and her American born nephew Rudy, will perform improv games they've seen while watching "that improv show on TV".

Under Lindo's direction, the Lucky Red Dragon employees have practiced hard, after work, for the past four nights. Thus, ready or not, much to their chagrin and joy, all nine employees of the Lucky Red Dragon restaurant will perform improv games for the karaoke customers.

This charming show consists of three twenty-minute improv sets, with two ten-minute breaks between the improv sets. During the breaks, the Lucky Red Dragon Karaoke Night audience will get to feast from a wonderful all-you-can-eat buffet of tasty Asian food. There will also be a full service cash bar available. Each week, a new celebrity guest will be joining the cast. Seating is limited to the first 50 customers.

The humorous characters of Lucky Red Dragon Karaoke Night are played by Stir-Friday Night!, the Midwest’s only all-Asian American improv and sketch comedy ensemble. The delicious food is prepared by Hi Ricky Asia Noodle Shop & Satay Bar, which features a variety of Asian cuisines and includes vegetarian options. This original show is conceived and directed by Jonathan Pitts, the Executive Producer of the prestigious Chicago Improv Festival.

Lucky Red Dragon Karaoke Night 
Conceived & directed by Jonathan Pitts / featuring Stir-Friday Night!

Hi Ricky Performance Loft, Second Floor, 941 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL. 
Previews: Thursdays @ 7PM - September 5th, 12th, & 19th 
$15 per person (includes the show & an all-you-can-eat buffet) 
Opening Night: Thursday, September 26th @ 7PM 
Runs: September 26th - November 23rd, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday @ 7PM 
$20 per person (includes the show & an all-you-can-eat buffet) 

Pan Asian Repertory (NYC)
Goy Vey! Adventures of a Dim Sun in Search of His Wanton Father
Written and performed by Richard Chang
Directed by Meryl NewBern
November 6 to 24, 2002

A hilarious journey of a Chinese bumpkin who comes to New York to look for his elusive origins. Richard Chang plays various characters such as Miss LaKeisha, Jackie Mason, Mushi Dayan…etc. in an unlikely hybrid of standup comedy, musical theatre, Chinese Opera, Klezmer and rap.

Please visit www.goyvey.com which includes a glossary of terms that Yiddish speakers will be surprised to find are actually derived from Chinese.

Sides II: The Fear is Real(er)
November 9 to 23, 2002

From the makers of SIDES: The Fear is Real!!! And Hot Stuff High

YOU (and everybody you know) are cordially invited to:

SIDES II: The Fear is Real(er)!!!
A new chapter in our ongoing exploration of private shame and humiliation turned into an evening of entertainment!

Starring: (in order of importance)
Sekiya Billman*
Cindy Cheung*
Paul Juhn*
Hoon Lee*
Ed Lin
Rodney To*

And introducing
Eileen Rivera* as Eileen Rivera

Come see us!
Friday November 8 and Saturday November 9
Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16
Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23

at the Producer's Club, located at
358 west 44th street (44th and 9th)

Tickets are $15
For reservations, call ahead at:
or email hoon@elvis.com

*member of Actors' Equity Association

Please check out our new website:


Theater Mu (Minneapolis)
Snow Drums of Mu Daiko
November 22 to December 1, 2002

GENSeng (SUNY-Geneseo)
Yellow Fever
by Ric Shiomi
November 22 to 23, 2002

GENseng, Geneseo's Asian American Performance Ensemble, presents Rick Shiomi's YELLOW FEVER on Friday, November 22 @ 4:00 p.m.and Saturday, November 23, 23 @ 2:00 p.m. in the Robert Sinclair Black Box Theatre on the SUNY Geneseo campus. Admission is free. For further information, e-mail Randy Kaplan at kaplanr@geneseo.edu

SIS Productions (Seattle)
Sex in Seattle: Episodes 1 & 2
a reprise staged reading
Nippon Kan Theatre
November 22 to 24, 2002

See www.sexinseattle.org for more details.

Playwrights' Arena (LA)
Sweet Karma
by Henry Ong
December 7, 2002

Sweet Karma, based on the life and death of the Oscar-winning actor, Haing Ngor, will be given a reading at the Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 S. Spring Street this Saturday (Dec. 7) at 7 p.m.  The reading is free.  Would love for you to come.  The play is part of The Big Weekend, Playwrights' Arena's 10th anniversary celebration of a reading of 10 new plays by 10 Los Angeles playwrights over two days.

East West Players (LA, CA)
The Tempest
by William Shakespeare, new adaptation written and directed by Andrew Tsao
November 20 to December 15, 2002

An island removed from civilization filled with magic, spirits, monsters, kings, dukes, clowns, rogues and a beautiful princess in one of Shakespeare's most mythic and abstract theatrical renderings. Prospero, a rich and respected duke, and his daughter Miranda are forced to leave their home in Milan. Set adrift, they land on an enchanted island and are soon surrounded by magical spirits such as the helpful Ariel and the evil Caliban. THE TEMPEST is supported in part by The James Irvine Foundation.

in association with SECOND GENERATION (NYC)
November 30 to December 22, 2002

Directed by Nela Wagman
Eddie Shin (That 80's Show, ER),
James Saito (Thomas Crown Affair),
Cindy Cheung, Tim Kang,
and Samantha Quan as Masha

November 30th - December 22nd , 8pm
Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm
except Opening Night: Monday, December 2 (7 PM)
E.S.T. (549 West 52nd St)
All Tickets: $15
Call Smarttix at 212.206.1515, log onto www.SmartTix.com or visit the E.S.T. box office.

Second Generation (2g) Post-Show COCKTAIL RECEPTION and CONVERSATION
Thursday, December 5 - with Welly Yang and Lloyd Suh
Thursday, December 12 - with David Henry Hwang and Lloyd Suh
Sponsored by Remy Martin

When her late mother's secret legacy - a huge sum of "community" money - is discovered, 17-year-old Masha does the noble thing--and steals it! A darkly comic play, MASHA NO HOME is about a second generation Korean American and her surprising journey of reconciliation.

MASHA NO HOME marks a first-time co-production between Second Generation and the esteemed EST and its offspring Youngblood.

City Lights Theater Company (San Jose, CA)
Bridges (part of Stocking Stuffers)
by Terry Baum, Maureen Bogues, Prince Gomolvilas, and Derek McCaw
November 30 to December 21, 2002

Thursdays through Saturdays @ 8 PM
Sundays @ 7 PM

$18 on Thursdays & Sundays
$20 on Fridays
$22 on Saturdays
$10 for Students & Teachers for all shows
Discounts for Seniors

City Lights Theater Company
529 South Second Street
San Jose, California 95112

For tickets and information,
call 408.295.4200
or visit http://www.cltc.org.

Theater for the New City (NYC)
Democracy in Islam
by Bina Sharif
December 5 to December 29, 2002

Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 3 PM
buy your tix online at http://www.theaterforthenewcity.org

Islam is a cultural phenomenon in 24 countries of the world. Democracy in Islam reflects and examines the representation of Muslims and Islamic culture in America and the West, in general. Through the portrayal of a South Asian Muslim family living in Manhattan's East Village, Bina Sharif explores the liberalism within this family that seems to be buried beneath a conservative image of what Islam is believed to be. A divorced mother trying so hard to be American dealing with one son who is suddenly engaged in studying Islam, another son who is in complete denial of his roots and is engaged to a white American woman whose family has doubts about the whole Muslim thing, plus a (Sunni) lesbian daughter and her (Shia) revolutionary peace activist girlfriend combined with news reporters and "Islamic scholars" set the stage for this hilarious and thought-provoking dramatic piece. Democracy in Islam is Sharif's latest work.

featuring (in alphabetical order):
Micah Bucey, Geeta Citygirl, Kevin Mitchell Martin, Aly Mawji, Laili Paksima, Jennifer Pearson, Darryl Reilly, Vitoria Setta & Bina Sharif.

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue
Between East 9th and 10th Streets
East Village, Manhattan, NYC

December 5 - December 29, 2002
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 PM
Sundays at 3 PM

Join us for a opening weekend reception following the performance on Saturday, December 7th, 2002.

Admission: $10 (TDF Vouchers accepted)
Reservations RECOMMENDED
Phone: 212-254-1109
or buy your tix online at http://www.theaterforthenewcity.org

Stefanie Petersen, Stage Manager
Alex Bartenieff, Lighting Designer
Mark Marcante, Set Design

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director presents "Democracy in Islam" as part of TNC's Emerging Playwright's Program - AEA Code.

Revolutionary Chickens: A Tale of Communist China
December 30, 2002

chashama presents A Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. production

New York, NY: chashama and Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. are proud to present REVOLUTIONARY CHICKENS. Rob Lok uses puppetry, mask, clowning, and circus arts to illustrate a daring escape from Communist China. Drawn from Robís own family experiences, this is a desperate tale of lost freedoms, conformity, mass hysteria and a voyage to a better life. There will be one performance only on Monday, December 30th at 8:00 PM. It will be at The Palace of Variety located at 125 West 42nd Street, NYC (between 6th Ave & Broadway). The price of admission will be $5.00, for reservations call 1-877-BINDLES

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