North Shore (Boston, MA)
Pacific Overtures
music by Stephen Sondheim
September 2003

"Though Gash did hold three sets of auditions to find his cast of Filipino, Chinese, and Japanese actors, he says finding talent wasn't a problem. "It was important to put to rest the myth that came up during Miss Saigo' that there weren't sufficiently trained Asian-American performers," says Gash. "They're out there, and they're high-caliber."

Performance Space NBC (New York)
A Marathon of Asian American One Acts
October 1 to 5, 2003

As part of the continuing efforts to identify Asian/Pacific-American actors and writers with the potential to contribute to programming on the NBC network, Performance Space NBC (PSNBC) is planning to present a marathon of short, comedic one acts at the Abingdon Street Theatre October 1-5, 2003 featuring a cast of exclusively Asian/Pacific-American actors performing works written by Asian/Pacific-American actors.

Writers of comedic one acts and original monologues of any length are encouraged to submit their plays for consideration by logging onto to download the required submission form, and sending the scripts along with the submission form, to:

Lou Viola
Producer, PSNBC
Room 1629E
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, N.Y. 10112

Scripts must be received by July 1, 2003 in order to be considered for production.

Please note that no submission will be considered or read without the required submission form, and submitted scripts will not be returned to the writer. Only those writers whose work is accepted for presentation will be contacted. If you have any questions, call Mimi Hirt-Manheimer at (212) 664-6745.

The Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriter Prize and
The Met Theater (LA, CA)
The Meat Party
by Duong Le Quy
October 6, 2003

The Meat Party of the title is the Vietnam War. In this Post-war story, a young Australian woman goes toVietnam to retrieve the bones of her father, a flutist who had been slainby the Communists. Hoping to find a Vietnam reconciled with its past and building a new
future, she finds a country where the scars of war still run deep, affecting the survivors of conflict and the generation that has emerged since.

Playwright Duong Le Quy has won remarkable acclaim both in his native Vietnam and in Australia, which has been his base since 1994. His play, Market Of Lives (1990) won the Gold Medal of the Vietnam National Theatre Festival. The Meat Party (1999) won the Australia-Asia link Playwriting Competition, the Australian Writer's Guild Award, and
Australia Queensland Premier&Mac226;s Literary Award for Best Stage Drama. The third play of this post-war trilogy, A Graveyard For the Living, was produced in 2002, furthermore, all three plays are also published by Currency Press (Australia's equivalent of Samuel French). Duong also wrote the libretto for the opera Motherland, produced in 2002 for the Melbourne Festival.

A recipient of degrees from Vietnam's NationalInstitute of Theatre and Cinema and Australia's NationalInstitute of Dramatic Art, Duong is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and the Paul Verhoeven Scholarship in Filmmaking. Duong has studied at Los Angeles Film School and has been making films.

Lodestone Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
a staged reading
in the 7th Annual Company's Shakespear Marathon
October 16, 2003

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble reads
KING LEAR in the 7th Annual Company's Shakespeare Marathon

Come support Lodestone as we participate in the annual, non-stop, back-to-back reading of Shakespeare's canon. The marathon starts Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm with ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL and ends Saturday, October 18 with HENRY VIII.

A reading of the classic tragedy
KING LEAR by William Shakespeare
directed by Daniel Dae Kim
produced by Jennifer Aquino and Kipp Shiotani
featuring Jennifer Aquino, Melody Butiu, Isaac Ho, Elaine Kao, Yi Lin, Tess
Lina, Jeff Liu, Camille Mana, Rachel Morihiro, Sab Shimono, Kipp Shiotani, Phil
Young, May Wang, Marie Wong and Leonard Wu

THURSDAY, October 16, 2003

The MET Theatre
1089 N. Oxford Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

FREE PARKING is available at Earl Scheib on Santa Monica Blvd., just east of Oxford Ave.

The marathon is a FREE event. For more info. visit

For more info. about Lodestone:
(323) 993-7245

East West Players (LA, CA)
by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine
September 10 to October 5, 2003
Extended to October 19!

Linda Igarashi, Michael Dalager and Jacqueline Kim in the Los Angeles premiere of PASSION, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, directed by Tim Dang, musical direction by Scott Nagatani.

On a remote military outpost, a handsome army captain, separated from his beautiful (but married) mistress, is forced to re-evaluate his beliefs about love when he becomes the object of the obsessive, unrelenting passions of Fosca, his Colonel's plain, sickly cousin. PASSION previews will be held Sept. 4-7, 2003. The musical opens Sept. 10 and runs through Oct. 5, 2003.

Diversity Players (Southern CA)
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
September 25 to October 18, 2003

The Diversity Players is a new multi-ethnic theatre ensemble committed to bringing professional family entertainment to the southern California community that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity. Fueled by the 3 's - Exposure, Entertainment, and Enlightenment - the Diversity Players seeks to incorporate non-traditional casting into traditional musicals and plays, allowing performers and audiences alike to be entertained and educated by our many differences, but innumerable similarities.

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN will open on September 25 and run through October 19 with Thursday &Mac246; Saturday evening performances at 8:00, and Sunday evenings at 7:00 at Casa 0101 &Mac246; 2009 E. First Street in Los Angeles (Boyle Heights).

Ticket prices are $15 for General Admission, with a $3 discount for Students, Seniors, Union Actors and Pre-Sold Tickets. Boyle Heights residents and children 12 and under are just $8, and group rates, family discounts and industry comps are also available. For tickets or more information, please call (562) 868-7202, e-mail, or visit

National Asian American Theatre Company (NYC)
Fluid Motion Theater & Film, Inc.
A night of two one-acts inspired by the work of Joseph Conrad, including:
Based on Joseph Conrad's short story "The Lagoon"
Adapted & Directed by Christine Simpson
October 3 to 17, 2003

Amidst the political turmoil of 1890's Malaysia, a royal warrior must choose between fraternal loyalty and his love for a woman. Arsat weaves the art of storytelling, traditional Malaysian dance, and a live percussion score into a theatrical experience about two men whose relationship is at an impasse - their futures uncertain until they can resolve their pasts. Featuring Kevin Bartlett*, Lydia Gaston*, Jojo Gonzalez* & Tim Kang*, with live percussion by John Ko & Wynn Yamami.

A one-act play by Joseph Conrad based on his short story "To-Morrow"
Directed by Jonathan Bank

A woman, held in bondage by a tyrannical father, finds solace in her eccentric neighbor's mad hope for the return of his prodigal son. The son's arrival shatters her illusion of romance, cultivated by the father, when the son refuses to be bound by family, property, obligation, relationship, and responsibility. Featuring Mel Gionson*, Jojo Gonzalez*, Maile Holck* & Robert Wu.*

(*Actors appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association.)

Baruch Performing Arts Center
150 East 25th Street, New York, NY
For tickets, please call (646) 312-4085
$19 / $15 previews (senior, student & group rates available)

Previews: Fri 10/3 8pm, Sat 10/4 4pm & 8pm
Opening: Mon 10/6 8pm
Performances: Tue 10/7 8pm, Wed 10/8 8pm, Thur 10/9 8pm, Fri 10/10 7:30pm & 10pm,
Tue 10/14 8pm, Wed 10/15 8pm, Thur 10/16 8pm, Fri 10/17 7:30pm & 10pm, Sat 10/18 4pm & 8pm

This production is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund/New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. For more information, visit or

Peeling (NYC, NY)
A Nite of Dan Balcazo
October 21, 2003

Peeling cordially invites you to a Nite of Dan Bacalzo - a retrospective reading of selected works.

Dan Bacalzo has served as the Artistic Director of Peeling for the past two years and is finally taking a break to finish his thesis. To send him off and show our love for him, we are reading some of OUR favorite pieces of his. And if you haven't experienced Dan's writing - you are missing out!

So, please join us THIS TUESDAY for a drink and a toast! It'll be a fun night - promise.

Who: Peeling
What: A Reading of Selected Works of Dan Bacalzo
Where: Nightingales Lounge at 213 2nd Ave
(btwn 13th & 14th Street)
When: Tuesday, October 21st 7-9 PM
Why: Because we love Dan and know you will too!

No cover, no drink minimum.

ProperGander Productions (Southern CA)
Fertilizing Eggy (& Other Stories...)
September 25 to October 26, 2003

Fertilizing Eggy (& Other Stories...), a new theatrical production by Los Angeles Asian American theatre company, ProperGander Productions, will open at the 2100 Square
Feet Theatre Sept. 25, 2003 for five weeks. This series of comedic one-acts brings alive the quirky slice of life humor brought about through the writings of writer/comedian Randall Park. Irreverent, ridiculous, and always truthful, these are stories that entertain the most when they are telling us something about the real world.

The show stars Eddie Shin (That Œ80s Show and Girls Club), Minnie Lagrimas (Starsky & Hutch), Randall Park (Reno 911, Las Vegas), David J. Lee, Abigail Camaya, Rick Lee, Nancy Lee, Constance Hsu, Tim Chiou, Eric Stern, Karyn Lee. Fertilizing Eggy (& other stories...) is directed by David J. Lee and produced by Cindy Yoshiyama, Naoya Imanishi and David J. Lee.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays.

Tickets to Fertilizing Eggy (& Other Stories...) are available by phone at 800.595.4849, online at, or at the box office 1/2 hour before showtime (subject to availability). Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, or $12 for students with ID. For group sales, e-mail 2100 Square Feet Theatre is located at 5615 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019.

For more information, please visit or download our electronic press kit at

The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (SF, CA)
18: The White Album
OCTOBER 3 to 26, 2003

FOUR stories by FOUR writers. It's John with a backing band. Paul with a backing band. Except there's no one in the group named John or Paul!

See 4 one-act comedies branded with the Warrior's unique style of satirical insanity:

  • A musical about a brothel in the Outer Sunset
  • A Chinese hopping ghost debates the merits of Asian and American cultures
  • A great poet, a conspiracy theorist, and 2 aspiring lovers collide in a comedy of errors
  • 2 friends banter the evening away while dieting on cigarettes

It'll drive you Helter Skelter!

We will pay the audience ONE DOLLAR to attend Preview Night on Thursday October 2! Members of the press and one guest are invited to attend any opening weekend performance (October 3-5).

WHAT: 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors in 18:THE WHITE ALBUM

WHEN: October 3-26 2003, Thursdays-Sundays, 8:00 p.m., Preview October 2 Thursday.

WHERE: The Climate Theater, 285 9th St. (at Folsom St), San Francisco

PRICES: $12.00 Thursday, Sunday, $14.00 Friday, Saturday, $1.00 discount per ticket for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Preview October 2: We Pay YOU $1.00!

RESERVATIONS: email or call 415.646.0868 or order ONLINE at at:

Garden Center Theatre (So. Cal)
Paper Son
by Byron Yee
September 26 to November 2, 2003

PAPER SON is Byron Yee's autobiographical journey about growing up in Oklahoma, moving to California, becoming a comedian, then discovering his heritage. Asked to audition for a roles as a "wacky Chinese restaurant owner" with an accent (which he can't do), Yee is thrust into a discovery of his past which leads him to Angel Island Immigration Station and finally to his fatherís Chinese Exclusion Act Case File in the National Archives. This critically acclaimed show has played in San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Edmonton, and Edinburgh and now makes its Los Angeles debut.

September 26th - November 2nd, Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm, Sundays @ 7pm
Special Previews, September 23 - 25, Tues - Thurs @ 8pm

Gascon Center Theatre, Culver City
8737 Washington Blvd, between Helms and National, one block south of Venice Blvd. inside the Historic Helms Bakery

For tickets and info, call (310) 428-6502 or visit

Pintig (Chicago, IL)
Alamet (Legend)
October 6 to November 2, 2003

See News story.

Cuchipinoy Productions (NYC)
by Maria Corrales and Rodney Reyes
October 18 to November 2, 2003

Cuchipinoy Productions proudly presents LEYENDAS, a night of Central American folk tales and legends adapted by Mario Corrales and Rodney E. Reyes, which will be featured in this year’s Spotlight On Halloween Festival from October 18 through November 2nd at the Chashama Theater, 135 W. 42nd St., in New York City.

LEYENDAS is adapted by Mario Corrales and Rodney E. Reyes from original stories translated by Maria Laguna and Eddie Amezquita. The production, conceived and directed by Mario Corrales, tells the stories through storytelling, acting, and poetry, and will feature live music, fantastic costumes, and even a narrator on stilts. The ensemble cast includes company members: Patrick Annelli, Mariela Manso, Daniel Pagan, Rodney E. Reyes, Lillian Ribeiro, Orlando Velez, and Yesenia Beutel.

Take a trip to Central America in the late 1800s where superstition still ruled the land and vices where more prolific than virtue. Imagine a world unlike your own where morals were scarce and consequences paid a heavy toll. Travel back to a time where legends of the land still spread at night when the creatures of myth lived and died. This is a tale of LEYENDAS, of legends, from Central America. The folk stories of myth that perpetuated the minds of every child and parent, of every man and woman: The Crying Woman who lost her child in the river. The Priest’s Treasure who even after his own death is still obsessed with his gold and silver coins. El Cadejos, who used to be a priest before he was punished for misleading his followers. La Cegua who punishes evil men if she catches them alone in the forest. Come experience good, evil, morals, judgments, warnings, and consequences like never before in legends from Central America that you’ve never heard.

LEYENDAS continues Cuchipinoy’s association with the Spotlight On Festivals. Previous productions include MEDIEVAL (K)NIGHTS, THE GREEN DRAGON, JERSEY STORIES, and most recently, WHO AM I by Rodney E. Reyes, which received a successful remounting at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and THE 4AM 'LIZBETH, by Jonathan Calindas, which was recently featured at Spotlight On’s Next Great American Playwright Festival.

Cuchipinoy Productions is an emerging 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. As a predominantly young company, we embrace new, innovative, and daring plays as well as groundbreaking interpretations of the classics. We welcome writers, directors, actors, and designers that push the boundaries of American theatre. We strive to create productions that will reflect the new, uncharted, frightening, complex and exciting world we live in today.

Visit the Spotlight On website at: for complete festival information.

For more information on Cuchipinoy Productions and to join their mailing list, visit their website at:

Second Generation (NYC)
Cowboy vs. Samurai
by Michael Golamco
November 2, 2003

Cowboy Versus Samurai is Cyrano De Bergerac spun on its head! In the hilarious setting of rural Wyoming, a quick-witted (and handsome) Korean American man attempts to get into the heart (and pants) of a beautiful mensch of a Korean American woman. The only obstacle is… she only dates white men. But, of course, LOVE finds a way! It’s a no-holds-barred romantic comedy that makes the problems of race as plain as the nose on your face. 

Directed by Lloyd Suh (Masha No Home, The Children of Vonderly)
Starring Cindy Cheung, Joel de la Fuente, Ken Leung, Jake Myers and Lloyd Suh

Sunday, November 2, 2003 - 7:00 p.m.
45 Bleecker Street, 4th Floor (off Lafayette St)
New York City
FREE (donations always welcome)
Join us at 6:00 p.m. for a special cocktail hour sponsored by Rémy Martin

RSVP at the below URL
(Maximum of 2 reservations per person)

Cleveland Playhouse (Cleveland, OH)
Solve for X
by Judy Soo Hoo
directed by Jeff Liu
The Brooks Theatre
November 7, 2003

Solving for X has never been a problem for Hannah, until she meets Theo and his son Henry. Soon she develops an unnatural, unexpected attraction, and finds herself trying to solve the complicated mysteries of life and love. Developed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, this exciting and intriguing play marks the playwright's debut in Cleveland.

Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Schoolhouse Rock Live
October 18 to November 9, 2003

Back! By popular demand! ReAct reprises its sold out world premiere of the classic TV series, at the Langston Hughes Theatre (with ReAct's usual standout multicultural cast).

Greenway Court Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
The Coconut Masquerade
by Melinda Corazon Foley
November 12, 2003

A Staged reading in LA
Greenway Court Theatre
544 N Fairfax Avenue (one block south of Melrose)

A young woman's murder prompts Maya (played by Melinda Corazon Foley*) to confront the family she has shunned for 8 years. Told in stylized verse language, influenced by hip hop and spoken word, The Coconut Masquerade plunges into the depths of one family's hidden shame as they journey towards forgiveness.

The world premiere of Coconut Masquerade produced by Teatro ng Tanan, played to sold out houses at SF's Bindlestiff Studio in 2002. Developing segments of the project have also reached audiences in cities from NYC to Denmark, London, Chicago, Washington D.C.,and Los Angeles.

InterACT (Sacramento, CA)
by Victoria Kneubuhl
October 18 to November 17, 2003

It's 1951, Hawaii. Emmalehua is caught up in the trend sweeping Hawaii, being American. She has forsaken the hula, which her half sister, Maelyn has embraced. The time has come for her to make a choice of being American, like her husband Alika, or being Hawaiian as she was raised by her father, Kaheka. Into this pictures comes Clearwater, a Native American from the mainland working for her husband.

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
But Can He Dance?
by Dorinne Kondo
Directed by Anne Tran
October 26 - November 15, 2003
Playhouse on Plaza
500 East Plaza Blvd., National City

Animated by music and a high energy, presentational style, BUT CAN HE DANCE? chronicles the romantic adventures of SHE, a thirty-something Asian American Everywoman in her quest to find love and the perfect dancing partner.  At first dismayed by the ways men stereotype her as an exotic erotic Asian, SHE asks the question, "Can I at least find a man who can dance?"  Her picaresque adventures lead her from hip hop to salsa to ballroom to techno, as SHE dances her way through encounters with African American, Latino, Asian American and Caucasian suitors.  Along the way, SHE confronts amusing, often wrenching, truths about love, sex, maturity... and the pleasures and dangers of an irresistible dance groove.

LA Fest of Sketch
I Can't Believe They're Not Oriental!
October 30 to November 16, 2003

A sketch comedy extravaganza featuring comrades, superheroes, dirty dancers, and ordinary Asian Americans in not-so-ordinary situations!

If you didn't get any Love Gone Wong or if you missed the Mei-Frower boat, then catch the best of the 2003 shows, plus some extras, including.....

Guest appearances by GEORGE BUSH and KIM JONG-IL, who will face off in a duel never before seen!

The show is part of this year's Los Angeles Fest of Sketch (LAFS) and runs for 7 dates:

Thursday 10/30 at 7pm
Saturday 11/1 at 6pm
Sunday 11/2 at 5pm
Thursday 11/6 at 9pm
Thursday 11/13 at 9pm
Saturday 11/15 at 6pm
Sunday 11/16 at 9pm

At The McCadden Place Theatre
1157 N. McCadden Place, in Hollywood
(1 block east of Highland and 1 block north of Santa Monica Blvd)
Free Parking
Tickets: $10
Reservations: 323-463-2942

STARRING: Ewan Chung, Beau Danner, William Fuentes, Charles Kim, Heeli Kim-Jeng, Mai Lee, Russ Riggins, Diana Toshiko, DC Wolfe

For more information on OPM, visit!

Indo-American Arts Council &
The Lark Theatre Company Play Development Center (LA)
November 12-15, 2003

Staged Readings of Four New Plays in association with

Alter Ego Productions, Disha Theatre Co., Desipina & Co., Rasa Theater Co., SALAAM Theatre

By Bapsi Sidhwa
Director Madhur Jaffrey
Caught in a clash of cultures, Feroza is forced to choose between love for her Jewish-American boyfriend and loyalty to her family and Zoroastrian faith.
Wed Nov 12 @ 6 pm / Fri Nov 14 @ 8:30 pm
By Shankar Vedantam & Donald C. Drake
Director Nandita Shenoy
The play follows the arc of a ménage a trios that goes awry. Three friends ford the hurdles of sex and love only to wash up on the shoals of marriage and parenthood.
Wed Nov 12 @ 8:30 pm / Fri Nov 14 @ 6 pm
By Sonia Pabley
Director Ashok Sinha
In this raucous, tightly drawn work two young South Asian couples find that marriage can get in the way of good sex &Mac246; at least when it&Mac226;s with their own spouse.
Thurs Nov 13 @ 6 pm / Sat Nov 15 @ 8:30 pm
By Anuvab Pal
Director Michael Johnson-Chase
A dark comedy about hope, greed and abandon among Wall Street dealmakers, ambitious middle-class Indians, and English corporate bosses with ulterior motives.
Thurs Nov 13 @ 8:30 pm / Sat Nov 15 @ 6 pm

All presentations will take place at the Lark Studio Theater, 939 Eighth Avenue, 2nd Floor NY, NY

Call 212-246-2676, x22 for reservations and information
Suggested donation $15

SALAAM Theatre (NYC)
Third Mondays
Hidden Fires
by Manjula Padmanabhan
Robert Abid and Tana Sarntinoranont
November 17, 2003

Award-winning playwright, Manjula Padmanabhan's
directed by Geeta Citygirl
with actor, Laksh Singh
A man confesses that he has 'stamped out' countless 'hidden fires' - human lives that are less than human to him, merely faceless threats to his own security - and then finds himself on the receiving end of the same ruthless treatment. Taken from a series of five, powerful, hard-hitting monologues in the the playwright tackles head-on issues of violence, intolerance of others, narrow concepts of community and nation, each with a twist that lifts it into the realm of real drama.
NOTE - See Laksh on TV this Friday night (11/14) at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central on ABC's "Hope & Faith" as a Guest Actor. Regular cast is Kelly Ripa, Faith Ford and Ted McGinley. Country Singer, Clint Black, is the Guest Star in this episode.

A new original piece about the ambivalence of being Asian American in contemporary society.
written and performed by
Robert Abid and Tana Sarntinoranont
Metronome is a depiction of the contemporary voice of Asian-American youth and their shifting emotional quest to find piece within themselves and within the often clashing worlds in which they live. NOTE - Yes these are the same two beautiful guys whose performance touched so many at our June SALAAM 3rd Mondays.

SALAAM Theatre
16 West 32nd Street - 10th floor
Between Fifth Avenue and Broadway
Manhattan, NYC 10001

Admission (nobody is turned away due to lack of funds)
$10 suggested
$15 appreciated
$5 minimum

Reservations RECOMMENDED:
Phone: 212.330.8097

Village Theatre (Issaquah, WA)
The Wedding Banquet
Conceived and Developed by Welly Yang
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Woody Pak
In Issaquah: September 17-October 26
In Everett: October 31-November 16

The creators of Making Tracks join with Village Theatre once again for the World Premiere Production of the musical adaptation of Ang Lee's Academy Award-nominated film, The Wedding Banquet. This touching and funny, farcical and tender story of parents and children, love and white lies, traditions and family ties was a hit at last year's Village Originals Festival of New Musicals, and now makes its debut under the direction of Tony nominee John Tillinger. It's the story of gay Taiwanese-American Wai Tung, who agrees to a marriage of convenience with Chinese immigrant Wei Wei-she gets her green card and he gets his marriage-minded mother off his back. It's the perfect arrangement... until Wai Tung's very traditional parents decide to travel from Taiwan to throw the couple a wedding celebration! Cultures collide, traditions are tested, and family values emerge stronger than ever in this mirthful, moving new musical.

East West Player's Writers Gallery
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
Two In LA
By Rhiana Yazzie
November 20, 2003

TWO IN LA is a play about a young Navajo woman's shocking discovery of real life in Los Angeles. In her home town of Cuba, New Mexico, Nita was nothing but an Indian, but in LA she can be and pass for nearly anything. Thrown into the middle of post-9/11 immigration doctrines and decrees and their inherent biased nature, she's forced to wade through a physical and emotional displacement of her own. A dram-edy, TWO IN LA is Los Angeles from the perspective of two of Americaio's Native inhabitants.

Free admission Thursday, Nov. 20 @ 7:30 pm

Japanese American National Museum
369 E. First St. in the Little Tokyo District of Downtown Los Angeles
(213) 625-0414

Rhiana Yazzie is a Navajo playwright from Albuquerque, New Mexico. A USC graduate with an MA in playwriting, Rhiana is the former associate artistic director of Wakiknabe, a native theatre company in Albuquerque. Her work has been performed and read in Alaska, where she received a Panelist's Choice Award for a one-act play at the Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and in Los Angeles when her children's play, CYBER MALL, was produced for local elementary and middle school students. She has also written two short young adult plays while working with the New Mexico Council on Drug and Alcohol Dependence in 1998. Her play, THE LONG FLIGHT, was a finalist in the 2002 Princess Grace Playwriting Grant program, and was one of four selected for the Jerome Lawrence One-Act Play Festival produced at the 24th Street Theatre in 2001. In August 2002, her comedy THE DUEL received a public staged reading at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage's Native Voices Theatre. Last May, she directed two fifteen-minute plays in the Playwrights Express festival at First Stage Theatre in Hollywood.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC)
The Legacy Codes
by Cherylene Lee
October 29 to November 23, 2003

Inspired by the Wen Ho Lee case, The Legacy Codes makes its New York debut, exploring the many ways codes are used to pass on information, not just for espionage, but in families, culture, genetics, computers and romance.

Yang Tze Repertory Theatre (NYC)
One Family, One Child, One Door
by Joanna Chan
Bank Street Theatre, NYC
October 30 to November 23, 2003

Back by popular demand.

SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Sex in Seattle: Episode 8
Doin' It Again
by Kathy Hsieh
November 7 to 22, 2003

Join Shari, Tess, Jenna and Elizabeth on a fun-filled adventure with fate, as they journey back to the past, and explore what might have been on a delightful date with destiny in Sex in Seattle, Episode 8: Doin' It Again

Story by Kathy Hsieh & Serin Ngai
Written by Kathy Hsieh
Directed by Dawn Box

Reservations Strongly Encouraged

SIS Productions:

Advance tickets available at Ticket Window: (206) 325-6500 or

Ticket Prices:
General Admission ~ $12
Students/Seniors/Actors ~ $8
Group rates available

The performances will feature Matthew Cassi, Kathy Hsieh, Rob MacGregor, Kelly Ogilvie, Miko Premo, Toni Rose, Leilani Wollam!

Reviewed by the Seattle-PI.

AATC Wine Institute
November 21, 2003

AATC Wine & Art Institute
AATC is partnering with BevMo! and the Blue Room Gallery to bring you an evening of art and wine education. Tailored for the aesthete who needs some brushing up on their wine knowledge, Wilford Wong of BevMo! will make you a wine connoisseur by the end of the evening.

Be the first to know which of these season's wines will go best with that special holiday dinner or festive gathering.

Friday, November 21, 2003
Time: TBA
Blue Room Gallery
2331 Mission Street in the Mission District
Tickets: $40 includes wine seminar, wine tasting, dinner, and performance.

Play Reading in NYC
yellow girl: the reading
a new play by carla ching
directed by takashi kurihara
November 21 and 22, 2003

kraine theatre
85 e. 4th st. (btw. 2nd and 3rd)
8 pm

featuring: monica hong, thai-hoa le, london kim, sam kim, claire tsai, yoav ben yosef

carla ching is an asian american california transplant playwright. her work has been produced at the tenement theater, creative place theater, the asian american writers workshop and the kraine theater. she's an mfa candidate at actors studio drama school, one third of LCC productions (the producers of the lemonade reading series) and a former writer/performer with Peeling and a member of the dramatists guild.

Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA)
and Katalyst Productions presents...
Curated by Traci Kato Kiriama
November 21 to 23, 2003

WHERE:18th Street Arts Complex
1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
$15 admission fee: RESERVE SEATS!!! Reservation # -(310)315-1459

An evening that bridges music, poetry, and performance art in a line-up of LA-base artists who flex their performance muscles in live, onstage collaboration. Featuring genres that span hip hop, dance, the written word, and performance art including DJ Charmaine Jane, phloe, Dancer/ Choreographer Tammy Yamada, and the women of the Balagtasan Collective and zero 3.

Each night is a fundraiser for the following organizations:
Fri: Great Leap
Sat: Visual Communications
Sun: FPAC/FilAm Arts

Featuring the works of:
DJ Charmaine Jane
Faith Santilla
Tammy Yamada
Keiko Agena
traci kato-kiriyama
The Women of the Balagtasan Collective
Alison Delacruz

First Voice (SF, CA)
Ghost Festival III - Fire in Heaven:
an evening of Cherokee and Pacific Rim Ghost stories
featuring Brenda Wong Aoki
Mark Izu
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
November 22, 2004

A new performance work weaving Storytelling, Native American music, and Asian Jazz Created and Conceived by Brenda Wong Aoki & Mark Izu with legendary guest artists: Gayle Ross, great-granddaughter of Chief Ross who led the Trail of Tears; Tommy Wildcat, a 4th generation Cherokee musician, and LA's internationally renowned Koto artist June Kuramoto. Check our website at for more information about this and other work we have done.

The performance will be presented on ONE DAY ONLY!
Sunday, November 23 2003 at 2:00 and 7:00.
Tickets: $10 to $25 - Call the box office at Yerba Buena Center for individual ticket sales (415) 978-2787 Or order online at

This year we are offering a SPECIAL OHANA RATE of $10 per ticket for groups of 10 or more.

For more information and reservations of Ohana tickets please call Greeta at 415-221-0601 or email: or check our web-site at

You will not be able to reserve Ohana tickets at Yerba Buena, but will need to speak with us directly.

Desipina Theatre in Los Angeles
OVARIES and COFFEE: A That Takes Ovaries Open Mike and Performance
*** All proceeds benefit Asian Pacific Women's Collective and Apne Aap Women Worldwide ***
November 22, 2003


WHEN: Saturday, November 22, 2003
WHAT: 3-5pm Open Mike (Acoustic soloists, poetry, monologues, and spontaneous stories)
5:30-7pm Performance: Live Music (with Sheila Vasan, Rashmi Singh, Michael Buckley, and Angela Ueber) and Readings from the book, That Takes Ovaries (presented by Alison Kafer, and Sharmila Davar).

***Attend ONE or BOTH events!***

WHERE: Highland Grounds; 742 N. Highland Ave.; Los Angeles, CA 90038
COST: $10 (suggested donation OR pay what you can) + One Drink Minimum

ALL proceeds go to Asian Pacific Women's Center(transitional housing for survivors of domestic violence), and Apne-Aap Women Worldwide(helps women and girls sold into prostitution to reintegrate into common society in Mumbai, India).
If you would like to present material for the open mike, please arrive at 3pm to sign up.Subliminal message: Come for pre-dinner fun &Mac183; Highland Grounds has yummy food

For more information about the organizations involved, please see,, and OR contact the producer of the event at

***Not only do you get an afternoon's entertainment, but also a night's entertainment, as anyone who attends Ovaries and Coffee will get in to see the band Pillow Of Wrongness for only $1 later that night at Johnny Foxx's in West L.A. They'll be playing at 10:00, and their friends Emily O'Neary band and Tilly's Everywhere perform before and after them, respectively. This show is also a benefit, for local musician, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. Learn more about Pillow of Wrongness at

The Theatre-Studio, Inc. (TSI) (NYC)
presents two one-acts by Felix Racelis
November 19 to 30, 2003

Shhh!, a tale of two mismatched library assistants: he, a literate neurotic, and she, a latent biker groupie, is directed by Robyn Berg and will be performed:
Wed., Nov. 19, 2003, 8 pm &
Sat., Nov. 22, 2003, 5 pm
(developed in EWP's DHHWI)

In Woof!!, an eccentric retiree confronts his daughter about her bizarre web-based sex surrogate business. The play is directed by Adrian Enriquez and will be performed:
Sat., Nov. 29, 2003, 8pm &
Sun., Nov. 30, 2003, 5pm

Tickets are $18 at the door; advance discount tickets are $12 (students & seniors) and $15 (adults). For tickets, please call Theatremania (212) 352-3101 or via the web at, both with credit card only. For reservations and info: (212) 719-0500 x1. Theatre-Studio, Inc. is located at 750 Eighth Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10036.

East West Players and The Lark Theater (LA, CA)
present a workshop presentation of
Merchant on Venice
By Shishir Kurup,
December 1 to 3, 2003

Bollywood meets Hollywood in this modern adaptation of Shakespeare's tragi-comedy, set in the South Asian community of Culver City, CA.

December 1-3, 2003 at 8 pm
Free admission
David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jitendra (Sunil Malhotra) has fled Bollywood stardom to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood. To secure backing for his "India-Indie film with crossover appeal" he schemes to marry Pushpa (Lina Patel), a rich young heiress, and in the process endangers the life of his best friend Devendra (Dennison Samaroo) by becoming entangled with his nemesis Sharuk (Bernard White).

Written in an iambic pentameter replete with Indian, American and Latino pop references, Kurup's adaptation resets Shakespeare's original Christian/Jewish conflict, placing it firmly within a Hindu/Muslim context in the South Asian sector of Culver City. The play hums with the many different sounds of the South Asian diaspora and contains various delightful lingual permutations that occur when people immigrate to other lands and change and are changed by the rhymes and rhythms of their adopted homelands. The play contains songs and incidental music, also by Kurup, influenced by rock-and-roll and Bollywood movie musicals, further highlighting the clash/blend of culture that is so evidently the "masala" of the South Asian experience.

2g Productions (NYC)
Third Annual Concert of Excellence
December 3, 2003

So you thought Tia Carrere singing karaoke at Carnegie Hall was a fun night? Wait until you get a hold of this: Second Generation presents The Third Annual Concert of Excellence featuring the Remy X.O. Excellence Awards on December 3, 2003 at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater.

Featuring B.D. Wong, Lou Diamond Phillips, Bai Ling, Jadin Wong, with performances by the cast of Flower Drum Song, The Wedding Banquet, Mandarin Singer Tsai Chin, Jason Robert Brown, and 35 performers from Rent, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and other hit Broadway shows.

Golden Globe-nominated actor Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Courage Under Fire, Stand and Deliver)
Tony Award winner B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly, Law & Order SVU, Oz)
Acclaimed actor Bai Ling (Red Corner, Anna & the King, the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 3)
Legendary dancer and talent manager Jadin Wong (Forbidden City nightclub)

Tickets are now on sale! Buy tickets for this gala benefit through the Second Generation website. Tickets* are $50, $75, $100, and $250. The $250 VIP tickets guarantee seating in the prime Orchestra seats or the First Ring Circle, and include exclusive invitations to the pre-show VIP cocktail party and post-concert reception in the New York State Theater Promenade, along with a membership to Second Generation.

Buy tickets online:
Buy tickets by phone: (212) 352-3101

For group sales and ticket information, please call (212) 252-3174

Stir-Friday Night (Chicago, IL):
@ The Studio Theatre located in the Raven Theatre Complex
6157 N. Clark Street in Chicago
November 2nd to December 6th, 2003

No show Thanksgiving Day
Thursdays - Saturdays @ 8:30pm, Sundays @ 3:30pm
Tickets: $15 general, $12 students and seniors.
For Reservations: (847) 663-9257

This show is dedicated to StirFriday Night! co-founders Quincy Wong and Keith Uchima and is partially sponsored by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council

Laguna Playhouse (Laguna Beach, CA)
The Romance of Magno Rubio
by Lonnie Carter
November 4 to December 7, 2003

The Romance of Magno Rubio, a new play about a love-struck Filipino farm laborer which will receive its West Coast Premiere at The Laguna Playhouse November 4-December 7, 2003, was honored with eight OBIE Awards last night in New York. The OBIEs are given out annually by the Village Voice newspaper, recognizing excellence in Off Broadway theatre. The OBIEs were awarded to playwright Lonnie Carter, director Loy Arcenas, actors Art Acuna, Ramon de Ocampo, Ron Domingo, Jojo Gonzalez, Orlando Pabotoy, and to Ralph B. Pena, artistic director of the Ma-Yi Theatre Company in New York, which originated the piece. The Laguna Playhouse production will be produced in association with Ma-Yi Theatre and will feature the same cast and director.

Set in Depression-era California, this romantic comedy joyously entertains with inspired silliness, kinetic movement and song. Filipino migrant farm worker Magno Rubio has fallen in love through a lonelyhearts ad, but his poor command of English stands in his way. A literary friend comes to the rescue and corresponds with Rubio's sweetheart until they are able to meet at last. Written by Lonnie Carter and directed by Loy Arcenas, it is based on a short story by Filipino-American writer Carlos Bulosan.

The Romance of Magno Rubio has been selected as a featured presentation in the 2003 Eclectic Orange Festival of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

Reviews are here.

East West Players (LA, CA)
Masha No Home
by Lloyd Suh
November 12 to December 7, 2003

Masha and Whitman mourn the death of their mother, but the love of money becomes the root of all evil as a kae (a self-help community bank for Korean immigrants) of $30,000 cash is found and becomes a hot potato and a test of character as it passes through the hands of everyone in the play. MASHA NO HOME previews will be held Nov. 6-9, 2003. The play opens Nov. 12 and runs through Dec. 7, 2003.

The Kraine Theater (NYC)
Written and Performed by Rich Kiamco
November 19 to December 13, 2003

Solo performer Rich Kiamco romps through Unaccessorized, his autobiographic decathlon of laughter and tears. A queer Filipino boy escapes the cornfields of Illinois to the streets of New York City and embarks on a global odyssey among fashionistas, millionaires, and con artists, searching for love, enlightenment, and the perfect shade of beige. Dan Bacalzo directs.

After sold-out performances in Peeling’s Under the Skin One Act Festival, and a stop at the Seattle Fringe Theater Festival, Unaccessorized returns to New York City at The Kraine Theater 85 East 4th Street. (between 2nd & 3rd Ave). Performances are November 19 - December 13

Tickets are $15.00 ($10.00 seniors/students).
Call 212-352-3101 or NO WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

Schedule November 19-December 13, 2003
Wednesday November 19 at 8pm
Thursday November 20 at 8pm
Friday December 5 at 8pm
Monday December 6 at 8pm
Friday December 12 at 8pm
Saturday December 13 at 8pm

"Very, very funny and easily accessible. I vote this the best I've seen in a long, long time…tour de force performance...Don’t miss this talented performer, in fact, bring friends"
--Seattle Gay News

“An absolute delight to watch and listen to on stage…
--Paul Lugo, Gay Theatre

"Kiamco is a force of nature as he whirls us through his life story...moving & powerful."
--Review Rag

“Kiamco’s performance is so vibrant it bodes well for his one-man play, Unaccessorized, also part of the Under the Skin series.
-Gay City News

Rich Kiamco has been seen in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show, and nationwide performing with comedian Judy Tenuta as her love slave/go-go dancer/drag sidekick. Rich has also performed and facilitated workshops with Peeling, an Asian American performance collective based in New York City. An excerpt of his writing can be found in Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America, Temple University Press.

Dan Bacalzo is the Artistic Director of Peeling. Previous directing credits include The Virginity Monologues by Aileen Cho and Reddy or Not by Gita Reddy. He is also the writer/performer of two one-man shows. He is completing his Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University, and teaches in the Undergraduate Drama Department at NYU.

For more information, visit

Milton School (LA, CA)
The Old Lady Who Popped Out of the Sidewalk and Became A Christmas Tree
by Henry Ong
December 11 and 12, 2003

See News story

AATC Holiday Pop Star Lounge
December 13, 2003

It's time to sing out for the holiday spirit! The list is now open for singers, performers, and musicians to showcase your skills! Please contact if you would like to sign up.

December 13, 2003
Location TBA

NWAAT (Seattle, WA)
Community Show Off
December 13, 2003

ADMISSION: $25 general, $15 seniors/students
LOCATION: NIPPON KAN THEATRE, 622 S. Washington, Seattle, WA

The tradition of the COMMUNITY SHOW-OFF in Seattle's International District started in 1981. Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT) is bringing back this variety show to showcase the many talented Asian American musicians, dancers, singers and poets in our community. This year's SHOW-OFF includes local artists who contribute to the community through their art and use their talent to educate us all. The SHOW-OFF is proud to present the following performers:

  • ISANGMAHAL, resident poetry collective
  • VEIL, a poetry and movement group that focuses on women's domestic violence
  • YOUTH SPEAKS, 15- to 17-year-old poets from various Seattle high schools
  • ARNALDO, Seattle drag chanteuse
  • NORTHWEST TAIKO, drum ensemble
  • ANGELO PIZZARO, guitarist
  • TIM CORDOVA, writer, composer, and director with excerpts from Sining Kilusan's musical HEART OF THE SUN
  • BENGIE SANTOS, choreographer and dancer with a performance of ALL ONE TRIBE
  • ONE DAY LATER, Asian American rock band featuring drummer Tony Tsuei, guitarist/singer Toggs Chung, and bassist/singer Caleb Cha

The original UNCLE BOB SANTOS will keep the show moving as emcee. The evening will also feature an Asian food bazaar, community information tables, and fun for the entire family.

Tickets are available at For more information, email

National Tour
Flower Drum Song
new book by David Henry Hwang
Music/Lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein

Dallas: September 2 to 14, 2003 (Dallas Summer Musicals)
Seattle: October 7 to 27, 2003 (5th Avenue Theatre)
Sacramento: November 5 to 16, 2003 (California Musical Theatre)

by Samir Younis
December 15, 2003

SALAAM 3rd Mondays
an evening of peaceful and harmonious vibes...
Join us as we close-out 2003 with our monthly salon
featuring theatre, dance, music, film & comedy including

Written by Samir Younis.
Directed by Abigail Marateck-Younis.
With Sam Younis, Omar Koury, Rana Kazkaz, Alison Poluga, and Debargo Sanyal.

These days, every brown actor is wondering, "Should I take that terrorist role for the money or reject it on principle?" What will Omar, Malek, and Vijay do when put to the test? Browntown explores the issue of cultural stereotyping from the point of view of three brown actors at an audition for a less-than-original tv-movie. Their experience at the audition brings to light the ways in which all three actors are both victims and perpetrators of cultural mudslinging.

Bindlestiff Studio (SF, CA)
Bindlestiff Family Reunion
December 11 to 20, 2003

Calling all family. The moment has arrived.. it's Bindlestiff Studio's Family Reunion.

If you've ever shared a laugh with us, you're family. If you've ever shed a tear with us,
you're family. If you know what it's like to be touched by the spirit of Bindlestiff, you are family

..and we are inviting you all to come share our space with us one last time before we prepare for the next chapter of our journey.

It all began 15 years or so ago, when some artistic souls planted the seeds right here on
6th street. Over the years, new faces have emerged, new voices have been heard, but the
spirit that started it all has stayed with us through the laughter, the tears, the triumphs,
and the struggles. For the next two weekends, we'll be bringing back some old friends to help us take the stage and share stories that explore the heart, mind, body, and soul of Bindlestiff.

Riot Action Theater Company is in the house
8th Wonder is in the house.
Bindlestiff Pinay Collective
Overseas Artists are in the house.
The Bindlestiff Players are in the house.

Make sure you're in the house, too.

Isang Bagsak. Isang Mahal. Never Give Up.

Thu-Sat, December 11-13, 18-20
All Shows start promptly @ 8 PM (it's a long one
folks, so be on time!)
$7-$15 sliding scale
@ Bindlestiff Studio
185 6th Street (@ Howard)
San Francisco

Produced by Esperanza Catubig & Judy Soo Hoo
December 18, 2003

Join the cast and crew of Lodestone's upcoming project HARLEQUIN for a Merry

  • FREE Karaoke all-night long!
  • Oiwake's all-you-can-eat buffet!
  • Fully-stocked no host bar!
  • Happy Hours 5pm-8pm (all drinks half-price except Japanese beers)!
  • Special Holiday appearance by "Marilyn Monroe" and other special guests TBA!
  • All proceeds from this event will benefit HARLEQUIN--Lodestone's first short film production which will shoot in January 2004!

Dec. 18, 2003
5 PM-Midnight
(All-you-can-eat buffet included in ticket price. Buffet from 6-9 PM)
@ Oiwake Restaurant in Little Tokyo
122 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 628-2768

ONLY $12 pre-sale (if money is received by Dec. 16)
$15 at the door
There are only a limited number of tickets available! Order early before we sell out!

For pre-sale tickets, send a check or money order--made out to Lodestone Theatre Ensemble--to:

Lodestone Holiday Fundraiser
P.O. Box 1072
Studio City, CA 91614

Please include your name and phone and/or e-mail address for confirmation. Your tickets will be waiting at the door on the night of the event. All pre-sale orders must be received by Dec. 16 for $12 price.

For more info. about Lodestone:
(323) 993-7245

by Felix Racelis
December 19 and 20, 2004

The Theatre-Studio, Inc. (TSI) presents MIGNON, a one-act comedy by Felix Racelis, in their TSI/PLAYTIME SERIES:

Stefen Carver directs Shannon O'Brien and Brandon Sevier Hillard in this wacky tale of a doctoral candidate who hires a call girl with a specialty in 17th century French poetry.
(developed in EWP's DHHWI)

Fri. Dec. 19, 2003, 8pm &
Sat. Dec. 20, 2003, 5pm

Tickets are $18 at the door; advance discount tickets are $12 (students & seniors) and $15 (adults). For tickets, please call Theatremania (212) 352-3101 or via the web at , both with credit card only. For reservations and info: (212) 719-0500 x1. Theatre-Studio, Inc. is located at 750 Eighth Avenue, Suite 200, New York, NY 10036

Philipino Artists Network (LA, CA)
Artists' Bazaar
December 20, 2003

PAN Artists Forum & Art Bazaar
Reconnect on Sat. Dec. 20th, 2003... and Every 3rd Saturday of the month...
When: Saturday, Dec. 20
PAN Forum 10am - 1pm
Art Bazaar 12pm - 4pm

Where: 3121 W. Temple Street
LA 90026
(Between Rampart and Virgil. Cross Street dillon)

Refreshments will be served, but bring a plate of your favorite food to share

Please Call If You Want

  • to be featured artist of the month and be invited to perform for one of the upcoming Artists Forums.
  • to take part in the ARtBazaar and sell your work! CDS, Visual Arts, Crafts, all art forms are welcome.

For more info, contact Vanessa at (213) 389-3050, or visit

Don't miss out on this last-minute last-minute shopping opportunity! Featuring art and products from your favorite Filipino American artists, vendors and supporters including: dope gear from Tribal Pinoy, the latest albums by Kiwi and Bambu, artwork and journals by Alfie Ebojo, paintings, CDs, books and MUCH MORE!

For more info, contact Christibelle at (213) 389-3050, e-mail, or visit Vendor space still available - sign up now!

If you're coming in South on the 101, exit Benton Way, Right onto Benton Way, Right onto Temple Street, proceed West to Dillon.

If you're coming in North on the 101, exit Rampart, Left at exit onto London, Left onto Benton Way, Right into Temple Street, proceed West to Dillon.

Saturday December 27, 2003
SomArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan St

a staff party / a board get-together / a somarts tenant jamboree / a volunteer appreciation fete / an artist celebration / an arts community bash/ a tech crew happening / a supporter thank-you event / a colleague gathering / all of this, and more, rolled into one huge Holiday Jam!

Come celebrate the holidays with:
* LIVE BANDS! Courtesy of JRW
* polynesian dance
* taiko drums
* live performing arts
* salsa & line dance lessons with Ken Chin
* plus plenty of dancing & refreshments for the night

$10 suggested donation to benefit Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and SomArts Cultural Center

Please make a reservation:
415-864-4126 or

Special thanks to Joanna, Russell and Kingston

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