Da Maya

(L) Sandralene (Anna-Marie Love) gives her support to (R) Lester (Eddy Gudoy) in Da Mayah.

Kumu Kahua (Honolulu, HI)
Da Maya
by Lee Cataluna
August 28 to September 21, 2008
extended to October 5

When Da Mayah debuted at Kumu in 1998, it broke box office records, drew rave reviews and inaugurated for playwright Lee Cataluna the creation of what would become a string of hit comedies. Now Da Mayah is back in all its wacky hilarity. The newly-elected mayor of Hilo, Lester Perez (campaign slogan: "Do What He Sez!"), is not too bright, but his administrative assistant, second in command and mistress Sandralene Leialoha Ferreira, manages fairly successfully to keep him from making a complete fool of himself. When Lester is blackmailed by a childhood friend, Derek Pang, Sandy enlists the aid of her gangster cousin Dukie and his hit man Stanton, who has "a rap sheet thicker than the Bible" and a crush on Sandy. The action takes us from the mayor's office to Jazzmin’s Karaoke Bar and Washerette ("Karaoke solo $1.50, duet $4.00"), bringing to play assassination attempts, betrayals and bad plate lunches.

Impact Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
Ching Chong Chinaman
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
September 5 to October 1, 2008

Ching Chong Chinaman

The ultra-assimilated Wong family is as Chinese-American as apple pie: teenager Upton dreams of World of Warcraft superstardom; his sister Desi dreams of early admission to Princeton. Unfortunately, Upton's chores and homework get in the way of his 24/7 videogaming, and Desi's math grades don't fit the Asian-American stereotype. Then Upton comes up with a novel solution for both problems: he acquires a Chinese indentured servant, who harbors an American dream of his own. Skewering every cliché about Asian-American identity, CCC will be directed by former Impact Associate Artistic Director Desdemona Chiang, who is now finishing her directing MFA at the University of Washington.

Performances Thu-Sun, 8pm
At La Val's Subterranean
1834 Euclid, Berkeley, CA
Tickets $10-$17
Pay-What-You-Can first two weekends

More info at

Reviews are here and here.

Rude Guerilla Theatre (Santa Ana, CA)
Helltown Buffet
by Aurelio Locsin
September 12 to October 5, 2008

News story.

San Francisco Opera (San Francisco, CA)
The Bonesetter's Daughter
music by Stewart Wallace
libretto by Amy Tan, from her novel
September 13 to October 3, 2008

Adapted from the best-selling novel by beloved Bay Area author Amy Tan, this world premiere tells a resonant story of belated intergenerational understanding that leads to emotional healing. A troubled Chinese-American woman learns the horrible secrets of her immigrant mother’s past in this touching and terrifying tale, set in both modern-day San Francisco and the Chinese countryside during the tumultuous events surrounding World War II.

Composer Stewart Wallace (Harvey Milk) incorporates the timbres and textures of Chinese music into his highly expressive and lyrical score—an American opera with roots in China. Mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao, the splendid Suzuki in San Francisco Opera’s recent Madama Butterfly, heads the cast of this deeply personal work. Star of the Lincoln Center Festival’s historic production of The Peony Pavilion, Kunju singer Qian Yi has been acclaimed by the The New York Times Magazine as “China’s reigning opera princess.”

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes including one intermission. Sung in English with English supertitles

World Premiere San Francisco Opera Production


Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Under the Porcelain Mask:
Asian American women speak out!
Featuring two one act plays:
Anatomy of a Hmong Girl by May Lee and
Asiamnesia by Sun Mee Chomet
September 13 to October 5, 2008
The Playwright’s Center

See News story.

Porcelain Mask 2

La Mama ETC (New York, NY)
performed by Tommy Lee
September 18 to October 5, 2008

A visionary artist who shadow puppetry (among other techniques), Lee deals with a part of Hawaiian history . The music is compsoed by Yukio Tsuji who is an internationally sought composer with broadway and film credits including M Butterfly and Year of the Dragon.

You can visit for the graphics.

FirstStage (Southern CA)
A Stage Odyssey
New Business
a short play by Felix Racelis
September 18 to 30, 2008

This is part of A STAGE ODYSSEY at FirstStage, on a bill with short plays by Jennifer K. Hugus, Dan Davis, Tom Misuraca, Roger Brookfield and Michael Sadler.

In NEW BUSINESS, two long-standing members of an organization in decline discuss some serious "new business."

Performances are Thursday, Sept. 18; Thursday, Sept. 25; Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30, all at 8pm. Location: 6817 Franklin Ave. (at Highland).

Tickets: $10. Info and reservations: (323) 850-6271.

LATC (Los Angeles, CA)
Ten Year Later. Where the H*ll Have You Been?
written and performed by Amy Hill
September 26 to 28, 2008

Amy Hill's first new solo show in a decade. Ten Years Later - Where the H*ll Have You Been? Solo performer Amy Hill has been MIA. Over the course of the last ten years, she's become a single adoptive mom, survived a brain tumor and made a "big" move next door to a home she had built. She is still moving, a box at a time.

"Three performances only"
What: Performance
Host: The NEW LATC
Start Time: Friday, September 26 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, September 28 at 3:00pm
Where: The NEW LATC
514 S. Sprint Street
Los Angeles, California 90013

Fire Rose Productions (Los Angeles, CA)
Uncommon Threads
by Felix Racelis
Papa's Boy
by Kaz Matamura
Saturday, September 27, 2008

TIME: 7:30 door/8:00 performance
PLACE: Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Uncommon Threads, which won Fire Rose Productions' First Annual Ten-Minute Play Contest
Bill White directs a cast that features Shirley Jackson and Alma Collins.

Wary of a snobbish museum staffer's motives, an African American retiree withdraws her quilt submission until she discovers they have more in common than just their ethnicity.

The evening also features Papa's Boy by Kaz Matamura and short plays by other writers.

Tickets: $22. Evening features a silent auction, sake tasting & more. Proceeds benefit Fire Rose Productions' Youth Ensemble Outreach Programs. Info: 1.877.620.ROSE x707,

Stockton, CA
The Romance of Magno Rubio
by Lonnie Carter
October 4 and 5, 2008

8pm Saturday Oct. 4
2pm Sunday Oct. 5

The entire NYC cast of the Obie-award winning Off-Broadway play, THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO, will come to downtown Stockton in two LMF benefit performances, 8pm, Saturday October 4th and 2pm Sunday, Oct. 5th, at downtown Stockton’s spectacular historic Bob Hope Theatre (formerly the Fox). The play, which is set in the 1930s, is about five Filipino farmworkers struggling to achieve the American Dream as they eke out an existence working in the fields and living in a San Joaquin Delta bunkhouse. This incredible play has been performed all over the world in cities such as Honolulu, NYC, Manila, New Haven and LA — even in Romania — and now, the Little Manila Foundation will bring the play home to Stockton!

Cast members include legendary Filipino actor Bernardo Bernardo, Paolo Montalban, Arthur Acuna, Ramon de Ocampo and Jojo Gonzales as “Magno.”

THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO, written by Lonnie Carter and directed by Loy Arcenas, and produced by the reknowned Ma-Yi Theatre Company of NYC, is based on a short story written by Carlos Bulosan. Bulosan, author of the classic _America Is In the Heart_ (1946), lived in Stockton’s Little Manila periodically from the 1930s until his death in 1956. The play centers around the experiences of five Pinoys who yearn for love, friendship, and hope as they follow crops and work tirelessly in the fields around Stockton and the South Bay Area. And what better month to come to Stockton (the historic heart of Filipino America!) and watch this play but October: Filipino American History Month!

Tickets will go on sale in July at

Tickets: $25-45, with $5 discount for seniors and students.

For more info, go to

Interested in sponsoring the play or advertising in the souvenir program?

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Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
Presented by Tatlo Mestiz@s
BUMALIK: returning, there and here
Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.


And, for youth! , the Asian Arts Initiative has a limited supply of free tickets!, courtesy of Tatlo Mestiz@s. Please contact Sabina Neem at or 215.557.0455 to claim your complimentary ticket.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
$5 to $15 sliding-scale admission
(no one turned away because lack of funds)
The Rotunda, 4012 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 -or- (215) 573 - 3234

Inspired by their most recent travels to the Philippines, three local artist/activists will present new work which explores such questions as, 'Why does one return to the land of their ancestors?' and 'How does one return to their everyday life when the trip is over?' Using a uniquely Pin@y lens, Lovella Calica, L. Capco Lincoln and Michelle Posadas will unpack an evening of film, poetry and performance that weaves together reflections on the intersection of each artist's personal experience, identity, and the current state of their home countries.


SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Mmmmm...A Sampler of 6 Insatiable Plays
October 5, 2008

The SIS Writers Group will present short excerpts from new scripts by local Asian American playwrights on Sunday, October 5 at 4pm at Richard Hugo House.


News story.

First Stage (Los Angeles, CA)
As Straw Before The Wind,
a play by Felix Racelis
October 6, 2008

Nancy Zaman directs a cast that includes Josie Kim, Muni Zano, Alison De La Cruz,
Mari Endo, Bea Silvern and Gregory Lee Kenyon. (An earlier version of the play was entitled Days of Rest.)

A Filipina nurse achieves the American dream, yet fails to escape the trauma of her past.

DATE: Monday, October 6, 2008
TIME: 7:30 pm
PLACE: FirstStage LA, 6817 Franklin Ave. at Highland, Los Angeles
Suggested donation: $10
Info: (323) 850-6271

McCarter Theatre Center (Princeton, NJ)
B.D. Wong Stars in One-Man Musical
B.D. Wong
September 5 to October 12, 2008

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Location: McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ
Tickets: $15–$49
Buy Tickets: Box Office (609) 258-2787 or

A ghost story with a vaudeville twist. A musical with a dash of murder. A one-man tour de force. When 8-year-old George discovers his gift for tap-dancing, everyone wants a piece of him. As the adults around him exploit his talents, George finds himself in a profound supernatural struggle for control over body and soul. Playing all 11 characters in this song-and-dance tale, virtuoso B.D. Wong gives a once-in-a-lifetime performance. With witty lyrics and a tuneful score, this quirky musical is sure to surprise and beguile.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Be Like Water
by Dan Kwong
September 11 to October 12, 2008

East West Players’ world premiere BE LIKE WATER brings Bruce Lee to life on the theatrical stage.

See News story.

Be Like Water

Review here.

TeAda Productions Presents
The Los Angeles Premiere of
Wong Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Written and Performed by Kristina Wong
September 19 to October 5, 2008

See News story.


SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
by Paul Kikuchi
September 21, 28 and October 12, 2008

SIS presents readings of Ixnay by Paul Kikuchi on September 21, 28 & October 12 at 4pm at Richard Hugo House. Raymond Kobayashi awaits his next life at the Reincarnation Station, only to find out he's being sent back again as an Asian American. A comedy about a usually polite Asian causing major havoc when he ixnays his next life. This will be a sneak preview of the new script before its world premiere production at East West Players in Los Angeles in 2009.

National Storytelling Festival (Tennessee)
Brenda Wong Aoki
October 3 to 5, 2008
Hoosier Storytelling Festival
October 8 to 11, 2008

Brenda Wong Aoki storytelling

*Come See her at that National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee Oct. 3-5

*Hoosier Storytelling Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana Oct. 8 – 11

Laugh Factory (Los Angeles, CA)
Third International Sketch Comedy Championships
With 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Project NewSpeak
October 14, 2008



MC'ed by "Greg Brady" from the Brady Bunch!

Competitiors will be:
* 18mmw! (2006 Champions!)
* Project NewSpeak (our pals!)
* Big Dog Eat Child (our pals from Chicago!)
* Stephen-Scott
With a special performance by the Skitsations!

MC'd by BARRY WILLIAMS ("Greg Brady" of the Brady Bunch!)

The event will also benefit the charity FUELED BY THE FALLEN which helps returning war veterans and families

at the World Famous Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Blvd (at Laurel Canyon Blvd!)
Los Angeles, CA
reservations (323) 656-1336 ext.1 or

SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Sex in Seattle, Episode 16
The Space In Between
September 19 to October 18, 2008

EPisode 16

Pangea World Theater (Minneapolis, MN)
The Chairs
by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee
October 2 to 19, 2008

In a lighthouse on the edge of civilization an old man and an old woman are waiting passing their time with private games and half remembered stories. They make preparations for a grand party, during which the old man intends to deliver a message that will shake the foundations of the world. What will his message be? As their guests slowly begin to arrive, it is clear that everything is not as it seems... An absurdist masterpiece by Ionesco, The Chairs features Twin Cities favorites, Richard Ooms and Claudia Wilkins, and special guest Alberto Panelli.

When: October 2-19, 7:30pm Thursdays - Fridays
Where: Pangea World Theater Studio
711 West Lake Street Suite 101
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tickets: $15, $10 students/seniors
Box office number: 612-203-1088

Silk Road Theatre (Chicago, IL)
by Philip Kan Gotanda
September 18 to November 2, 2008

Sumi, a divorced Japanese woman, and James, an African American GI, meet in post-World War II Japan, fall in love, and marry. Nearly four decades later, now living in a quiet Los Angeles suburb, their seemingly durable marriage, tempered by years of fighting prejudice together, is threatened as Sumi decides James must move out of their house and begin dating her. More than a study of clashing cultures, Yohen is an intimately observed, poetically resonant story of two longtime partners who discover that the person one perceives in a new culture is not necessarily the person "left behind" in one's own.


eyeBLINK (New York, NY)
The Women Of The Mahabharata
by Wallace Dorian
October 9 - 26, 2008

eyeBLINK is pleased to announce The Women Of The Mahabharata a world premiere adaptation by WALLACE DORIAN, directed by JONATHAN WARMAN and choreographed by DINA DENIS DANCE. The production opens Thursday, October 9th at 8 p.m., and continues Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m., through Sunday, October 26th. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or or at 800.838.3006 from September 2nd. ROY ARIAS THEATRE 2 is located at 616 Ninth Avenue, between 43rd and 44th Streets. For more information, please visit

eyeBLINK's new multiculturally cast project The Women Of The Mahabharatais a new play based on an epic war, spanning back to India, 5000 years ago. Fought between two sets of cousins for a kingdom and a beautiful woman, this play grapples with justice and righteousness vs. fraternal loyalty and and social bonds. It examines how the human spirit overcomes adversity and heals deep wounds. Actresses live the story, dancers add to the emotions through modern and South Asian fusion dance, live sitar music sets the tone, and multi-media sets the atmosphere.

eyeBLINK is sponsoring tickets for non-profit organizations that provide services to people who are underprivileged. We are donating 100 tickets a week so that children and adults can enjoy this inspirational, exciting show! Please help up meet our goal by donating money towards these tickets! Get involved in your community! Every $1 helps! Donate today! At

Tickets are being donated to organizations including Volunteers in Protective Services, Big brothers Big Sisters NYC, The Salvation Army Church (Manhattan Citadel), Valley Stream Association of Girl Scouts, Manhattan Love Kitchen, George Daly House, St. Paul's House and NYC Rescue Mission.


HERE Theatre (New York, NY)
Lee/gendary, presented by HERE Theatre
Created and performed by SOOMI KIM
Written by Derek Nguyen
October 14 to 30, 2008

When Bruce Lee was born, his mother gave him a girl’s name to disguise him from evil spirits. When actor/performing artist Soomi Kim learned this surprising fact, she felt destined to create a theatre performance inhabiting the incomparable martial arts superstar.

Set in the inner landscape of Bruce Lee’s mind the moment he died in 1973, Lee/gendary is a theatrical deconstruction of an icon; a spiritual and psychological examination of Lee’s life from birth to death. This unique gender-bending theatre performance fluidly integrates text, live original music, video and an explosive hybrid of martial arts and dance.

See News story.

My Theatre Company Society (Vancouver, BC)
A Beautiful Woman is an Unfortunate Life
written by William Maranada
October 22 to 26, 2008

A comedy done with a Chinese style flair dealing with the traditional Chinese thought that beauty can be a hindrance to a happy life. The five characters portrayed have their own interests in serving the needs of love.

When: 8pm Oct 22-26
Where: Studio 320, 440 West Hastings
How much: $15 tickets sold at door

American Musical Theatre (San Jose, CA)
Flower Drum Song
book by David Henry Hwang
music by Rodgers & Hammerstein
October 24 to November 9, 2008

Citadel Theatre (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
The Forbidden Phoenix
Book and Lyrics by MARTY CHAN
Lyrics and Music by ROBERT WALSH
Directed by RON JENKINS
October 25 to November 9, 2008

Shoctor Theatre
In partnership with the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Toronto
A Citadel World Premiere Presentation
Study Guide
This fascinating new play by Marty Chan and Robert Walsh is loosely based on the experience of the Chinese immigrants brought to Canada to work on the railroad in the 1800s. The enthralling story weaves together elements of history, diversity and environmentalism.

Sun Wukong is the Monkey King, torn from his son Laosan and exiled to the west after displeasing the almighty Empress Dowager. Forced to work for the mighty Horne in Terminal City, he sets off to make his fortune. He need only conquer Gold Mountain and free the Iron Dragon to realize his dream of being reunited with his son.

This enthralling fable is a fusion of Peking Opera, martial arts, acrobatics and “western” musical theatre. This powerful story of a father’s sacrifice to provide for his family will stay with you always.

2g Productions (New York, NY)
The Rise and Fall of the United States of Asian America
by Dustin Chinn
October 27, 2008

Directed by RALPH B. PENA.
Performing at the Producers Club Grand Theater on October 27, 2008.

Michi Barall, JP Chan, Jackie Chung, Joel de la Fuente, Jojo Gonzales, Sanjiv Jhaveri, Jodi Lin, Eugene Oh, Matthew Park, Dan Rech, Gita Reddy and more to be announced.

After an earthquake levels San Francisco, a clandestine organization sends the Bay Area's Asian Americans north of the Canadian border. When the newly minted refugee government declares independence, all stupidity breaks loose.

The Producers Club - Grand Theater
358 W. 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
between 8th and 9th Avenue

Monday, October 27
Tuesday, October 28

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East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Writer’s Gallery: Sneak Preview
A Reading of East West Players' Upcoming Production
By Paul Kikuchi
Directed by Jeff Liu
October 30, 2008

Written by EWP’s David Henry Hwang Writers Institute alum Paul Kikuchi, IXNAY centers around Raymond Kobayashi who is in the prime of his sansei life when he is pulled up to the Reincarnation Station. But when he finds out he's being sent back as a Japanese American he refuses, which rudely prevents anyone else from returning to earth as scheduled. A comedy about a usually polite Asian causing major havoc when he ixnays his next life.

DAY + DATE: Thursday, October 30, 2008
TIME: 7:30 PM
VENUE: Democracy Forum – National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 N. Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

DramaWest (Los Angeles, CA)
New Business
by Felix Racelis
November 1, 2008

TIME: 2 pm
PLACE: Edendale Library, 2011 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

Two members of a group in decline discuss momentous new business. Brandon Harrison directs Randy Roberts and Jace Kent.

Also on the bill are short plays by Diane Grant, Barbara Krupa, Kuang Lee, Julio Martinez and John Lane.

A.N.T. Fest (New York, NY)
As the Arrow Flies
by Esther Chae
November 3, 2008

Award winning Los Angeles-based writer/performer Esther K. Chae brings her acclaimed solo show to the A.N.T. Festival at Ars Nova on Monday November 3, at 8:00pm. The first ever A.N.T. Fest is a six-week experience showcasing fresh material from today's most daring emerging artists. Chae blazes the way with a dynamic new voice in solo performance. Visit and for further details.

So the Arrow Flies describes the whirlwind journey of four women: Catherine, an exiled North Korean National Actor who works as an intelligence asset for South Korea and the FBI – and may be a double agent for North Korea; FBI Agent Park, who follows suspicious evidence of Catherine's activities but may be motivated more by her Korean-American cultural identity than by procedure; Catherine's 12 year-old daughter Mina, a precocious young girl caught in the crossfire; and Agent Park's elderly mother Mrs. Park, whose trenchant observations about life and national follies draw upon her memories of the Korean war.

With only a turn on a chair, Chae illumines their fears, hopes, and regrets to explore the ramifications of the War On Terror. So the Arrow Flies touches on post-9/11 themes of conflicting ideologies, the sanction of torture, national identity and allegiance, and how changing political tides affect the family.

Where: Ars Nova, 511 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
When: Monday, November 3, 2008 @ 8pm One night only.
Tickets: All tickets are $10. Visit to purchase.

Cold Tofu (Los Angeles, CA)
Edamame Nights
November 6, 2008

It's a special performance of COLD TOFU's long form improv show, Edamame Nights. Join the cast of COLD TOFU at the Edamame Lounge as they improvise scenes and songs to create a complete 40-minute show! A headline lounge singer will thrill you with (made up) songs that you know and love, while the lives of the Edamame Lounge patrons unfold before your very eyes and in their own (improvised) karaoke favorites.

National Center for the Preservation of Democracy

111 N. Central Avenue

Little Tokyo (next to the Japanese American National Museum)

For more information, please visit

Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
SHADOWS of WAR: The Lopez Family in the Philippines 1901

Thursday, November 6th @ 7pm

Presidio Officer's Club
50 Moraga Avenue - the Presidio, San Francisco
This event is FREE!!
Based on actual documented letters of the Lopez Family written during the Philippine-American war, this dramatic production will incorporate animation, shadow play, live music, and theater actors against a backdrop of historical photos to tell the story of a family's conflict and dissent during the horrors of a war against imperial colonization of their homeland. Check out the website: calendar/war.htm

Live Girls (Seattle, WA)
Love Person
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Joy Brooke Fairfield and Dawn Stoyanoff
October 24 to November 22, 2008

Love Person

Friday and Saturday Nights at 8pm * Sat afternoons at 4pm
Special Monday PWYC show Nov 17th at 8pm
All Shows at Live Girls! theater in Ballard 2220 NW Market Lower Level

Tickets prices for 8pm Shows- $15 General * $12 Student/Senior
Saturday 4pm shows- HAPPY HOUR All tickets $7 (and $1 PBR at the bar)
Under 18 $5 with ID to any performance
Advance tickets at- 1-800-838-3006
Can you ever truly express love through language?

Can words in any language bridge the gap between two people?

Love Person tackles these questions with a complex and beautiful story that challenges perceptions of how language shapes our fundamental understanding of the world. A love story layered with mistaken identities and miscommunications becomes a "love mystery" that reaches beyond conventional ideas of attraction and sexual orientation. Told in three languages, English, Sanskrit and American Sign Language, Love Person is accessible to both hearing and Deaf audiences through interpretation and projections that are incorporated directly into the play.
" "Love Person" is a fascinating brew of emotion, wit and intellect" a "smart and insightful work"… Minneapolis Star Tribune

This unique and exciting new play by Aditi Brennan Kapil just finished a rolling premiere across the country sponsored by the National New Play Network, and Live Girls! is pleased to be honored with the Northwest Premiere. This production is co-directed by Joy Brooke Fairfield and Dawn Stoyanoff. It features Agastya Kohli, Kelly Johnson, Kim Nungesser and Lisa Reynolds. The production team includes James Frounfelter, Elena Hartwell, Meggan Davis, Jason Gorgen, Beth Hersh, Jen Hurlbert, Joe Moore, Nikki Przasnyski, and Chrystian Shepperd.

Live Girls! is dedicated to producing and developing new work by women since 1999. It is a program of The Shunpike.

Rolling the R's

(L to R) Jason Kanda, Maila P. Roncero, and M.J. Gonzalvo recall "Charlie's Angeles" in Rolling the R's.

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Rolling The Rs
by R. Zamora Linmark
October 30 to November 20, 2008

Edgar Ramirez, a Kalihi teenager "who looks like a Filipino John Travolta," knows that he is gay and isn't bothered by his schoolmates' taunts. Rolling the Rs is a play set in the disco years of the '80s, when high school students hung posters of Scott Baio, Shaun Cassidy and Leif Garrett, listened to Peaches and Herb, read Sixteen and Teen Beat magazines, and struggled with their identities as defined by ethnicity, nationality and sexual orientation. Edgar and his friends Katrina and Vicente exchange words with their classmates, dance, sing and experiment with sex in a free-floating, surrealistic story punctuated by the disciplinary voice of the schoolteacher, Mrs. Takemoto, and the judgmental gossip of Philippine-born and raised friends Mrs. Kayabyab and Mrs. Arayat. A Kumu Kahua world premiere.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm

See News story.

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (Los Angeles)
LA Comedy Festival
November 7 and 18, 2008

NOVEMBER 7 and 18

18mmw will perform TWO SHOWS ONLY. NOTE: the format of the LA Comedy Festival is a 90 minute show with about 3 acts. Each act will perform a 30 minute set. 18mmw will perform an ALL NEW 30 minute set for the festival.

The Art/Works Theatre
6569 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(between Hudson and Seward)

Tickets: $10 all shows
$ 5 The Hour of Power, Your Girlfriend, Small Gravy (and FREE with the purchase of any other festival show at full price) $40 five show pass (limited number available, non transferable, good for any show, but reservations should be made so they won't be left out of a sold out show)


Friday, November 7 8:00pm
Paul Strolli
Molly Harper
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (ALL NEW MATERIAL)

Tuesday, November 18 9:30
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (ALL NEW MATERIAL!)
Jen McPherson
Sunshine N Pancakes

Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
I __ NY
November 7 to 23, 2008

I __ NYDO YOU ___ NY? Then you can't miss this show! Spread the word!

The nation's premier Asian American theater company celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season with a new work from the Obie-winning creators of The Romance of Magno Rubio.

By Loy Arcenas, Lonnie Carter, Ralph B. Peña with contributions from Cindy Cheung, Jennifer Ikeda, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Alfredo Narciso, Debargo Sanyal, and James Yaegashi.

A dynamic collaboration among the MAGNO RUBIO creators with exciting contributions from the cast and crew, I __ NY is a daring exploration of some of the finest, brightest, heartbreakingest and funniest New Yorkers, some born and bred, some newly arrived, some fresh of Cathay Pacific. In English with bursts of Bengali, Japanese, Mandarin and Espagnyol, I __ NY is a special mosaic of New Yorkers you rarely, if ever, see on our stages. Not to be missed.

Cindy Cheung, Jennifer Ikeda, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Alfredo Narciso, Debargo Sanyal, and James Yaegashi.

Production Stage Manager: Winnie Lok; Assistant Stage Manager: Danielle Buccino

Directed by Loy Arcenas

Venue: TADA! Theater
15 West 28th Street
(between 5th Ave. and Broadway)

Dates: Nov. 7 - 23, 2008
Time: Wed-Sat @8PM, Sun @ 3PM

To buy tickets: Call (212) 971-4862 or visit

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)
A reading of the epic science fiction comedy
Fight Girl Battle World
Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Jeff Liu
November 11, 2008

Featuring: Vic Chao, Cesar Cipriano, Prince Gomolvilas, Elizabeth Ho, Tohoru Masamune, Rachel Morihiro, Alden Ray, Linda Shing and Ryan Wilkins

E-V, the last human female in the universe, is rescued from Battle World by the renegade General D’Ahn and his trusty pilot, J’an Jah.  Together they embark on a search for the last human male, Adon-Ra, a revolutionary who happens to be J’an Jah’s ex-husband.  Trailing them is the bounty hunter Mikah Monoch, sent by the ruthless President Ya-Wi.  Will E-V and Adon-Ra be able to unite and save the human race?  Or will Ya-Wi’s empire hold sway?

TUES, November 11, 2008

1111-B W. Olive St.
Burbank, CA 91506
(inside George Izay Park, just west of S. Victory Blvd.)

FREE ADMISSION (but donations gladly accepted and encouraged).

FREE PARKING: Park near the jet plane in front of George Izay Park at 1111 W. Olive St.  Walk into the park, past Olive Recreation Center.  GTC Burbank is behind the Rec. Center, facing the softball fields.

NO RSVPS required, however, please arrive at least ten minutes before curtain for seating (which is limited and on a first-come basis).

fu-GEN (Toronto, Canada)
Banana Boys
by Leon Aureus
November 12 to 21, 2008

Banana Boys is a smart, contemporary and wickedly funny play about five young Asian-Canadian men wrestling with issues of race, identity and the death of a friend. It is one story, fragmented into five and reconstructed throughout the course of their lives. Adapted from the novel by Terry Woo, Banana Boys is a “meditation for the restless” and a call to anyone who has felt out of place in the world.

Teada (Southern CA)
Farid Mercury
written and performed by Robert Karimi
November 14 to 15, 2008

See News story.

re: Location

Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
The Asian Arts Initiative 2008 Artists Exchange
Open Mic & Living Archives Launch Party
Friday, November 14th, 7:30 pm
$5-10 sliding scale tickets (reception included)

Celebrate the launch of our Living Archives website featuring oral histories of 15 artists reflecting on the power of art to make community change. Plus a chance to step into the spotlight on our new stage with poetry, music, dance, and more!

Los Angeles Theater Center
by Dan Kwong
Nomember 14 and 15, 2008

IT’S GREAT 2B AMERICAN is a funny, fierce, highly-political piece inspired by Kwong's travels in Asia. Equal parts documentary travelogue, satirical dance review, irreverent history lesson and poignant personal storytelling, IG2BA is a darkly humorous search for an American identity beyond arrogance, denial or guilt. Packed with eye-popping video clips, dynamic physicality, and stories that are as funny as they are disturbing!

IG2BA is a timely and hard-hitting work that speaks to America’s place in the world -- its checkered past, troubled present, and hopeful future.

To see some video clips from the show:

This show is rated PG-13 for adult subject matter, frequent profanity, some violent imagery, and one photo of George W. Bush.


LATC Theater #2
514 S. Spring Street (between 5th and 6th)
L.A. 90013

Fri & Sat Nov. 14, 15 at 8PM
Sun Nov. 16 at 3PM

$35 adults / $15 students, seniors
(213) 489-0994

Insatiable 3

SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
Insatiable: Seattle's 3rd Annual Asian American Playwrights' Festival
November 15, 2008

Don't miss this day-long festival of new script readings by local Asian American playwrights on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at Prima Vera Arts Center. See News.

Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company
ReVamped: Seventies Soul
November 17, 2008

Seven of NYC's hottest downtown playmakers dial it back old-school for Vampire Cowboys' annual bash, REVAMPED: SEVENTIES SOUL. And we are servig it all up with some free wine and beer, so don't miss out on these superfly, all-new ten-minute plays by:

  • Raul Castillo (member LAByrinth Theater Company & Public Theater Writer's Group)
  • Carla Ching (member Ma-Yi Writers Lab & Women's Project Lab)
  • Matthew Freeman (associate artist Blue Coyote Theater Group)
  • Graeme Gillis (Co-Artistic Director Youngblood & member Ensemble Studio Theatre)
  • Jeff Lewonczyk (Co-Artistic Director Piper McKenzie Productions & Associate Artistic Director Brick Theater)
  • Rob Neill (member NY NeoFuturists)
  • Lloyd Suh (Artistic Director 2G & Co-Director Ma-Yi Writers Lab)

Come kick back with some of our free Brooklyn Brewery brews and enjoy the pimp-a-licious stylings of these new works and some Vampire Cowboys surprises too! Can you dig it?

Monday, November 17th at 8:30pm
at HERE Arts Center Mainstage
145 6th Ave. (between Spring & Broome, enter on Dominick)

includes free wine and beer along with the show.

SALAAM 3rd Mondays (New York, NY)
Geeta Citygirl, Artistic Director
invites you to a reading of a new play.
I Am the Chicken Man, Cluck
Written by Lisa Kohn
Directed by Isaac Byrne
November 17, 2008

CAST: Meetu Chilana, Sarita Choudhury*, Ranjit Chowdhry*, Nell Mooney*, Brian Seibert and Taniya Sen.

SYNOPSIS: A 29 year-old Harvard graduate has squandered his adult life and is now employed as a dancing chicken man at a fast food restaurant. In a misguided attempt to save his boss' brilliant, 17 year-old, Indian daughter from a similar fate, he helps her get a publishing contract, but, inadvertently, pushes her to plagiarize her book.

NOTE: This piece, though completely fictional, was inspired by the story of Kaavya Viswanathan – a Harvard student who was actually accused of plagiarizing her debut novel.

Post-reading discussion moderated by Sharbari Ahmed.

Welcome and Introduction by Taniya Sen.

Gorilla Tango (Chicago, IL)
Putman Transit
A short play by Duane Kim Baldwin
Wednesday and Thursday, November 19 and 20

8 pm
Gorilla Tango Theatre
1919 N Milwaukee Ave

Tickets: $10 (general admission)
For advance purchase, call 773 598 4549

When two adopted brothers living very different lives reunite after years of estrangement, what starts out as an awkward meeting soon turns into a life-changing experience for the both of them.

Written and directed by Duane Kim Badwin

Featuring: Nadia Anwar, Leo Mendoza, and Cary Shoda

WHere There's a Will

GENseng (Geneseo, NY)
Where There's a Will
by Mahesh Dattani
November 20 to 22, 2008 

Geneseo's Asian American Performance Ensemble launches its ninth consecutive year of production with its first South Asian play, Mahesh Dattani's comedy about the patriarch of an Indian family who learns all too late that he lived his life in vain, Where There's a Will.  Black Box Theatre on the SUNY Geneseo campus.  Randy Barbara Kaplan, dir.  Thursday November 20 @  7 pm, Friday November 21@ 4 pm, Saturday November 22 @ 2 pm.  Tickets $6.00.  585-245-5833 or contact Kaplan directly

Rasik Arts (Toronto, Canada)
Margaret in Search of Herself
A new play by Janice Goveas
Friday, November 21 at 7pm
Palmerston Library Theatre (560 Palmerston Ave)
Admission: PWYC

Edgy and filled with dark and at times wacky humour, "Margaret in Search of Herself" is the story of a young Catholic South Asian Canadian woman's complicated journey into womanhood against the backdrop of the expectations of her immigrant parents. The play, however, attempts to move past the cliché construct in which the sexual liberalism of North American culture clashes with the sexual conservatism of South Asian culture. It touches on some of the deeper dilemmas involved in the journey into womanhood, transcending the specificity of South Asian culture. Janice Goveas is a playwright and fiction writer, and currently Artist in Residence at Rasik Arts. Her plays have been staged in the US and Canada, and will be published in a collection by In Our Words Press in early 2009. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. Reading Janice’s new script on November 21 will be Gita Ramchandani, BSN Rao, Hart Massey, Layanti Banerjee, Seema Sabnani, Charles-Henry Joseph, and Gabriel Grey.

UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
a new work-in-progress
by Denise Uyehara
in collaboration with Sri Susilowati
Friday, Nov. 21, 2008

TIME: 10:30am - 11:15am
LOCATION: Royce Hall, room 314
with post showing discussion with Daphne Lei
as part of the Actions of Transfer: Women's Performance in the Americas
Presented by The UCLA Center for Performance Studies

About Pageantry: In the late 1930s renowned Hollywood choreographer Michio Ito formed a dance troupe of young women. He taught them dances from Indonesia, Thailand, China and Japan, but their plans to tour the U.S. were disrupted when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The U.S. government sent many of his dancers to the Japanese American internment camps. After the war some of his students found jobs dancing in nightclubs that catered to white America's fascination with the exotic oriental woman. In this interdisciplinary work Indonesian dance collides with film noir, while tracking the (in)visibility of pan-Asian dance hall girls.
With video design by Adam Cooper-Teran.

Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Mu Daiko at the Ritz ‘08
November 14 to 23, 2008
The Ritz Theater

Pangea World Theater and Intermedia Arts present:
Indigenous Voices Series
I Land
Written and performed by: Keo Woolford
Directed by: Roberta Uno
November 20 to 22, 2008

Click here to see a trailor of I Land

Date: November 20 - 22, 2008 (Thursday - Saturday)
Time: 7:30PM
Venue: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN
Tickets: $12 (group, student, senior, Intermedia Arts member discounts available)
Box Office: 612-871-4444

Asian American Writers Alliance
Ma-Yi Theatre (New York, NY)
An Evening with the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab
Thursday, December 4, 7pm

Come for an exciting night of eleven short plays--all written between Thanksgiving and December 3rd just for you! The Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab have commissioned eleven Asian American playwrights to write short one-act plays using titles from the Workshop's library for inspiration.

Join the following members of Ma Yi, the largest collection of Asian American playwrights ever assembled, for an unpredictable night of theater: A. Rey Pamatmat, Nora Chau, Nandita Shenoy, Dustin Chinn, Eugene Oh, Mrinalini Kamath, Lloyd Suh, Qui Nguyen, Michi Barall, Patricia Jang and Jon Kern.

@ The Workshop
16 West 32nd Street (between Broadway & 5th Avenue)
10th Floor
New York City

Pangea World Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Diverse Stages
December 4, 2008–December 6, 2008, 7:00 PM

Pangea World Theater Studio
711 West Lake St (Calhoun Building) – Minneapolis

Diverse Stages is a collaborative piece with Pangea and Southwest High School on the changing mindset of the world. Capitalizing on differences, and human qualities - fitting gracefully together - but still embracing the individual qualities that diversity itself encompasses. Several pieces - from traditional theater and musical dance to the avant-garde video are presented in a performance that is not only barrier breaking, but entertaining and moving. For more information on Diverse Stages click here

Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
Re:location Performance Showcase
Friday, December 5th, 7:30 pm

$8-15 sliding scale tickets

Highlighting new work by the 2008 Artists Exchange participants: Sham-e-Ali al-Jamil, Tomie Arai, Kay Ulanday Barrett, bex*, Rodney Camarce, Sannii Crespina-Flores, Misia Denéa, J. Mason, Michelle Myers, Anula Shetty, Sue Jin Song, Anastasia Wong.

re: Location

Shogun Macbeth I

Pan Asian Repetory (New York, NY)
Shogun Macbeth
November 4 to December 7, 2008

Shogun Macbeth B

Projekt New Speak (Los Angeles, CA)
The Sketch Comedy Show
Deember 5 and 6, 2008

KIWA Cultural Center
3471 W. 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005

See News story.

Theatre Rice (UC Berkeley)
Batteries Included
December 5 and 6, 2008

Oh, those Cal weenies are at it again. UC Berkeley's Asian American Theatre group presents two evenings of original work. The charity for this show (about 50% of the show proceeds will go to charity) is Hyphen Magazine.

UCLA Department of Theater and
The New LATC
English Only
a new play by Annette Lee
directed by Richard Martinez
December 5 to 7, 2008

In 1986, the small suburban city of Monterey Park, outside downtown Los Angeles, opposed a sudden influx of new Chinese residents by declaring English the official language of the city. Revisit a world of big hair, shoulder pads, and prom dresses through the eyes of 17 year-old Scarlett Wong as she explores what's going on at City Hall.
A play examining race, culture, and the English Only referendum in Monterey Park, California.

Friday, December 5, 2008 at 8:00pm
Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 8:00pm
Sunday, December 7, 2008 at 3:00pm

Tickets $10-12
at The New LATC
514 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 489 0994 x135

Barnes & Noble at the Grove (Los Angeles, CA)
Bookfair for East West Players
December 6, 2008

Barnes & Noble at the Grove is happy to host a Bookfair supporting the East West Players on Saturday, December 6.  Just shop at our store this day, let the cashiers know you're shopping for the East West Players, and we'll donate a percentage of your total net sales amount to support the west coast's premier Asian-American theatrical group.

In conjunction with this event, the East West Players will present the panel discussion "Beyond Brains or Boobs:  Beauty in Asia-America 2.0" at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble.  This panel will feature JEN WANG and DIANA NGUYEN of and PHIL YEW of   

Please call Barnes & Noble Community Relations Manager Matt Lohr at 323-525-0366 with any questions.

The East West Players Bookfair code number is 388900.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Triumvirate Pi Theatre
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles)
The Pink Dress
Saturday, Dec 6, 2008
2 pm

The Pink Dress is based on an actual episode from the Maruyama family's history in the Amache Concentration Camp. Faced with wearing the required drab uniform, Tsuki decides to wear her sister's pink dress to her junior high school graduation to prove she is not "an ant," but an individual.

This poignant puppet theater piece, currently touring to LA County schools under the auspices of the Music Center, addresses complex issues of individuality, nonconformity, and the concentration camps in a way accessible for elementary grade youngsters. The 45-minute show features original music and various forms of puppetry and has been
performed for children K-12.

Presented by . $6 for children under 12 and
National Museum members and $12 for non-members.

Silk Road Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Al Kasida Staged Reading Series Proudly Presents
Into the Numbers
by Christopher Chen
December 6 and 7, 2008

The Al Kasida Staged Reading Series is Sponsored by A Play About Iris Chang

Directed by Joanie Schultz

Featuring Brent Barnes, Yosh Hayashi, Erik Kaiko, Devorah Richards, and Jennifer Shin as Iris Chang

In 2004, Iris Chang, famed author of The Rape of Nanking, a chronicle of one of the worst atrocities of the 20th Century, committed suicide at the age of 36. Structured as an interview gone awry, Into the Numbers explores the philosophical and psychological implications of researching genocide, as well as the toll media saturation plays in the process. What begins as a standard lecture and interview soon descends into a surreal nightmare. Ghosts from Chang's research appear and characters shift personas, as the celebrated author tries desperately to find order in the midst of mental chaos.

WHERE: Silk Road Theatre Project at
The Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 West Washington Street, Pierce Hall

WHEN: Saturday, December 6 at 8pm and Sunday, December 7 at 1pm.

COST: Free and open to the public.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations strongly recommended. Please call the box office at 312-857-1234 ext. 201 or email us at Be sure and mention the date you wish to attend and the number of seats you'd like to reserve.


Christopher Chen is a resident playwright at the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. His play Into the Numbers was presented at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Lark and hotINK in New York, and Theatre Mu in Minneapolis, and won a Ford Foundation Emerging Writers of Color Grant. Other plays include Anomienaulis (S.F. State Greenhouse) and Maya (Asian American Theatre Company). His current project is The Window Age, to be produced at Central Works in Berkeley in 2009.

Silk Road Theatre Project's Al Kasida Staged Reading Series is Chicagoland's first and only staged reading series dedicated to plays featuring characters of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean backgrounds.

In Arabic, "al kasida" means "the ode." The word is meant to evoke the rich tradition of storytelling and epic poetry in the lands of the Silk Road. Just as written and oral narratives helped convey the cultural and historical realities of antiquity, Al Kasida Staged Reading Series promises to illuminate for Chicago audiences the contemporary realities of communities that are as vast and diverse as they are misunderstood.

To reserve tickets, email or call 312-857-1234, ext. 201.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
Voices from Okinawa
by Jon Shirota
December 10, 2008

A reading directed by Regge Life
With Calvin Ahn, Claro Austria, Chris Doi, Nadia Gan, Akiko Hiroshima, Yoko Hyun, Karen Tsen Lee and Ken Park

Followed by Q&A and wine and nosh in lobby

$10 Suggested Donation for each reading, collected at the door

To RSVP please email
Or call 212/868-4030

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (Los Angeles, CA)
Lodestone After Dark: The Beginning of the End
December 11 to 14, 2008:

Hosted by:
Dec 11: GEDDE WATANABE (Sixteen Candles' Long Duk Dong) & ERIN QUILL (Avenue Q)
Dec 12-14: ALEC MAPA (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives)

Lodestone After Dark: The Beginning of the End is a cabaret-style show which will feature comedy sketches and musical numbers to celebrate Lodestone’s ten years and launch the company’s final season of shows before it closes its doors at the end of 2009. Come join us for an outrageous, festive and raunchy celebration of our past, present and future!

Join your Lodestone favorites and our special celebrity guests who will be making appearances during the run of the show including: JOHN CHO (Harold and Kumar, Star Trek), JAMES K. LEE (Heroes), GEORGE TAKEI (Star Trek), KABA MODERN'S YURI TAG & FYSH N' CHICKS' TAEKO COLLINS (America’s Top Dance Crew), members of the Asian American comedy groups the 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS, OPM, COLD TOFU & many other surprises. You never know who will stop by on any given night of the run!
(NOTE: Some guest artists will appear only on select evenings & all appearances subject to artists’ availability)

Directed by Henry Chan, Chil Kong & Alberto Isaac
Produced by Junko Goda, Michael Hornbuckle, Nic Cha Kim, Rosa Kwon & Amelia Worfolk
Written by Prince Gomovilas, Michael Hornbuckle, Charles Kim, Nic Cha Kim, Annette Lee, Tim Lounibos, Alec Mapa, Erin Quill, Judy Soo Hoo & Peter J. Wong

December 11-14

General Admission: $15
Students/Seniors/Groups of 10+: $12
Pay by cash or check only at the door

1111-B W. Olive St.
Burbank, CA 91506
(inside George Izay Park, just west of S. Victory Blvd.)

FREE PARKING: Park near the jet plane in front of George Izay Park at 1111 W. Olive St.  Walk into the park, past Olive Recreation Center.  GTC Burbank is behind the Rec. Center, facing the softball fields.

RSVPS strongly recommended: (323) 993-7245


For more info. about Lodestone:

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York, NY)
Daphne Does Dim Sum
By Eugenie Chan
Directed by Ron Nakahara

With Wai Ching Ho, Glenn Kubota, Bea Soong and Henry Yuk

Followed by Holiday Party in lobby

$10 Suggested Donation for each reading, collected at the door

To RSVP please email
Or call 212/868-4030

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Tis the Season
with the Three Filipino Tenors
December 12 to 15, 20008

See News story.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Fall 2008 Reading Series
December 6 to December 17, 2008

FALL 2008 Reading Series
David Henry Hwang Writers Institute New Works Festival
Workshop Leader: Prince Gomolvillas
Fifteen Works In Progress from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at EAST WEST PLAYERS

120 North Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 ~ ph. 213.625.7000
$5 Suggested Donation

Questions? Contact Literary Manager Jeff Liu at or get more information at
The David Henry Hwang Writers Institute is supported in part by the James Irvine Foundation.

Saturday, December 6 @ 1pm
The Apple Of Our Eyes by Vincent Gabucan
Four friends in San Francisco's Chinatown during the years following the Chinese Exclusion Act. Are they destined to live in a state of sexual and social limbo?

Ella In The White House by Steven Tran
After the brutal slaying of the President by his Vice President and First Lady, the first daughter, Ella, has disappeared. Held captive in the basement of the White House, Ella faithfully awaits the day when her father's murder will be avenged. Adapted from the Greek tale of Electra.

Sunday, December 7 @ 6pm
Bronzeville by Tim Toyama and Aaron Woolfolk
World War II. Little Tokyo -- the Japanese Americans have been moved out to internment camps. African Americans have moved in and a family discovers a young Japanese American hiding. Do they help him? Or betray him?

Craigslist Chronicles by Edward Gunawan
We search but do we even know what we're looking for? This collection of six short plays offers glimpses of the people behind the online ads, headline titles and posted pictures, navigating through our post-modern cyber world of limitless choices and instant gratification.

Monday, December 8 @ 7:30pm
The Long Arm Of Stanley Matsui by Paul Kikuchi
As an official for a local basketball organization, young Stanley Matsui is assigned to monitor a group of rowdy parents and family members of the 7th grade girls Tsunami Ladybugs. A comedy where there's more action in the bleachers than on the court.

Tendo: The Musical by Howard Ho
The early days of the Japanese video game company Tendo, whose dream-like creations fly off the shelves. When the company heirs come to America, will their inventions click? Will they overcome Congressmen, Movie Moguls, and rival company Taro? Along the way, they must learn to tell their own story and make something great.

Tuesday, December 9 @ 7:30pm
Painting By Numbers by Leslie Ishii and Karen Samski
Inspired by Jane Austen's "Persuasion"
Returning to her childhood home in Seattle, Kit Yamamoto is at a crossroads between the influences of family obligation, the legacy of cultural traditions, and her heart's true desire. Will she betray her heart, or set herself free to follow her destiny?

Lito Loves Buck by Jennifer Almiron
The sun sets, night presses in--and two boys miss the bus home from Model U.N. In the "crackle-pop" of a night in the wilderness, the boys rise to the challenge of darkness. War games, gunshots, and strange preteen urges go bump in the night.

Wednesday, December 10 @ 7:30pm
Left Unsaid By Serena Lin
Sonia's family and beloved community crumbles under the weight of intrigue, violence, and racial tension under the new moon of Ramadan. This is a story about one woman coming outside in a Los Angeles neighborhood and all we can never say, but long to say anyway.

Lloyd's Keys by Andrea Apuy Cheng
Sometimes you gotta be an asshole. On the last day Lloyd can take his Board exams, everything that can go wrong will. Will he pass or will he just pass gas?

Sunday, December 14 @ 6pm
Above The Call: Best Damn Soldier by Walter Morita
In 1943, less than two years after Pearl Harbor, five young Nisei men meet in an U.S. Army barrack in Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

The Flower And The Firefly by Rebecca Baroma
Zenith is orphaned, adopted by her aunt and uncle in the United States and forced to live with her uber-Americanized cousin, Amy. Cousins/sisters revisit each other throughout their lives, as time starts in the future and ends in the past.

Monday, December 15 @ 7:30pm
Space. Race. by Christopher Fong
American, Chinese, and European astronauts onboard the International Space Station survive a terrorist attack, only to find that they are left with a broken radio, a gun, and the final cure to a previously unknown disease: race.

The Amazing Wedding Race by Peter J. Kuo
Bridezilla and Will & Grace collide in this farcical comedy, where nobody truly knows what's going on except for the audience...well most of the time.

Wednesday, December 17 @ 7:30pm
Novenas by Vanessa Tamayo
The Manong generation is dying, and prayers for the dead seem to line up night after night. Set against the rituals of Filipino grandmothers in mourning, a daughter returns to care for her dying father in the community that she destroyed.

Stir-Friday Night (Chicago, IL)
Stir fry and salsa please!
December 17, 2008

"Improv comedy featuring a lot of brown and yellow"
What: Performance
Host: Stir-Friday Night!
Start Time: Wednesday, December 17 at 8:00pm
End Time: Wednesday, December 17 at 10:00pm
Where: Gorilla Tango

Joy Luck

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Joy Luck Club
November 12 to December 7, 2008
extended to December 21

See News story.

Out Cry

NAATCO (New York, NY)
Out Cry
by Tennessee Williams
November 29 to December 21, 2008

The National Asian American Theater Company will present a revival of Tennessee Williams's rarely seen play about two members of a traveling acting troupe, a brother and sister, who are abandoned by the group and must perform alone, enacting a play for an unseen audience or, perhaps, only for themselves. Mia Katigbak (''Dogeaters'') and Eduardo Machado (''Havana Is Waiting'') will portray the two characters, and Thom Sesma will direct. Previews begin Nov. 29. Opens Dec. 4. Closes Dec. 21. Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, 312 West 36th Street, Manhattan, (212) 244-0447;

subjective theatre

Hat Trick Theatre
and Ground Up Films (Tampa, FL)
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow
Written by: Rolin Jones
December 12 to 27, 2008

Role of Jennifer Marshall will be played by Gi Yung (Korean-American)
Role of Jenny Chow will be played by Grace Santos (Filipino-American)
Role of Chow Su Yang will be played by Wei Xue (Chinese)
Role of Yang's son will be played by Viet Nguyen (Vietnamese-American)

Jennifer is just an average girl who re-engineers obsolete missile components for the U.S. Army from her bedroom. When she decides to meet her birth mother in China , she uses her technological genius to devise a new form of human contact. Rolin Jones' irreverent "techno-comedy" chronicles one brilliant woman's quest to determine her heritage and face her fears with the help of a Mormon missionary, a pizza delivery guy, and her astounding creation called Jenny Chow.

Dec 12-28
Thur – Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm
At the Silver Meteor, in Ybor City
Buy tickets online:

Comedy on the RocksAssasulted Fish (Vancouver, BC)
Comedy on the Rocks
December 23, 2008

Assaulted Fish is closing out 2008 and ringing in 2009 with two special performances. If you need a break from the holiday hub-bub, come see Comedy on the Rocks on Tuesday.

If you're still stumped for a Christmas gift, consider giving the gift of comedy! Buy that grumpy ol' relative a pair of tickets to our upcoming show in January. We'll do our best to un-grump them!

If you can dig yourself out of the snow, join us Tuesday, December 23rd at the Caprice Night Club for some pre-Christmas laughs. Here are the details:

Keep Your Head Up Productions presents...

A perfect blend of stand-up and sketch comedy served up monthly at the Caprice Night Club featuring Assaulted Fish, Darcy Michael and Grimaldi’s Asylum and hosted by Erica Sigurdson.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm
The Caprice Night Club
967 Granville St
Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door

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