Theatre Mu (Minneapolis)
MAUI and the Soul of the Sun
by Marcus Vrillius Quiniones
September 30 to October 15, 2000

A contemporary myth about the myth of Maui, the legendary Hawaiian demigod, and his earch for his true identity. Maui takes on the island warriors and ultimately, the Sun in his quest for acceptance and understanding.

returns for an encore performance of her one-woman show
Saturday, Octoer 7, 2000
Norton Clapp Theatre
University of Puget Sound

De La Cruz has been performing "Sungka" to sold-out houses throughout the West Coast including the David Henry Hwang Theatre, Los Angeles and Bindlestiff Studio, San Francsico. Audiences at the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) Conference exploded after De La Cruz finished excerpts from the show. Come see the show that was Critic's Pick and Pick of Week by the San Francisco Gaurdian and the Los Angeles Weekly.

De La Cruz's performance is part of the University's theme year of activities "Crossing Boundaries-Unfolding Identities." De La Cruz and fellow alumna & acclaimed performance artist, Lisa Lusero, performing "Impossible Body", will share the night and the stage for this special engagement.

For Ticket Reservations please call : 253-879-3419
For additional information contact:

What's the Tsimis About Sungka?
"Sungka is a debut of a new aesthetic in Filipina womanspeech. Raw. Honest. Unnerving. It crossed boundaries and trespasses familiar - and its damn funny too." - *Judy Soo Hoo, playwright, "Texas" and "Refrigerators"

San Francisco Bay Guardian Critic's Pick
"De La Cruz adds some personal flair and a bit of humor to her tale of growing up Filipino American, taking aim at ideas of "gender, sexuality, ethnicity, race and Spam.... so catch it while you can."

"De La Cruz delivers an array of snapshots of our Filipino collective memories. She is bound to stretch the rules of the performance comedy and drama." -Rex Navarrete, acclaimed Filipino-American stand-up comic

Written and performed by Alison M. De La Cruz. Directed by Sharon M. Lewis, Portions of "Sungka" were developed at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute, East West Players.

For Booking Information Contact
Alison De La Cruz

Singapore Repertory Theatre
a play by Prince Gomolvilas
October 2000

World Premiere.
Seven Asian Americans (Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese) gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week for a UFO watch. One particular weekend brings about profound changes in all their lives in this vibrant new comedy. Winner of both the International Herald Tribune Playwriting Competition and the Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition.

Saturday, October 14, 2000
Twilight Show @ 5:00 p.m.
Reception and Silent Auction @ 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Evening Show @ 8:00 p.m.

A Fun-Filled Las Vegas-Style Revue
Appetizer Buffet
Hosted Bar by Chivas Regal/Seagram Americas
Glitzy Silent Auction

E A S T W E S T P L A Y E R S !

David Henry Hwang Theater
at the
Union Center for the Arts
120 North Judge John Aiso Street
(formerly San Pedro Street / between Temple & First Streets)
Los Angeles, California 90012

A Play Reading of Pink Heaven
by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
of Once Were Warriors)

Monday, Oct. 16, 7pm.
Japanese Cultural Center
1840 Sutter St, San Francisco
(in Japan Town, near Filmore & Geary)

INFO: (415) 440-5545
suggested donation: $5

Pink Heaven Work-in-Progress:
A story of present-day Polynesian life under American colonialism. An old Samoan woman leaves the U.S. to spend her last days in American Samoa. Her daughter-in-law who runs a government day care, is slowly poisoning her, with help from the police. Her son who works in a fish cannery, is censored by the government and his family, for subversive writings. A searing tale of haunted lives in an American run Paradise.

Asian American Theater Company (AATC), established in 1973, is one of the nation's oldest theatrical organizations dedicated to the development and presentation of work by, for and about Americans of Asian andPacific Islander (API) descent. Our goal has been and always will be to develop theater which nourishes our community, encourages dialogue and understanding, and inspires new generations of APIs to tell their stories.

From the friendly community artists formerly known
as "Peeling the Banana"
South Asian Women's Creative Collective (SAWCC)
October 19 and 20, 2000
7pm, $5

A reception will follow

548 Broadway, 2nd floor (between Prince & Spring)
** seating is limited, reservations recommended&Mac246;
212.966.7745 x21

Sharmila Desai * Gita Reddy * Tanya Selvaratnam
+ Marian Thambynayagam

Swati Khurana * Raina Kumra * Karla Murthy *
Sonya Shah

Info on the artists below:

Sharmila Desai's work intermingles performance and martial art to investigate the ways in which the body can be used to question traditonal notions of femininity. For this event, she has created a new performance incorporating video,
audio, performance, and bharatnayam dance elements.

Gita Reddy, a recent NYFA recipient and a member of Peeling (formerly known as "Peeling the Banana"), NYC's pan-Asian performance troupe, will be performing an excerpt from her recent solo show at Dixon Place. "Deep Inside," directed by Dan Bacalzo, uses a day in the life of Gwyneth Paltrow's temporary personal assistant to explore the subtleties of celebrity gossip, race, sexuality, fear of intimacy, office politics... and post-its.

Tanya Selvaratnam, who has been based at The Wooster Group for the past five years, has created a performance in collaboration with Francesca Harper, a dancer and choreographer with the Alvin Ailey company. This performance addresses issues of citizenship, nationality, and belonging through the trope of "Becoming American" and takes inspiration from her recent induction as an American citizen, juxtaposed with a riff on a Wonder Woman-superhero

In a video created for this program, documentarian and installation artist Swati Khurana explores the physicality of hair and the rituals surrounding its care through a microscopic examination of material and process.

In "The Beat of the Body," filmmaker Raina Kumra depicts the relationship between music and biology within the framework of mythology, the city, and cultural-hybrid beats.

Karla Murthy's "Resurfacing: That's What She Said" is a four-channel installation that emerges from the self-documentation of the four Murthy sisters as they recollect memories of their childhood in the privacy of their bathtubs. The four video portraits are edited and juxtaposed to create an overall narrative that is a collective memory of the night the sisters' mother died.

In her untitled video, artist Sonya Shah evidences the confinement of the female body (particularly in the classic Hollywood film) by dress, social ritual, emotional prescription, and camera framing through the narrative of a woman struggling through poses on a chair.

Pintig (Chicago)
Nanay Isog and Her Children
an adaptation of Brecht's Mother Courage
October 5 to 29, 2000

See News story.

Teatro ng Tanan (SF)
by Jeannie Barroga
Directed by Allan Manalo
October 11 to November 4, 2000
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings at 8pm

WHERE Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth Street at Howard Street
San Francisco - SOMA

TIX $12 General Admission/ $10 Senior & Students w/ID
$5 Preview 10/11/2k (cash only, no credit cards accepted)

RESEV call (415) 974-1167 or email: bindlestiffstudio@excite .com

Teatro ng Tanan present the long awaited new play by critically acclaimed playwright, Jeannie Barroga. GADGETS is a comic drama that begins with a family reunion of sisters, a black sheep inventor daughter, resentment, past ghost, and an aging mother’s mental disapation, and a dead father who finds it hard to leave his family behind. GADGET will preview at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth St. at Howard in San Francisco’s South of Market Area on Wednesday, October 11th at 8pm. The play will open on Thursday, October 12th and run every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights until November 4th. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and students with IDs. Cash only, no credit card accepted. The preview on Wed. Oct. 11th is only $5. For reservations and more information, please call (415)974-1167 or email:

InterACT (Sacramento, CA)
Stop Kiss
by Diana Son
October 13 to November 5, 2000

Club Soho
Grand Ballroom
333 South Boylston Street
Downtown Los Angeles
Thursday, October 26 8pm-2am

VIP Mixer: 8pm-9pm
Live Concert: 9pm-10pm
DJ Dancing: 10pm-2am

Hors d'oeuvres
Free CD with every paid admission

Tickets: $12 RSVP Guest List (310) 234-0719
$15 at the door

18 and over only
Imerg, Inc.
Innovazian Music
9903 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 575
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

(10/25) Short Plays Evening
Monologues (K. Greenberg)
Little Sparks of Light (D. Louie)
Subway Speech (T. Macy)
Four Beats of a Swimmer's Heart (T. Macy)
All in the Demographics (J. Rehak)

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Theater Et-Al New Plays Reading Series 2000-2001
330 West 38th Street, Suite 1204
New York, NY

No reservations are necessary -- you can just show up.

by Sung Rno
directed by Kelvin Han Yee
with Harold Byun, Lisa Kang, Michael Hornbuckle
Friday, Oct. 27th, 7pm

"wAve occurs in that peculiar state of mind that happens where Korea and America meet, somewhere between M*A*S*H and Soon Yi, between the 38th parallel, between two centuries, between McDonald's and Burger King."
--Sung Rno

A contemporary Korean American adaptation of the Greek story of Jason and Medea, wAve was orginally commissioned by Center Theater Group/Mark Taper Forum and the Asian Theater Project.

For over 24 years, Asian American Theater Company has been a significant contributor to the artistic and cultural life of the Asian Pacific Islander American community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our goal has always been and always will be to develop theater which nourishes our community, encourages dialogue and understanding, and inspires new generations of Asian Pacific Islander Americans to tell their stories.

The National Repertory Theatre Foundation, USC Arts Initiative,
USC School of Theatre present a staged reading of
Model Citizens
directed by LINDA DANGCIL
a finalist in the National Play Award Competition
Sunday, November 5, 2000

Two wannabe actors drop their pants for a shot at stardom. An aging talent agent is struck by a vision. A militant Asian American writes a manifesto. A popular news anchorman gets shot in the head. And a sock puppet who claims to be God makes regular visits. MODEL CITIZENS is a provocative new play that asks difficult questions-about race, sex, fame, activism, death, and the nature of the universe.

University of Southern California
Annenberg Auditorium
Annenberg School for Communication
Los Angeles, California

For reservations,
call USC Spectrum at 213.740.2167.

For directions and parking information,

For more information about the National Play Festival,

ASIA (Washington, DC)
Sisters Matsumoto
by Philip Kan Gotanda
October 4 to November 19, 2000

See News story.

Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle)
by Tennessee Williams
plays at the Theatre Off Jackson
October 5 to 22, 2000
Directed by Gail Wamba

In A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR, Tennessee Williams has written four memorable and endearing women to join his roster of indelible characters. Set in 1930's St. Louis, this wonderfully etched portrait will touch audiences with its tenderness, entertain with its comic interludes and inspire with its dreams of a better life. Don't miss this rarely seen Tennessee Williams gem featuring a multi-ethnic cast!

-book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner
(Based on the Comic Strip PEANUTS by Charles M. Schulz)
Langston Hughes Theatre
October 12 to 29, 2000
Directed & choreography by Scot Anderson.
Music directed by Sara R. Hanson

"Happiness is..." celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the creation of PEANUTSô in October with ReAct's exciting new staging of this classic hit musical based on Charles Schulz's beloved comic strip. YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN has become one of the most popular and the most produced musical in history, and with good reason. Millions of theatregoers of all ages world-wide have reveled in this funny, wise and altogether human musical, featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the PEANUTSô gang. ReAct's production, reminicent of the recent Broadway revival, features a multi-ethnic cast.

by A.R. Gurney
Theatre Off Jackson
October 15 to November 5, 2000
(special performance times T.B.A.)
Directed by David Hsieh and friends

A truly unique and imaginative theatre piece, LOVE LETTERS chronicles the life-long relationship between a man and a woman solely through their correspondence. Their poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance takes them from when they met in second grade, through adolescence, maturity, and into middle age. This special benefit presentation will feature numerous pairs of community leaders, local celebrities and ReAct artists playing the roles.

by Gary Iwamoto
Langston Hughes Theatre
November 2 to 12, 2000
Directed by Kathy Hsieh. Music director: T.B.A.

A musical about this? ReAct is pleased to present a special engagement of this local hit musical by Gary Iwamoto. Set in the Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp in 1943, this is the charming and amusing musical about infamous beauty pageant held to bolster the morale of the camp prisoners. ReAct's revival, which features an all-Asian American cast (a mix of original and new cast members), exposes this entertaining to a whole new generation of audience members, and will benefit numerous Asian community charities.

Pork Filled Players (Seattle)

October 27 to November 19, 2000
Theatre Off Jackson, late night

More late night madcap merriment from Seattle's most pretentious sketch comedy group! [we use the "M" word, remember?] After shows from Repertory Actors Theatre and the Northwest Asian American Theatre.

See News story!

Lodestone (LA)
American Monsters
three one-acts
October 28 to November 19

See News story!

Note: Lodestone has added an additional performance--a matinee on Sat., Nov. 4 at 2:30 PM! And for the Halloween performance (Oct. 31) ONLY--tickets will be half off regular admission cost if you come to the show in costume (that's ONLY $6)!

Asian American Theater Company (SF)
Reds, Whites and Blues
by Leslie K. Gray
November 10, 2000

Set in the penthouse of a luxury hotel in Los Angeles, Reds, Whites and Blues is the story of two childhood friends who meet again. One is a guest, the other a hotel maid. A dramatic tale of class, race and gender in American life.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 10th, 7:00PM.
WHERE: Japanese Cultural Center, 1840 Sutter St.
(near Geary & Filmore), San Francisco
suggested donation: $5

For more information:
or call: (415) 440-5545

by Daniel Louie
November 12 to 21, 2000
Washington, DC

A coming-of-age comedy about zombies and dating and Zagnut bars... not in that order.

. . . plays with . . .

by David Ives

by Rachel Mariner and August Matteis

by David Mamet

* * *
One or more of the above shows may contain violence, the undead, profanity, sexual innuendo, blood, guts, Al Gore, and chocolate. May also cause nausea, loose bowels, and pregnancy. Please leave the kids and Dick Cheney at home.
* * *

Purchased Experiences Don't Count Theatre Company at Source Theatre
1835 14th St., NW (between S & T Streets)
Washington, DC (Metro: U St./Cardoza Green line)
November 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21
7:30 p.m. -- no reservations necessary
$9.99 (keep the extra penny for luck!)

GENSeng (New York)
Kimchee and Chitlins
by Elizabeth Wong
November 10, 2000

GENseng, SUNY Geneseo's Asian American Play Reading Series, will present a staged reading of Elizabeth Wong's KIMCHEE AND CHITLINS directed by Randy Kaplan on Friday, November 10, 2000, at 4 p.m. in the Robert Sinclair Theatre, SUNY-Geneseo campus. Admission is free. For further information, contact Randy Kaplan at or phone 716/245-5806.

NWAAT (Seattle)
November 9 to 18, 2000


(literally) breathtaking dance, meditative poetry and some kickass video are combined into an evening length show of STILLS.

STILLS is performed at the Theater off Jackson, in conjunction with an installation in the RAW gallery. November 9, 10, 11, 16 & 18 @ 8 pm. for more info, call 340.1049 or click onto:

First Stage (LA)
Flipped Out
Forever Fog
by Felix Racelis
November 13, 200

Please join us for staged readings of two short comedies by Felix Racelis, "Flipped Out" and "Forever Fog," this Monday, November 13, 7 pm at FIRST STAGE, Hollywood Methodist Church, Franklin & Highland, in Hollywood. Racelis' two plays are on a bill of several one-acts and feature performances by Emmie Hsu, Cathy Chang, John Ewaniuk, Dennis Safren and a cameo by the author.

Flipped Out is the saga of a fast rising Pilipina news anchor and her Pilipina stage mother from hell; Forever Fog chronicles the collaboration of two sisters, romance writers with more than skeletons in their closets.

Stanford Asian American Theatre Project
by Dennis Escobedo
November 16 to 18, 2000
Asian American Activities Center Ballroom

Straight from its Off-Broadway World Premiere in New York City, The Poet of Columbus Avenue makes its West Coast Premiere at Stanford University. Produced in association with the Asian American Theatre Project , The Poet of Columbus Avenue is a romantic comedy about twentysomethings dealing with issues of love, destiny & fortune cookies in modern day San Francisco. Written by Dennis Escobedo and directed by Timmy Yuen.

The Poet of Columbus Avenue
November 16-18 @ 8PM
Stanford University
Asian American Activities Center Ballroom
Old Union Clubhouse
*Tickets- $5 Students, $10 General admission

*Tickets will be available at the door or can be reserved by sending an e-mail to Michael Chang (Producer) >

Plot: Jay's is a hopeless romantic whose love life is almost as boring as his job in a Chinatown fortune cookie factory- until he meets and falls in love with an eccentric poet named Mary. Jay decides to plant a love note into a fortune cookie to express his love for Mary, but a bizarre twist of fate leads him to believe that he may be responsible for his own broken heart.

East West Players (LA)
Paper or Plastic 2000
November 2000

Here is the schedule for the EWP David Henry Hwang Writers Institute Fall 2000 Reading:

All the readings will be done at the David Henry Hwang theater 120 Judge John Aiso St. (formerly S. San Pedro St. between 1st & Temple St.) Los Angeles, CA 90012

No reservations needed. $5 donation is suggested.

Saturday, November 11
Noon - 5:00pm
Hyperbola - by Nic Cha Kim, directed by Janet Song
The World at Your Feet - by Juliet Wong, directed by Kipp Shiotani
E-mmaculate - by Justine Nakase, directed by Dennis Escobedo
A Parting of Ways/Hanoi or Hollywood/Rolling Thunder - by Trieu Tran,
directed by Alberto Isaac

Sunday, November 12
That's the Noise - by Keshni Kashyap, directed by Naila Azad
Queen of the Remote Control - by Sujata G. Bhatt, directed by Naila Azad

Monday, November 13
From Scarberia to Nigeria - by Jo Chim, directed by Isaac Ho
The Pursuit of Happiness - by Craig Martens, directed by Trieu Tran
Searching for Paradise - by Benjamin Lum, directed by Alberto Isaac

Tuesday, November 14
Untitled - by Anh Nguyen, directed by Trieu Tran
Shadow Dance (selection of revised scenes) - by Ed Ramolete, directed
by Mark Jue

Sunday, November 19
Mr. Sharpy / Don't Forget My Name - by Rodney Kageyama, directed by
Denise Iketani
Glass Globe - Monday Night Group Piece
The Villainess (scenes) / Venice - by Sherie Yang

Monday, November 20
More than a Man and a Woman - by Isaac Ho, directed by Denise Iketani
Doggie Style / Camera Shy - by Gary Kuwahara, directed by Deb Nishimura

Tuesday, November 21
IPO! The Musical - by Jade Chang, directed by Kipp Shiotani
Yellow Feva - by Erin Quill

East West Players (LA)
The Theory of Everything
by Prince Gomolvilas
November 8 to December 3, 2000

From the author of BIG HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE, seven Asian Americans (Thai, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese) gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week for a UFO watch. One particular night brings about profound changes in all their lives when the impossible becomes a reality. This vibrant and moving new comedy won both the International Herald Tribune Playwriting Competition and the Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition.

Pork Filled Players (Seattle)
Seattle Sketchfest 2000!
November 29 to December 2, 2000

PFP joins 12 other sketch comedy groups from across the West Coast for the only sketch comedy festival in North America! See PFP in the Sketch Sampler, Wednesday, November 29, as the group joins John Keister (KING-TV's Almost Live, KIRO-TV's The Bob Report) to present a taste of their unique brand of lunacy at the historic Nippon Kan Theatre. Then, on November 30, PFP presents a longer length show at the Speakeasy Cafe (kinda easy to do, when you're waving around partially mechanized firearms....). For more details, check

Peeling (NYC)
Second Skin
November 30 to December 3, 2000

Following its recent sold-out engagements at The Puffin Room and The Kraine Theater @ KGB, Peeling, the popular Asian American performance ensemble, presents Second Skin, a site-specific work at the new loft space of the Asian American Writers' Workshop in Koreatown. Join Peeling as they tell stories both fantastic and familiar, shaped by imagination and personal struggle, and always coming from the heart. The show performs for three nights only, November 30-December 2, Th-Sa at 7:30pm.

Peeling is a pan-Asian performing arts collective. Our mission is to use the performing arts and theater as vehicles for Asian Americans to explore their individual stories, community building, leadership, and social activism through creative workshops, staged productions, readings, and related activities. Personal narrative becomes a departure point into the interconnected identities of race, gender, class, ethnicity, age, sexuality, and similar politics facing Asian Americans today.

Second Skin is directed by Gita Reddy, with assistant directors Aileen Cho and Michel Ng. It features the writing and performing talents of Jennifer Ahn, Roger J. An, Jin Auh, Dan Bacalzo, Carla Ching, Dustin Chinn, Aileen Cho, Celena Cipriaso, Erwin Falcon, Charu Gupta, Michael Hidalgo, Steve Huang, Fitz Mangubat, Sesh Mudumbai, Michel Ng, Ngo Thanh Nhan, Gita Reddy, and Chris Wang.

Reservations are accepted by e-mail only at

WHO: Peeling

WHAT: Second Skin

WHEN: November 30-December 2. Th-Sa at 7:30

WHERE: The Asian American Writers' Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A (bet. 5th Ave. & Broadway)
New York City



La Mama Theater (NYC)
The Ramayana of the Philippines
Performed by the Kinding Sindaw Company, a cast of 16, led by Artistic Director/Choreographer- Potri Ranka Manis (Daughter of a Sultan)
Directed by Wayland Quintero of La Mama resident company SLANT

Visual design by Perry Yung of SLANT

Lighting design by Howard Thies- Lighting Director for Central Park

November 30-December 10, Thursday through Sundays at 7:30 PM sharp. Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM. Tickets- $15 for Thursdays and Sundays, $20 for Fridays and Saturdays. ($30 for Nov. 30 opening night show and gala reception) Box office #212-475-7710, Monday through Friday 12 noon-9 PM. Group, senior, and student discounts. Running time not exceeding 90 minutes.

La Mama Theater is at 74-A East 4th Street, between Bowery and 2nd avenues. Parking is limited- street and lots. Subways- F train to 2nd avenue, N or R to 8th Street, 6 train to Astor Place or Bleeker stop.

Brief description-
RAJAH MANGANDIRI is the Philippine version of the great Indian story THE RAMAYANA, as passed down through the centuries-old oral tradition of the Maranao people of the southern Philippines. From the 4th to the 10th centuries, the Philippines along with other southeast Asian countries was part of the Indian Shri Vidyayah empire. As a dance, musical, and martial arts drama, RAJAH MANGANDIRI blends traditional forms of Maranao court and secular dances, with live kulintang (gamelan) orchestral music, silat and kali martial arts, and a touch of the contemporary in a rich visual, aural, and performance tapestry....Like no other RAMAYANA, the Princess Sita can finally wield a sword.

Magic Theatre (SF)
Plays at the Border
November 30 to December 10, 2000

a new plays festival

November 30 to December 10, 2000

The Magic Theatre continues its tradition of supporting contemporary
playwrights with its fourth New Play Festival, "Plays at the Border."
The festival will feature a workshop production and staged readings of
several new works in development that speak to cross-cultural issues and
border conflicts around the world, such as the Mexican/American and
Cuban/American border frictions, tensions between Eastern and Western
Germany, and other cultures in collision.

Workshop Production:

True and Dramatic voices from a Germany struggling with

Staged Readings:

Singapore to L.A. &Mac246; Can Utopia lie in a shopping mall?

A family reunion becomes a battle for Cuban identity.

In a fictional Chicano past, the world is divided into
Gringolandia and Aztlan.

November 30 - 8:30pm, WONDERLAND
December 1 - 8:30pm, WAITING ROOM GERMANY
December 2 - 8:30pm, WAITING ROOM GERMANY
December 3 - 2:30pm, WAITING ROOM GERMANY
4:30pm, panel discussion & reception with Festival
December 7 - 8:30pm, ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
December 8 - 8:30pm, WAITING ROOM GERMANY
December 9 - 8:30pm, WAITING ROOM GERMANY
December 10 - 2:30pm, WAITING ROOM GERMANY

Magic Theatre, Fort Mason Center, Building D
Enter on Bay Street at Buchanan, San Francisco.

Workshop Production: $15
Staged Readings: $10 suggested donation
Panel Discussion: FREE

Call (415) 441-8822 for reservations


WONDERLAND, by Chay Yew, revolves around an Asian-American family living in Southern California: three people whose American dreams clash with unfortunate reality. A Chinese-American man dreams of being a great architect, designing revolutionary buildings instead of the endless shopping malls. His wife, whom he met in Singapore (and brought home when she told him she was pregnant), longs to live in the American world she has seen on the movie screen with Elizabeth Taylor. Their son, meanwhile, struggles with his identity, unsure of where his own borders—national, racial, sexual— lie.

Klaus Pohl's WAITING ROOM GERMANY/WARTESAAL DEUTSCHLAND is based on a series of interviews with people from both sides of the border between East and West Germany, exploring the impact of German reunification. By presenting intensely individual experiences related to this historic happening—from a taxi driver whose love affair was cut short when he moved to the West, to an insurance man struggling to implement a new bureaucracy—a rich sociological framework emerges. Although WARTESAAL
DEUTSCHLAND has enjoyed widespread productions in Germany since its introduction in 1995, it has never before been performed in the United States.

ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES, by Rogelio Martinez, posits the reunion of two brothers born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba--both successful novelists, one left Cuba to live with his father in New York as a child, the other stayed behind with his mother and sister, Margarita. The pair meet 20 years later as adults in their childhood home, and immediately begin arguing over who is more talented, more deserving of success, more "authentically" Cuban. As their struggle becomes more fierce, sister Margarita is led to make a powerful and violent stand to remind them of the equally important role she plays in the family history.

THE HUNGRY WOMAN: A MEXICAN MEDEA, by Cherríe Moraga, is a retelling ofEuripide'sGreek tragedy set in "the near future of a fictional Chicano past." In the post-civil war world Moraga sets, the nation is divided into "Gringolandia," or White Amerika, and "Aztlan," Chicano country. In a border town between the two, in a region once known as Phoenix, Arizona, Medea lives with her lover Luna and her son Chac-Mool. In a harsh and hate-filled landscape, Medea struggles to keep custody of her son and come to terms with her husband and female lover.

"Plays at the Border" is the Magic Theatre's fourth Festival in three
years, following the successful Irish Women Playwrights, Lesbian
Playwrights, and Playwrights in Danger Festivals. The New Plays
Festivals feature groups of writers who are under-represented on the
American stage, and/or urgent and compelling issues in contemporary
culture. The Magic Theatre will host its fifth Festival, "Science and
Technology on Stage," in May 2001.

Asian American Theater Company (SF)
The Clouds, the Ocean and Everything in Between
by Michael Premsrirat
December 1, 2000

The Clouds, the Ocean and Everything in Between is a look at who we are today and who we could be tomorrow. It's a declaration of independence from the tyranny of our heritage and our history. It's a declaration of independence for a new generation of bananas everywhere."
--Michael Premsrirat

When: Friday, Dec. 1st, 7pm
Where: Japanese Cultural Center, 1840 Sutter St
(between Buchanan and Webster)
suggested donation: $5
for information call: (415) 440-5545
or email:

For over 28 years, Asian American Theater Company has been a significant contributor to the artistic and cultural life of the Asian Pacific Islander American community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Our goal has always been and always will be to develop theater which nourishes our community, encourages dialogue and understanding, and inspires new generations of Asian Pacific Islander Americans to tell their stories.

Sex in Seattle:
Episode 1
by Serin Ngai
December 1, 2000

Sex in Seattle
Episode 1: Deceptions and Reflections
When: Friday, December 1st, 2000 at 8pm
Where: NW Actors Studio
1100 E. Pike Street ñ Seattle
(206) 324-6328
(entrance on 11th Ave)
Tickets: Available only at the Door
General Admission, $8
Seating is limited, please arrive early
Contact Info: (206) 226-6881
Kathy Hsieh, Serin Ngai, Amy Waschke, or Moi

Sex in Seattle
Sexy, Saucy, Sharp, and Sensual! Sex in Seattle,
Episode One: Deceptions and Reflections sizzles with the introduction of four modern Asian American women living in Seattle. Meet Elizabeth, Cass, Jenna, and
Angelina, and see what develops in their lives, including the men they meet, and the people that touch their hearts. Witty, clever, hip, and touching, this episode is the first of a planned episodic theatre show, and features the talents of Kathy Hsieh, Amy Waschke, Serin Ngai, Moi, Richard Sloniker, Marc Delacruz, Michael Aliaga, Daniel Arreola, and Colleen Parker. Donít miss out on this exclusive one-night opportunity to hear this fresh 'n sassy new play, first! Sex in Seattle–it won't disappoint!

Rated "R" for sexual content, situations, and filthy, foul language.

Written by Serin Ngai
Created by Kathy Hsieh, Serin Ngai, Amy Waschke, and Moi
Directed by Heather Newman

One Night Only!
Benefit Preview Reading
Friday, December 1, 2000 at 8pm
Northwest Actors Studio
1100 E. Pike Street - Seattle
(entrance on 11th Ave)

Tickets available only at the door, $8 General Admission - please arrive early, seating is limited! Your generous donations are much appreciated (and needed!)

Theatre Mu (Minneapolis)
Taiko Storm
December 7 to 17, 2000
Kenny Endo Ensemble 12/7 to 12/10
Heartbeart of the Drum 12/14 to 12/17

The hibiki (sound) of taiko is not merelu heard with the ears. It is created by the conflux of wood and cow skin, and a performer's technique as it vibrates through the whole body. It is the training and legacy of those who have come before. Taiko Storm. Feel the music.

Kenny Endo is a renowned taiko artist who has performed around the world. He will be accompanied by several West Coast musicians.

Heartbeat of the Drum is written by Sara Dejoras and is a romantic children's story about the greatest taiko drummer in the world.

2g productions (NYC)
December 11, 2000

David Henry Hwang
invites you to a sneak preview of 2g's upcoming groundbreaking projects, including:

The Making Tracks Album on Sony Music
featuring Tony Award-Winner Lea Salonga
and Boston Public's Sharon Leal

the new musical adaptation of
by Derek Nguyen, Brian Yorkey, Woody Pak, and Welly Yang

Karaoke Stories
by Euijoon Kim, dramaturged by David Henry Hwang

and much, much, much more...

all at:

A Benefit Performance for Second Generation Productions

Monday, December 11th, 2000, 8pm
45 Bleecker Theater (corner of Mulberry & Bleecker in NoHo)

"Making Asian American history." - NBC's Today in New York

   Rona Figueroa (Dragonheart II, Miss Saigon)
Joan Almedilla (Best of Apollo, Les Miserables)
Julie Danao (Saturday Night Fever)
Joel De la Fuente (ER, Cosby Show)
Welly Yang (Miss Saigon, Law & Order SVU, Metro Channel)
Cindy Cheung, Mel Gionson, Ron Domingo, Deborah Craig, Eileen Rivera, Lloyd Suh,
Hoon Lee, Brandon Kuwada, Tom Stuart

Directed by Alan Muraoka (Star of Sesame Street)
Produced by Welly Yang

Also including special remarks from 2g Board Members:

Joseph Park (Founder/Chairman,,
Jeff Yang (Founder/CEO, Amedia),
Cindy Hsu (Anchor, CBS News),
Aldon James (President, National Arts Club)

$200 - Pre-performance cocktails at 7:30pm
- Performance
- VIP seating
- VIP reception at Clay Restaurant, 202 Mott Street (between Spring
and Kenmare), immediately following performance

$75 - Pre-performance cocktails
- Performance

East West Players (LA)

December 11, 2000

All that seemed beneath you is speaking to you now.
All that seemed deaf hears you
All that seemed dumb knows what's on your mind.
All that seemed blind sees through you.
All that seemed mute is putting the words right into your mouth....

Monday December 11, 2000 8.00 p.m.

with Shem Bitterman, Kimiko Gelman, Shannon Holt, Bahni Turpin, Ryun Yu Admission is free, but a suggested $5 donation would be welcome! This reading is made possible, in part, by support from the James Irvine Foundation.

The Playwrights Group (LA)
Peanut Butter and
Flipped Out
December 13, 2000
Third Street Theatre
8140 West 3rd St.

read by Jennifer Aquino, Haruye Ioka, Kennedy Kabasares, Muni Zano (directed by Peggy Chane):
Los Angeles (just west of Crescent Heights)

Peanut Butter was performed at this year's NoHo International Theatre Festival, and was a finalist in the 1999 West Coast Ten-Minute Playwriting Competition and one of the top 50 plays in this year's Writer's Digest Competition.

The evening will also feature the reading of a short play by Nancy Zaman. The reading, sponsored by The Playwrights Group, is free and open to the public.

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (LA)
The Poet of Columbus Ave.
by Dennis Escobedo
December 14, 2000

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble presents its Yellow Box stage reading of an excerpt from Dennis Escobedo's "The Poet of Columbus Avenue." The reading will be part of the Art Cafe 2000, a bimonthly program showcasing the talent of artists and coordinated by the Pacific Asia Museum and United Asian Artists Network (UAAN).

The reading will take place on December 14th, 2000 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Pacific Asia Museum located at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101. Entrance fee is $5.00 for adults, $3 for students/seniors, and free for children.

Directed by Eddie Mui and produced by Tony Y. Lee, the reading will feature Robert Shinso, Michelle Ingkavet, Joon Lee, Harry Du Young, Mimi Austensen and Karin Anna Cheung. The event will also showcase the artwork of Joel Parod.

New Conservatory Theatre Center
a play by Prince Gomolvilas
directed by Arturo Catricala
November 2000-January 2001
25 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA

World premiere.
Start with a young Asian American novelist. Pour in crazy romantic entanglements. Add intense writer's block. And throw in a neurotic friend or two. Stir. Sex and romance, rice queens and snow queens, Asian America and White America: they all come to a boil in this new comedy about looking for love in all the wrong races.

National Asian American Theatre Company (NYC)
The House of Bernarda Alba
by Frederico Garcia Lorca
The World Premier
of a new adaptation by Chay Yew
December 1 to 23, 2000

New York City:
My Mom Across America
by Tina Lee
Bruce Lee: Inside the Lost Interview
by Soomi Kim
December 7 to 30, 2000

Tina Lee's "My Mom Across America" and Soomi Kim's "Bruce Lee: Inside the Lost Interview," two one acts by Asian American actresses
WHEN: Dec. 7-30th, 7 p.m., thurs, fri, sat.
WHERE: New York City's NuYorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. 3rd St.
Poets Cafe.
TICKETS: $12, (212) 726-8404

"My Mom Across America" by Tina Lee
An account of the family vacation from hell--an all-Korean bus tour across Canada. This work premiered with Here Theater and Lincoln Center's American Living Room series.

Bruce Lee: Inside the Lost Interview by Soomi Kim
Kim plays Bruce Lee, interspersing private ruminations on stardom in
between re-enactments of the last interview he gave before his death in the 70s.

ProperGander Productions (LA)
by Michael Golamco
December 19, 2000

5 Young Asian Americans.
1 Apartment.
ZERO Life.

Come join us for a special staged reading of Michael Golamco’s seriocomic "Achievers," a new play about being young, getting evicted and coping with roommates (real and imaginary) who hate you.

Achievers" will be performed at 7:30pm on Tuesday, December 19th at the Morgan-Wixson Theater, 2627 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica. This reading is presented by ProperGander Productions, a new Asian American multi-medium theater company. Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang is currently involved with the development of "Achievers" and ProperGander Productions.

Recently showcased at The Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York by Second Generation, "Achievers" will be produced in San Francisco and New York by Theater Rice and Second Generation, respectively, in Spring 2001. The "Achievers" reading in New York was enthusiastically received by a first-time audience of more than 200. The Los Angeles production will be presented by ProperGander at a theater to be announced.

Directed by Howard Jonathan Hong, the reading will feature in alphabetical order:

Ray Chang
Karin Anna Cheung
Corrine Chooey
Kennedy Kabasares
Noel Wu


Please call 323-692-2880 or email for
reservations. The Morgan-Wixson Theater is located 1/2 mile east of Santa Monica College. There is free parking on Pico Blvd., 26th and 27th St.

The story of ProperGander started in 1994 with the formation of LCC at UCLA. Realizing the need for an Asian American voice on campus, the group quickly transformed into the nation’s largest college Asian American theater company, performing their shows on and off campus.

ProperGander currently consists of young professionals and graduate students who share a love for the theater arts. The company intends to pursue a multi-faceted approach utilizing mediums from the stage to digital video and the Internet. Their mission focuses on creating artistic expressions that are entertaining yet socially relevant.

Resident playwright Golamco reflects, "The play is about young Asian
Americans in the transition between post-college adolescence and stark
adulthood – a point when you’re caught between two futures: the one imposed by society versus the one that must be self-determined."

In Winter 2000, the company will launch its main distribution channel: This website will serve as a global showcase of
poetry, spoken word, digital films, animation, prose, and experimental art.

Highways Performance Space (LA)
With Darkness Behind Us, Daylight Has Come
by Jude Narita
December 28 and 29, 2000

Admission is free, but please make a reservation at (310) 315-1459

For Directions please call (310) 453-1755

Daylight is about three generations of Japanese American women in the Los Angeles area and how they are affected by the changing times. Daylight is a California Civil Liberties Project.

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