BFE by Julia Cho
Exploring beauty, boyfriends and the battle of being alone
August 20 - September 19, 2010

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater (SDAART) in residence at La Jolla Playhouse presents BFE by Julia Cho directed by Peter James Cirino.

An Asian American teen just wants to fit in and escape her dysfunctional family in this dark comedy set in “BFE” (Anytown USA). But can she live up to the standards of Western beauty that her delusional mother, perky Korean pen pal, and local serial killer expect of her?  Panny is looking for love and acceptance, but can she find it?  BFE delves into the current topics of stalking, American culture obsession, racial stereotypes, and relationship dynamics.

“SDAART chose to produce this play because part of its mission is to portray Asian- Americans within the multicultural American community. It showcases characters who are Asian, Caucasian, African-American, and Latino and how they interrelate beyond race,” says Elise Kim Prosser, President of SDAART.

         BFE is “an insightful, beautifully structured          drama about the agonies and          comforts of isolation…” –The New York Times

         “…the powerful ending makes this one of the year’s best plays.” -SGN

SDAART is a professional non-profit performing arts organization that has produced 35 plays including five world premieres over the past fifteen years.  SDAART was recently selected to be the 2010/2011 Resident Theater Company for La Jolla Playhouse.

BFE runs August 20 – September 19 with Thursday, Friday, Saturday performances at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students (complimentary for press).
To reserve tickets, email: or call 619–940-5891.

The performance will be in the Theodore and Adele Shank Theater at La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

For further information, please contact Director Peter James Cirino at (619) 729-5549 or For a selection of press photos, see our Facebook page at San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater.

Full Cast of BFE includes Carolyn Henderson as “Panny,” Elise Kim Prosser as “Isabel,” Albert Park as “Lefty,” Jeaneal Gunning as “Nancy,” John Alspough as “Hugo,” Lanai as “Evvie,” Tony Perez as “The Man,” Michael Tutino as “Jack/General” and Trinity Tran as “Hae Yoon.”

Creative Team of BFE includes Peter James Cirino, Director; Gina Ma, Assistant Director; Chris Ward, Scenic Designer; Kevin Anthenill, Sound Designer; Kelli Groskopf, Light Designer; Justin Kidwell, Technical Director; Andy Lowe, Production Supervisor; Lauren Beck, Co-Dramaturg; Melissa Minniefee, Co-Dramaturg; Chandra McColgan, Stage Manager;  Samuel Dent and Albert Park, Videographers.

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