Insatiable 3: New Asian American plays November 15, sneak peak at Mmmm... October 15

SIS Productions presents a day-long festival of new readings
Insatiable! Seattle’s 3rd Asian American Playwright’s Festival
Saturday, November 16, 2008

And also a sneak-peek showcase
Mmmmm . . . A Sampler of 6 Insatiable Plays
Sunday, October 5, 2008

SIS Productions, the creators of the popular Sex in Seattle series, is thrilled to present Insatiable! Seattle's 3rd Asian American Playwright's Festival, a day-long festival of new play readings by local Asian American playwrights on Saturday, November 15, 2008, starting at 12pm at Prima Vera Arts Center. The festival will feature an incredible variety of genres and stories with a little something for everyone, from romantic comedy to serious drama, fantastical tales to hard-hitting reality, and everything in-between! Featured playwrights include Daniel Arreola, Kathy Hsieh, Maggie Lee, Serin Ngai, Richard Nguyen Sloniker and Roger Tang.

And just to give you a tantalizing taste, SIS will also be presenting Mmmmmm . . . A Sampler of 6 Insatiable Plays, a special sneak-peek showcase featuring ten-minute preview highlights of all six plays-in-progress, to be held on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 4pm at Richard Hugo House

Insatiable! will be held at Prima Vera Arts Center, located at 112 5th Avenue North, 2nd Floor. Located in a two-story storefront, the entrance is at the back of the building, just North of Denny, off of Taylor Avenue North, located on the East side of the Seattle Center. Tickets are $5 per reading for general admission; $9 for a 3-reading pass; or $12 for an all-fest pass. Please call (206) 323-9443 or email for reservations and information or see our website at

Light the Corners of My Mind by Maggie Lee
What does it mean to truly be haunted? Three tenants of a lonely old house, all with lingering pasts determined never to let go, will discover the answer in this modern ghost story.
Maggie Lee is a writer, actor, producer, lighting designer, and puppet mistress for the Pork Filled Players, Seattle's only Asian American sketch comedy group. She has also designed lights and puppets for other local theater companies, such as ReAct, GreenStage, Open Circle Theater, and SIS Productions. In 2006, she adapted a stage version of H.P. Lovecraft's The Thing on the Doorstep for OCT's The Colour Out of Space, and will be a contributing writer for their original Lovecraft-inspired show Necronomicon in October 2008. She has a BA in English and a minor in Lighting Design from UC Berkeley.

Mixed Doubles by Kathy Hsieh
A romantic comedy about mixed race couples.
Kathy Hsieh is an award-winning actor, writer and director. Her scripts have been produced by the Northwest Asian American Theatre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, and featured at the Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival and 14/48. She was selected by a national panel for the National Asian American Theatre Conference to showcase her playwriting at The Guthrie and her acting/writing at Mixed Blood Theatre, both in Minneapolis in 2008. Her script B4 was selected as part of the International Centre for Women Playwrights' Chicago Her-rah Festival 2007 and won Honorable Mention in New York City's New Works of Merit Playwriting Competition. She was selected by The Dramatist Guild as one of "50 to Watch" in The Dramatist Magazine's July/August cover story. She created the concept for Sex in Seattle along with her friend Moi and has written ten scripts for the episodic series. As an artist she has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals in Seattle as their Artist of the Year in 2003 and by ArtsFund in the same year. By day she works for the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Mac 'n Dex by Roger Tang
He’s a laid-back activist from the 60s; she’s a hard charging TV anchor. They’re as mismatched a pair as there ever was . . . so what do you suppose happens when you throw them together . . . ?

Roger Tang is a theatre veteran of three decades, who began his career as a designer for David Henry Hwang and Philip Kan Gotanda. As a writer, he is the author of Third Generation Heritage and numerous sketches for the Pork Filled Players. As a producer, he helmed the Northwest premieres of Gotanda's Dream of Kitamura, Genny Lim's Paper Angels and Hwang's Bondage. He has taught Asian American history at the University of Washington and was instrumental in building the Theatre Off Jackson as Development Director for the Northwest Asian American Theatre. Called the "Godfather of Asian American theatre" by A. Magazine, he is Managing Producer for the Pork Filled Players (Seattle's oldest sketch comedy group), sits on the board at Repertory Actors Theatre, edits the Asian American Theatre Revue (uh, that's here!) and administers the aa-drama mailing list. As well, he is a sound designer for various local theatres.

Oh Look, a Monkey! by Daniel Arreola
The night is long and full of advice for 3 individuals in this dark humored one-act who lost their friend to addiction.

Daniel Arreola has been involved in Seattle's theatre community since 1997. His past writing credits include Dome Light, Get Lit, and Facade as well as other short stories and poetry performed around Seattle. His plays have been seen at NW Asian American Theatre, Theater Schmeater, NW Actor's Studio, and at Freehold Studio Lab. As an actor, he has been seen in productions such as Sex In Seattle, The Twilight Zone, R&J, West Side Story, True West, Lone Star, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea to name a few. Recently, he has also directed The Original Motherfucker by Suzan-Lori Parks at 365 Days/365 Plays theatre festival held nationwide. Daniel is a Capitol Hill resident and also has photography, films, and designer experience to his credit.

Concrete Sky by Richard Sloniker
Claire, a twenty-something Chinese-American spitfire, just met Dustin, a momma's boy who's lived his entire life in the same po-dunk town. Along the brushy shoulder of a rural highway at dusk, Dustin wades though the choices of his past, as Claire wrestles with obstacles her past has been littered with. They've both seen the same signs, but their meanings are quite, quite different. Someone's taken a wrong turn somewhere, and no one wants to admit it.

Richard Nguyen Sloniker is a writer, educator, and actor who has performed throughout the Puget Sound region with production companies including the Washington Shakespeare Festival, The Seattle Children's Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Village Theatre, and SIS Productions. His plays have been seen on stages for Theatre Creatures and the Northwest Asian American Theatre. He has also spent several years developing and directing acting and digital media production classes for the Seattle Parks and Recreation at Asa Mercer, Denny, and McClure Middle Schools. Richard is currently working toward his MFA at the University of Washington in their Professional Actor Training Program.

Quality Time by Serin Ngai
Meng and Tristan escape to a nearby hotel over a weekend to spend quality time together as a married couple. However, as time ticks away, the quality of their time spent with each other becomes uncertain as their weekend alone evolves into inconvenient exposures and disclosures. Quality Time is a new full-length comedy by the original playwright and co-creator of the popular Sex in Seattle series and stars Patty Pomplun, Ray Tagavilla, Richard Sloniker, and others. Directed by Desdemona Chiang.

Serin Ngai was the original playwright of the comedic Sex in Seattle series who co-created and wrote episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7. She was also a founding executive producer of SIS Productions. Serin has written sketch comedy (OPM) and her work has been seen on stage in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. In addition to playwriting, Serin is an actress who has appeared in independent films and performed with various local theater companies including SIS Productions, ReAct, Seattle Public Theater, Experimental Theater Project, and Book-It Repertory. Serin is also an attorney who practices family law and general civil litigation.

Can't wait that long? Then whet your appetite for all of these new works with our special preview event Mmmmmm . . . A Sampler of 6 Insatiable Plays, to be held on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 4pm. All readings will be at Richard Hugo House located at 1634 11th Avenue (11th Avenue, off of Pine Street) on Seattle's Capitol Hill. Tickets are a mere $5 for the whole event, which will leave you wanting more! Please call (206) 323-9443 or email for reservations and information or visit

SIS Productions is a production company that strives to create, develop and produce quality works that involve Asian American women, their themes, and Asian American issues. SIS Productions encourages opportunities and support for Asian American women to be involved in all aspects of the production of artistic endeavors.

The SIS Writers Group was established in 2005 to encourage and promote Asian American playwrights to develop their work and actively engage in the craft of writing new plays.

Special thanks to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, City of Seattle and 4Culture King County Lodging Tax for their support of our 2008 season.

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