Return Of “The Thumping Claw” One-Acts Series, May 22 At Actor’s Playpen
Producers Andrea Apuy, David J. Lee, Neil Sehgal, and Ewan Chung present “Thumping Claw 2008”, four original one-acts written by acclaimed and emerging Asian American playwrights. The show will run at the Actor’s Playpen in Hollywood from May 22 to June 22.
After a run of sold-out shows and glowing reviews last summer, this year’s show features writers from both coasts for another fresh and topical theatrical experience, including Julia Cho (“Post It”, directed by Leslie Ishii), Lloyd Suh (“Happy Birthday William Abernathy”, dir. David J. Lee), Michael Golamco (“Please Stand By”, dir. Heidi Helen Davis), and Carla Ching (“Dissipating Heat”, dir. Darrell Kunitomi).
Why more one-acts? Producer-director Lee explains, “There really isn't much of a market out there for them. Everything in theater and film is about full-lengths, and I like the fact that Thumping Claw provides a venue for compelling stories that don't need a full 90 minutes to be told.”
“Thumping Claw” not only provides such a venue but also gives back to charity. “I always find it interesting when Asian American artists band together to do something,” says writer Julia Cho. “I like the combination of community and art, and it's something I very much want to support.” A portion of this year’s ticket sales will go towards the Chinese Parents Assocation for the Disabled (www.cpad.org), “a non-profit organization dedicated to help individuals with special needs and their families (e.g., autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy).” Autism also happens to be the theme of Golamco’s piece, “Please Stand By”.
This combination of art and charity leads to Thumping Claw’s motto: Make some noise. Leave your mark. Director Heidi Helen Davis agrees: “I fully expect that the people at the helm of this company will maintain the integrity and excellence they have shown, and this will be a most vital place for actors, writers and directors to create important theatre. I am proud to be involved with this group of artists.”
“Thumping Claw 2008” runs Fridays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $22 at the door and $18 online. Discount tickets are available for large groups, seniors, and students. Tickets can be purchased at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Directions to the theatre can be found at www.theactorsplaypen.com. Street parking available. Visit www.thumpingclaw.com for the latest updates.
Originally from Los Angeles, CARLA CHING is a playwright and teaching artist with The New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, and Young Playwrights. She wrote and performed with the pan-Asian performance collective Peeling for 3½ years. Her work with Peeling appeared at Second Stage Theater, The Asian American Writers Workshop, NYU, Rutgers, Cornell, Columbia, and St. Mark’s Theater. Her full-length plays include TBA (Second Generation/ Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center), DIRTY (finalist for the Cherrylane Mentorship Project; readings by Interborough Repertory Theater and Cannery Works/Stamford Center for the Arts), YELLOW GIRL, FOUND OBJECTS, and THE RIPPLE EFFECT. Short plays include NEXT BIG THING (Vampire Cowboys/Battle Ranch), THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LITTLE GOTH GIRL (Second Generation/Public Theater), MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION (Ma-Yi commission/Ohio Theater), DISSIPATING HEAT (Desipina and Company/Tenement Theater, finalist for the Heideman Award from the Actors Theater of Louisville), CAUGHT (No-Pants Theater Company/Manhattan Theater Source), and FIRST (Above Ground Theater Company/Trilogy Theater Annex). Her upcoming play, BIG BLIND/LITTLE BLIND, is about a futuristic high-stakes poker game for an organ transplant in a world beset by a new kind of plague. She served as an artist delegate with Ma-Yi, The Hip Hop Theater Festival, and The Foundry at the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2007, and then at the US Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia in June 2007. She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Dramatist Guild. BA, Vassar College. MFA, Actors Studio Drama School.
JULIA CHO’s plays include THE PIANO TEACHER, DURANGO, THE WINCHESTER HOUSE, BFE, THE ARCHITECTURE OF LOSS and 99 HISTORIES. Her work has been produced at The Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, New York Theatre Workshop, East West Players, The Theatre@Boston Court, Theater Mu and Silk Road Theatre Project among others. Honors include the 2005 Barrie Stavis Award, the 2005 Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists and the 2004 L. Arnold Weissberger Award. An alumna of the Juilliard School and NYU's Graduate Dramatic Writing Program, Julia is currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists. Her plays are available from Dramatists Play Service and www.playscripts.com.