hereandnow (LA)
May 29 to July 3, 1999

Back by popular demand, experience the excitement with the third and FINAL run of this unforgettable show about love, hatred, death, and passion!! The dynamic work is a mix of innovative writing, martial arts, and dance ranging from high-energy hip hop to lyrical modern. Expect to be entertained and thoroughly involved in an experience that will sweep you away while it brings home the story classic of old hate and ill-fated love.

Direction - John Miyasaki
Original Text - William Shakespeare
Modern Text - Antoine Diel, Edren Sumagaysay, Chonn Ng, Traci Kato
Lighting Design - Gerry Linsangan
Fight Choreography - George Huang
Dance Choreography - Desiree Roble
Musical Director - Janelle Tangonan & Antoine Diel
Stage Manager - Monique Barreiro
Set Design - Ryan Suda
Co sponsored by blacklava clothing, East Los Angeles College Artists in
Residence Program, and We Tell Stories.

Show Dates:
Sat May 29 - 8:30 pm
Sun May 30 - 3:30 pm

Sat June 5 -8:30 pm
Sun June 6 - 3:30 pm

Sat June 12 - 8:30 pm
Sun June 13 - 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Fri June 18 - 8:30 pm
Sat June 19 - 8:30 pm
Sun June 20 - 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

Fri June 25 - 8:30 pm
Sat June 26 - 8:00 pm, 10:30 pm
Sun June 27 - 3:30 pm

Fri July 2 - 8:30 pm
Sat July 3 - 3:30 pm, 8:30 pm

East Los Angeles College Auditorium
1301 E. Ceasar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(cross streets, Atlantic and the 60 FWY)

Ticket Prices:
Opening and Closing night w/reception - $17
General Admission - $14
18 & under, 65 & over - $7
Matinees - $12
Group rate 10+ (presale only) - $10

To order tickets or to make reservations, call at: (323) 256-2810 or (323) 340-8698.

For Further Information Please Contact

THE NIGHT THE MOON LANDED ON 39TH STREET and Other Tales of Wonder...
Planetary premiere of a new solo multimedia performance
Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA.
JUNE 17 to JULY 3, 1999
8:30 PM Thurs - Sun $15.
(no show on July 4th)

Follow the dreams of this seriously space-crazed guy as he reaches for the stars in a hilarious and poignant celebration of human wonder. Critically-acclaimed writer/performer Dan Kwong combines personal anecdotes, space history and wild fantasy with a multimedia array of video, slide projection, music, funky costumes & far-out props. Along the way Kwong endures a wacky, do-it-yourself astronaut
training program (the likes of which NASA has never dreamed) as he warp-speeds his way towards becoming The First Performance Artist in Space...

RESERVATIONS: (310) 315-1459 10am-7pm daily

HIGHWAYS is located at:
1651 18th Street in Santa Monica,
a half block north of Olympic Blvd.

Central Public Library & PEN Center USA West
Emerging Voices
An Evening of Readings
by the1999 Emerging Voices Mentorship Program
Wednesday, July 7th, 1999
7-8:30 pm
Mark Taper Auditorium
Downtown Central Library
630 W. Fifth St.

Readings by:
William Archila
Shonda Buchanan
Stephanie Han
Rhonda Mitchell-Planer
Lisa Nunez-Hancock
Carl Peel
Renee Simms
Denise Uyehara

Free admission.
Information (213) 365-8500 (parking in library garage at 524 S. Flower. Parking is $1 if you get your ticket validated at the information desk just before the reading begins).

Asian American Theatre Company (SF)
presents a staged reading
Bikini Boy
by Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Monday, July 12, 1999

See News for more details.

Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company
SKINning the surFACE
Wednesday, July 14, 1999 6:30pm
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival's Inside/Out series.

"Donohue's dances deliver a sociopolitical wallop...turning the personal into the universal." - Dohse, Village Voice

On April 30, 1975 when the final helicopter lifted off the roof of the American embassy in Saigon, over 30,000 Americans were left behind. Bearing the inescapable con lai (half breed) traits of American fathers, these children were often abandoned by their Vietnamese relatives and left to roam the streets. In 1987 the Amerasian Homecoming Act allowed these children entry to America often based solely on the "passport" of these same traits i.e., blue eyes, a big nose or black skin. In SKINning the surFACE Maura Nguyen Donohue uses this historical episode as springboard into a heated exploration of the bi-racial body and its personal and political repercussions.

SKINning the surFACE was commissioned by New World Theater in Amherst, MA and Dance Theater Workshop in NYC and presented at NWT's "VietNew: a generation emerges" (Nov 98) and DTW's "Carnival" (Mar 99) Festivals. SKINning has also toured to Wisconsin and upstate New York.

For more information on the company:


"melting apparent surfaces away, and displaying the infinite
which was hid"

Maura Nguyen Donohue
(917) 943 - 6121

The East West Players New Voices Project presents
The 1999 Writers Gallery Reading Series
at the Japanese American National Museum

Euijoon Kim
directed by Deb Nishimura
July 15, 1999, 7:30 pm

Really...Need we say more? OK, it's also a damn comedy!

East West Players Writers Gallery readings are at JANM, The Japanese American National Museum 369 E. 1st Street in Little Tokyo. Admission is free, but please call 213.625.0414 for reservations.

This damn play was developed in EWP's David Henry Hwang Writers Institute.

East West Players (LA)
Asian Theater Workshop (LA)
Word Up!
July 8 to 18, 1999

The Mark Taper Forum's Asian Theatre Workshop and East West Players present "Word Up!" A Festival of Asian American Performance, July 8 - 18. Produced at East West Players' David Henry Hwang Theatre, the festival is comprised of nine performance pieces:

Thursday, July 8:
7 PM - Giant Oranges (Dennis Dun)
9 PM - Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt (Eric Steinberg)

Friday July 9:
7 PM - Giant Oranges (Dennis Dun)
9 PM - Pointless (Alec Mapa)

Saturday, July 10:
1 PM - Appearances (Paula Weston Solano)
3 PM - Talking With My Hands (James Sie)
5 PM - Deadwood to Hollywood (Amy Hill)
7 PM - Smash Hits and Pop Flies (Dan Kwong)
9 PM - New Culture for a New Country (Alice Tuan)

Sunday, July 11:
1 PM - Appearances (Paula Weston Solano)
3 PM - Talking With My Hands (James Sie)
5 PM - Deadwood to Hollywood (Amy Hill)
7 PM - Smash Hits and Pop Flies (Dan Kwong)
9 PM - New Culture for a New Country (Alice Tuan)

Thursday, July 15:
7 PM - Giant Oranges (Dennis Dun)
9 PM - Nobody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt (Eric Stenberg)

Friday July 16:
7 PM - Giant Oranges (Dennis Dun)
9 PM - Maps of City & Body (Denise Uyehara)

Saturday, July 17:
1 PM - Appearances (Paula Weston Solano)
3 PM - Talking With My Hands (James Sie)
5 PM - Deadwood to Hollywood (Amy Hill)
7 PM - Smash Hits and Pop Flies (Dan Kwong)
9 PM - New Culture for a New Country (Alice Tuan)

Sunday, July 18:
1 PM - Appearances (Paula Weston Solano)
3 PM - Talking With My Hands (James Sie)
5 PM - Deadwood to Hollywood (Amy Hill)
7 PM - Smash Hits and Pop Flies (Dan Kwong)
9 PM - New Culture for a New Country (Alice Tuan)

Go here for full description of these pieces.

OHANA and Godzilla West present:
Annual fundraiser celebration!
Friday July 16, 1999 7:00 - 9:30 PM
461 9th Street, Oakland CA
Near Broadway - two blocks from BART 12th St. Station

$10.00 donation requested at the door
No charge for delicious FOOD
Asian-American Poetry, Spoken Word, Music
Contemporary multicultural art and sculpture

Special Guest featured reader: Genny Lim

Genny Lim is a native San Francisco poet, performer, playwright and educator. Her literary works Paper Angels (aired on American Playhouse on PBS in 1995), Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island and numerous concert performance collaborations with jazz artists have garnered her numerous awards. She has been featured on the PBS series, The United States Poetry, KQED-TV's San Francisco Chinatown, and Pins and Noodles.

Also featuring:
Jeff Leong
Dennis M. Somera
Penina Ava Taesali
Emily Han Zimmerman

Questions? Call Penina (510) 208-6087

OHANA's regular Open Mike occurs at 7:30 PM every third Friday of the month at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland. We are Asian and Pacific Islander artists, poets, performance artists, musicians, prose writers and dancers. All are welcome.

Ohana is supported through a grant from the California Arts Council, Poets and Writers and grateful recognition goes to Godzilla West and Pro Arts Gallery for their generosity and assistance.

A reading of a play by Philip W. Chung
LAUGHTER JOY AND LONELINESS AND SEX AND SEX AND SEX AND SEX... (The all-new, improved, teeth-whitening, MSG-free version)
Sunday, July 25, 7 pm
The Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)
Conference Room
3200A W. Temple St. (between Rampart and Virgil, west of downtown Los Angeles)

Thirty-year-old Philosophy instructor TIGER LEE (Ryun Yu) is having a passionate romance with one of his teenaged students, AMBER RAINES (Julie Neumark). But the woman Tiger secretly loves is his best friend SUNNY CHO (Bokyun Chun). When Sunny tells him she's moving three-thousand miles away to be with her fiancee, Tiger turns to the God of Love, CUPID (David Rainey), and the Goddess of the Soul, PSYCHE (Diana Georger), hoping to find true love before his chance is gone.

Also starring: Jimmy Taenaka, Eddie Mui and Corinne Chooey.

Directed by Eric Byler
Produced by Anita S. Chang

Free admission, but there is limited seating and reservations are required: (323) 993-7245 or

This play contains adult language and themes. For mature audiences only.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC)
Performance Associates
The Joy Luck Club
by Susan Kim adapted from the novel by Amy Tan
April 14 to May 15, 1999
July 7 to July ?, 1999

For more information on this production, call 212-505-5655 or, or the co-producers at

Westbeth Theatre Center
(Arnold Engelman/Producing Director)
Presents Margaret Cho
in her New York Theatrical Debut!
I'm The One That I Want
June 22 to July 31, 1999

(New York) - The one and only Margaret Cho will play New York in a very special six week engagement at the Westbeth Theatre Center, starting on June 22nd. For the first time, Cho relates her experiences as the first Asian American to star in her own sitcom, (or as she describes it, "my journey to hell and back") while showing why she's one of her generation's most successful comedians. I'm The One That I Want bows at Westbeth (151 Bank Street), from June 22nd through July 31. Opening night is set for Thursday, July 8th at 8:30 PM. The playing schedule is Tuesdays through
Saturdays at 8:30 PM (doors open at 7:30 PM). Tickets $30 - $35, can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at (212) 307-4100.

The years during and following her ABC sitcom, All-American Girl, (or "Saved by the Gong" as she refers to it) are filled with stories of disillusionment and drug and alcohol abuse. Now 30, Margaret has emerged clean, sober, more confident and funnier than ever ("I've quit drinking, which is really great because now I go to sleep instead of passing out, and when I work out, the sweat doesn't burn my eyes.") While talking about the "worst Hollywood experiences ever," Margaret also finds humor in burning issues like racism and sexism, while also reclaiming her status as a self-described "fag hag." ("When I was little, I always said I wanted to be surrounded by lots of gorgeous guys. And now I am, and I should have been more specific.")

The San Francisco native started performing in a comedy room above her parent's bookstore as a teenager, and moved quickly to the college circuit. Arsenio Hall introduced her to late night audiences, Bob Hope put her on a prime time special, she won the 1994 American Comedy Award for Female Comedian, and, seemingly overnight, Margaret Cho became a national celebrity.

Margaret continues performing to sold-out audiences across the country. She has dined at the White House with President Clinton and the President of Korea and has appeared on Politically Incorrect, Leno, Letterman, Rosie, Regis and Oprah. She appeared in the films It's My Party and Face/Off, and is the voice of the detective in the successful Rugrats movie. Her comedy specials are repeated regularly on Comedy Central and are among the highest rated for the network. Her new CD, Margaret Cho Live In Houston, was recorded on Worlds AIDS Day to benefit the Montrose Clinic. A portion of the proceeds is used for HIV prevention.

Margaret is very excited about her theatrical debut in the Big Apple. "I OD'ed in New York so many times - now it's New York's turn to OD on me!"

Recently, the Westbeth Theatre Center has presented such solo artists as Eddie Izzard in "Dressed To Kill," Sandra Bernhard in "I'm Still Here, Damn It," Kate Clinton in "Correct Me If I'm Right" and the original productions of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Thwak."

Margaret Cho in "I'm The One That I Want"
Westbeth Theatre Center (151 Bank Street)
June 22 - July 31, 1999
Ticketmaster (212) 307-4100
visit our website!

Press Contact: David Lotz (212) 695-7400

Tongue in a Mood (SF)
July 8 to 31, 1999

It's time to check out an all new show from the group that brought you "BOMBA" and "The Kalat Show"...


This show is completely different from what you may have seen tongue in a mood do in the past. We will take you for a ride inside a giant jeepney where you will witness the incredibly eccentric prophet, Nostradamo predicting doomsday with a garlic peanut, giant bamboo trees fighting against the corporate evil elements of the Taco Bell chihuahua, a nun's erotic dance in death, and of course, Bobby Banduria in the streets of Manila. Because of the unique configuration of this show, SEATING IS LIMITED! So make reservations now and don't miss out.

July 8th --> July 31st
THU --> SAT @ 8pm

Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth Street (at Howard)
San Francisco

$12 General Admission
$10 Senior & Students w/ID

Tix available @ the door.
No credit cards.

415.974-1167 or

Second Generation Productions'
In the Works readings series
Euijoon Kim's
Karaoke Stories
Mon., July 26th, 7pm
Joseph Papp Public Theater
425 Lafayette St., @ 8th St.
Hosted by the Joseph Papp Public Theater
*discussion with author to follow

In this hilarious crude urban comedy, a la Pulp Fiction, two LA filmmakers conjur a mad, sensual, and violent world of mermaids, clowns, femme fatales, and nunchuck wielding grocer/gangsters who all converge simultaneously on aKaraoke bar.

*Parental discretion is advised.

Director: Alan Muraoka (star of Sesame Street and acclaimed director of the revival of Falsettoland)
Cast: TBA (see audition information at bottom)

"In the Works" Reading Panel: Gladys Chen, Janice Pono, Tom Kouo, Alan Muraoka, Welly Yang

*this is not a Public Theater production

Seeking Asian American actors and actresses of all types.

Musical Theater Works
440 Lafayette St., 4th Fl.
Thurs, July 15, 3-8pm
Fri., July 16, 2-7pm
If you are interested in auditioning, check out our website at for audition sides.

Fri, July 23, 12-6pm
Sat, July 24, 12-6pm

Second Generation Productions is a non-profit theater company dedicated to presenting daring and orginal Asian American works.

with Culture Clash and the
Gilbert Castellanos Jazz Trio
July 30, 31 1999

* A John Woo Family Dinner!
* World Cup 2002!
* Blaine Asakawa's Self Defense Class!
* Bruce Can Cook!
* We Love to Sing!
And more! Fun for the whole family! (leave the kids at home)

July 30, 31 1999
Friday, Saturday 7:30pm

Shiley Theatre
University of San Diego
5998 Alcal· Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492

$15 General
$10 Senior, student
USD box office: (619) 260-2901

P.O. Box 590356
San Francisco, CA 94159-0356

Colf Tofu (LA)
Tofu 2000: Curdling Toward the Next Millenium
Gallery Theater
Barnsdall Park
July 30 and 31, 1999

The improvisational theater Cold Tofu tackles TV, relationships, politics and even Y2K in Tofu 2000, two evenings of sketch comedy and improvisation, featuring an appearance by Amy Hill.

New World, New Art: The Asian Artist in America
A Unifying Festival of Song, Dance and Art
August 5 & 6, Skyline Stage, Navy Pier, 7:30pm
$18.00 - tickets available by TicketMaster at 312.559.1212 or at the
Skyline Stage Box Office

Contact Celia Bucci, Festival Coordinator
TEL: 312/344-7870 FAX: 312/344-8010


  • George Takei (Star Trek)
  • Lauren Tom (The Joy Luck Club)
  • Gene Honda (93.9 LiteFM)
  • James Law (Executive Director for City of Chicago Special Events)
  • Joanie Lum (WGN Television)
  • H.T. Chen & Dancers (modern dance from NYC)
  • Anthony Brown's Asian American Ensemble (excerpts from Duke Ellington's "Far East Suite")
  • DJ Shortkut from the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (Hip Hop turntablist)
  • Natyakalalayam (classical Indian dance and music)
  • Il Kwa Nori (Korean dance and drums)
  • XiLin Dance Group ( young lion dancers, choreographed by Qing Ye)
  • Jennifer Cheung (young virtuoso violinist) with Li-Kuo Chang (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
  • John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

Stage Art Design: Kyoko Ibe - Japanese washi (paper) sculptures

Panel Discussions:
Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council and The Human Relations
Foundation of Chicago

Town Hall Meeting
"Promoting the Value of Diversity through the Arts and Media"
Monday, August 2, 5:30 pm, Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy
Clarence N. Wood (President, Human Relations Foundation), Robert Entman
(North Carolina State Univ.), Frank Wu (Howard University Law School),
Sandra Royster (Chicago Cultural Center)

Panel Discussion
"Current Images of Asians and Asian Americans on Television"
Tuesday, August 3, 5:30 pm, Duncan YMCA, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Darrell Hamamoto (UC Davis), Nesita Kwan (NBC 5 Chicago), Steve Johnson
(Chicago Tribune), Lahn Sung Kim (Northwestern University), Frank Wu
(Howard University Law School), Wilbur Pan (President, NAAAP Chicago)

Panel Discussion
"Asians and Asian Americans in Hollywood: Then and Now"
Wednesday, August 4, 5:30 pm, Duncan YMCA, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Beulah Quo (Actress), Karla Fuller (Columbia College), Sandra Tsing Loh
(Independent Producer), Tom Gunning (University of Chicago), Wilbur Pan
(President, NAAAP Chicago)

Community Programs free and open to the public
July 30 Anthony Brown at Citbank - 12:00pm - 3430 S. Halsted
Anthony Brown for Peoples Music School and Asian Human Services at
The People's Music School - 3:00pm - 931 West Eastwood
July 31 Kyoko Ibe at The Art Institute of Chicago - 1:30pm
Aug 1 Anthony Brown for Japanese American Service Committee (children
& musicians) at JASC - 2:00pm - 4427 N. Clark
Aug 2 Anthony Brown for Black Music Research and Columbia College at
Columbia College, Hokin Center - 4:00pm - 623 S. Wabash
Natyakalalayam at Chicago Cultural Center - 4:00pm - Claudia Cassidy Theater
Aug 3 Anthony Brown for Japanese American Service Committee (Seniors)
1:00pm - 4427 N. Clark
Natyakalalayam at Duncan YMCA - 2:00pm - 1001 W. Roosevelt
Aug 4 H.T. Chen & Dancers at Chinese Community Center - 11:00am - 250
W. 22nd Place
H.T. Chen & Dancers at Skokie Public Library/Skokie Chinese Language School
4:30pm - 5215 Oakton, Skokie, IL
Anthony Brown & Shortkut at Duncan YMCA - 4:00pm - 1001 W. Roosevelt
Kyoko Ibe at Center for Book and Paper Arts - 6:30pm - 218 S. Wabash
7th floor

Dance Party - Friday, Aug. 6, Duncan YMCA, 9pm , 1001 W. Roosevelt featuring DJ Shortkut with local talents in music, art, spoken word and much, much more. Separate admission, free with Skyline ticket.

Pork Filled Players (Seattle)
and ReACT
Where No Pig Has Gone Before V. 2.0
Seattle Fringe Fest Revisited
July 30, 10 pm
August 5, 10 pm
August 8, 8:30 pm, 1999

Seattle's newest sketch comedy group reprises their top hits from last spring's Seattle Fringe Fest! Well....sorta...They're still their top hits...but they're different sketches! With different people! And...

The Rice Room:  Scenes from a Bar
by Noel Alumit
Highways Performance Space
July 30 to August 7, 1999

Noel Alumit's one-man show The Rice Room:  Scenes from a Bar  returns to  Highways Performance Space on Fridays and Saturdays, July 30-August 7, 1999 at 8:30 pm.  Earlier this year, The Rice Room played to two sold out performances at Highways. 

The lives of gay Asian men are explored in Noel Alumit's one man show set in a West  Hollywood bar.  Based on countless interviews and Noel's work in the gay Asian community, The Rice Room is an energetic, frenetic, and touching experience, tackling  some of the most universal of themes:  desire, survival, sex, fate, and joy.  The Rice Room was developed through the Mark Taper Forum's Asian Theatre Workshop under the watchful eyes of Chay Yew and Luis Alfaro.

Boys in the Band playwright Mart Crowley called Noel's work "witty and stylish." And Tim Dang, Artistic Director of East West Players, said, "I was impressed by his creative voice:  touching yet comic.  With the standing ovation at the end of his  performance, I assumed others were impressed also."

Noel Alumit earned his BFA in acting from USC.  He is the recipient of an LA  Weekly award for his acting and an Emerging Voices Fellowship from PEN Center USA  West.  He is currently a Community Access Scholar at the UCLA Writers Program.  In addition, Noel has been seen on Beverly Hills 90210, The Young and the Restless, and Red Surf with George Clooney.  He has performed in many Los Angeles  productions including the world premiere of A Language of their Own at the Celebration Theatre.  He is most proud of his work with the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, preventing HIV infection in gay Asian men.

Deborah Nishimura (Dance and Sing for the Holidays and Beijing Spring at East West Players) will direct.  

Highways is located at 1651 18th Street (cross street is Olympic) in Santa Monica.  Reservations:  310-315-1459.  Admission is $15.

When We Were Warriors (Part I)
a film adaption of Gate of Heaven
by Lane Nishikawa
August 7, 1999

See News story.

Toronto Summerworks Festival
MAX 40
August 7 to 14, 1999

Written and directed by BOBBY DEL RIO

It is a dark comedy about mental abuse in the family. Perverse, I know, but an important story to hear. It examines the inherent abusive relationship between creator and creation. Great feedback for this script, and the buzz has already started about this show.

Factory Main Stage - Sat Aug 7 @ 9:30pm, Mon Aug 9 @ 8pm,
Wed Aug 11 @ 6:30pm, Thu Aug 12 @ 9:30pm, Sat Aug 14 @ 5pm,
Sun Aug 14 @ 6:30pm

max 40
Written by DAVID YEE

After last year's smash hit, HALF LIFE, Dave has written two short plays about life, loss and Michael Landon. The incomparable Jean Yoon has dramaturged, and the acting talents of DAVE YEE and BOBBY DEL RIO will be showcased. Yee's play LEGENDS AND LEGACIES just won the prestigious President's Award (for best production) at the Hart House Festival in January, and max 40 promises to be just as Yee. (Whatever that means.)

Tarragon Extra Space - Thu Aug 5 @ 8pm, Sun Aug 8 @ 2pm,
Mon Aug 9 @ 6:30pm, Thu Aug 12 @ 6:30pm, Fri Aug 13 @ 11pm,
Sat Aug 14 @ 9:30pm, Sun Aug 15 @ 8pm.

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC)
a reading of
by Sung Rno
August 16, 1999

The Northwest Asian American Theatre (Seattle)
2 WEEKS in August
Week 1 COMEDY Welcome to the Wongs
by Andy Lew
August 13-14 8pm August 20-21 8pm
August 15 7pm August 22 7pm

The Northwest Asian American Theatre is pleased to announce the opening of 2 WEEKS in August, a series featuring the work of up-and-coming performing artists. This performance series will run from August 13-22 at the Theatre Off Jackson. Emerging Asian American artists will come together on our stage to offer the most innovative works in dance and theatre. 2 WEEKS will feature a staged reading of Welcome to the Wongs, written by Andy Lew, and two new dance works titled The Woman That Was Not There and Remember Me directed by Veronica and Lester Lee.

Ticket Prices are:
August 13-15 $5 General
August 20-22 $10 General, $7 Student

Welcome to the Wongs
Written by Andy Lew
Directed by Sean Baik
Cast: Stan Asis, Jose Aboag, Kathy Hsieh, Henry Mark, Serin Ngai, Amy Waschke, and Vera Wong,
Dates/Times: August 13-14 Friday and Saturday 8pm
August 15 Sunday 7pm

Welcome to the Wongs is a hilarious story of a family dinner spinning out of control and the interesting twists and mishaps in the lives of three generations of Chinese in America. The story is told from the point-of-view of a young Chinese American boy who is constantly bombarded with inter-generational family politics and traditional culture while questioning his own ideas about relationships, culture and family. With a cast that will have you laughing and crying in your seats, this is a workshop presentation not to be missed!

Playwright Andy Lew was born and raised in South Seattle, Washington. He
is a high school physics teacher and has collaborated with local and
national playwrights including Nu Quang, Eugenie Chan, and Bill Johnson.
Welcome to the Wongs is his first full-length play.

The Woman That Was Not There ask me. ask me. ask me.
Remember Me

Directed by: Veronica and Lester Lee
Performed by: The Three Yells
Dancers: Gianna Colvin-Bridges, Lester Lee and Veronica Lee,
Amy O'Neal, and Bakira Riley
Running Time: 1 hour and 45, minutes with a ten minute intermission
Dates/Times: August 20 and 21 Friday and Saturday (8pm)
August 22 Sunday (7pm)

The Woman That Was Not There ask me. ask me. ask me. is a sensuous narrative of the transformation of a couple in a relationship. Based on a collage of poems and memories this is a visually arresting work that captivates and intrigues the senses. A breathtaking Alice in Wonderland style adventure, Remember Me is an exquisite and fantastical journey of the discovery of sexuality.

Dancer and Choreographer Veronica Lee, a recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, has been seen in numerous venues in Seattle including: Soil gallery, On The Boards, and Cornish College of the Arts.

San Diego Asian American Repetory Theatre
Tanglaw: Lighting the Arts
August 17, 1999

See News story.

Performances by Filipino-American dancers, musicians, poets, and actors at the TANGLAW: LIGHTING THE ARTS event next week will be dedicated in memory of Joseph Illeto, the Filipino-American mail carrier slain on Tuesday this week in Los Angeles. Illeto, 39, was gunned down by Buford O. Furrow, Jr., shortly following the gunman's stunning shootings of five, including three children, at a Jewish community center.

The following statement is being released by the TANGLAW organizing committee:

"We must resolve the anger and sadness these acts have perpetrated in all of us. We must remind not just ourselves and those we love, but especially those who would monger hate and fear, that we are a brave and resilient people. We will not in turn hate or fear, but continue to offer our talents with hope and pride to everyone in this rich, wonderful, but sometimes confusing and frightening country."

East West Players New Voices Project presents
The 1999 Fresh Off the Page Reading Series
The Japanese American National Museum
a.l.a. (asians in los angeles)
Daniel Cariaga/Ray Cervantez/Susan High/Emmie Hsu/Nic Kim/Annette Lee/Mari Muki/Ken Narasaki/ Henrietta Chico Nofre/Judy Soo Hoo
curated and assembled by
Alice Tuan
August 19, 1999

It's a Mall, it's the Hollywood Sign, it's an alien's a freeway, it's a revolution...this ain't no disco...this is A.L.A.

Thursday August 19.1999 7.30 p.m.

East West Players Fresh Off the Page readings are at JANM The Japanese American National Museum 369 E. 1st Street in Little Tokyo
Admission is free, but please call 213.625.0414 for reservations.
East West Players The Nation's First and Foremost Asian Pacific
American Theatre 213.625.7000.

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC)
Mother Courage and her Children
by Bertol Brecht
August 6 to August 29, 1999

Ma-Yi Theatre opens its 11th Season with an adaptation of Brecht's Mother Courage and her Children. Set on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, the play transports us to 1971 at the cusp of Martial Law and the escalation of hostilities between the Philippine Army and Muslim separatists. It is here where Nanay Isog (the local dialect's equivalent of Mother Courage) follows the winds of war in her cart, along with her children Elvis (so named because "Hound Dog was blaring on the radio when he popped out"), Kesong Puti (or White Cheese), and Christine Brown, her mute child by an American G.I.

Barington Stage Co. (Massachusetts)
by Velina Houston
August 11 to 29, 1999

Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT)
by Leslie Lum
September 1 and 2, 1999

East West Players and the Japanese American National Museum presents
A Writers Gallery Reading of
Street Stories
by Paula Cizmar
Directed by Deborah Nishimura
September 16, 1999, Thursday, 7:30

The Japanese American National Museum Legacies Gallery
369 E. 1st Street (at Central) in Little Tokyo
Right around the corner from East West Players

Writers Gallery Readings are free, but please call 213.625.0414 for

PINAYSista's Speak
September 19, 1999

See News story for details!

The Bubblegum Killers (excerpts) LA area
by Jeannie Barroga
September 19, 1999

See News story for details on this show and the Eighth Annual Festival of Philipine Arts and Culture.

The Theater Offensive presents its eighth annual
Out on the Edge festival
Denise Uyehara in
Hello (Sex) Kitty:
Mad Asian Bitch on Wheels

Sept. 17 & 18 at 10 pm
Sept. 19 at 9pm, 1999
at the Boston Center for the Arts

She's getting standing ovations, it's selling out fast...

tickets at the BCA box Office: 617-426-2787
(for info, call the The Theater Offensive: 617-542-4214)

"Best Performance Artst in the West...Serious but hilarious!"
- Entertainment Weekly

"One of the Hundred Coolest People in L.A."
- Buzz Magazine

For more information about bringing Ms. Uyehara to your area, call (310) 285-3698, or email, subject line: "Book Uyehara" check out her official web site:

Other fabulous artists in the Out on the Edge Festival include: Alexandra Billings, "Wild Nights with Emily" by Madeleine Olnek, A Real Read, Jaffe Cohen, Monica Palacios, Holly Hughes, Paul Bonin Rodriguez.

Asian American Theater Company & La Pena Cultural Center (SF)
Dragon Lady Vs. Pochahontas
A Workshop Production
Septmber 24, 25 1999

What happens when Dragon Lady meets Pochahontas?!? Find out in an evening of original collaborations between Latina Theater Lab and AATC's Women Writers!

"Our luscious and original skits include: singing, berets, sombreros, fans, wigs, platform shoes, goddesses, dolls, madonnas, sanrio, tits n' ass, breast pumps, edible underwear, switchblades, the fillmore, Hee Haw, Barbi, the Starry Plough and the usual rant on the issues."

La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Thursday Sept. 23 and Friday Sept. 24, 8PM

$12 adult, $10 students with ID and seniors
Group rates available for 10 or more

Info and Tixs: 510-849-2568,,

Reservations: 415-440-5545 email


Latina Theater Lab, founded by "co-madres" Wilma Bonet, Dena Martinez, Jaime Lujan, and Tessa Koning-Martinez, was created to provide a place for Latinas to produce, direct and act in work of their own. Now a four-year-old theater company, the group continues to provide emerging Latina theater artists with a professional environment in which to develop. Their goal is to create works that reflect the Latina voice and sensibility, which mirror humanitarian themes that highlight universality between cultures, and which bridge the gap between cultures and gender.

Asian American Theater Company was founded in 1973 as a playwrights' workshop. The company is dedicated to the production of New American plays by dramatists of Asian Pacific Islander descent. In its 26-year history, AATC has served as a home for numerous Asian Pacific American playwrights, directors, actors and designers, including: Frank Chin, Margaret Cho, Dennis Dun, David Henry Hwang, Philip Kan Gotanda, Amy Hill, Momoko Iko, R.A. Shiomi, Wakako Yamauchi and Judi Nihei. Now in its 27th Anniversary Season, AATC is poised to chart new directions for Asian Pacific Islander American theater arts into the new millennium. AATC Women Writers Project is part of AATC's Emerging Artist Project and features Patty Cachapero, Kim Compoc, Mary Dacumos, Rhoda Gravador, Naomi Quinones, Suz Takeda and Pearl Wong.

Philadelphia Fringe Festival
The Arcadia Stage at the Arden Theatre
40 N. 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PASeptember 23 & 24 at 7 PM
September 25 at 8 PM

Box office- 215-413-1318 or pick up tickets at the National Showroom, 113-131 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

"...three extremely talented young Asian-American men." -New York Times-

"Slant has a way of throwing sticks of theatrical dynamite. Parodying the alienating experience of Asian immigrants in American culture, the trio dress up as Kabuki-style Martians, throw on their electric guitars and make political satire."
- -Village Voice-


Flipsights '99 (SF)
September 22 to 26, 1999
extended to October 2!

flipsights '99 is coming on Sept 22-26/October 2!

all new stories. all new faces.

Bindlestiff Studio
185 6th St @ Howard/Mission, SF

Make reservations NOW @ 415-974-1167!

Bay Area Playwrights Festival
Debunking Love
dramaturged by ROY CONBOY

An Asian American writer's funny--if desperate--attempts at romance push him towards the edge of sanity. And when a friend's liquor store is vandalized by racists and another friend's acquaintances are attacked in a hate crime, he is forced to face the long-ignored question of who he really is. Identity, race, sexuality, politics, activism, apathy, and enough neurosis to choke a cow--they all come crashing together as everybody takes a stab at DEBUNKING LOVE.

Wednesday, September 22, 1999 @ 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 2, 1999 @ 8 p.m.

Suggested donation: $10

A Traveling Jewish Theatre
470 Florida Street
(at Mariposa Street)
San Francisco

For reservations, call 415.263.3986.

East West Players (LA)
Actors Showcase
September 27 and 28, 1999


Monday & Tuesday, September 27 & 28, 1999 @ 8 PM.

Admission is free, with a reception afterwards in the courtyard.

For industry reservations, 323 769-7067 or e-mail (please bring a business card).

Otherwise, seating will be first come, first serve.


East West Players
David Henry Hwang Theater
120 N. Judge John Aiso St.
(formerly San Pedro St. between Temple and First Streets)
Downtown Los Angeles
Parking available adjacent to the theater

LaJolla Playhouse (CA)
by Chay Yew
September 22 to October 17, 1999

A revised version of Chay Yew's play.

East West Players (LA)
Leilani's Hibscus
by Jon Shirota
September 22 to October 17, 1999

This is a world premiere show, a humor-filled journey about an interracial romance against the backdrop of Hawaii, which is suddenly shattered by the war that forever alters the lives of the lovers. But with magical intervention from the spirit world, the couple meets again in the most unlikely of places. From the author of HAWAII NO KA OI and PINEAPPLE WHITE.

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble (formerly known as
Society of Heritage Performers
) (LA)
by Judy Soo Hoo
September 30 to October 17, 1999

The Lodestone Theatre Ensemble, formerly known as the Society of Heritage Performers, sets the cast and designers for the world premiere of TEXAS, by Judy Soo Hoo. The show--which will serve as the inaugural event for a newly revamped company--will run at The Secret Rose Theatre, located at 11246 Magnolia Boulevard in the No Ho district of North Hollywood. Directed by Jeff Liu, TEXAS runs three weeks, opening on Thursday, September 30 and closing on Sunday, October 17, 1999.

TEXAS is a dark comic look at a college freshman whose "student housing" turns out to be in a cramped trailer with two wacked-out brothers on the flats of Texas. Through a series of vicious psychological and physical games one long night, he learns the truth about them and their awful secrets. Pitbulls, a butcher and a tall glass of lemonade...need more be said? The cast for TEXAS includes Roger Fan (New Line's Rush Hour, Fox's Party of Five), Eddie Mui (Touchstone's Gone In Sixty Seconds, Fox's Beverly Hills 90210) and Ryun Yu (the first Korean American to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London).

Soo Hoo was one of the collaborators in the show 29 DREAMS: WOMEN WALKING THROUGH WALLS and the author of TWICE-TOLD CHRISTMAS TALES, both produced at East West Players. Her play REFRIGERATORS was a winner in the East West Players/AT&T New Voices Playwriting Competition and is anthologized in a compilation of Asian American play excerpts--edited by David Henry Hwang and published by APA Journal--as well as being published in BEST STAGE SCENES, 1997. Judy is the recipient of the 1998 APEX Scholarship, sponsored by East West Players and APEX, and the 1999 UCLA Extension Writer's Program Community Access Scholarship. She has chosen the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble to produce TEXAS because she feels, "Art should be scary. It should contain an unsayable truth. I feel that Lodestone is a young dynamic company that is committed to presenting work that has the power of transforming the way we think of Asian American Drama."

TEXAS was developed in the David Henry Hwang Writing Institute at East West Players, the Asian Theatre Workshop at the Mark Taper Forum, and is the winner of the 1999 Yukon New Play Award at the Edward Albee Theatre Conference.

The Lodestone Theatre Ensemble's mission is to develop, create, promote and present edgy, compelling, and impassioned works that bridge communities through truthful and entertaining artistry. Writer and co-founder of the Society of Heritage Performers, Philip W. Chung (ABC's Lois & Clark), proudly states, "It's due to the vision, commitment and work of Soon-Tek Oh that we've been able to get to this point. Our goal is to fulfill his vision and create an Asian American theatre that is truly multicultural, rooted in our community and artistically challenging."

Artistic Director, Soon-Tek Oh (Disney's Mulan, Sony/TriStar's Beverly Hills Ninja, M*A*S*H*), says simply, "I want to make theatre accessible to everyone, particularly to those who traditionally have not been theatre-goers--Asian Americans, students and young people, those who aren't wealthy...the 'non-cultural elite. I also want to develop in the public's imagination the contributions and potential of Asian American performers...especially during this time of such little diversity in the mass media."

Peformances for TEXAS are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 1pm. General ticket prices are $12. Senior and student ticket prices are $10. Group ticket prices (10 or more) are $8. Patrons can make reservations by calling the Society of Heritage Performers/Lodestone Theatre Ensemble Hotline at 323/993-7245, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

in mixed company (NY)
a dime for two nipples
New York on New York Festival
October 1 and 9, 1999

Maura Nguyen Donohue in mixed company premieres a new work at the "New York on New York Festival":

"Hey baby, I like Chinese food ... Ohhhh, two Mamasans for the price of one ... Oh me so horny, me love you long time ... Hey Suzy Wong ... Konichiwaaaaa ... Ni how maaaaa ... I'll give you a dime for two nipples..."

A dime for 2 nipples is about walking and talking and the NYC equation of Peoples plus proximity. A walk down the street kick starts a running commentary on the current state of race and gender relations with the Hims calling to the Hers amongst a sidewalk stew of spewed stereotypes. dime examines the face-to-face nature of these momentary exchanges through a light hearted lens spotted with a couple sardonic specks. Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company presents a short work exploring the proximate dance inherent in the bustle and jostle of city street life for Puffin Foundation and Danspace Project's "New York on New York" Festival.

Performances are Fri Oct 1 and Sat Oct 9 at 8:30pm. Tickets $8.00. Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church. 131 E 10th St at 2nd Avenue. NYC. Reservations: 212/674-8194.

A dime for 2 nipples includes sound & video design by Brian Nishii and performances by Peggy Cheng, Maeve Donohue, Nancy Ellis (Oct 1), Adam Feinstein, Billy Macagnone (Oct 9), Brian Nishii and Hanson Tse.

Asian American Theatre Company (SF)
Dragon Lady Vs. Pochahontas
October 14 to 16, 1999

What happens when Asian America meets Latin America?!? Find out in an evening of original collaborations between Latina Theater Lab and AATC's Women Writers! This cross-cultural workshop production of Dragon Lady VS Pochahontas played to sold-out houses at La Pena in Berkeley. It now makes it's San Francisco debut in an limited run Thursday through Saturday October 14th-16th, 1999, 8pm at New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco.

"Our luscious and original skits include: singing, berets, sombreros, fans, wigs, platform shoes, goddesses, dolls, madonnas, sanrio, tits n' ass, breast pumps, edible underwear, switchblades, the fillmore, Hee Haw, Barbi, the Starry Plough and the usual rant on the issues."

Performers for the production include: (AATC): Patty Cachapero, Kim Compoc, Mary Dacumos, Naomi Quinones, Suz Takeda, Rhoda Gravador and Pearl Wong. (LTL): Wilma Bonet, Maria Candelaria, Dena Martinez, Tessa Koning-Martinez and Marlene Ramirez-Cancio.

Where: New Langton Arts
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco

When: Thursday through Saturday October 14, 15, 16

Price: $12 adult, $10 students with ID and seniors
Group rates available for 10 or more

Info/Reservations: 415-440-5545 EMAIL


East West Players New Voices Project presents
The 1999 Writers Gallery Reading Series at JANM
The Japanese American National Museum
The Poet of Columbus Avenue
by Dennis Escobedo
directed by Ogie Zulueta
October 14, 1999

Magic, fog, streetcars, and love. Must be Chinatown, Jay.

Thursday October 14th, 1999 7.30 p.m.

The Poet of Columbus Avenue was developed through the East West Players' David Henry Hwang Writers Institute.

East West Players Writers Gallery readings are at JANM
The Japanese American National Museum 369 E. 1st Street in Little Tokyo
Admission is free, but please call 213.625.0414 for reservations.

October 15 to 17, 1999

Peeling the Banana, New York's ever-popular Asian American performance ensemble, follows its summer sell-out success, returning to the Puffin Room October 15-17 with its new show Addictions.

The Puffin Room
435 Broome Street (at Broadway)
(N & R to Prince Street

Admission $8
Reservations STRONGLY recommended:
(please arrive a half-hour before show)
Call 212-343-2881

Sex...Alcohol...Cigarettes...Food...Pornography....and, of course, Asian Americans! Hold on for a bumpy ride, from the outskirts to the innards of Asian America-- from West Coast to East Coast, straight to queer -- encountering adversity and diversity on subway platforms and political platforms.

The New York Times has compared Peeling's signature collision of poetry, movement, storytelling, and sketch comedy to Ntozake Shange's choreopoem For Colored Girls Who've Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf..." The Peelers pique and provoke -- and share stories of lives lived furiously and joyously.

Directed by Dan Bacalzo; featuring Dan Bacalzo, Regie Cabico, Carla Ching, Aileen Cho, and Ngo Thanh Nhan.

Peeling the Banana is a critically-acclaimed New York based pan-Asian American performance ensemble exploring autobiography and collective identity as departure points for performance and community-building. Founded in 1995 by performance artist Gary San Angel, Peeling creates collaborative work, digging deep into issues facing the Asian American community. Prior performances include the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Second Stage Theater, Highways in Los Angeles; Desh Pardesh Festival in Toronto, and countless universities on the east coast.

With Michael Sasaki and Friends
October 15, 1999



388 NINTH STREET, Suite 290 (between Franklin and Webster)
Oakland, CA
(Parking Available Underground)

When: Friday October 15, 1999
Price: $10
Group rates available for 10 or more

Info/Reservations: OACC 510-208-6080


Seattle Repertory Theatre
Golden Child
by David Henry Hwang
September 27 to October 30, 1999

This Tony Award-nominated play by the Tony Award winning author comes to the Tony Award winning regional theatre. Directed by Sharon Ott, who has more than a few clues in Asian American theatre, this Tony-nominated play is story of sexual politics, tradition and haunted family history. A wealthy Chinese merchant's interest in Christianity sets off a power struggle among his three wives and alters the life of his young daughter.

Theatre Mu (Minneapolis)
The Tale of the Dancing Crane
October 7 to October 31, 1999

Adults and children alike will be moved by this powerful tale of love, loss and transformation. The Tale of the Dancing Crane is a mythic and personal story of a young peasant who saves the life of a crane, then soon after meets and marries a mysterious woman. R.A. Shiomi weaves this Japanese folk tale with a touching story about the intense study of taiko, traditional Japanese drumming, inspired by his own taiko journey.

InterACT (Sacramento)
Manoa Valley
by Ed Sakamoto
October 8 to 31, 1999

InterACT (Interactive Asian Contemporary Theatre) of Sacramento opens its fifth season with Manoa Valley by Edward Sakamoto. Runs Oct 8-31, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sunday matinees (Oct 17, 24, 31) at 3 PM, at Broadway Playhouse, 4010 El Camino Ave, Sacramento. Tickets are $10-12. For tickets and information, call (916)452-6174.

Directed by Kelvin Tsao, the cast includes: A.M. Lai, Lawrence J. Lew, Eva Kim-Laurent, Rina Dion, Kyla Aquino, Eric Fong, Kevin-Michael Chu, Justine Lai, Jennifer Shane and Kent Chan. Manoa Valley is second of a trilogy; InterACT previously staged the first play The Taste of Kona Coffee in May 1998. Manoa Valley is a warm-hearted, humorous and loving look at a Japanese Hawaiian family in 1959, as they prepare a party to celebrate the attainment of Hawaii's statehood."

Northwest Asian American Theatre (Seattle)
Rancho Grande
by Eugenie Chan
October 14 to November 7, 1999

A world premiere production which takes a disturbing look at the conflicting identities of Asians in America and their desperate struggle to redefine themselves. Rancho Grande explores the identity of a Chinese American girl and her family as she comes to terms with her own emerging sexuality.

Stir-Friday Night (Chicago)
The Lunar Conspiracy: Birth of an Asian
October 15 to November 13, 1999

See News story!

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
by Ralph Pena
October 15 to November 7, 1999

"When I feel the water it is like I am also touching my home. . . Now we live in Anaheim."

Vangie has brought her mother from the Philippines to live with her in the states. Unfortunately, she never knew the trouble and pain it would cause the both of them. While Vangie is busy trying to assimilate and "melt" into Western Culture, Aying wanders to the beach, meets and befriends a young Filipino in search of an identity. Don't miss this poignant and salient play that reaches to anyone who has ever questioned who they are - and wondered what exactly they should call "home."

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre is excited to announce its fourth-season opener, and AART's first Filipino-American production, FLIPZOIDS by Ralph Peña. The one-act play opens October 15, 1999 and will run through November 7, 1999 at the Sweetooth Theatre in downtown San Diego, located in the ballroom of the Maryland Hotel. Since its premiere in October 1996 at Theatre for the New City in New York, the play has become the most lauded and widely-produced Filipino-American play, seeing production from across the United States to Manila. Ching Valdes-Aran, an original cast member, won an Obie for her performance in 1996.

FLIPZOIDS runs at 8 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 P.M. on Sundays. There will be preview performances on Wednesday and Thursday, October 13-14 at 8 P.M. Tickets are $12 general admission, $9 for students/seniors/military. AART is also pleased to present a special "Pay What You Can/Actor's Night" on Monday, October 18, 1999 at 8 P.M. Discounts are available for advance group sales. For reservations and information, call (619)544-9079.

A review by BackStage!

Fri, Oct 22 & Sat, Oct 23 @ 8pm,
L'il Thrills for children & families
Sat, Oct 23 @ 4:30pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way,
San Francisco, CA

Join Eth-Noh-Tec's 5th annual telling of bone chilling Asian tales. For tickets/info: Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo or Nancy Wang, (415) 282-8705 or email:

Second Generation Productions' In the Works (NYC)
proudly presents a staged reading of two one-acts
hosted by The Joseph Papp Public Theater:
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing
written by Lloyd Suh
Last Year's Kisses
written by Derek Nguyen
Monday, October 25, 1999

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing
written by Lloyd Suh
directed by Nancy Chu
with Michi Barall, Tracy Baker, Ken Glickfield,
Tom Ikeda, Afolabi M. Ojumu
Last Year's Kisses
written by Derek Nguyen
directed by Alan Muraoka
with Jo Shui, Sue Jin Song, Marc Jason Wong

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. With post performance discussion with playwrights and directors.
Place: The Joseph Papp Public Theater, Anspacher Theater
425 Lafayette St., @8th St., New York, New York
Admission: Free. Reservation required. This show is expected to fill up very quickly, so place your reservation on-line now at  or call (212) 340-1095. You must arrive by 7:45 to pick up your reservation, or your reservation will go to those on the waiting list.

***TAIWAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF. Donations will be accepted to benefit the victims of the Taiwan earthquake, which has claimed over 2,400 lives and billions of dollars in damage. Because the Taiwanese have been great supporters of 2g, and since many of 2g's artists and production staff are Taiwanese American, we are doing our part to help rebuild the island after the devastating tragedy. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Tainan City Government, which hosted 2g artists this past summer, and has been directly active in the rebuilding of the most ravished towns and cities.

Program Director: Janice Pono Production Supervisor: Tom Kouo Stage Manager: Andrew Chu Producers: Gladys Chen, Welly Yang Tickets: Laura Bach Volunteers: Carol Ng, Waisum Tam

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing
Indianapolis. A redneck spectator. A roaming food vendor. Three people who don't belong. Set against the backdrop of the Indy 500, a daughter brings home her African American fiancee seeking her Korean father's blessings.

Last Year's Kisses
Three people, two couples, four New Year's Eves... Carlye can't shake her memories. A dress. A hotel room. A found receipt. Billy, her husband can't shake his infidelities and his drinking. Mai, her lover, can't shake her need to be with someone. New Year's Eve is a time to clean the slate....

Second Generation Productions is a non-profit theater company dedicated to presenting daring and original Asian American works.

UC Davis
Talk Story
by Jeannie Barroga
October 28 to November 7

See News story.

Yang-Tze Repertory Theatre (NYC)
China's Premiere classic by Cao Yu
directed by Joanna Chan
October 29 to 31, 1999

A.S.K. Theater Projects (LA)
by Daniel Cariaga
A reading Directed by
Chay Yew
Saturday October 30 at 1pm
At the Ford Theatre (The former Taper Too)
2580 Cahuenga Blvd East

The Cast:
Francois Chau, Kelly Coffield, John Michael Morgan,
Chris Wells, Alec Mapa, Sandra Oh, Javier Mulero

Admission is free
Reservations are required
310/478-9275 ASK reservation line.

SLEEPWALK was developed with the help of East West Players' David Henry
Hwang Writers Institute.

a staged reading of a new musical
November 1, 1999

She's an Asian teenager who dreams of Broadway stardom...
He's a Catholic brother with his own inner conflicts....
Together they offer each other the kind of support no one else can.

ctor-Singers: Jennifer Paz (who starred as Kim in Miss Saigon), David Brandt, Takayo Fischer, Sabrina Lu and Michael K. Lee.

Book by Henry Ong
Music and Lyrics by Dick Hamilton
Directed by Deborah Nishimura

Based on the motion picture "Odd Birds" by Jeanne Collachia
Monday, November 1
8 p.m.
Los Angeles Theater Center (Theater 4)
514 S. Spring Street

Suggested donation is $5
RSVP (323) 665-7612

Magic Theatre (SF)
Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties
October 29 to November 21, 1999

San Francisco's Magic Theatre presents the world premiere of Michelle Carter's new comedy, HILLARY AND SOON-YI SHOP FOR TIES. A wild blend of songs and satire, HILLARY AND SOON-YI SHOP FOR TIES, subtitled "a vaudeville for the new millennium," takes an acute look at the two women who most evoke the question, "What was she thinking?" The hit of the Magic Theatre's Raw Play series, this premiere creates a kaleidoscopic femal icon cabaret, including not only America's two most famous spouses but also cameo apperances by Marilyn Monroe, Persephone, and the Virgin Mary.Playwright Michelle Carter has been featured at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and has twice been a finalist at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. A prolific writer, she has completed thre full-length plays, multiple short plays, over 30 publish short stories, and to novels including a New york Times Editor's Pick. Award-winning Bay Area actress Lorri Holt will co-star with Amy Tung, an up-and-coming talent who burst onto the local theatrical scene working with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Both actresses developed thest roles in workshops of the play. Bay Area director/actress/playwright Joan Mankin will direct.

Previews begin October 29, 1999.
Opens: Friday, November 5, 1999
Closes: Sunday, November 21, 1999 Wednesday through Saturdays, 8:30pmSundays 2:30pmMagic TheatreFort Mason Center, Bldg. DMarina Blvd. at Buchanan St., San FranciscoFor tickets ($15-30) and information the public may call 415/441-8822.Senior and Student Rush tickets are $8 and may be purchased half and hour before curtain when available. Pay-what-you-can nights are November 3 & 4, 1999.

by Denise Uyehara
directed by Chay Yew
World Premiere!
Fridays and Saturdays
November 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday matinee, November 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Highways Performance Space
1651 18th Street (one block north of Olympic)
Santa Monica, CA 90404

General Admission $15
students $2 off w/ID, senior and group rates available
Reservations call: (310) 315-1459

In this personal work, award-winning performance artist/writer Denise Uyehara draws shimmering blue and green maps over her body as she evokes what marks us in our migration towards more borderless identities: blue numbers on a Jewish woman's arm; a Chicana biker neighbor; queerness; love and violence between Asian women and men; a grandmother's fiery suicide. In this moving and provocative performance, Uyehara reveals to us the marks on her body as memories, and through them, she shows us our life destinations. Visuals by Lee B. Dramaturgy by Elia Arce and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario.

Denise Uyehara has been presented at venues the United States including the Walker Arts Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Internationally in London, Vancouver, Beijing, and Helsinki. She is a founding member of the Sacred Naked Nature Girls. She was recently a Poets & Writers Writer on Site Artist-in Residence at Beyond Baroque and LACMA, as well as a PEN West Emerging Voices Fellow.

Maps is commissioned by the Taper's Asian Theater Workshop and received a workshop production in ATW's WORD UP! Festival on July 16, 1999.

East West Players (LA)
NOVEMBER 6, 1999

East West Players, the first and foremost Asian Pacific American theatre in the country, presents a benefit night of musical nostalgia, "One Night Only: Musical Classics from the 40's," on Saturday, November 6, 1999 at 8:00pm at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts. The theater is located at 120 North Judge John Aiso Street (formerly San Pedro Street) in Little Tokyo downtown Los Angeles.

Sponsored by The Gas Company, "One Night Only" features the unique vocals of Ai Goeku (BEIJING SPRING, MISS SAIGON), Randall Guiaya (BEIJING SPRING, PACIFIC OVERTURES), Alvin Ing (PACIFIC OVERTURES, TOO OLD FOR THE CHORUS), Michael K. Lee (MISS SAIGON, RENT), Deborah Nishimura (PACIFIC OVERTURES, CABARET, SWEENEY TODD, GODSPELL), Jennifer Paz (MISS SAIGON), and musical accompaniment of Scott Nagatani (SWEENEY TODD, INTO THE WOODS, PACIFIC OVERTURES, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING). Nancy Kwan (Flower Drum Song, The World of Suzy Wong) is the evening's honorary host..

A pre-reception for "One Night Only: Musical Classics from the 40's" begins at 7:00pm, performance at 8:00pm, with desert reception immediately following the show. Ticket prices are $100 for House Seats, $50 for Orchestra, and $40 for Balcony. Patrons can purchase tickets beginning by calling East West Players at 213.625.7000, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 6:00pm.

"One Night Only: Musical Classics from the 40's"is sponsored in part by Anheuser Busch/Budweiser and Seagram Americas/Chivas Regal, and will benefit East West Players' literary and educational programs.

A play by Steven J. Bolia
Directed by Chil Kong
Produced by Anita S. Chang
November 7, 1999

With: Maria Hanson, Henry Hayashi, Grace Jun, Emily Liu, Ming Lo, Sun St.
Pierre, Tuan Tran and Yurika Young

A surreal comedy in which 3 sisters harboring secrets come to terms with
their past and their mother who has a few secrets of her own. Conflicts
complicate a holiday gathering as the mother must decide if being loyal to
her culture and its traditions is worth losing her newfound closeness with
her daughters.

Sunday, November 7, 1999

The Secret Rose Theatre
11246 Magnolia Boulevard (west of Lankershim)
North Hollywood

The reading is free but please RSVP by calling SHP/Lodestone Theatre Ensemble
Hotline at 323/993-7245 or by emailing to

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble's mission is to develop, create, promote and
present compelling and impassioned works that bridge communities
through truthful and entertaining artistry.

The Yellow Box series presents readings of new and classic works every month,
and was created to foster and develop writers, actors and directors.

San Francisco Stage & Film Company invites you to a reading of
Post-Coitals, Pre-Nuptials
Almost a love story in one act
by Alexander Woo
Sunday, November 7, 1999
4:00 p.m.
2050 Bryant Street (between 18th & 19th Sts.)
San Francisco

This reading is free to the public and features:

Sean San Jose (Campo Santo), Mary Doleson (ACT), Vinnie Beachum (KPFA),
Machiko Saito (filmmaker, Pre-Menstrual Spotting), Michael Chih-Ming
Hornbuckle (18 Mighty Mountain Warriors), Pearl Wong (18 Mighty Mountain Warriors), Allyson Kulavos (SF Int'l Playwrights Festival) and Colin Thompson (SF Int'l Playwrights Festival). Directed by Kelvin Han Yee (The Butcher's Burden, AATC). There will be live music by Art Hirahara.

Post-Coitals, Pre-Nuptials is a wacky, comedy involving Barry White, a
Chinese delivery boy and a romance novel heroine by Alexander Woo. A
graduate of the Yale drama school, Mr. Woo's most recent work 'Forbidden City Blues' was read during the 1999 Bay Area International Playwright's Festival.

East West Players (LA)
Paper or Plastic? New Plays to Go!
November 9 to 15, 1999

East West Players' David Henry Hwang Writers Institute announces its final
reading series of the you-know-what!

Paper or Plastic? New Plays to Go! features 20 new pieces to be presented over 7 days and nights, beginning with a Miniplay Marathon Sunday, November 7, starting at 1 p.m. at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 N. Judge John Aiso Street. The series continues Tuesday, November 9, Wednesday, November 10, and Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 14, at 3 p.m., Monday, November 17, at 7:30 p.m. Come taste our fresh, hot, new plays...and take some home for later!

Paper or Plastic? New Plays to Go! The 1999 DHHWI Playreading Series
All readings will be at 120 N. Judge John Aiso Street, at the Union Center for the Arts! All readings are free, but suggested donations (to support the Writers Institute): $5.00 or pay what you can!

Sunday November 7 1 - 5 p.m.
MINIPLAY MARATHON (Short pieces by Ed, Roz, Ben, Mari, Lee, Daniel, Annette)
LEE CATALUNA Half Dozen Long Stem

Tuesday November 9 7:30 p.m.
KEVIN MAEDA Blowing Thirty
ROSEMARY CHO REYES Friends and Enemies

Wednesday November 10 7:30 p.m.
ED RAMOLETE Shadow Dance of a Mosquito Boxer
ANNETTE LEE Only One House

Friday November 12 7:30 p.m.
BENJAMIN LUM Excerpts from: Of Dreams, Mangos and Rycroft Street DANIEL CARIAGA Sensitivity Training for Men

Sunday November 14 3 - 7 p.m.
HENRIETTA C. NOFRE Driving Lessons
MARI MUKI As Yet Undetermined Life
SUSAN HIGH Casting Venus

Monday November 15 7:30 p.m.
MARK JUE Sunday at Statue Square

City College of San Francisco Theatre Department presents
The Festival of American Playwrights of Color 2
directed by A. Fajilan
November 5, 6, 12, 13 @ 8pm November 14 @ 2pm
Diego Rivera Theatre (corner of Judson & Phelan)
Reservations & Information 415.239.3132
Tickets $10 general $5 Students, Faculty, TBA members

Writers include Kim Yaged, Arnold Molina, Robert Wu, William Yellow Robe Jr., Edgar Poma, Joe Lopez, Adrienne Kennedy, Sylvia Gonzalez S.

Pork Filled Players (Seattle)
1999 Seattle Sketch Comedy Festival
November 15 and 16

PFP joins the other premier sketch comedy groups of Seattle to present the first ever Seattle Sketch Comedy Festival. Hosted by Almost Live's John Kiester!

New York University
APA Studies Emerging Artists Series
@Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, NYC
Common Room, 1st floor

the lineup:
I WAS BORN WITH TWO TONGUES w/bassist extraodinaire: Darius Savage
Stacyann Chin
* * Q&A with Jessica Hagedorn * *

...and a catered reception after the show,
come wine, dine, and toss around some politics
through word,sound, and power.
Sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific /American Studies Emerging Artists
Series, and the Asian Working Artists.

I Was Born With Two Tongues
is a Chicago based panAsian spoken word group, an exercise in communication, and the sound of four brains knocking together. Anida Yoeu Esguerra, Dennis Kim, Marlon Esguerra, and Emily Chang first took the stage together in the summer of ’98 at Wicker Park’s Mad Bar and carved Chicago’s spoken word scene a new ear.

The Tongues explore the intersections between art and activism, the personal and political, to unearth the rich histories of Asian people in America and participate in the construction of the Asian American identity. Their poems are the correspondence of the hybrid mind, unsorted mail to the contradictions they live. Threats to fetishists reading "I burn with rage," letterbombs bursting "Free Mumia," chain letters that insist "yellow/brown is beautiful," declarations of existence, refusal of the margin.

Pork Filled Players (Seattle)
(in time capsule form)
Goes Down Easy
November 11 to 21, 1999

The Northwest's Asian American multicultural comedy troupe makes an all-out assault on the millenium (how...original). Deal with feng shui ninja assasins, Imelda Marcos the Shoe Fairy and M. Mouse, the Enforcer! Join new cast members for PFP's first mainstage show at Seattle's Theatre Off Jackson.

For more details, see News story.

Lapu, the Coyote that Cares Theatre Co.
UCLA's Premier Asian American Theater Company
LOVE...close your eyes and roll the dice
~~~~~ a night of short plays, improv, and video ~~~~~
Monday, November 15th & Wednesday, November 17th
Northwest Campus Auditorium, UCLA

doors open @ 7:30 pm * show begins @ 8:00 pm

(Seating is limited, please arrive early.)

Admission is FREE.

For more information:

E-mail: or

Voicemail: (310) 935-2321

To place an ad in our show program, please contact:

Tanya Peng

Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle)
S.A.M. I Am
by Warren Omata
November 11 to 21, 1999

Finding Space:
The Girl Without Hands
November 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21, 1999
8:00 PM
Beginning at the corner of 2nd and Santa Fe in the
Artist District of Downtown Los Angeles

Featuring 20 actors and dancers including

choreography from
Dona Leonard and Sherwood Chen
Cid Pearlman of Nesting Dolls

and writings from
Nancy Agabian, Maurissa Tancharoen, Angela Kang, and Sheila Callahan

Tickets are $15 ($10 with current student ID)

(Opening weekend, Friday through Sunday November 12, 13 and 14 mention Los Angeles Culture Net and receive a $3 discount on the price of admission.)

For reservations and more information, please call 323 957 4808.

The performance will lead you on a walking performancejourney, so wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes. The performance is approximately 1 and 1/2 hours long.

Friday night performances are "Artist Barter" night. Artists can bring a piece of art that they themselves have created to present at the box office. The box office manager will barter with the artist for a sliding discount on the ticket price based on the quality, quantity and effort invested in the work. The art will then be auctioned (with the artist's contact information if desired on E-bay, providing the artist and the organization with publicity. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Finding Space.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NYC)
The Poet of Columbus Avenue
by Dennis Escobedo
November 19, 1999

The Poet of Columbus Avenue, written by Dennis Escobedo, directed by Ron Nakahara on November 19, 1999 at 7pm at Musical Theatre Works (sponsored by Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.) The address is 440 Lafayette Street, Room 3D near the Public Theatre in NOHO in New York. The reading is FREE. Poet is an Asian American Romantic Comedy about "twentysomethings" dealing with love, destiny, and fortune cookies set in San Francisco's Chinatown. The play is a little like S.A.M. I Am or When Harry Met Sally. If anyone is looking for something free and fun to do on a Friday night in NY, this is their best bet. For more info, please call Pan Asian Rep at (212) 505-5655.

Tsunami Theatre (Washington, DC)
by David Henry Hwang
Fall 1999

South Coast Repertory Theatre (LA)
Summer Moon
by John Olive
November 5 to December 5, 1999

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