Mid 1998 Calendar


Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (NY)
Aloha Las Vegas
by Ed Sakamoto
April 16 to May 16, 1998

Widower Wally Fukuda considers a move from the Hawaiian Islands to Las Vegas to start a new life. His family and friends are thrown into a tizzy of conflicting advice and emotions.

Ed Sakamoto triumphs once again!

Theater Mu
Wok Up American Dream
by Maria Cheng
April 17 to May 3, 1998
Studio 6 A of the Hennepin
Center for the Arts

Wok-Up American Dream chronicles the hilarious and heartfelt life of a Chinese American family finding success in the land of opportunity. Dad is an eminent cardiologist, Mom sits on all the right boards, son Linc is an aspiring stockbroker and daughter Tricia is heading off to medical school. What's wrong with this picture? Plenty, as Maria Cheng turns their whole world upside down to shake out the truth under their veneer of success.

It is a special honor and opportunity for Theater Mu to have the prominent Asian American actor Soon-Tek Oh in our production. He was featured in Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures and was one of the founding group at East West Players in Los Angeles. You have seen him in many films and television series such as Hawaii Five-O and M*A*S*H and he is now starring in the Penumbra production of Canned Goods.

Stir Friday Night (Chicago)
Lo Mein on the Totem Pole
April 17 to May 23, 1998
Piper's Alley, Chicago

Lo Mein is coming to Piper's Alley for Asian American Heritage Month! Get a taste of Stir-Friday Night!'s unique brand of Asian Amencan sketch comedy as they return for their seventh original show, Lo Mein On The Totem Pole. Written and performed by the Midwest's only Professional Asian American comedy troupe, Stir-Friday Night! will introduce you to a different and inside view of the characters in their ethnic neighborhood.

Stir-Friday Night! creator and producer, Quincy Wong, also directs, writes and performs with veteran cast members Daisy Castro, Wayne Eji, Ken Hamada, Jennifer Liu, Renee Massaro, Ron Mok, and Joe Yau.

Lo Mein On The Totem Pole is scheduled to run Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 P.M. at Donny's Skybox Studio Theater in Piper's Alley, 1608 N. Wells. The show opens April 17th and runs through May 23rd. Tickets are $12 and $8 for students. For tickets call The Second City Box Office at (312) 337-3992. For more information about StirFriday Night! call (773) 973-4533.

Chickencoop Chinaman
by Frank Chin
April 30-May 10, 1998 · 8:00 p.m.
SOMAR Cultural Center, San Francisco

The 25th anniversary revival of this classic Asian American play by the groundbreaking founder of the Asian American Theater Workshop (which became Asian American Theater Company in 1978). In the early 1970s, this play was a declaration of war against the mainstream culture; twenty years later, it's still bitter and sharp and mean, and it still has something to say.

Peeling the Banana (NYC)
Second Stage Theatre
April 27, May 4 and May 11, 1998

Love, Asian American style. And sex, and family, and working for The Man. What's it all about?

Peeling the Banana (PtB), New York City's one-of-a-kind multi-generational, pansexual, pan-Asian American theater troupe, will reveal it all to you, off-Broadway.

What's the connection of a corpse, a condom, and tattooed names of Asian Americans? Do activism and romance mix like garlic and eggs? Why does a long-dead Chinese hero screw up a bar romance, and what exactly does it mean to have a "wheatish" complexion, anyway?

Directed by Van Lier Fellowship recipient Gary San Angel, PtB's debut at Second Stage Theatre marks a high point in the growth of the two-year-old ensemble, comprised of Asian Americans from all walks of life who tell true-to-life stories with guts and honesty. "There is no group quite like it," says San Angel, a Los Angeles-born Filipino American performance artist. "This work is about Asian Americans today--not yesterday."

MORE INFORMATION? Contact Gary San Angel at 718-624-2221.

TnT (SF)
flipsights 98
April 30 to May 2, 1998

Teatro ng Tanan, in association with Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Bindlestiff Studios, is proud to present FLIPSIGHTS '98: dula-dulaan, istorya, tugtog, atbp. , our annual new works festival of monologues, dialogues and short plays from emerging young Filipino American artists.


WEEK ONE: Thursday, April 30- Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm

Michelle Bautista
Jenise Collado
Wilma Consul
Sheila Largo
Olivia Malabuyo
L.A. Renagen
Barbara Reyes
Donnalyn Rubiano-Arriola

Tickets are $7- $12 sliding scale

BINDLESTIFF STUDIOS, 185 Sixth Street (cross Howard), please call (415) 974-1167 for reservations and directions.

Saturday May 9, 1998 2pm
Hosted by the Joseph Papp Public Theater
425 Lafayette Street between Astor Place and E.4th Street

The New York Day Of Remembrance Committee in parternship with the Japanese American National Museum. Reservations required for open seating. Pay at thedoor.

$20 for individuals
$15 for groups of 10 or more, seniors and students
Call: 212. 807-8104 leave your name, telephone #, and number of tickets requested.

This landmark collaborative performance project brings to life the stories of Japanese Americans interned during WWII and their descenants. Using performance art, theater, taiko drumming, poetry, music and movement, TESTIMONY voices the liberation journey of 4 generations of the Japanese American community in the U.S. through immigration, WWII incarceration, the redress movement, assimilation, and inter-generational healing.

These deeply moving stories will deal with the redress testimonies of concentration camp survivors, oral histories of persons living with mental disabilities, Japanese American Women, WWII Veterans, WWII Draft, Resisters, Gay liberation and the healing power of Community. The multi-generational cast of 30 will include Asian American performers from NYC, Southern California, and Honolulu.

Performing Artists:

Mary Leslie Ishii
Darrell Kunitomi
Marcia Sakamoto-Wong
Alan Eto
Alan Muraoka
Gen Shinkai
Michael Ishii and Company



Stanford Asian American Theatre Project
by David Henry Hwang
directed by Lane Nishikawa
May 14, 15, 16, 1998

Stanford University's Asian American Theater Project re-emerges after a three-year absence with its student-led production of FOB (Fresh Off the Boat). Written in 1979 by then-Stanford senior David Henry Hwang -- who penned the Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly -- the two-act play examines the interaction between Dale, a second-generation American of Chinese descent; his cousin Grace, a first-generation Chinese-American; and Grace's friend Steve, a Chinese newcomer. The moving, oftentimes hilarious story is injected with an infusion of Chinese-American folklore and deals with the stigma of being "fresh off the boat"; it also speaks to the uniquely confusing experience of growing up Asian-American in America.

Bay Area actor Lane Nishikawa (former Artistic Director, Asian American Theater Company; actor, Mifune and Me; playwright, Gate of Heaven) directs an entirely student-acted and student-produced play.

WHEN: 8 pm, May 14, 15 and 16.

WHERE: Stanford University, Asian American Activities Center Ballroom, Stanford, CA.

INFO: Contact Jeffrey Li, Producer, at PO Box 4589 Stanford, CA 94309.

tel: (650) 497-2162. email: jeffli@leland.stanford.edu

Cal-State LA
May 14, 1998

The Slant Performance Group will be performing BIG DICKS, ASIAN MEN in its entirety and enormity on May 14, 1998, 8 PM at the Cal-State Los Angeles Music Hall, 5151 State University Drive. General admission is $12. For tickets and directions to the Music Hall please contact Rosalyn or Amy at 213-343-5471.

Golden Child
by David Henry Hwang
Broadway (Longacre Theatre)
Preview March 25, opening April 2

Golden Child moves to Broadway. See the Revue's review! Then read the reviews of the New York critics!

Asian Pacific Theatre Company (Sacramento)
The Taste of Kona Coffee
by Ed Sakamoto
May 2 to 25, 1998
Broadway Playhouse
4010 El Camino
Carmichael, CA

Asian American Repertory Theatre (Stockton)
Lonely Road Through The Jungle: a Vietnamese Children's Ghost Story
May 1998
at the opening of the Lodi Performing Art's newly restored Hutchins Street Theatre.

The United States of Asian America

API Performance Festival
Hatest Grits
of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
May 21, 22 8 pm
Capacity to Enter
solo performance piece by Canyon Sam
May 23, 24 8 pm
SOMAR Cultural Center, San Francisco
May 21-24, 1998

More info on 18 MMW show is here!

More info on Canyon Sam's piece is here!

The Game
by Jeannie Barroga
Staged Reading
May 25, 26 1998
Theatre of the Yugen, SF

THE GAME by Jeannie Barroga will have a staged reading at Theatre Yugen's Noh Space 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco on:

MONDAY, May 25, 1998 at 8:00pm ($8.50 donation suggested) and
TUESDAY, May 26, 1998 at 8:00 p.m. ($10.50 donation suggested)
BOX OFFICE: 415-621-7797

Directed by: Kelvin Han Yee (THE WALL, FISH HEAD SOUP): with Art Desuyo (A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN, WHISKEY CHICKEN); and Harold Byun (18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIOR), also Phillip Begin-Young (WOMAN WARRIOR, PORCELAIN) ; Nora McLoughlin, stage manager.

Jeannie Barroga (RITA'S RESOURCES, TALK-STORY, WALLS, EYE OF THE COCONUT) is the Literary Manager of TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, began the Playwright Forum in 1983, and has been published in "An Unbroken Thread" Roberta Uno, editor; and in "But Still Like Air I'll Rise" Velina Hasu Houston, editor. She has also served on various grants panels in the Bay Area, has taught at Asian American Theatre, 450 Geary Studio, and Brava! For Women in the Arts. She is an Active Member of the Dramatists Guild, New York.

OUTA THE PARK! With high-fly balls, zings, and even some barbs, "THE GAME" chronicles the highly-charged friendship between two Asian American writers, one successful and by-the-book, the other, laid-back, homeless, both endearing. Their ups and downs echo a rather erratic season for their very own San Francisco Giants. The friendship is challenged when one of the last of their many word-games takes on heftier stakes.

Inspire Entertainment (LA)
Thicker Than Water
May 27, 1998

Inspire Entertainment, a company created for the community. A community not exclusive to the UCLA Asian Pacific American community, students, youth, activists, or anyone else. Inspire is a community-based project with aspirations to reach an audience from all walks of life.

Inspire proudly present its debut performance, Thicker Than Water.This new musical, an original APA (Asian-Pacific American) based work, will be showcased in Royce Hall, UCLA's trademark 2000-plus seat theater on May 27th. A capacity crowd is expected to attend. The story, about Asian Americans, focuses on the lives of four cousins in their early to mid twenties trying to figure who they are and what they are doing with their lives. Despite their hardship, they find joy in facing their individual paths collectively. It is this bond that ultimately is Thicker Than Water.

This project will be supervised by UCLA faculty members from both the Asian American Studies and Theater departments, as well as the Center for Student Programming. It is Inspire's intention to stage the musical, and after its debut in Royce Hall, possibly tour. From there the members may then to move into music, film, TV and any and all venues where it is possible to "Inspire" the community. Inspire's members have contributed their talent, time, and energy for the love of performance and the opportunity to create this once in a lifetime event.

For more info contact
A.R. Mateo
Inspire Entertainment
(888) 855-1577

Inspire@westwoodonline.com or Inspire@letterbox.com

Or check out their website on www.westwoodonline.com/inspire

Concrete Theatre (Edmonton, Canada)
Three Installations from 3 Asian Artists
Edmonton Bus Barns
May 28 to 31, 1998

Mifune and Me
by Lane Nishikawa
May 28, 29 1998

See News.

Northwest Asian American Theatre (Seattle)
Gold Watch
by Momoko Iko
May 7 to June 7, 1998

The Northwest Asian American Theatre, celebrating its 25th season, is pleased to announce the production of Gold Watch by Momoko Iko from May 7th through June 7th. Performances run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.

Gold Watch explores the personal impact of the beginning of World War II on the Japanese American farming community of Pasco, WA as seen through the eyes of the Murakami family and their neighbors. Masu Murakami, is a stubborn, independent, spirited Japanese immigrant. He struggles to maintain not only his farm in a harsh climate but also his family as they face uncertainty against the backdrop of Executive Order 9066 and the evacuation of an entire community.

Directed by Cyndie Mastel-Rokicki, this large cast production explores the missed opportunities and preciousness of time heightened by the frustration of a people living under grueling circumstances. A complex mix of children trying to gain hope, teenagers struggling with their identity and parents fighting to keep their "American Dream" alive make this play an inspiring classic that continues to be relevant today.

The cast salutes its 25 year history while preparing for an exciting future into the 21st century headed by Stan Asis as Masu (an original founding member of Asian Exclusion Act before it became NWAAT), Vera Wong as Setsuko, Yumiko Fukushima as Kimiko, Masumi Hayashi-Smith as Chieko, David Kobayashi as Tanaka and Herb Tsuchiya as Reverend Sugano. Set and Lights will be co-Designed by Craig Wollam and Richard Lorig, Sound Design by Susie Kozawa, Costume Design by Mary Duckering, and Dramaturged by the Artistic Director Chil Kong.

Ticket prices are:

$12 General Admission
$10 Student/Senior Citizen
$ 8 for groups of five or more and special Thursday performances except for opening night.

For reservations, please contact the Box Office at 206-340-1049.

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
Letters to a Student Revolutionary
by Elizabeth Wong
Trying to Find Chinatown by David Henry Hwang
ORIGINAL DANCE PERFORMANCE, Choreographed by Donna Maglalang
The Maryland Hotel Near San Diego's Gaslamp District
May 15 to June 7, 1998

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre celebrates National Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May with An AART-ful Evening, A Night of One-Act Entertainments. An excitingly varied program of works, An AART-ful Evening will run from May 15 through June 7, 1998 at the Sweetooth Theatre in downtown San Diego. The theater is located in the basement of the Maryland Hotel.

An AART-ful Evening consists of three works: Trying to Find Chinatown by David Henry Hwang, co-directed by AART Artistic Director Andy Lowe and AART Resident Artist Fwamay Sullivan; a modern dance piece choreographed by AART Producing Director Donna Maglalang; and Letters to a Student Revolutionary by Elizabeth Wong, directed by Kathi Gibbs.

Trying to Find Chinatown offers an surprising twist regarding the choices of ethnicity we make as individuals and as a society. The play stars AART ensemble members Chad Sakamoto as Ronnie and Matthew Wilson as Benjamin, last seen respectively as Loman Chin and Leonard Djaffrey in AART's production of S.A.M. I Am by Garrett Omata. Co-director Fwamay Sullivan has performed in R.A.W., Cause i'm A Woman, S.A.M. I Am , and has Assistant Directed for AART's production of F.O.B. Co-director Andy Lowe was the playwright of AART's last production, The Cultural Hyphen, as well as making several cameo appearances onstage as well.

Nine years since the Tiananmen Square Student Uprising of 1989, AART presents this witty drama which follows a Mainland Chinese Girl, and an Assimilated Chinese American as their "Pen-Pal" relationship grows, leading up to the 1989 protests. Starring in Letters to a Student Revolutionary is AART ensemble member Jenny Selner as Bibi, last seen in San Diego Repertory Theatre's production of Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez and AART's production of TEA; and Anne Tran as Karen, making her debut with AART. Featured in the chorus are Kurt Hirata, Cherry Rox Lorenzana, Arnold Marquez, and Phil Simon, all making their debuts performing with AART. Director Kathi Gibbs is well-known to San Diego audiences through her appearances onstage with Lamb's Players Theatre, particularly in their long-running hit Boomers.

Scenic design is by AART Guest Artist Glenn Lorenzo, who recently servedas sound crew on The Cultural Hyphen. Costume design is by AART Resident Artist Fwamay Sullivan. Sound design is by Jim Muskewitz.

An AART-ful Evening plays May 15 through June 7, 1998 @ Sweetooth Theatre, at 630 F Street in downtown San Diego, in the basement of the Maryland Hotel.

8:00 PM Fridays / 8:00 PM Saturdays
2:00 (matinee) and 7:00 PM Sundays.

Evening ticket prices are $14 for general admission, $10 for students/seniors/military; matinee prices are $12 and $8, respectively. Discounts are available for advance group sales. For reservations and information call (619) 272-5996.

(S.D.)Asian American Repertory Theater
PO Box 17025 San Diego, Ca 92177
sdAART@juno.com (619)272-5996

Pork Filled Players (Seattle)
At Work Makin' Bacon
May 28, 29, 30, 31
June 4, 5 6

They're baaaackkkk....

The Northwest Asian American Theatre, celebrating its 25th season and expanding programming, is pleased to announce the debut of the Pork Filled Players, the theatre's recently signed resident late night comedy group. PFP celbrates its new status with At Work: Makin' Bacon May 28-30, and June 4-6 at 11 pm with a special early late nite on May 31 at 7 pm in the Theatre Off Jackson (409-7th Ave. S. in Seattle's International District).

Springing from the great comedy tradition of SPAM!(tm), Porky Pig and Piiiiiiigs In Space, the Players take aim at an unsuspecting world, jabbing barbs in sacred cows, bees knees, the cat's pajamas and all other non-porcine things of the world. The focus in on the world of working with an Asian American twist.

In these madcap (but not necessarily zany) evenings of sketch comedy and theatre, the Pork Filled Players presents their audiences with a satirical vision of the Asian American experience. This hilarious and riotous evening is appropriate and enjoyable for people of all ages and race.

Directed by Cyndie Mastel-Rokicki, the Pork Filled Players include David Kobayashi, Roger Tang, Wally Glenn, Mona Leach, Eric de los Santos, Joyce Reyes, and Sharon Holmes, with special appearance by Daniel Arreola. These members have garnered kudos for their work with NWAAT's 11:07 Late Night, Politically Correct Theatre, and OPM.

East West Players (LA)
Heading East (formerly known asAngel Island)
Book and lyrics by Robert Lee
Music by Leon Ko
May 29 to June 7, 1998

HEADING EAST: THE MUSICAL is the second production of the inaugural season at East West Players in the new David Henry Hwang Theatre at the Union Center for the Arts, located in Little Tokyo at 120 N. Judge John Aiso Street (formerly N. San Pedro Street, between First and Temple Streets). The opening for this special engagement production is set for May 29 and closing on June 7, 1998. Previews begin May 27. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 pm and Sunday matinee at 2 pm.

Directed by Glen Chin, HEADING EAST: THE MUSICAL is a funny, slightly off beat musical about a family retracing its footsteps from 1848 to the present. The musical is part of program designed in celebration of California's Sesquicentennial (150 Anniversary) with the purpose of highlighting the roles played by Asian Pacifics in the growth of California. Sesquicentennial Commissioner Beulah Quo: "Join us to commemorate and celebrate California's story - it's Discovery, Diversity, and Destiny." HEADING EAST is presented in part the California Sesquicentennial Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. School programs are presented by AT&T.

Lapu, the Coyote that Cares (LCC)
"M S G for You"
("Many Scenes Geared for You")

Tuesday, June 2
Northwest Campus Auditorium
Curtain at 8:00 pm
** Admission is FREE **

ALSO....they're touring!!

Monday, June 1, 1998
Crystal Cove Auditorium
UC Irvine
Curtain at 8:00pm


LCC@ucla.edu or
call (310) 446-5922

Theater Mu (Minneapolis)
MAAG-NETS Showcase
June 4 to 14, 1998
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis

Theater Mu wraps up the year in June with our MAAG-NETS Showcase which will be a collage of performances created and performed by the members of the Mu Associated Actors Group.

Asian American Repertory Theatre (Stockton)
Letters to a Student Revolutionary
by Elizabeth Wong
June 1998
Directed by Steven Sue/ Glen Chin

ReAct Theatre (Seattle)
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Alan Ball
June 17 to July 5, 1998
Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle, WA

New Conservatory Theatre/Art Buffalo (SF)
by Justin Chin and Hung Nguyen
June 18 to 20

The New Conservatory Theatre Center in association with Art Buffalo presents COCKFIGHT written and performed by Justin Chin and Hung Nguyen on June 18, 19, and 20 at 8 pm at the New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market, in San Francisco. All tickets are $16 and are available from the NewConservatory Theatre Center Box Office at 415/861-8972.

Playing with sand, fire, water, body parts and other natural elements,COCKFIGHT is a duel between Chin and Nguyen of words, images and the subconscious. Both performers are from South-East Asia and they take the stuff of tourist brochures and turn it inside out. From sex clubs to playgrounds, from karaoke bars to refugee camps, COCKFIGHT takes the audience on a whirlwind journey through the American ideals of homeland and freedom, showing that the reality behind cultural ìsouvenirsî is deeper, more personal and more universal than a package holiday tour in the tropics will ever allow. Chin and Nguyen first performed COCKFIGHT at Highways, Santa Monica in the summerof 1997.

Justin Chin is a San Francisco-based writer and performance artist originally from Singapore and Malaysia. His solo performances, described as "the rawstuff of serious risk taking" include And Judas Boogied Until His Slippers Wept, and Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms. He has performed his work nationally, including at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, East-West Players in Los Angeles, P.S. 122 and Dixon Place in NYC, Josieís, Center for the Arts, the Lab and SF Art Institute in San Francisco, the Cleveland Performance Art Festival and several colleges. He is the author of Bite Hard (Manic D Press), which was a finalist for the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards. With Dan Schott, he wrote and co-directed Downloads, an experimental video documentary that has been screened at film festivals in NYC, San Francisco, Mexico City, London and Amsterdam. In 1996, he was awarded a "Goldie" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. He has received grants and fellowships from the CAC, Djerassi Artist Residency, PEN American Center and PEN Center USA West.

Hung Nguyen is a Los Angeles-based performance artist, director, writer, educator and community activist. Born and raised in South Vietnam, he left his five siblings and mother at age 13, making his escape from the Communist regime by boat. Nguyen founded the Vietnamese Youth Empowerment Theater in Orange County (95) and the Good Guys Gang Theater Troupe in Springfield, MA (96-). He teaches the on-going Gay Men Writing and Performance workshops called Body Refuge and Queer Exchange at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica (95-). He also founded and directs Club O'Noodles (93), the first Vietnamese-American theatre ensemble in the USA. Its most recent production, Laughter From the Children of War, is currently touring the country. Nguyen is a fellowship graduate of the CAC's Art Leadership Program, a scholarship recipient of the South Coast Repertory Advance Playwright Program, grant recipient of the California Community Foundation and the American Festival Project Artist-in-Residence at the new world Theater of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently, he serves as the lead artist of the Viet New: A Generation Emerges, a Vietnamese American Contemporary Performance Festival in MA, funded by the Lila Wallace Grant for Community Arts Program.

hereandnow and blacklava
Romeo and Juliet - Pinoy and Pinay Style
June 19 to 28, 1998

The first and only Romeo and Juliet with the Pinoy/Pinay twist. This Modern retelling of this classic story is an exciting blend of music, hip-hop and action that comes alive on the stage.

All of the shows last year were sold out, and there are only a limitedamount of tickets this year so reserve your seats now!



June 19-8pm
June 20-7pm
June 20-10pm
June 21-3pm

June 26-8pm
June 27-7pm
June 27-10pm
June 28-3pm

East Los Angeles College Auditorium
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA. 91754

$8 Presale or $10 at the door
call 310-217-1714 for reservations

Tongue in a Mood (SF)
June 18 to July 11, 1998


Remember to book early as the shows SELL OUT FAST!

Call Bindlestiff Studio 415.974.1167 to reserve your seat TODAY!



Tongue In A Mood's
400 Years in a Convent
50 Years in a Brothel

Thursday through Saturday
June 18 thru July 11, 1998
All shows are at 8:00 p.m.

Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth Street (at Howard)
SF, CA 94103

$10 General Admission
$7 Students & Seniors w/ID
Available at the door
(no credit cards please)


phone: 415.974.1167
hotbalut@msn.com or


Coco Jam in association with Bindlestiff Productions presents experimental comedy group Tongue In A Mood in BOMBA, a celebration of Filipino sexual undependence. Written and directed by Allan Manalo, Patty Cachapero, and Kevin Camia, the show is a jaunt through a provocative and sometimes twisted view of a Filipino American sexual psyche featuring live music, puppets, and nudity. Opening on Thursday, June 18th and running through Saturday, July 11th. Performances will take place on Thursdays thru Saturdays at 8p.m. at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 Sixth Street (at Howard) in San Francisco. Ticket prices are $10 General Admission and $7 for students and seniors with ID. For reservations and information, please call Bindlestiff at 415.974.1167.

Sort of Where I'm Coming From
A queer journey through race, sex, family, and religion
written and performed by Dan Bacalzo
Friday, July 3, 3:00 pm
Saturday, July 4, 9:00 pm
Sunday, July 5, 4:30 pm
Monday, July 6, 10:30 pm
Wednesday, July 8, 9:00 pm
Thursday, July 9, 6:00 pm

The Glen Morris Studio, 4 Glen Morris Street
Tickets: $8.00


For more information, call the Fringe Hotline: (416) 534-5919
For advance tickets by phone, call the YPT Ticket Line: (416) 862-2222

It begins with Dan's examination of a photograph of himself as a baby boy. In it, he's holding a small baseball bat and baseball. On his head is a red baseball cap with the words "Little Slugger" written on it. As he attempts to puzzle out what motivated the choice in props and costume, he begins telling tales. Combining dance and spoken narrative, his autobiographical musings include stories about his first male lover, the Philippine Centennial, his only female lover, and the relationship between colonialism and the Catholic Church.

Recommended for mature audiences

DAN BACALZO is a queer Filipino American performance artist based in New York City. He works with Roots & Branches, an inter-generational theatre company, Queer NAsian, New York's first queer Asian performance troupe, and SLAAAP! (Sexually Liberated Art Activist Asian People). He is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University where he received his M.A. in January of 1996. Portions of this performance were developed at the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Dixon Place, and Queer NAsian workshops. His first solo performance, I'm Sorry, But I Don't Speak the Language, is published in Imported, edited by Rainer Ganahl (Semiotext(e), 1998), and has been performed at various venues and events around the U.S. including the 1997 New York International Fringe Festival, the Rhode Island School of Design, Arizona State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Zeitgeist Theatre in New Orleans.

For details, email dbacalzo@aol.com

Contemporary American Theater Festival (WV)
Carry the Tiger to the Mountain
by Cherylene Lee
July 10 to 26, 1998
Shepherd College
Shepherdstown, WV

"The murder of Vincent Chin was a tragedy. The prosecution of the two men who killed him was a farce. The event occurred in Detroit, but the unusual circumstances of his death and the failure, in this instance, of the criminal-justice system have nationwide significance." -- Los Angeles Times, July 31, 1983

In June of 1982 Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two unemployed Detroit auto workers. Carry the Tiger to the Mountain is an epic dramatization of the true life story of the victim's mother, Lily Chin, and her journey from postwar picture bride to civil rights activist in search of justice for her son.

About the Playwright: Cherylene Lee is a published, award-winning playwright whose works include Arthur and Leila (1993) for which she was honored with a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award. Lost Vegas Acts (1997), Knock Off Balance (1995), In the Spirit (1993), Memory Square (1991), Bitter Melon (1991), Yin Chin Bow (1990), Overtones (1988), Wong Bow Rides Again (1987), Ballad of Doc Hay (1987), Aesop's Fantastic Fables (1984) and Pyros (1983). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, New Dramatists, and currently teaches playwrighting at San Francisco State University.

Great Leap (LA)
20th Anniversary Celebration
July 17, 1998

For more information, see News article.

Asianantics (Bay Area)
Reconstituted Women: Just Add Words
July 21, 1998

Asiantics presents, RECONSTITUTED WOMEN: JUST ADD WORDS....which showcases the writing of Bay Area Asian American Women: Mitzie Abe, Julia Cho, Judy Yoko Hamaguchi, Elaine Morizono-Hinkson, Naomi Quinones, and Suz Takeda, with a special appearance by Ashia Myers, a young dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. As housewives, students, performers, and artists, the women bring to the show, different and interesting perspectives which reflect their eclectic sensibilities, style and spirit. From an emotional reconciliation with camp life to phone sex, the women tell us something about the world.

This is ASIANTICS fourth production in two years. Asiantics seeks to encourage and support writers-and-performers-in-progress, and is always in search of new submissions for production consideration. Plays of any length, monologues, one-person shows, and any good ideas will be looked at. Anyone intrested can call (415) 253-6041 for information on how to contact ASIANTICS Productions.

East West Players (LA)
Big Hunk O'Burning Love
by Prince Gomolvilas
a world premiere
July 15 to August 2, 1998

Directed by Chay Yew, Love is a contemporary screwball comedy about a Thai American man who must get married by his 30th birthday to avoid a cruel and unnusual family curse. Featuring Kelly Coffield, Dennis Dun, Kerri Higuchi, Steve Park, Jeanne Sakata and Eric Steinberg

National Asian American Theatre Company (NY)
July 13, 1998 to August 9, 1998

A benefit for the Asian American Writers, Workshop
Vineyard Theater
108 East 15th Street, NYC
Between Union Square and Irving Place

General Admission $50
Preferred Seating $100

A benefit for Asian American Writers, Workshop National Asian American Theatre Company's production of the hit Broadway musical comedy



Ann Harada
Christine Toy Johnson
Kennedy Kanagawa
Jason Ma
Merv Maruyama
Welly Yang

Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn & James Lapine

Hosted by
Alec Mapa

Falsettoland is a touching and funny story about parenthood and gay relationships in the 80,s. It completes the "Marvin trilogy" which consists of In Trousers (1978), where Marvin becomes aware of his sexuality, and March of the Falsettos (1981), where he leaves his wife and son for a male lover. In Falsettoland, Marvin is finally forced to grow up. NATCO revises this Broadway hit to fit its all Asian cast and transforms it into a musical comedy for our generation.

Asian Pacific Theatre Company (Sacramento)
Rosie's Cafe
by Ric Shiomi
July 17 to August 9, 1998
Broadway Playhouse
4010 El Camino
Carmichael, CA

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (Bay Area)
July 23-25, 30, 31 & August 1, 1998

"The World's Most Psychotic Asian American Skit Comedy Group"

Including such future masterpieces of comedy as:

*"The Dirty Nisei," the wildest bunch of Japanese American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II!

* a look at the last moments of the Filipino servants on the Titanic who were ignored by James Cameron's bloated film!

* an exploration of the metaphysics of Chinatown and why you just can't seem to get what you want there!

* and, a revelation about the shadow governments and conspiracies which have controlled the course of human history for centuries!

* and much, much more!!!!

CAll (415) 522-8752 for reservations!!
On The Farm - A Post-Historic Nostalgia Musical...with puppets
by Brian L. Perkins and Colin McGrath
Friday July 31 - Sunday August 2
Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth Street @ Howard

Tickets $10 Reservations and Info: 415.974.1167
All Shows @ 8:00pm
Produced in association with Killing My Lobster Productions

Cast: Gussie Falleder, Daniel Lee, Anton Morris, Brian L. Perkins, Samuel
Sheng, Darlen
e Sorensen, Kathryn Young, a KICK ASS BAND and of course, THE PUPPETS

PoMo (TnT, Toung in a Mood & Kulintang Arts), SF
August 15 & 16, 1998
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Here's a show you won't want to miss. For the price of one ticket, you will see three of the four Pilipino groups that do more than cultural and hip hop dances.

This consortium of Teatro ng Tanan/TnT, Kulintang Arts, Tongue in a Mood and Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians--we call it PoMo--got together to commemorate the centennial and celebrate the survival of our people. I hope you will support us and come see our show. There will be a reception after the Saturday night show.

Who: Post Modern American Pilipino Performance Project
Where: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Forum
701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street), San Francisco
When: Aug 15 & 16, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
Tickets/Info: $12 in advance/$15 at door/ Reservations 415/978-2787

FOR GROUP SALES: Groups of 10 or more = $10.00 per ticket. Applies for advance sales only.Absolutely No Last Minute Group Sales (meaning at the door).

Call the following people and give us your name, date of the performance, and the number of people attending. The name of the person on the envelope MUST be the one who will pay at the door. That is the only person who can pick up the tickets. Sorry, strict policy.

Wilma Consul 415-468-5387
Allan Manalo 415-431-8842
Allelluia Panis 415-333-9004

ACTION Theatre
Mail Order Brides & Other Oriental Take-Aways
New York International Fringe Festival
August 19 to August 24, 1998

Mail Order Brides & Other Oriental Take-Aways is a made-in-Singapore play that takes a biting look at internet matchmaking - through the eyes of a Thai prostitute, China bride, Filipino maid and Singapore Sarong Party Girl.

It will have its U.S. premiere at the New York International Fringe Festival on 19 Aug 1998 at the Harry De Jur Playhouse and play until 24 Aug. Presented by ACTION Theatre (Singapore), it is the first and only production direct from Asia at FringeNYC this year.

Featuring four Singaporean actresses, Mail Order Brides & Other Oriental Take-Aways is written and directed by ACTION Theatre's Associate Artistic Director Pek Siok Lian.

A touring production of the play will be available from November 1998 onwards. ACTION Theatre is also keen to explore the possibility of co-producing the play with American theater companies or producers.

For more information on the play, please visit their website :


Or e-mail at action@pacific.net.sg

Ma-Yi Theatre (NY)
PEREGRINASYON (Wandering Nation)
by Chirs Milado
August 8 to 30, 1998

Ma-Yi Theatre will present the New York premiere of Chris Millado's PEREGRINASYON (Wandering Nation), from August 8 to 30 at Theatre Row Theatre on 42nd Street. The play juxtaposes the plight of Filipino migrant workers in the Cenral Valleys of California in the 1930s, with the burgeoning Peasant Movement in the Philippines during the same time. It explores the intricate relationship between migration and revolution.

PEREGRINASYON was previously staged by Teatro Ng Tanan in San Francisco, and by the Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu.

FAAE & YUGEN (Bay Area)
SISA, a FilipiNOH
Sept. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20, 1998

Based on Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) by Philippine National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, Sisa is set in the province of Laguna. Friar Salvi's soul wakes from his reverie to find the grave of the woman Sisa, whom he had caused pain and injustice. His journey, an act of penitence, is every step mired in memories of ash, every moment is haunted by shadows.

Sisa's soul appears searching for her sons, Crispin and Basilio. Sisa chants the "pasyon" of her family and nation's plight, with the dying words of Elias: "I shall die without seeing the dawn of my beloved country. You who witness this event, do not forget us, who fell in the night."

roduction Manager/Costumes: PIO CANDELARIA
Sets/Lights Design: PERRY MAMARIL

ART DESUYO as Padre Salvi
ALEX TORRES as Woodcutter and Koken

8 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays)
3 p.m. (Saturdays & Sundays)
Venue: NOH SPACE, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110
TICKETS: $7.00
CALL FAAE (415) 436-9711, YUGEN (415) 621-7978

Sponsored in part by the Grants for the Arts, SF Arts Commission & Cultural Equity Initiative, SF Redevelopment Agency, South of Market Health Center, The Zellerbach Family Fund, Hitachi America Ltd., Philippine Resource Center, Philippine News, Filipino American ABC Directory, Lincoln University, ILWU local 6, Teatro ng Tanan and individual community donors.

performed and written by Jeannie Barroga
directed by Kathleen Woods
Warehouse Repertory Theatre, 17800 N. Highway 1, Ft. Bragg
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 and SATURDAY, SEPT. 19, 1998

The one-woman show presented at the Mark Taper Forum in October 1997 to close the series of monologs by Asian Americanperformers, A GOOD FACE, will be performed at Ft. Bragg's Warehouse Repertory Theatre, 17800 N. Highway 1 south of Highway 20 west of 101. Playwright and Literary manager Jeannie Barroga has developed the hour-long semi-autobiographical work through a series of workshops and readings at the 450 Geary Studio, Pam McDaniel, Artistic Director; Venue 9, Theatre Yugen, TheatreWorks, American Conservatory Theatre's Quarry Series in January 1998, and at the East West Players sponsored by the Mark Taper Forum in October 1997. The two performances will be Friday, September 18 at 8:00pm $10; and Saturday, September 19 8:00pm $12. For more information, please call: 707-961-2942. Tickets are available at the door.

Director Kathleen Woods, educator at Harker Academy, directed Jeannie Barroga's play SISTERSOUL, her first one-woman show, performed by Ashleigh Evans in the early 1980s. SISTERSOUL performed throughout California, including Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center where it won an award, and has been broadcast on local cable television.

Playwright since 1981/TheatreWorks Literary Manager since 1985 Jeannie Barroga has been produced nationwide and has five books published chronicling her work. The most recent publication was TALK-STORY ("But Still Like Air I'll Rise", Velina Hasu Houston, editor) which premiered at TheatreWorks in 1992. Other plays or dissertations appear in "Performing Asian America", Josephine Lee, editor; "Women Playwrights of Diversity", Jane T. Peterson, Suzanne Bennett, editors; "Two Plays by Jeannie Barroga", CrossCurrents, publisher; and "Unbroken Thread", Roberta Uno, editor. RITA'S RESOURCES premiered at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York 1995. She served on grants panels in San Francisco, San Mateo, Oakland, and Boston. For her contribution to theatre, she received the Maverick Award from the Los Angeles Women's Festival in 1996.

"A full cupboard. A return to nature. A normal life..." start the program notes that arroga gave at her last performance with Quarry. This starts the poetic journey of one writer whose triumphs and defeats are recalled during the draft of her newest screenplay, her newest avenue of literary exploration into Self. Barroga's penchant for Peter Pan leads her on amusing flights of fancy not only as a young Filipino girl in a predominantly old-European country Catholic parish feverishly "exposing" the world around her, but also as a young adult, flying via train cross-country to the more diverse California landscape to document through plays her distillation of that new world at some costs, in this case, her physical and emotional health. All this sets her own background in the relentless, compelling, and funny pursuit for that Perfect Typeface.

A GOOD FACE, Warehouse Repertory, Ft. Bragg, Sept. 18 and 19, 1998 8:00pm 707-961-2942.

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