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!
Wok Up American Dream
by Maria Cheng
April 17 to May 3, 1998
Studio 6 A of the Hennepin Center for
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
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.
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
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
MORE INFORMATION? Contact Gary San Angel at 718-624-2221.
Part I: PINAYS TALK
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
WEEK ONE: Thursday, April 30- Saturday, May 2, 8:00pm
Tickets are $7- $12 sliding scale
BINDLESTIFF STUDIOS, 185 Sixth Street (cross Howard), please
call (415) 974-1167 for reservations and directions.
TESTIMONY: JAPANESE AMERICAN VOICES OF
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
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,
Mary Leslie Ishii
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,
tel: (650) 497-2162. email: email@example.com
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.
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
4010 El Camino
Asian American Repertory Theatre (Stockton)
Lonely Road Through The Jungle: a Vietnamese Children's Ghost Story
at the opening of the Lodi Performing Art's newly restored Hutchins Street
The United States of Asian America
API Performance Festival
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
More info on Canyon Sam's piece
by Jeannie Barroga
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)
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
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
Northwest Asian American Theatre (Seattle)
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
AN AART-FUL EVENING
Letters to a Student Revolutionary by Elizabeth Wong
Trying to Find Chinatown by David Henry Hwang
ORIGINAL DANCE PERFORMANCE, Choreographed by Donna Maglalang
SWEETOOTH THEATRE @ 630 F ST.
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
Pork Filled Players (Seattle)
At Work Makin' Bacon
May 28, 29, 30, 31
June 4, 5 6
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
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
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
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 **
Monday, June 1, 1998
Crystal Cove Auditorium
Curtain at 8:00pm
FOR MORE INFO:
call (310) 446-5922
Theater Mu (Minneapolis)
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
Directed by Steven Sue/ Glen Chin
ReAct Theatre (Seattle)
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
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
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
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!
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
CELEBRATE FILIPINO SEXUAL UNDEPENDENCE
WITH TONGUE A MOOD - JUNE 18TH THRU JULY 11TH!!!!
Remember to book early as the shows SELL OUT FAST!
Call Bindlestiff Studio 415.974.1167 to reserve your seat
COCO JAM PRODUCTIONS and BINDLESTIFF PRODUCTIONS
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.
185 Sixth Street (at Howard)
SF, CA 94103
$10 General Admission
$7 Students & Seniors w/ID
Available at the door
(no credit cards please)
RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION:
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
A WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE
AT THE FRINGE: TORONTO'S THEATRE FESTIVAL
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
NO LATECOMERS ADMITTED
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contemporary American Theater Festival (WV)
Carry the Tiger to the Mountain
by Cherylene Lee
July 10 to 26, 1998
"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
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
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
Christine Toy Johnson
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn & James Lapine
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)
by Ric Shiomi
July 17 to August 9, 1998
4010 El Camino
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (Bay Area)
FATTY CAT PIPPI BITES THE NAVEL
July 23-25, 30, 31 & August 1, 1998
"The World's Most Psychotic Asian American
Skit Comedy Group"
AN ALL-NEW ANTHOLOGY OF COMEDY SKETCHES
**** "FATTY CAT PIPPI BITES THE NAVEL" ****
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
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, Darlene Sorensen, Kathryn Young, a KICK ASS BAND and of course,
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
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 email@example.com
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."
Directed by: CHRIS MILLADO & YURIKO DOI
Playwright: AMELIA LAPEÒA BONIFACIO
Producers: LUZ DE LEON & FLORENCE MENDOZA
roduction Manager/Costumes: PIO CANDELARIA
Music: AUGUSTO GONZALES & RAYM PICARDO
Sets/Lights Design: PERRY MAMARIL
Stage Manager: KATHLEEN MARCOS
WILMA CONSUL as Sisa
ART DESUYO as Padre Salvi
ALEX TORRES as Woodcutter and Koken
PIO CANDELARIA as Fisherman
SANDRA B. ONG & BRIAN RIVERA as Chorus
8 p.m. (Fridays & Saturdays)
3 p.m. (Saturdays & Sundays)
Venue: NOH SPACE, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110
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.
A GOOD FACE
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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