Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company's (NY)
SKINning the surFACE
March 16 to March 26, 1999

Returning to the stage as part of Dance Theater Workshop's "Carnival" Festival. Tickets have been selling well and the limited run (only 4 shows Tues March 16, Wed March 17, Thu March 25, Fri March 26 at 8:00pm) is expected to SELL OUT. So buy your tickets now.

On April 30, 1975 when the last U.S. helicopter lifted off the roof of the American embassy in Saigon, over 30,000 other Americans were left behind. Bearing the inescapable "con lai" (half breed) traits of American fathers, amerasian children were often abandoned by their their Vietnamese families. In SKINning the surFACE, Maura Nguyen Donohue/In Mixed Company uses this historical episode as springboard into a heated exploration of the biracial body and its personal and political repercussions. The work incorporates exhaustive movement, live text, video, slides and sound collages.

SKINning the surFACE premiered in Amherst, MA in November, 1998 as part of New WORLD Theater's "VietNew: a generation emerges" Festival and will be touring in full and excerpted versions to upstate New York, Wisconsin and the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival later this year.

Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W. 19St. (between 7th & 8th Ave), NYC Box Office 212-924-0077, Tickets $15
"melting apparent surfaces away, and displaying the infinite which was hid"

Maura Nguyen Donohue
(917) 943 - 6121

written and performed by Dan Bacalzo
A queer journey through race, sex, family, and religion.
Rhode Island School of Design
South Main Street, Providence RI
RISD Auditorium
Wednesday, March 24, 1999
8:00 pm

Sponsored by the RISD Queer Student Union

DAN BACALZO is a queer Filipino American performance artist, poet, and activist. His first solo show, I'm Sorry, But I Don't Speak the Language, is published in Imported: A Reading Seminar, edited by Rainer Ganahl (Semiotext(e) 1998).

His second one-man show is Sort of Where I'm Coming From. Dan has presented the two works at various events and venues in the U.S. and Canada including The Fringe: Toronto's Theater Festival, HERE Performance Art Cafe, University of Massachusetts Amherst, New York International Fringe Festival, Rhode Island School of Design, Arizona State University, Wellesley College, and the Zeitgeist Theatre in New Orleans. Additionally, Dan has performed his original material at venues including P.S. 122, A Different Light Bookstore, WOW Cafe, The Knitting Factory, The Audre Lorde Project, The Jefferson Market Regional Library, Meow Mix, and New York City's Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center. 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. He also has a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and a B.A. in English Literature from Wichita State University.

Last ENCORE performance in New York!!
a Second Generation Production
 MARCH 27th, 8pm
Kathryn Bache Miller Theater
Columbia University
116th St. and Broadway

"A promising new rock musical that fills a real needand comes to life with energy and hopefulness."
-- The New York Times

"Making Tracks is making Asian American history"
-Today in New York, NBC

"One of the most impassioned, breathtakingly original,and thoroughly entertaining evenings spent in a theater...
a work that, in speaking our history makes history as well."
-- A. Magazine

"Energetic, beautiful, and dynamic."
-- In Theatre Magazine

Miller Theater Box Office - (212) 854-7799.

Through the generosity of Columbia University, tickets are being offered at an incredibly low price:  $10 general admission.  $5 for Columbia students.  Tickets can be purchased at the box office or over the phone with all major credit cards (with a $2.50 handling fee for orders taken over the phone.)

The performance is expected to SELL OUT, so buy your tickets NOW!!

*one-time exclusive engagment based on the production seen at the Taipei Theater in January and February of 1999.

Sixth Annual Awards Dinner
March 28, 1999

Ming Na Wen, Kelly Hu, Rob Fukuzaki to Attend

LOS ANGELES - Susan Hirasuna, weekend anchor for the top-rated Fox 11 News at 10, will emcee the 6th Annual Media Achievement Awards Dinner sponsored by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) on Sunday: March 28th at Gourmet Carousel Restaurant in Chinatown (911 N. Broadway).

The star-studded event which recognizes positive portrayals of Asian / Asian Americans will honro Pam Coats, producer of Disney's animated feature ("Mulan"); Carlton Cuse, Andre Morgan and Stanley Tong, executive producers of the CBS Television series, "Martial Law"; Jeff Yang, founder and publisher of A Magazine; and Eric Michael Zee, playwright/actor of "Exit the Dragon."

Among the celebrities expected to attend are Ming-Na Wen, the voice of "Mulan" and the star of "Joy Luck Club" and "The Single Guy"; Kelly Hu ("Nash Bridges,""Martial Law"); Tim Wright ("Martial Law"); and KABC weekend sports anchor, Rob Rukuzaki.

MANAA, founded in 1992, is the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive portrayals and coverage of Asian Americans. MANAA recently criticized actor Matthew McConaughey's use of the racial slur, "Jap" on the "Rosie O'Donnell Show."

For its efforts, MANAA received the 1995 L.A. Mayor's Award for contributions in the field of Art, Culture and Entertainment; a 1996 "Woman Warrior" award from the Asian Pacific Women's Network; and a 1997 accolade from the Chinese American Civil Rights Organization.

No host cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and program to follow at 6:30 p.m. The event will also feature a silent auction of celebrity items. Tickets are $50 for members and full-time students. $60 for non-members. Please RSVP to (213) 486-4433. MANAA's address is P.O. Box #11105 / Burbank, CA 91510.

For further information on MANAA, the event and/or how to support this event, please visit

Like Rain
by Noel Madlansacay
March 29, 1999

San Francisco-Asian American Theater Company presents a reading of Like Rain, a play by Noel Madlansacay. The reading, directed by Rob Melrose and featuring Esperanza Catubig, Kim Compoc, Mark Marking, Todd Nakagawa, Camille Nelson and Alan Quismorio, will be held Monday, March 29, 7:00 p.m., at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter Street, between Webster and Buchanan in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco. The reading is free but a small donation to AATC would be appreciated.

In Like Rain, you will encounter a mathematician, a Wall Street banker, a graduate student and a juggler who are locked in cyberspace, and the light goes off. Uh-uh!....Did the dead gay man turn the power off? People look for love: puppy, ideal, lost love. Loving men, women and yourself. This is a world where the living creates the virtual realities of the dead and searches for the ultimate number of pi. Will they find the formula that will solve everything, and discover the last light bulb joke?

Noel Madlansacay is currently a Literary Associate of Asian American Theater Company, Editor/Segment Producer for Filipino-American Report, and Festival Coordinator for the United States of Asian America Festival '99. Noel is entangling his yoyo play, but for now, it looks Like Rain.

Asian American Theater Company was founded in 1973 as a playwrights' workshop sponsored by the American Conservatory Theater. The company is dedicated to the production of New American plays by dramatists of Asian Pacific Islander descent. Throughout its history, AATC has served as a home for numerous Asian Pacific Islander 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. After more than a quarter of a century of pioneering Asian American theater arts, AATC is poised to chart new directions for Asian Pacific Islander American theater arts into the new millennium.

Los Angeles
Home is Where the Han Is
by Philip W. Chung
April 5, 1999

The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Dept. (Performing Arts Division) and All Shades Prods. is hosting Monday night Multicultural Readings. On Monday April 5, the Society of Heritage Performers will present a staged reading (with music) of Philip W. Chung's one-act play "Home is Where the Han is" as part of the series.

"Han" tells the story of Mr. Yim, a Korean immigrant, who wakes up one day to find himself on trial, representing the entire Korean American community, on charges of treason „against American history and culture.‰ With the help of a half-Korean attorney who has denied his cultural roots, the confused Mr. Yim must prove that Korean Americans have provided valuable contributions to American life or face the possibility of spending an eternity in prison.

With: Soon-Tek Oh, Tim Lounibos, Angela Nicholas, Daniel Dae Kim, Jeanne Chinn, David McKnight, Bokyun Chun, C.W. Pyun, Yuria Kim, and Soo J. Kim.

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Don Dongsuk Kim, founder and artistic director of the Korean Classical Music and Dance Company, and a "Samulnori" drum finale performed by the entire company.

When: Monday, April 5, 1999. 8 pm.
Where: The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St. (near the corner of
5th), Theatre 4, downtown Los Angeles.

The reading is free although there is a suggested donation of $5.
There is paid, secure parking adjacent to the theatre.
To RSVP for the Multicultural Reading Series, please call: (213) 485-1681.

Peeling the Banana performs
Thursday, April 8 @ 7 PM
$5 non-NYU students/alumni

We're baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!

Hey all you Peeling fans out there!!!

Here's a special performance that we're only letting our favorite people know about that will be sold out in no time...

Oh and one other thing... Peeling will be debuting ALL NEW WORK at this event... work that pushes the intersections of honest personal narratives and collaborative community-building performance even further than ever before!! Peeling's section of the performance will run between 30 - 40 minutes, so DON'T MISS THIS!!

So act immediately and reserve tix by the



WHAT: asian american javahouse
an evening of asian american performance

WHERE: 721 Broadway
Tisch Common Room (rear of first floor)

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, 1999
Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7 PM
Light Refreshments, Coffee + Tea will be served.

PRICE: FREE for NYU students and alumni
$5 for non-NYU



*HUY DAO is currently an MFA student in poetry at The New School for Social Research.

*RICH KIAMCO is a gay filipino american performer who has done work with Judy Tenuta, and for the last year has been performing his one-man show, POWERSHOWGIRL UNACCESSORIZED.

*AASIF MANDVI is a south asian actor whose first one-man play, "Sakina's Restaurant", about the Indian American immigrant experience was well-received by audiences last year.

*PEELING THE BANANA is New York's homegrown, multi-disciplinary, pan-ethnic Asian American performance collective. Peeling the Banana will debut NEW WORK for this special evening!


*Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at NYU School of Law
*South Asian Law Students Association at NYU School of Law
*Asian/Pacific Student Association at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate
School of Public Service @ NYU
*Asian Working Artists at Tisch School of the Arts @ NYU
*Asian/Pacific/American Alumni Association at NYU
*The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered Student Services Office @ NYU


An RSVP does NOT guarantee a seat. You should arrive between 6:30 - 7 PM to ensure that you get into the event. There WILL be a waiting list kept at the door.

directed by GREG O' DONOVAN
March 25 to April 11, 1999

performed by John Blaylock, Jason Kaufman,
Victor Lirio, Natasha Marco, Zachary Dylan Robbins,
Masa Sakamaki, Pauline Tully, and Nancy Wu.

In this not-so-romantic romantic comedy, seven San Franciscans search for love and meaning in a world filled with madness and rubber ducks. Throw race, class, age, sexuality, and spirituality into the pot and things reach an intense boil. Stay alert or you might just get burned.

Special Limited Engagement
March 25-April 11

420 West 42nd Street
New York City

Previews: Thursday, March 25, 8 p.m.
Friday, March 26, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 27, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 28, 8 p.m.
Opens: Monday, March 29, 7 p.m.
Runs: Tuesday-Saturday, March 30-April 3, 8 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, April 5-April 10, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $15.00

For tickets and information,
call Ticket Central at 212.279.4200;
or visit


For information about investment opportunities or
other business-related inquiries,
call Prince Gomolvilas at 415.661.5228;
or e-mail

Slant (NYC)
In Cabaret
at joe's pub (NYC)
April 13, 1999

Hysterically intelligent, Slant (Richard Ebihara, Wayland Quintero, and Perry Yung) presents brand new work as well as selected scene and song highlights from their critically acclaimed performances: Big Dicks, Asian Men, The Second Coming, Squeal Like A Pig, and Hotel California. Their use of inventive comedic satire directly confronts politically charged Asian American issues of cultural legacy and stereotypes in pop culture.

Ticket Info: Tickets are $12 and are available from Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or in person at The Public's box office.

Check out Slant's web-site at

Joe's pub is The Public Theater's newest performance space. Named in honor of The Public Theater/NYSF's founder, Joseph Papp, it features food, drink, and eclectic entertainment that spans a wide spectrum of cultural and performance styles. The Pub is open to serve food and drink every day from 5pm to 4am, with performances held six nights a week.

Seating at The Pub is general admission at tables, couches, and the bar. Tickets are availible beginning fourteen days prior to the performance from Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or in person from The Public Theater box office. For more information, including the current performance schedule, call the Joe's Pub Hotline at (212) 539-8777 or check out the web-site at

Smoking is permitted at Joe's Pub, and a two-drink minimum may apply at certain events.

Programming in Joe's Pub is supported, in part, by a generous grant from Philip Morris Companies Inc.

Phone- 212/714-7189
Fax.- 212/989-9526

SLANT is a resident company of La Mama

cocojam productions presents
a BENEFIT for SFSU's Filipino Graduation
April 14, 1999


stand up by Allan Manalo, Kevin Camia, Rex Navarette
music by Theo Gonzalves, Ogie Gonzales, Raym Picardo
special appearances by Tongue in a Mood players
& other suprises

Wednesday, APRIL 14, 1999
Bindlestiff Studio
185 6th Street (between mission & howard)
doors open at 730pm
show starts at 800pm
Tickets: $12 (proceeds go to SFSU Filipino Graduation Fund)

for reservations, call: 415.974.1167
(hurry b/c space is limited and you wouldn't want to miss out)

He Who Says Yes, He Who Says No
by Kurt Weil and Bertol Brecht
March 5 to March 27, 1999

Theatre of the Yugen (SF)
New Tsunami Fusion Fest
April 7 to 18, 1999

Includes an all-star line up of performers, including Lane Nishikawa and his performance piece, Mifune and Me.

As well, it includes:


Act 1: Dulaan Anino
Written & Directed by Ramon Abad and Lorn Aquino Chui

Act 2: Tita and Tito Save the Universe
Written and Directed by Ramon Abad and Omz Velasco

April 17, 1999
Yugen Noh Space: 2840 Mariposa St. @ Florida, San Francisco

For tickets, call 415/ 621-7978
$13 Saturday Matinee

East West Players (LA)
Paper or Plastic? New plays to go
( formerly known as New Sounds, New Voices)
Spring Reading Series
April 10, 1999

East West Players' David Henry Hwang Writers Institute announces its Spring reading Series: Paper or Plastic? New Plays to Go.

EWP announces that because of the incredible wealth of material, we are adding Wednesday, April 14 to our reading series Paper or Plastic? New Plays to Go, and we are starting our marathon of short plays at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 10.

The new schedule for "Paper or Plastic? New Plays to Go":

Saturday, April 10: 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 11: 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Monday, April 12: 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 14: 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 18: 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Monday, April 19: 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

New works by the following playwrights include: Saturday, April 10 from 10:30am to 5:00pm - Emmie I Isu (SITTING AT BUS STOPS), Gavin Glynn, (MY NAME IS DIANA), Jay Johnson (SENJU NO MAE), Cynthia Ignacio (ART WHORES), Melissa Chan (FAT FREE AND OTIIER LIES), Mark Jue (SUNDAY ON STATUE SQUARE), Felix Racelis (3+2, GT VW), Annette Lce (THE DIRTY SECRET BETWEEN YOUR TOES), Ray Cervantez (GOING SOMEWHERE), Judy Soohoo (DELIVERY);

Sunday, April 11 from 5:00pm to 10:30pm - Chinsook Kim Moore (JUNG/TURE), Susan High (CASTING VENUS), Lucy J. Kim (30), Euijoon Kim (MY TIRED BROKE ASS PONTIFICATING SLAPSTICK FUNK), James Sie (DIGGING DOWN ON CI-IINA);

Monday, April 12 from 7:30ym to 10:3Upm - Alison de la Cruz. (SUNGKA), Layne Wong (FRENCI-I TWIST), Mari M~uki (AS YET UNDETERMINED LIFE);

Wednesday, April 14 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm- Dean Lim (AN UNBEAKABLE ILLUSION OF HSTORY), Jason Fong (A NICKEL'S WORTH);

Sunday, April 18 from 5:00pm to 10:30pm - Cat Chin (CLUTTER), I-lenrietta Chico Nofre (DRIVING LESSONS), Nick Kim (TRANS SANS), Daniel Cariaga (SLEEPWALK), Helen Sabol (JUST SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME);

Monday, April 19 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm - Benjamin Lum (ANGST, ADOLESCENCE, AND ALONE), Cara Chow (SHARON, JOHN, AND MRS. WONG), Dennis Escobedo (THE POET OF COLUMBUS AVENUE).

For more information, call 213-625-7000.

All readings are free to the general public; a $5.00 donation to the Institute will be gratefully accepted.

The Asia Society (NYC)
The Road Home
Stories of Children of War
April 13 to 18, 1999

A new theater work combining live performance, slides, video and music to tell the stories of young survivors of violence from Bosnia, Cambodia, Tibet, and inner-city America.

Time: Tuesday - Saturday, April 13 -17 8 pm and Sunday, April 18 7 pm
Place: Asia Society 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
Tickets: $20 ($16 Asia Society members)
Box Office: 212. 517.ASIA

Featuring Priya Ayyar, Daniel Carlton, Steve Harrison, Wendy vanden Heuvel, Yolanda King, Ken Leung

Conceived and directed by Lawrence Sacharow
Text by James Lecesne
Music composed & performed by Nawang Khechog
Setting by Kassia Walicka Maimone
Lighting by Sarah Sidman
Sound design by Adam Adams
Projections designed by Elaine McCarthy

Bells of Balangiga
Saturday, April 17, 1999
The Brecht Forum
122 West 27th Street, 10th Floor (NYC)

In continuing to commemorate the Centennial of the Philippine-American War (1899-1902), PANATA, a coalition of Filipino, Filipino American, and solidarity artists, will perform a collection of original theater, song, and performance pieces.

In this collaborative production, actors, dancers, and performance artists will explore the human aspects of the atrocities and repercussions of the Philippine-American War and how imperialism continues to affect the lives of Filipinos and Americans at home and abroad.

Spinning off from the famous Balangiga Massacre into an array of personal responses to the brutal history of American domination in the Philippines, these artists weave together the spoken word, movement and music in a powerful tapestry that retells history.

Sliding Scale: $6/$8/$10

Canned Goods
by Silas Jones
April 18, 1999

Asian American Theater presents a reading of Canned Goods, by Silas Jones. The reading is directed by Jean Randich, and Features acclaimed actors Soon Tek Oh, Rhonnie Washington, Tim Lounibos, Marla Kyo, Rajiv Shah, and Camille Nelson, will be held Sunday, April 18th , 7:00 p.m., at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter Street, between Webster and Buchanan in the Japantown neighborhood of San Francisco.

In Silas Jones' play, Asian American and African American communities come face-to-face. It's modern tragedy of surreal dreams, capitalists takeover and broken promises. Canned Goods puts the national race debate beyond a white and black issues. It's not a quiet conversation, but a strong and provoking discussion.

Asian American Theater Company was founded in 1973 as a playwrights' workshop sponsored by the American Conservatory Theater. The company is dedicated to the production of New American plays by dramatists of Asian Pacific Islander descent. Throughout its history, AATC has served as ahome for numerous Asian Pacific Islander 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. After more than a quarter of a century of pioneering Asian American theater arts, AATC is poised to chart new directions for Asian Pacific Islander American theater arts into the new millennium.

a Second Generation Production
Friday, April 23, 1999
8:00 p.m.
Zellerbach Theater, Annenberg Center
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
(37th St. and Walnut)
sponsored by the Penn Taiwanese Society

Manhattan Theatre Club (NY)
by Chay Yew
March 2 to April 25, 1999

Nominated for the John Gassner Playwrighting Award (Outer Critics Circle)

Manhattan Theatre Club is one of this country's most respected non-profit theatre organizations, originating and producing some of the finest new works in American Theatre. Founded in 1970, MTC includes a subscriber base of over 20,000 and produces eight plays a year in its current home at the historic City Center complex.

This season, we are proud to present the New York premiere of Red, a stirring new drama by award winning Chinese American playwright, Chay Yew. Red takes us on the journey of a successful Chinese American novelist who returns to her homeland searching for the truth surrounding the life and career of one of the Beijing Opera's legendary performers. Wanting to finally create a book of lasting importance, her research leaves her entangled in the complex web left by the legacy of a culture's war against itself. Yew's A Language of Their Own received high acclaim and this new play promises to be just as exciting.

Red performances start March 2nd at Manhattan Theater Club's Stage II at City Center located at 131 W. 55th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Performance times are Tuesday through Sunday at 7:30pm with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Red will run until April 25th.

If you would like more information on Red, please visit us at or contact us at

East West Players (LA)

by Chungmi Kim
April 7 to April 25, 1999

Directed by Tzi Ma, this world premiere is about a war atrocity kept silent for decades, which explodes in an emotional story about the Korean comfort women. See News story for more details.

Playwrights Initiative (LA)
New Works Festival
The Imperfect Daughter
April 1 to 28, 1999

See News story

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
Cultivated Lives*
by Velina Hasu Houston
April 2 to April 25, 1999

*Continental U.S. Premiere

The continental U.S. premiere of a new play from the acclaimed playwright of TEA. Selected as one of the top five plays of 1997 by PEN Center USA West. In the midst of her domineering father, a mysterious maid and the ardor of two young doctors, a young heiress embarks upon a journey of renewal and liberation that involves murder, love, and a blurring of the borders between sexualities.

The Ziggurat Theatre presents:
The World Premiere of
CHOMOLUNGMA (The Mountain)
April 2 to May 2, 1999
Fri-Sun. @ 8pm
Gascon Theatre Center
8737 Washington Blvd., Culver City


Gina Chai,
Ray Chang,
Peter Choi,
Derek Delgado,
Tim Gittings,
Lance Guest,
Constance Hsu,
Michael Krawic,
Bobby Nish,
Dean Purvis,
Dawn Saito,
Nele Snoeck,
Gwendoline Yeo,
Muni Zano,
Ogie Zulueta.

Tickets/Info Call 323.655.TKTS

Theater Mu (Minneapolis)
Circle Around the World
April 9 to 25, 1999

Playwright/Director/Performer Marcus Quiniones delves into his own childhood memories from the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i to pass through the door where he finds his father. Through the extraordinary communion of mystical companions, family guardians and Hawaiian legends, Circle Around the World takes us deep unto his own heart and island home.

In addition, Quiniones is offering a Hula workshop April 18 and 25.

For more information on both, call 612/340-1725.

Ma-Yi Theatre (NYC)
the theory of everything
a workshop production of
a new play by prince gomolvilas
April 15 to 25, 1999

seven asian americans atop the roof of a las vegas chapel.
in a city of keno lounges & UFOs, anything is possible...
designed and directed by loy arcenas

roxanne baisas* millie chow* ron domingo*
mia katigbak* jennifer kato*
thomas christopher nieto james saito*

april 15-25, 1999
tues-sat 8pm
sat & sun 3pm
$12 TDF accepted

vineyard 26th Street theatre
309 east 26th street, new york city (between 1st & 2nd aves.)
reservations 212 581 8896

Theater for a New City (NY)
American Tien
April 15 to 25, 1999

Using puppetry and music, American Tien is a multifaceted theatrical piece on the very downtown issue of sweatshops. It is the story of a Chinese immigrant sweatshop workers and their first-generation children told in English and Cantonese. For the family, strictures of language, culture, and tradition explode as they make sense of their experiences in New York City in the hands of a sweatshop foreman. American Tien tackles the political economy of sweatshops as experienced by one family struggling to get by.

Chinese pictographs come to life on stage and wage a battle. Parents speak Cantonese to their children who respond in English. Every boss is a puppet.

American Tien premiered last year at the Puffin Room and continues to be available for future performances.

Theater for the New City,
the National Mobilization Against Sweatshops,
and Chinese Staff and Workers Association present:

Two weeks only!
April 15-17 and 22-24 at 8 PM and Sunday matinees: April 18 and 25 at 3PM

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue corner Tenth Street
New York, New York

Ticket Reservations: 212.254.1109
Advance Ticket Sales: 718.633.9757

Admission: $10; groups sales eligible for discount.

Contact: Yuichi Tamano
More information available at

AATC (San Francisco)
Pieces of the Quilt
April 29 and 30, 1999

See News story.

East West Players New Voices Project presents
The 1999 Writers Gallery Reading Series at JANM
The Japanese American National Museum
The Clouds, The Ocean and Everything in Between
by Michael Premsrirat
directed by Alberto Isaac
April 28, 1999


Boy Suwilai John Cho
Ceilidh O' Reilly Kimiko Gelman
Tuesday Penafiel Beverly Sotelo
Boyfriend, Waiter, Male Voice Shaun Shimoda
Mr. McCloud - Stage Directions Tom Atha

It's a declaration of independence for a new generation of bananas. It's the face of the new America.

Thursday April 28. 1999 7.30 p.m.

East West Players
The Nation s First and Foremost Asian Pacific
American Theatre

Peeling the Banana (NYC)
at Wesleyan University
April 30, 1999

We'll explore kimchee, cab drivers, Pride Parades, and being naked on HBO!

Featuring Jin Auh, Aileen Cho, Calvin Lom, Sesh Mudumbai, Michel Ng, Ngo Thanh Nhan, Gita Reddy, and alumni Tamina Davar!

Friday, April 30
8:00 pm
Eclectic House
200 High Street (and William St)
Middletown, CT

Peeling the Banana is a New York City based pan-Asian American, multi-disciplinary collective which explores various ways to use autobiography as a departure point for performance. Started in 1995 by performance artist Gary San Angel, Peeling creates its work through a collaborative workshop process. Prior performances have included dates at Highways in Los Angeles; the Joseph Papp Public Theater in NYC; and the Desh Pardesh Festival in Toronto.

Peeling the Banana (NYC)
May 2, 1999

Peeling the Banana members...
Margarita, Tamina, Gary, and Bert at APA Heritage Fest on Sunday!

Check out Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan and Tamina Davar's table, as well as Gary San Angel's band, The Angels, and Bert Wang's band, Superchink -- all at Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival this Sunday!

What'll you find there? Five fierce Asian American women and men, of course! But wait, there's more.....!

Margarita's hot-off-the-press kick-ass zine, BAMBOO GIRL, issue #8 (featuring > interviews with fellow up-and-coming Asians and Asian positive rants), and tees and stickers with empowering imprints for Bamboo Girls and Boys alike!

You'll also partake of Tamina's handmade wire and bead jewelry -- from earrings to armbands to pins. And the empowering, much-in-demand "Tamina's Golden Body Oil for People of Color," (previously featured in her Peeling the Banana performance of the same name last year), a series of natural oils JUST FOR US.

1:30 pm
Superchink brings their brand of activism to the stage forefront

2:30 pm
The Angels grace the stage

APA Heritage Festival:

Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan... is the editress and producer of Bamboo Girl zine. Pinay Power Productions... encompasses Margarita's endeavor of freelance graphic design, writing, videomaking, silkscreening & stickermaking, among other subversive acts. Her silkscreened tees are emblazoned with slogans like, "Asian Chicks Kick Ass", and are a favorite with the gals. She can be reached at

Tamina Davar creates handmade wearable art and body oils, which can be found gracing the bodies of community leaders, artists, and temp office workers alike-- and can be custom-made for special occasions. She also makes "Tamina's Golden Body Oil for People of Color," a series of massage and body oils blended with natural herbs. Unlike mainstream beauty products, which often purport to transport the wearer to aThird World country, Tamina's oils speak for themselves. Together, her designs and oils are crafted to reflect beauty and empowerment to the wearer.

SuperChink, Asian Power band. Funk. Rock. Hip hop. Fusion. Asian American. SuperChink addresses Asian American issues with a fresh organic blend of influences. Drummer Geujin Han, bassist Eric Lee, guitarist Atsuo Nitta and vocalist Bertrand Wang formed SuperChink in September of 1997. In less than a year, they've brought their sound to Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and all over New York City. Thanks for the continuous support of ALL our people!! Contact Information: email:, tel:(212) 316-7864 and tel:(917)767-1972

Gary San Angel is a New York-based Filipino American performance artist and director. Since 1995 he has pioneered the Asian American collective, Peeling the Banana, the first on-going writing and performing group for Asian American men and women weaving personal histories in a trusting workshop environment. Gary's recent project, The Angels, is a bi-coastal music collaboration between the L.A. based singer / songwriter team Jennifer San Angel and Gertie Meza and N.Y. based singer / songwriter Gary San Angel
and guitarist/ producer Herman Eng.

They will be joined by New York City musicians Dave Lin (bass) and Larry Shiff (drums) as well as San Francisco-based performance artist Julia Reodica (flute) and Boston-based musician Amy Tai (violin).

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival is the New York area's largest Asian Pacific American event. Sponsored by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, it features many community organizations and their info, plus crafts, food, and entertainment on stage. For more info:

A Language of Their Own
by Chay Yew
Posted by Furniture
May 4 to May 5, 1999
7:30 p.m.
Play Circle Theater, Memorial Union
University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus
800 Langdon Street, Madison, WI

Authored by Chay Yew, the play centers around the relationships of four gay men. The show challenges us to consider issues of the Asian American identity, Eurocentrism in the gay and straight communities, and love as it transcends both gender and sexual orientation. Free to the public and showcased as part of Asian American Month.

Supported by the UW Ten Percent Society, Association of Asian American Students, Asian American Studies Program, Wisconsin Union Directorate, Associated Students of Madison, and The New Cannon Workshop Theater Group.

A new performance by Denise Uyehara
Thurday, May 6, 1999 7:30p.m.
Leo S. Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, L.A.

" graceful and agile on stage as she is on the page....Uyehara is definitely one to watch."
- Los Angeles Times

A "Best of Denise Uyehara" interdisciplinary evening, Maps of City & Body combines classic and new work by this award-winning performance artist. Informed by almost a decade of performance, Uyehara also sheds light on previous collaborations as a founding member of Sacred Naked Nature Girls, an experimental performance collective, and public art projects Lost & Found, and Kissing: Asian Public Affection with visual artist Teri Osato. Set design by Christopher Sicat. Visuals by Lee Ann Goya.

Uyehara is a resident artist for the Poets & Writers' Writers on Site Program, hosted by Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has been presented across the United States and in London, Vancouver, Beijing and Helsinki.

FREE PARKING is available in the lot directly across from the museum's
entrance. For more information call 323-857-6215.

This performance and Ms. Uyehara's residency is made possible by the Poets & Writers' Writers on Site Program, supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

The God of Tobacco
by I-Jong Lin
staged reading
May 7, 1999

Play Reading Announcement

WHAT: Open Play Reading Sponsored by Poets Theater of a new Asian-American Two-Act The God of Tobacco by I-Jong Lin,

WHO: Readers: Dan Bacalzo, Claudia Choi, Michaela Conlin, Ron Domingo, David Ige, Katherine Prudente, Cynthia Solis, Eunice Wong.

HOW MUCH: Suggested donation: $3.

WHERE: Asian American Writers Workshop, 37 St. Marks Place (between 2nd and 3rd Ave), New York City

WHEN: Friday, May 7th at 7 p.m.

For more information, call (212) 358-9685.

CanAsian Dance Festival opens on
International Dance Day
April 29 to May 8, 1999, Toronto

The 2nd bi-annual CanAsian Dance Festival is two weeks of events with curated concerts featuring a fascinating array of dancers and choreographers from across Canada and the United States. This year's festival features Montreal hot shot, Roger Sinha as Artist in Residence, Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre, a California company that fuses Philipino martial arts and traditional dance with contemporary dance, and a new commissioned work by Korean master choreographer, Mi-Young Kim. There will be workshops, panel discussions and lecture-performances by dance artists of Asian heritage and artists practising in Asian dance and related forms.

The Festival opens its first week on April 29, UNESCO's International Dance Day with a mixed programme featuring Roger Sinha, Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre, Mi-Young Kim, Hari Krishnan, Ellora Patnaik, Barbara Bourget and Ziyian Kwan, and others at the Winchester Street Theatre.

The Month of May marks the beginning of Asian Heritage Month. A Matinee on Sunday May 1 at 2: pm features a second programme of new works by Nova Battacharya, Roger Sinha and others.

May 6 - 8 will feature an all Roger Sinha programme.

Ticket prices:
CanAsian International Dance Day Celebration, April 29 to May 1,
Winchester Street Theatre
$17. at the door, $15 in advance
Students & Srs $12 at the door, $10 in advance

Asian Heritage Month Dance Celebration Matinee, May 2, Winchester Street Theatre $9. at the door, $7 in advance

For tickets and workshop information call (416) 504-6429 extension 45

Publicist: Jennifer Watkins (416) 967-0151, FAX 967-6429

Stir Friday Night (Chicago)
Invasion of the Yellow Menace
Invades Los Angeles
April 30 to May 8, 1999

See News story.

Adams Chinese Theatre Series (Boston)
The Five Chinese Brothers
Sunday May 9, 1999
2pm & 3:30pm (the show runs about half an hour)
Adams House Lower Common Room, Harvard University
26 Plympton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Admission is FREE, Children are especially welcome

Carsey Yee, Executive Producer
John B. Weinstein, Artistic Director
Take Out Productions


The Adams Chinese Theater Series (ACTS) will perform a staged reading of _The Five Chinese Brothers_ by Claire Huchet Bishop and Kurt Wiese. First published in 1938, this widely read children's story book has delighted many generations of American school children including countless Chinese Americans and planted in them a lifelong fascination with the magical, mysterious Orient, a fantastic, fabricated China.

During Arts First 99, a campus-wide celebration of the arts at Harvard University, ACTS will dramatize this story using an adaptation of the original text as narration. We expect that the irony and humour inherent in such a dated text will expose and expunge the stereotypes so deeply embedded in our childhood imaginations. By revisiting the five Chinese brothers in their Oriental world, we want ultimately to reorient ourselves and to revise our understanding of what it means to be Chinese, to be American, and to be Asian-American.

Beverly Hills Theatre Guild
directed by LOY ARCENAS
May 15, 1999

performed by Tokayo Fischer, Kerri Higuchi, Amy Hill, Emily Kuroda,
Alec Mapa, Sab Shimono, and Eric Steinberg

Seven Asian Americans meet their destiny during one unusual weekend on the roof of a Las Vegas wedding chapel. In a city where keno lounges and UFOs are everywhere, anything's possible! Winner of the International Herald Tribune Playwriting Competition and the Julie Harris Playwright Award Competition, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING--a comic and intimate exploration of race, identity, and faith--will have its world premiere at Singapore Repertory Theatre in 2000.

Saturday, May 15, 1999
5:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Beverly Hills Library Auditorium
444 N. Rexford Drive
(1/2 block south of Santa Monica Boulevard;
park in Civic Center garage on Rexford)
Beverly Hills, California

Reservations not necessary.
Information: 310.273.2602

Please direct all business-related inquiries to:
Prince Gomolvilas
564 Mission Street #322, San Francisco, CA 94105;

Japan America Theatre
Mifune and Me
featuring Lane Nishikawa
Saturday, May 8, 1999 8 pm

Los Angeles Premiere, one performance only! Lane Nishikawa's Mifune and Me is the third in his trilogy of one man shows that explode with his fast-paced humor, high powered performance poetry, multi-faceted characterizations and autobiographical back stage insights into the professional world of theatre, film, and television. Mifune and Me is a non-stop, fasten your seat belts examination of the media's image of Asian America. Nishikawa ably mixes his on-stage personality with multi-media imagery to create a performance that can"t be missed.

Tickets: $18 orchestra, $16 balcony
JACCC Members:
$14 orchestra, $12 balcony
Students, Seniors: $9
(limited availability)

Great Leap (touring)
Spring 1999

See News article; they're all OVER the place!

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
The Joy Luck Club
by Susan Kim, adapted from the novel by Amy Tan
April 14 to May 2, 1999

Careening between the cosmopolitan veneer of today's San Francisco and the old world opulence of pre-Revolutionary China, this stunning mother-daughter drama is an exuberantly theatrical rendition of Amy Tan's memorable novel. First produced at the Shanghai People's Art Theatre, its conflicts of generations, continents and cultures unfurl in the universal language of family and love.

"A resounding success!" - TIME magazine

tickets $19 - $35 - seating is limited!
April 14, 1999 to May 2, 1999

at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
650 903 6000 or

San Jose Repertory Theatre
Sisters Matsumoto
by Philip Kan Gotanda
April 23 to May 23, 1999

The Butcher's Burden
by Harold S. Byun
May 6 to May 23, 1999
SOMAR Cultural Center, SF

See News story. Starring Tamlyn Tomita.

Northwest Asian American Theatre (Seattle)
Pan Asian Arts Festival
May 13 to May 23, 1999

An eclectic celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American arts in the Pacific Northwest!

May 6 to 8, 1999
Bengie Santos' All One Tribe returns for a special benefit weekend!
All One Tribe is an original dance theatre work that explores the common rituals, rhythms and harmony that exists between diverse cultures. Originally mounted last summer to sold out performances, this inspiring piece will return to NWAAT for a special benefit weekend.

Bengie Santos most recently choreographed NWAAT's ground breaking production of West Side Story. A choreographer and teacher who has combined her love for dance and theatre with community work over the last 15 years, Santos has also served as choreographer for Sining KilUSAn, which produced musicals depicting different aspects of Filipino American culture.

May 13, 1999
An Evening of Music
Mike Min Arhythmic Music - PoPollution
Mike Min has performed his unique brand of pop/rock at venues such as Madison's Cafe and the Tractor Tavern with his ensemble, TEAM MIKE MIN. Recently he has been experimenting with arhythmic music and is currently working on a collection of experimental cabaret songs of anti-minimalist, arhythmic, tone washes.

Gary Fukushima Jazz
Gary Fukushima is a jazz pianist whose work traverses and merges classical and jazz idioms. He has played at concert venues throughout the United States with the jazz/folk ensemble Sabella Consort. Mr. Fukushima has also performed in a variety of musicals including Grease and Anything Goes and most recently served as musical director for NWAAT's West Side Story.

Erick Rock (E-ROK) Turntable Contortions
E-ROK is a DJ and performance artist who specializes in "vinyl manipulation." His expert contortions transform turntables into versatile and surprising musical instruments.

May 14, 1999
Solo Performance, with Arnaldo! by Arnaldo Innocentes.
Arnaldo Innocentes, drag chanteuse and "gender illusionist," will perform a cabaret style evening of songs drawn from American Songbook standards, Broadway showtunes and campy numbers from the Eartha Kitt repertoire. Mr. Innocentes will be accompanied by pianist Bob Bruneau.

As a member of Seattle Men's Chorus, Mr. Innocentes has performed in major concert halls around the US including Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Hall, the Myerson in Dallas, the Seattle Opera house, and the Performing Arts Center in Denver. Arnaldo! recently played in the cabaret series at Thumpers to sold out audiences.

Mary 15, 1999
Yoko Murao - Original Dance Theatre Piece
Based on a Japanese folk tale, in which a crane is transformed into a maiden with magical power, this performance piece explores themes of rebirth and human frailty through a unique interpretation of traditional Japanese dance forms and folk themes. The piece will be performed by Yoko Murao, Mary Ono and Rie Taki with music by the performance group Aono Jikken. Yoko Murao has been performing for twenty years and has been described in the Seattle Times as "an intense and logical Japanese dance miniaturist and visual artist." Her work has been seen at venues such as On the
Boards, Bumbershoot, the Seattle Art Museum and the Broadway Performance Hall.

U-NE-RI created and performed by GooSayTen
GooSayTen, the Butoh dance duo of Itto Morita and Mika Tekeuchi from Sapporo, Japan in their U.S. debut performance, will perform an original dance work entitled U-NE-RI. In this contemporary Butoh piece, dancers drift across a subconscious terrain, undulating to ancient and lost rhythms. GooSayTen translates roughly into "a heaven that happens to be actualized."

May 20 and 21, 1999
AA-TV, sketch comedy from the Pork Filled Players
Multi-cultural sketch comedy group and NWAAT artist-in-residence, Pork Filled Players, bring their latest work of lunacy to NWAAT. AA-TV takes a hilarious look at TV sitcoms through the warped lens of Pork Filled Players which includes Roger Tang, David Kobayashi, Eric de los Santos, Sharon Holmes and Leilani Wollam. As artists-in-residence at NWAAT they have performed numerous late-night offerings.
"Don't you DARE mention my name in your show!" local TV anchor person
"It's sad to see Asian American artists go so wrong...." D. Hwang, famed playwright

Barking Wall, a new one-act from Michael Ahn
A young executive and an artist are chased into an empty warehouse by a pack of super-intelligent dogs. Not a good situation by any account, but an even worse one in the dark and savagely comic world of playwright Michael Ahn. Michael Ahn's plays have performed in New York and Los Angeles. His other works include Suicide Bar, Cow Worshippers, Asian Medea and Occasional Grace. Barking Wall will be Mr. Ahn's Seattle Debut.

May 22 (8 pm), May 23 (7 pm), 1999
This evening features past and present artists of NWAAT's International
Artists Program, an innovative program that produces multi-disciplinary,
cross-cultural collaborations between Asian American artists and artists
from Southeast Asia.

A Peel performed by Mew Chang-Tsing
Current IAP artist, Malaysian choreographer/dancer Mew Chang-Tsing will
perform a solo dance theatre piece created with poet EddinKhoo, composer
Xen Xiong and Lighting designer Mac Chan, a unique fusion of Asian and
contemporary Western dance.

Ms. Mew is the founding Artistic Director of the innovative and acclaimed
RiverGrass Dance Theater in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has been hailed
by critics as "among the most formidable, bold and challenging figures in
modern Malaysian choreography."

Susie Kozawa with Aono Jikken
Past IAP artist, Susie Kozawa will perform an original sound and movement
piece with the music group Aono Jikken (William Blauvelt, Mike Shannon,
Esther Sugai and Yoko Murao).
Ms. Kozawa, is a sound artist/composer who creates beautiful and haunting
soundscapes with unusual and everyday objects. As an artist in NWAAT's
first international collaboration, Ms. Kozawa was one of five artists to
create Home: Places between Asia and America, a multi-disciplinary,
multi-media work for the theatre.

May 6-23 RAW Gallery - Multimedia Exhibit
Current IAP artist, John Pai, will transform NWAAT's RAW gallery into a
multi-media panorama of slides, photography, sound, video and film. This
exhibit, centered around the theme of Life Journeys, will run throughout
A-Fest. Mr. Pai has been creating experimental and documentary film for
the past 12 years. Since 1994 he has been the media project coordinator
for the nationally renowned Asian American cultural museum, the Wing Luke
Asian Museum. He has an uncanny ability to evoke memory, beauty and
emotions through moving images.

Tremont Theatre of the Chinese Culture Institute (Boston)
Three Lives
a solo performance
by Alex Luu
May 20 to 23, 1999

A tale of the journey to manhood with a little help from a lost cousin, gentle grandfather and fried rice.

Where: The Tremont Theatre of the Chinese Culture Institute
276 Tremont St.
Boston (next door to Wang Center for Performing Arts in heart of Boston
theater district)
When: May 20,21, 22, 23
All shows 8 pm
*Sunday matinee 2 pm
Tickets: $12, $8 seniors, $7 students
by phone: (617) 542-4599
by mail: checks payable to CCI 10 days prior to show dates

"A potent examination of the forces of assimilation"
-The Los Angeles Times

"Humorous yet poignant..."
-The Rafu Shimpo

"Performance Pick of the Week"
-The LA Weekly

THREE LIVES is a solo performance piece written and performed by performer/filmmaker Alex Luu. THREE LIVES tells the autobiographical tale of Luu's harrowing escape from war-torn Saigon as a Chinese/Vietnamese refugee in 1975. What follows is a tumultuos journey seen through the eyes of four distinct characters--Grandpa Luu, Pops Luu, Alex Luu and his cousin Albert. Spanning four generations, these Luu men's lives and experiences intertwine and collide, creating a rich and powerful mosaic that reflects the comical yet painful aspects of assimilation, racism, tradition vs. individuality and redemption in a new land.

THREE LIVES ultimately celebrates the simple yet enduring magic of finding's one true voice amidst the ghosts of the past and the richness of family. THREE LIVES blends performance, theater, movement and multi-media in a kinetic, physical and powerful piece ripe with humor and pathos.

A new solo work by Amy Hill,
chronicles uproarious stories/reflections/observations on the road from "there to here".
1125 N. MCCADDEN PL. (one block east of Highland, north of Santa Monica Blvd.)
Los Angeles

May 22nd, Saturday 7pm Only $10!

Reservations: 323-860-7300

The First Asian American Theatre Convening
May 22 and 23, 1999
Seattle, WA

Day One is a closed session for invited participants. Day Two is open to the public. See News story...

Women's Theatre Alliance
(in conjunction with the New Plays Festival 1999):
Footsteps Theatre
5230 N. Clark Street, Chicago
Marge Waterstreet, 773-666-4726
Mary DeVeny,
Sun, May 23, 1999, 7 PM

THE RAPE OF NANKING ACCORDING TO WINNIE by Marge Waterstreet takes place in 1937 China where a missionary and a Nazi negotiate the safety of 300,000 civilians. Directed by Mary DeVeny

For further information about the play please call Marge Waterstreet at 773-666-4726 or email Mary DeVeny at For information about Women's Theatre Alliance and the New Plays Festival 1999, please visit our Web Page:

Kuma Kahuna Theatre (Hawaii)
All I Asking For Is My Body
a new adaption by Milton Murayama
On stage: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 30
55 Merchant St.
Tickets: $15 Friday-Sunday; $12 Thursdays (discounts for seniors, students and groups)
Call: 536-4222

A new adaption of the classic Asian American novel of Japanese Americans laboring in the islands in the 1930s.

QBd Ink (Washington DC)
In the Matter of Willie Grayson
by Reme Grefalda
MAY, 1999

The much-awaited new production from QBd Ink is scheduled to be presented at the Howard University Ira Aldridge Theatre in Washngton, D.C. during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, with three performances on May 15 & 16, 1999. The new play entitled In the Matter of Willie Grayson will be directed by Reme Grefalda, who also wrote the play.

Willie Grayson is a name in Philippine History, footnoted as the soldier who fired the first shot on February 4, 1899 which launched the war between the United States and the fledgling republic. The new republic, Filipinas, had just declared its independence from Spain on June 12, 1898.

U.S. Admiral Dewey's fleet in the Pacific region at that time defeated the Spanish fleet, and American forces entered Manila aided by General Emilio Aguinaldo (returned from exile in Hongkong) and his army. Spain surrendered its forces to the Americans and ceded the Philippines to the United States in the Treaty of Paris, thus heralding America's entry as a colonial power at the turn of the century.

Grayson is the second in a trilogy of plays with a historical theme by the author . The first was 30 December 1896 which premiered in 1996 and ran for 17 performances, the final one presented at the theatre of the National Archives last November. QBd Ink is a performing arts company based in Washington, DC.

For tickets and additional information on In the Matter of Willie Grayson, please call (703) 276-0427.

InterACT (Sacramento)
by Laurence Yep
May 7 to May 30, 1999

InterACT presents DRAGONWINGS, dramatized by Laurence Yep from his award-winning children's novel, opening on May 7 and closing May 30. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 PM, with two Sunday matinees on May 16 and May 30 at 3 PM, and an early evening performance on Sunday, May 23 at 7 PM. Seats are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors (62 and over), and $10 for children (12 and under).

All performances are at the Broadway Playhouse, 4010 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento. Sonny Alforque directs the cast of Sacramento are actors which include InterACT returnees Kevin-Michael Chu, Brian Doan, Melinda Gee-Wong, A.M. Lai and Lawrence J. Lew. Making their InterACT debuts are: Colin Casey, Simon Magsuci, Trina Powers, and Beau Yep.

For reservations and information, please call the InterACT office at 916/452-6174.

Stanford Asian American Theatre Project
Letters to a Student Revolutionary
by Elizabeth Wong
May 27 to 30, 1999

Prosser Studio
directed by John Lim
upstairs in Memorial Hall
$3 students/$5 general

in memory of the
Tienanmen Square tragedy tickets in white plaza starting may 25
in this 10th anniversary year or at the door

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Culminating in the Tienanmen Square tragedy of 1989, Elizabeth Wong's play LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY traces the correspondence between two women, a Chinese American and a China native, exploring their different worlds and their different conceptions of freedom and democracy.

LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY will make you laugh and think. We hope you will be moved and enlightened after you see the show. It will offer you another view of freedom, justice, communism, and the American way. It will bring you another step closer to the essential truth.

For further information or advance tickets please contact Joy Wong at or call 7-1108.

18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (SF)
Hatest Grits
May 27 to 29, 1999

The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
"The World's Most Psychotic Asian American Skit Comedy Group"
in "Hatest Grits"
A collection of our greatest hits including:

* 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)

Presented by the Asian American Theater Company
in association with the
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center

May 27,28,29 1999
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8pm

SOMAR theater
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco

$12 General
Senior, student, group discounts available
Reserveations/Info: 415.440.5545 or


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

Yangtze Repertory Theatre (NYC)
Variations in a Foreign land
A Concert of New Dance Works
May 28 to 30, 1999

East West Players (LA)
Beijing Spring: A Musical Odyssey
music by Joel Iwataki
lyrics by Tim Dang
May 12 to June 6, 1999

A commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, this world premiere shows the pro-democracy as it escalates into a demonstration beyond imagination/ The world watched and listend as the human spirit rose to fight for something Americans take for granted: freedom.

East West Players New Voices Project presents
The 1999 Writers Gallery Reading Series
The Japanese American National Museum
directed by TIM DANG

For Eddie, music isn't the food of the food of love. For Lily, words...are the food of love. For Henry...well, Henry is starving...

Thursday June 3, 1999 7.30 p.m.

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.

HELPING HENRY WOO was developed through the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute; a 20 week writers workshop offered through East West Players. Call (213) 625-7000 for details.

East is East
Manhattan Theatre Club
131 West 55th Street, NYC
212-581-1212 for tickets.
Shows are Tues-Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2:30 and 8pm, Sun at 2:30 and 7pm.
written by Ayub Kahn-Din, directed by Scott Elliott

About the tensions in a large London family headed by a traditional Pakistani father and a liberal English mother.

Theater Mu (Minneapolis)
Tales of the Starfruit Tree
directed by Ric Shiomi
June 3 to 12, 1999
The Ordway
75 West 5th St.
St. Paul, MN

New adaptions of Southeast Asian folk tales. One story is based upon the Vietnamese folk tale, The Raven in the Starfruit Tree, about innocence and greed between brothers. Presented as part of the Planet Ordway season.

Kalo Project '99: Hoike
June 12, 1999

See News story.

Peeling the Banana (NYC)
performs at the
Puffin Room, 435 Broome St. @ Broadway (NYC)
Thursday June 17, 1999
8 p.m. $8.


Ever found yourself naked on HBO, trying to talk about size matters? One Asian American man did.

Ever found you couldn't go home again, whether it was New York City or Los Angeles? One Asian American man couldn't.

Ever found yourself living in a Woody Allen movie, but you're not Soon-Yi? With a shrink, an affair and a good pint of Guinness, one Asian American woman did.

From the West Coast to the East Coast, from straight to queer, encountering adversity on subway platforms and political platforms, telling stories of lives lived furiously and joyously, Peeling the Banana follows up its sell-out successes at the Puffin Room with a special return
performance on June 17. Los-Angeles-based performance artist Gary San Angel returns to New York City to direct this special show, reuniting with a pan-Asian, multi-disciplinary group who use the stuff of their own lives to entertain, educate and even outrage their audiences. Nothing is sacred, not race, sex, Mayor Guiliani or New York One News.

Peeling, started by San Angel in 1995, has performed at colleges and venues throughout the East Coast, in Canada and in Los Angeles, including at the Public Theater, Second Stage Theater, and Highways Performance Space.

Come and watch the unpeeling.
Peeling the Banana performs at the
Puffin Room, 435 Broome St. (btw Broadway and Crosby)
Thursday June 17 at 8 p.m. $8. RSVP line: 212 343 2881.
For more information call 203-783-9053.

Repertory Actors Theatre (Seattle)
On the Open Road
Theatre Off Jackson
June 8 to 27, 1999

San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre
Performance Anxiety
by Vernon Takeshita
Dir. by Ed You
June 4 to June 27, 1999

A hilarious romp about sex, homosexuality, bisexuality, gays, lesbians, cross-dressing, identity mix-ups, screwed-up people, denial, cardboard children, and the need to be a normal mainstream "Beaver Cleaver" household through it all.

tongue in a mood
cocojam productions
for a special one-night show of music and mayhem
Sunday, June 20, 1999 at 8pm
Bindlestiff Studio
185 Sixth St. at Howard
San Francisco, CA
$10 General Admission (no credit cards accepted)

NOTE: This show will be different from the upcoming show at Theatre Artaud

SLANT is the New York City trio ensemble of Rick Ebihara, Wayland Quintero, and Perry Yung. As a resident company of the world-renowned La Mama Experimental Theater Club, SLANT's work is an original and dynamic tapestry of theatrical satire, live amplified, acoustic, and a capella music, dance, puppetry, and shadow play. Themes and stories derive from pop culture stereotypes, urban and ethnic myths, from stories and visions of previous generations, from contemporary experiences of their very American upbringing while paying homage to the guiding influences of their Asian heritage.

The material ranges from a short mimed and exaggerated urinal scene, to a bluesy harmonica and guitar number about the hopes and dreams of a Filipino plantation character in the 1920s called "Dime a Dance," a psuedo beat-period character with his amplified biting bass monologue about the journey to Angel Island and confrontation with an interrogator, a very funny Asian Cajun television cooking scene featuring three incarcerated descendants of smuggled immigrants, a twisted, internet-inspired song called "My Girlfriend is a Yakuza," and much more.

Once again, this show is an excellent Slant starter kit for their upcoming production at Theatre Artaud.

Pearl Ubungen Dancers & Musicians
June 24 to June 27, 1999
Thursday through Saturday 8 pm & Sunday 2pm.
Theater Artaud, 450 Florida Street near Mariposa,
San Francisco. CA
Theater Artaud Box Office at 415/621-7797

The Bay Area-based Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians (PUD&M) and New York City's Slant Performance Group present an outrageous double bill, Bamboo Girl Meets Big Dicks, Asian Men - Hearts Afire! The shared evening features the first repertory concert produced by Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians spanning work created from 1993 to 1999. The evening will include excerpts from Take Me to the Tenderloin, Now! (1997); Waltz for Teo (1993); Retro/Fit (1999); and the West Coast premiere of Where the Waters Meet.

Pearl Ubungen creates work that reflects an authentic urban landscape through an innovative use of post-modern dance with elements of theatre, text, popular culture and original live music. She is known for her commitment to community-based site-specific work and her collaborative process with visual artists, musicians and community members.

Slant (Rick Ebihara, Wayland Quintero and Perry Yung), perform the S. F. Bay Area debut of their signature work Big Dicks, Asian Men, which confronts unflattering stereotypes of Asian masculinity. Racial assumptions of masculinity, specifically Asian are identified, examined, deconstructed and satirized.

June 24 through June 27, 1999, Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm &
Sunday at 2 pm.

Theater Artaud, 450 Florida Street near Mariposa, San Francisco.

$18 and $22 - available through the Theater Artaud Box Office at


NOTE: In conjunction with Bamboo Girl Meets Big Dicks, Asian Men - Hearts Afire!, Pearl Ubungen Dancers & Musicians (PUD&M) and Slant are conducting a series of community-based workshops in San Francisco's Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods and in the East Bay. For information on workshop schedules, please call PUD&M office at 415/252-8054.

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