ArchipelaGo!, by SLANT, is the group's first show based on personal family stories. The upstart trio of Rick Ebihara, Wayland Quintero, and Perry Yung, who broke in with ingenious modern dance-cum-rock-'n-roll musicals (beginning with Big Dicks Asian Men, 1994), are now family men and making shows that are fun-filled and geared toward their own kids, their future kids, other people's kids, and even grown-ups. An archipelago is a collection of islands and this play is a collection of their famly memories.
Basically the show tells stories from the experiences of the three men's immigrant forebears who came to this country from islands. From Perry Yung comes the lengthy detention of his grandfather by U.S. immigration officials at Angel Island in California. From Rick Ebihara comes the story of the detention of his grandfather at the Topaz internment camp for Japanese Americans in Utah during Word War II. From Wayland Quintero comes a Filipino fable, a percussive rhythm scene, and stories of "men cooking" passed on by his father, an immigrant from the Philippines. These are combined to inspire a story about a modern day recluse who chooses to "detain" or isolate himself, combining this thematically with the metaphoric symbolism of a man being an island unto itself.
There will be no performance on Thursday, November 25th (Thanksgiving).
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