New York City will be the setting for the first-ever National Asian American Theater Festival when more than 25 Asian American performing arts companies and solo artists from coast-to-coast -- Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, etc. -- convene for two weeks of performances at various venues throughout NYC.
This inaugural festival will feature performances by many of the nation's leading Asian American theater companies, organizations that have been trailblazers in giving voice to Asian American writers and actors for decades -- including Ma-Yi Theater Company, National Asian American Theatre Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, East West Players, Pangea World Theatre. These established companies will be joined in the National Asian American Theater Festival by a wide variety of solo theater artists and emerging theater companies, bringing together the experienced and the experimental.
The participating artists represent the tremendous diversity of the growing Asian American population in the United States with heritages from Cambodia, China, Japan, Korea, Laos, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam reflected in their work.
Venues to include: The Culture Project-SoHo (55 Mercer Street), Theatre Row's Beckett and Kirk Theatres (410 West 42nd Street), Abingdon Theatre (312 West 36th Street), La MaMa ETC (74A East 4th Street) and Baruch College Theatre (55 Lexington Avenue) in Manhattan; Queens Theatre in the Park in Queens; Pregones Theater (571-575 Walton Avenue) in the Bronx; and Snug Harbor Cultural Center (1000 Richmond Terrace) on Staten Island.
Companies invited to participate include: 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors/Cold Tofu/OPM/Lodestone (Los Angeles); Asian American Theater (San Francisco); Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia); Big Red Media (New York); Desipina (New York); DiverseCity (New York); East West Players (Los Angeles); Fluid Motion (New York); kaotic good productions (Chicago); Ma-Yi Theater (New York); Mu Performing Arts Theater (Minneapolis); National Asian American Theatre Company (New York); New World Theater (Massachusetts); Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (New York); Stir-Friday Night! (Chicago); TeAda (Los Angeles); Youth Speaks, Inc./The Living World Project (Los Angeles), Vampire Cowboys (New York).
Solo artists invited to participate include: Regie Cabico and Aileen Cho (New York); Pallabi Chakravorty (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania); D'Lo (Santa Monica); Anida Yoeu Esguerra (Chicago); Soomi Kim (New York); Jude Narita (Marina Del Ray, California); Ping Chong (New York); Hanalei Ramos (Edison, New Jersey); S.T. Shimi (San Antonio); Denise Uyehara (Tucson); Kristina Wong (Los Angeles); Marian Yalini Thambynayagam (New York); Marcus Young (Minneapolis).
The festival kicks off with an Opening Night Benefit at The Public Theater on June 11.
Festival Executive Committee Shows:
Carry the Tiger to the Mountain
The House of Bernarda Alba
The Romance of Magno Rubio
Additonal Featured Shows:
Big Head: Japanese incarceration during WWII and those perceived as "the enemy," post 9/11
The Caste & the Furious: Tokyo Drift
Cooking Con Karimi (Con Castro)
The Edge of the World
The Female Heart
From the Ashes
From the Heart: A Celebration of Asian and Asian American Women
Guns & Tampons: A History of Violence Against Women I Know
Living Dead in Denmark, Living Memory/Living Absence
On the Island
Ramble-Ations: A One D'Lo Show
Replaced Rituals - Excerpt Remembered Rhythms
The Spoken World
Three Filipino Tenors
U-Hauls, Bridesmaids & Backwards Mountain
Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest
Self Produced Shows:
365 Days/365 Plays.
Aguinaldo: Mark Twain in Purgatory
DiVerse City: Arlene Biala
Dragon Vs. Eagle: Enter the White Barbarians!
If Truth Be Known
Made in Taiwan
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