East West Players concludes its 47th Anniversary Season, themed Spirited Away, with the musical CHESS, book by Richard Nelson, lyrics by Sir Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Aida), and composed by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (ABBA, Mamma Mia!), at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, May 9 – June 9, 2013. CHESS will be directed by Tim Dang, with musical direction by Marc Macalintal and choreography by Marc Oka.
The leading roles of the multicultural ensemble cast include Joan Almedilla as Florence (Miss Saigon and Les Miserables – Broadway), Elijah Rock as Anatoly (Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Victor E. Chan as Freddy (The Who’s Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show), Carey Rebecca Brown as Svetlana (Ragtime – Broadway Revival, Candide – New York City Opera), Ray A. Rochelle as Molokov (Evita, Miss Saigon), and Michael Alexander Henry as Walter de Courcey (The Lion King– Broadway). The rest of the ensemble are Cesar Cipriano (The King & I, Miss Saigon – National Tours), Stephanie Mieko Cohen (Les Miserables – Broadway), Jasmine Ejan (Peter Pan – National Tour), Shay Louise (Miss Saigon), D.T. Matias (A Chorus Line – International Tour), Domonique Paton (Hairspray – National Tour), Alex Sanchez (Hairspray), Armando Yearwood, Jr. (West Side Story – International Tour, In the Heights – National Tour).
Previews are Thursday, May 9th – Saturday, May 11th at 8pm and Sunday, May 12th at 2pm. All preview...
American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is presenting the world premiere ofStuck Elevator at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco), April 4–28, 2013. Press night is Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Tickets (starting at $20) are on sale now and may be purchased online at act-sf.org or by calling 415.749.2228.
Stuck Elevator is a visionary musical work based on the true story of Guāng (光), a Chinese deliveryman who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. Sounding the alarm will open the doors to freedom, but calling for help also means calling for attention—with dire consequences for this undocumented immigrant. Suspended between the upward mobility of the American dream and the downward plunge into an empty abyss, Guāng delves into memories of his past and into nightmares of present predicament, all within the confines of a 4′ by 6′ by 8′ metal box.
Chay Yew. Photo by Lia Chang
Inventively staged by internationally acclaimed artist Chay Yew—and introducing the prodigious work of composer Byron Au Yong and librettist Aaron Jafferis—Stuck Elevator unleashes an evocative collision of stories, sounds, instruments, and ideas.
Featuring a hybrid of musical theater, opera, and solo performance, Stuck Elevator will feature Julius Ahn (Madame Butterfly at Nashville Opera; Turandot at Seattle Opera) in the tour-de-force role of Guāng. He is joined by an extraordinary ensemble of performers—all of whom play multiple roles—including Raymond J. Lee (Anything...
The OBIE Award-winning National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) — now in its 23rd season of presenting classics and new works performed by Asian American actors — will present August Strindberg’s A DREAM PLAY in a new adaptation by Sung Rno and Andrew Pang, directed by Mr. Pang, with previews set to begin March 22 prior to an official opening night of March 27 at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue (entrance on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring) in New York.
A DREAM PLAY runs through April 13. Tickets are priced from $15 (for preview performances, March 22nd- 26th) – $25 (for performances March 27th – April 13th). For Tickets & Information, please visit www.here.org or call 212-352-3101. This production of A DREAM PLAY is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
Sung Rno’s plays — which include GRAVITY FALLS FROM TREES, wAve, THE TRAJECTORY OF A HEART, FRACTURE and KONISHIKI, MON AMOUR — have been produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company, East West Players, Dance Theatre Workshop, Immigrants Theater Project and NY International Fringe Festival. Andrew Pang is an actor/director who has performed with NAATCO, Ma-Yi and Pan Asian Rep and with the Steppenwolf Theatre in productions directed by Frank Galati.
Jojo Gonzalez, Siho Ellsmore, Tina Chilip and Dave Shih in NAATCO’s A Dream Play at Here. Photo by William P. Steele
In A DREAM PLAY, Agnes, a god’s daughter, has lost...
By popular demand, the world premiere of Paper Dolls, currently playing at the Tricycle Theatre in London, has been extended through April 28, 2013.Paper Dolls began previews on February 28, 2013 and opened on March 6. Indhu Rubasingham helms The Paper Dolls cast featuring Ron Domingo (Chiqui), Francis Jue (Sally), Jon Norman Schneider (Jiorgio), Tom Berish (Yossi), Jane Bertish (Noa), Noa Bodner (Shoshana/Ensemble), Ilan Goodman (Shirazi/ Ensemble), Shimi Goodman (Ensemble), Harry Dickman (Chaim), Tom Oakley (Ensemble), Angelo Paragoso (Zhan), Caroline Wildi (Adina) and Benjamin Wong (Cheska).
Photo by Alastair Muir
Paper Dolls, written by Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of Sundance Theatre, is adapted from the documentary film by Tomer Heymann, which has won multiple awards including three at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. Click here for the full performance schedule and to purchase tickets.
“You know, Yossi, we couldn’t dress like this in the Philippines… wear earrings, dye my hair, put on make up, lipstick. It’s forbidden.”
In Tel Aviv, Israel, a group of Filipino immigrants work as live-in carers for elderly Orthodox Jewish men. Six days a week, they provide dedicated support to their employers. But on the seventh day, they transform into a homespun, sassy musical drag act. Meet the Paper Dolls!
An extraordinary true story exploring an unlikely collision of cultures and the universal desire to find ‘home’.
The Tricycle Theatre
Houston Rockets' Jeremy Lin made an appearance and talked with fans at Golden State Warriors Asian Heritage Night.
We will be posting images and more. Stay tuned!
Lin's appearance at Asian Heritage Night event is hosted by the Golden State Warriors and Cache Creek Casino Resort, February 12 when the Warriors play against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California (7:30 p.m. PST). The event will also be aired live to China on CCTV.
NBA Entertainment will produce a live feed capturing the February 12 in-arena celebrations, events and activities to air live in China on CCTV.
A portion of the event night ticket sales benefit the AsianWeek Foundation to increase awareness for Hepatitis B, one of the most common untreated diseases in the world that currently affects 1 in 10 members of the Asian/Pacific Islander community
The Warriors Asian Heritage Night is part of the NBA Chinese New Year Celebration 2013, its largest international tribute ever from February 7-14.
Warriors players will wear specially designed Adidas shooting shirts on Friday, February 8 against the Memphis Grizzlies and Tuesday, February 12 against the Houston Rockets. Designed and developed by Adidas, the shooting shirt features “Year of the Snake” graphics that integrate the NBA logo, Chinese characters and basketball elements.
Fans purchasing Asian Heritage Night tickets for the February 12th game will receive a commemorative Heritage t-shirt and be treated to a postgame Q&A...