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April 18, 2001
Pan Asian Rep continues its 25th Season of Creative Excellence with
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
production was from
May 30 to June 10, 2001
“The World’s Most Psychotic Asian American Skit Comedy Troupe”
Tisa Chang, Artistic/Producing Director of the award-winning Off-Broadway Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, proudly presents the return of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors in their latest show,“Psycho Karaoke,” to the West End Theatre in the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew at 263 West 86th Street.
Do you remember World Cup 2002, Blaine Asakawa’s Self-Defense Class and The Chinese Women’s Swim Team?“Psycho Karaoke” will consist of classic comedy skits as well as the brand-new My Own Private Sukiprata chronicling the trials and tribulations of a fictional Asian nation and its encounters with the West poking fun at the rise of fortune cookies, mail-order brides and everything in between. The 85-minute show is performed by ensemble members Harold Byun, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Rania Ho, Todd Nakagawa, Greg Watanabe, Pearl Wong and Rhoda Gravador.
Performances begin Wed May 30th and continue through Sun June 10th; Wed-Thu-Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 7&10pm, and Sun @ 3pm. Plus, there is a special “Meet The Artists” Post-Performance Party on Thursday, May 31st.
Tickets are $45, $25 for students, seniors and groups of 10+. For special advance pricing (before May 20th) please call Pan Asian at (212) 505-5655. To order tickets call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200.
18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
Returned May 30 to June 10, 2001
Discovered by Artistic/Producing Director Tisa Chang, while on tour to
San Francisco this May with Shanghai Lil's, Pan Asian Repertory Theater proudly presents
The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, the hot new comedy troupe. The 80 minute performance will
consist of various skits including 'A JOHN WOO FAMILY DINNER' and 'LAPU LAPU EATS SHABU
SHABU IN BORA BORA', created and performed by ensemble members including Harold Byun,
Linda Chuan, Rhoda Gravador, Ranio Ho, Todd Nakagawa, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Pete
Wong, etc. Performances begin October 22 and have only 5 shows till October 25, 1998 @ St.
Clement Church Theatre (423 W, 46th St. between 9th and 10th Aves).
Their own unique brand of comedy has been called "a mix of Saturday
Night Live, Monty Python, and Culture Clash."
- Annie Nakao, San Francisco Examiner
The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors sprang out of a comedy ensemble called New Godzilla Theatre in residence at the Asian American Theatre Company in San Francisco. Since its inception in 1994, the group has written and produced eight feature shows and performed in venues around the world. They seek to proliferate alternative images of Asian Americans in the Media.
"I mean look at our image. It's what I call the 5G's. Geek, Gook,
Gangster, Geisha, and Guru. Those roles pretty much define Asian American in the
mainstream and part of what we do, is attempt to break down those stereotypes and promote
other images of Asians.
- writer/actor M. Hornbuckle
Harold Byun, writer/svtor refers to the content of the shows, "We love the subversive nature of comedy. We get a bigger payoff when we take larger risks artistically." This is particularly evident in pieces like 'BLAINE ASAKAWA'S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS' where Japanese Nationals learn the "finer" points of survival in the U. S. in the wake of the Yoshihiro Hattori shooting.