Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director of PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE, announces its 41st Season in 2018 expanding on themes of social justice and historical amnesia with World Premiere of DAYBREAK and special return of NO-NO BOY.
The 41st Season will begin the company's multi - year process for growth and transition to embrace epanded leadership towards a visionary new furture with national and international collaborations.
DAYBREAK is a powerful new play that hightlights Armenian-American history. Set in three time periods, the play is inspidered by the true stories of two women friends, survivors of the Armenian genocide and using memory, dreams, music, carries the story of these women into the 21st century future to celebrate the endurance of the human spirit.
Starring Melis Aker, Nicole Ansari, Robert Najarian, Angela Pierce, Michael Irvin Pollard and Tamara Sevunts
Playwright Joyce Van Dyke says, "Throughout the play, dreams overtake the "reality" of the action... the impact of genocide does not just break human bonds... it ruptures time and space. It's the most ambitious and experimental play I've written, both in its dream-play form and in its creative process, composed from first-person testimonies, dreams, and primary source material. It's also by far the biggest play I've written, in the number of characters, time-span, subject, and setting (two continents and a dream- world). The play is both intimate and epic."
JOYCE VAN DYKE (Playwright) was inspired to write DAYBREAK by the stories of her Armenian maternal grandparents. Her other plays on Armenian themes include A GIRL’S WAR, produced by Golden Thread Productions (2009), New Repertory Theatre (2003), and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (2001), winner of the Gassner Award and the Boston Globe’s “Top Ten” plays of 2001. Her new play, THE WOMEN WHO MAPPED THE STARS, was co-commissioned by The Poets’ Theatre and by Central Square Theater which will produce the world premiere in 2018 as part of The Brit D’Arbeloff Women in Science Production Series. Her other plays include THE OIL THIEF, commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project, produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and winner of the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script (2009). She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and Huntington Theatre Playwriting Fellow, and teaches playwriting and Shakespeare at Northeastern and Harvard. www.joycevandyke.com
LUCIE TIBERGHIEN (Director) Upcoming: Terminus, Gabriel Jason Dean, (NYTW Next Door). In development: Resurrection City, A new musical by Stew (Passing Strange). New York credits: The Other Thing, by Emily Schwend (Second Stage); Soldier X by Rehana Mirza (Ma-Yi Theater Company); Don’t Go Gentle by Stephen Belber (MCC); Blind and The Pavilion by Craig Wright (Rattlestick Theater Company); Hoodoo Love by Katori Hall (Cherry Lane Theater); A Small Melodramatic Story and Geometry of Fire by Stephen Belber (LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick); Regional: Queens for a year, TD Mitchell, Hartford Stage, Pen/Man/Ship and The Ashes Under Gait City by Christina Anderson (Portland Playhouse, Contemporary American Theater Festival); Blueprints to Freedom by Michael Benjamin Washington (La Jolla Playhouse, and Kansas City Rep); Love in Afghanistan by Charles Randolph Wright (Arena Stage, DC); The Invisible Hand by Ayad Akhtar (Milwaukee Rep); Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes (Arden Theater); Blood and Gifts by JT Rogers (La Jolla Playhouse); Great Falls and Flag Day by Lee Blessing (Humana Festival, CATF). Education: Webster University, Geneva, Switzerland, BA in International Studies. www.lucietiberghien.com