Most recently seen at the New
Orleans Fringe Festival,
welcome to the world of Tu-Na
House, a massage parlour that offers more bang for
your buck (if you know who to request)! Hear from
the women who work there while searching for their
own happy endings.
Playwright and actor NANCY ENG speaks:
“I began writing after noticing the scarcity of roles for performers of my
age, and I discovered a whole universe of quirky characters waiting to be
drawn from the subways, businesses and bustling streets of New York City
and through the maze of crevices inside my head. Although I would like to
change the way others think and make the world a better place, my intent
is simply to give voice to those who are frequently seen but seldom heard
with tales often imagined but rarely told.
“However, The Women of Tu-Na House was spawned after the creation of
one of its characters, written solely as a form of therapy, following the
death of my beloved cat, Madison.”
Script excerpt from THE WOMEN OF TU-NA HOUSE, written and performed
by NANCY ENG:
LIGHTS UP ON:
MAY-MAY MASSEUSE #2, age 34, as she walks over to the employee
lounge and takes a seat.
MAY-MAY MASSEUSE #2
My best friend in the whole wide world died of cancer and I miss him so
much. It’s been over two months but I can’t stop thinking about him.
We lived together for 19 years, that’s longer than most people are married.
I never imagined how much I would come to love him. It hurts knowing he
won’t be waiting when I come home, that he won’t be there to greet me
when I open the door, or waiting for me to give him a hug...
I know he was just a cat but he was my cat. He was the only male in my
life who never tried to take advantage of me, who loved me unconditionally
and could always make me smile.
End of excerpt.
Nancy’s credits include: television roles on “30 Rock”, “Rubicon”,
“Law & Order: SVU”. Stage credits include roles in the recent
production of We Are, the 1st half of Pan Asian Repertory’s Vietnam
Project II, 13th Street Repertory Theatre’s production of “Orphans”
as well as consecutive appearances in Pan Asian’s NEWWORKS
Series. Written and developed by Nancy while participating in Pan
Asian’s Acting/Writing Workshop, The Women of Tu-Na House was
originally conceived as a showcase for three actresses but
emerged as a viable one-woman show after much encouragement
from Ernest Abuba.
Pan Asian Rep programs are supported,
in part, by public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building
strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties;
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership
with the City Council;
Queens Council member Peter Koo;
the Shubert Foundation and Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.