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STAGED READINGS

Program director Ron Nakahara

 
   
  ENTER LAUGHING
By Joseph Stein
Comedy adapted by Carl Reiner
Directed by Raul Aranas

Friday September 23, 2016 at 7pm
In the Bruce Mitchell Room
520 8th Ave, 3rd Flr

Open to the public

Enter Lauching is about a jewish family in mid 30s 
   
   


UNMUTED VOICES: A series that builds on a long track record to present stories from areas beyond Pan Asian past explorations, highlighting cultural, social and activist issues to illuminate and elicit discussion.

Co-curated by Damon Chua

Email: info@panasianrep.org to RSVP.

 
   
Richard Chang
 
WONG CHIN FOO
By Richard Chang

Directed by Peter Kuo

Friday Nov 13, 2015 at 7pm
520 8th Ave, 3rd Flr, Bruce Mitchell Room

A 19th century Chinese scholar shakes up American society with his brazen eloquence, romancing a married heiress of the Stanford railroad dynasty, calling out political and religious hypocrisy, and demanding citizenship rights for immigrants.. Wong Chin Foo feared nothing in his attempts to claim a leading role in America, and is recognized as the first Chinese-American: http://firstchineseamerican.com

Cast (in formation):
Stephanie Barton-Farcas, Vivia Font, Stephen Hu, Scott Klavan, Whit K. Lee, Taylor Lhamon,
Justin McEllroy, Frank Paul
 
 
 
Joyce Van Dyke
 
DAYBREAK
By Joyce Van Dyke

Directed by Paul Meshejian

Thursday Nov 19, 2015 at 7pm
520 8th Ave, 3rd Flr, Bruce Mitchell Room

Daybreak is an emotionally intense true story of two women, best friends and survivors of the Armenian genocide. The play dreams their past into the present and into the future.

Cast:
Raul Aranas, Janis Dardaris, Dan Domingues,
Liz Hayes, Beth Ann Hopkins, Patricia Randall
 
 
 
Shahid Nadeem
 
ACQUITTAL
By Shahid Nadeem
Translated from Urdu by Tahira Naqvi

Directed by Saheem Ali

Tuesday Nov 24, 2015 at 7pm
520 8th Ave, 3rd Flr, Bruce Mitchell Room

A jailed Pakistani activist shares a cell with several other women, each with their own secrets and private tribulations. As the women draw close, the various forms of violence perpetrated on women in the country, and how they are (or are not) fighting back, is uncovered.

Cast (in formation):
Aizzah Fatima, Yasmeen Jawhar,
Maya Serhan, Rasha Zamamiri
 
 
 
Previous Readings from 2014-15
 
 
 A Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother

MESSAGE FROM AN UNKNOWN CHINESE MOTHER
Written and directed by R.A. Shiomi
adapted from the book by Xinran Xue
Thursday Nov 20, 2014 at 7pm
520 8th Ave, 3rd Flr, Bruce Mitchell Room

Email: info@panasianrep.org to RSVP.


There have been thousands of Chinese baby girls adopted internationally and this play reflects the stories of the birth mothers and the social pressures behind their surrendering their babies.

Cast includes:
Brian Kim, Tony Vo, Mandarin Wu, and Yan Xi




RICK SHIOMI (Playwright/Director): As a playwright, director and artistic director, Rick Shiomi has been a leader in the Asian American theater movement since the 1980’s. He was a co-founder of Mu Performing Arts and Artistic Director for twenty years. His plays include Yellow Fever which played Off Broadway, around North America and in Japan. His directing includes productions of Flower Drum Song (The David Hwang version), Into The Woods and a revised version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. He received The Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012 and the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Vision in 2007.



 

Rick Shiomi

Photo by Lia Chang 

 
   
 Odyssey

ODYSSEY PROJECT; A RETURN TO LOVE
Presented in association with Tilted Field
Written by Jiyoun Chang
Directed by Eric Nightengale
Friday Nov 21, 2014 at 7pm
520 8th Ave, 3rd Flr, Bruce Mitchell Room

Email: info@panasianrep.org to RSVP.


The story we think we know of a hero's journey, life and love told from the perspective of a young man, the child of the hero who has been waiting for his father's return for decades, and whose own journey begins in this new take on a familiar classic.

Cast includes:
Eric Bryant, Caitlin Clouthier, Chris McFarland,
and Liz Wisan

JIYOUNG CHANG (Playwright) is a Lighting Designer and, in this rare occasion, a playwright for the Odyssey Project. Member of Tilted Field, an artists' collective committed to creating and producing bold, rebellious, and intoxicating work. She designed many shows for Pan Asian Rep and is very honored to be invited to do this reading. Odyssey Project, still looking for the right title, is something she has worked on for few years with friends. Other Credits; The World is Round (Obie Award Special Citation in Lighting, BAM Fisher Space), Goldberg’s Variations (BAM Next Wave’13), The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre) More credits at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Realm, Guggenheim Museum, Carnegie Hall, Triad Stage, Etc. MFA design, Yale School of Drama.

Jiji 

 
 
ERIC NIGHTENGALE (Director) served as artistic director of 78th Street Theatre Lab from 1995 thru 2008. Other New York credits include work with Circle Repertory Theatre, The Acting Company, Circle in the Square, Cherry Lane Theatre, 59 E 59th, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 45 Bleecker, SoHo Rep, Barefoot Theatre Company, HERE, and Classic Stage Company. Eric has served as Artistic Director for Anchorage Theatre in Louisville, Zone 9 Productions in Indianapolis, and Actors Repertory Theatre in Chicago. Chicago credits also include work with Victory Gardens Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, and Second City. His work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has resulted in three Fringe First awards, eight published scripts, four adaptations for BBC radio, a Best Ensemble award, and a London transfer.
   
Previous Readings from 2014
 
   
  FILM CHINOIS
by Damon Chua
 

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Directed by Kaipo Schwab
February 21, 2014 at 7pm
In the Bruce Mitchell Room
520 8th Ave, 3rd Flr

To RSVP- email info@panasianrep.org or
call 212-868-4030

Suggested donation of $10 collected for reception following the reading

The place: Peking, China. The year: 1947, an uneasy time between WWII and the Communist takeover two years later. Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative, has been sent to the Raymond Chandler-esque Imperial City with an important mission. He makes progress, but soon chances into a staunch Maoist named Chinadoll, his would-be adversary and lover. A cat-and-mouse game ensues, complicated by the actions of the Belgian Ambassador and his current squeeze, the willful Simone, who appears only interested in getting transit papers to leave the country. As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness of what was once the most beautiful city in the world, he soon finds his life imperiled, even as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old homemade film, and the whereabouts of a beautiful woman who seems to have vanished into thin air.

Cast includes: Dinh Doan, John Fitzgibbon, Nadia Gan, Rosanne Ma and Winston Shaw

DAMON CHUA (Playwright): Currently published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus, Damon received an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for FILM CHINOIS, a full-length play set in 1940s China.

His other produced works include full-length plays 1969: A FANTASTICAL ODYSSEY THROUGH THE AMERICAN MINDSCAPE; A BOOK BY ITS COVER; THE GHOST BUILDING, and 10-minute plays BLACK COFFEE GREEN TEA; ORGANIC MEAT BALLS, A BOY, A GIRL AND A PUPPET WITH A COWBOY HAT; DOGS ARE EVIL; and EATING FRENCH.

A Durfee Foundation grant recipient, Damon’s plays have been staged in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and presented in at least five states. He is also a published poet and short story writer.

Damon is a proud member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and Ma-Yi Theater’s Writers Lab in New York.

   
   
   

A Dream of Red Pavilions

A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS

June 1st, 2014 - 4:00pm

at Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd

Details 
   
   

Sayonara

 

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's Staged Reading of
James A. Michener's SAYONARA

Book by William Luce
Lyrics by Hy Gilbert
Music by George Fischoff
Adapted from the novel by James A. Michener

Directed by Tisa Chang
Choreography by Rumi Oyama
Music Direction by Sarah Brett England

Starring :

Marika Abe, Haleigh Adams, Ian Brodsky,
Tucker Bryan, Justin McEllroy *, Natsusko Hirano,
Scott Klavan *, Tom Lowe*, Saki Matsuda,
Manna Nichols*, Yumiko Nimi *, Tsubasa Ogawa, Rumi Oyama*, Joseph Spieldenner *,
Hiroko Yonekura, and Sandy York *


Stage Manager Taylor Alyssa Marun *

*Denotes members of Actors Equity Association

Sept 10 & 12, 2014 at 7pm, and Sept 11, 2014 at 2pm


This professional development process will re-imagine a timeless story of racial bias and prejudice in the American military during the post WWII years in occupied Japan showcasing a team of Pan Asian alums and the new generation of Asian-American artists.

 

 
 
   
   
Previous Readings from 2013  
 

KALAUPAPA
by Jon Hiroshi Shirota
directed by Kaipo Schwab
November 12, 2013 at 7pm
In the Bruce Mitchell Room

A small triangular settlement on the island of Molokai, Hawaii, enclosed by the ocean and a high cliff, Kalaupapa was a place where people stricken with leprosy were banished, and sometimes never heard from again.

After a half-century of hopelessness for the inhabitants of this miserable place, a miracle happened: Doctor Hansen, a physician in Belgium discovered that the leprosy disease is no different from tuberculosis, and can be cured. This is a story of five people of Kalaupapa whose lives were changed with the changing of the times.

Cast includes: Bobby Foley, Christy Escobar, Hiroko Tanaka, Sara Malia Hatfield, and Les Mau.
 

   
   
 

SAIGON SISTERS
by Daniel Le
directed by Rick Shiomi
November 15, 2013 at 7pm
In the Bruce Mitchell Room

In a town south of Khe Sanh, Vietnam shortly after the 1954 Geneva Accords separating the country in to three regions and the expulsion of the French colonists at Dien Bien Phu, Henri Trung is left in charge of the family estate and constantly haunted by expectations of his sisters and deceased father.

Tension between classes, communism and capitalism permeate in the wind. The Trung family is caught in between the forth coming Cold War tension of US and USSR as well as the on-going civil and class war between north and south and rich and poor.

Cast includes: Leanne Cabrera, Tina Chilip,
Dinh Doan, Ariel Estrada, Marcus Ho,
Ryan McCarthy, Brian Kim,
Ron Nakahara, David Shih, Hanh Tran,
Tiffany Villarin, Tony Vo, and Yan Xi.

 
   

A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS
by Jeremy Tiang

 
 A Dream of Red Pavilions by Jeremy Tiang
A tragic love story of two beings from the spirit world based on the classic Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin, Dream of the Red Chamber. Set in†pre-Revolution 18th-Century China, it traces the rise and fall of the aristocratic Jia family.

JEREMY TIANG (Playwright): His writing for the stage includes BUTTERFLY and CHINATOWN SECRETS (Yellow Earth Theatre, London), HITOMI (Portland Stage) and OPERATION OPERA (Esplanade, Singapore). His translations of Quah Sy Renís DRAGON BONE and Han Lao Daís FLOATHOUSE 1001 will be presented as a double-bill at the Arts House, Singapore in 2014. He has been a semi-finalist for the Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship at Juilliard, and a featured speaker at the Singapore Writers Festival and the National Asian American Theater Conference in Los Angeles.

 
 

 

 

 
 

 
   

 

 


 
 
     

 


 
     

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