current season 2018-19
PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE is now accepting submissions for our 2019 NUWORKS performance series, June 25–29, 2019, in Manhattan.
NUWORKS presents new work from emerging artists who explore different genres and techniques. We seek a diversity of voices; submission does not have to reflect contemporary Asian American themes.
“Citizen Wong” plans to hold 3 READINGS in Ogden, Orem, and Salt lake City on May 7, 8, 9, 2019.
“Citizen Wong” is a play inspired by Wong Chin Foo (王清福, 1847–1898), the late 19th-century celebrity speaker-writer known as the first Chinese American. His affair with a rich suffragette whose father runs for president captures the essence of an era when racists supported an “anti-Chinese wall” and passed the Chinese Exclusion Act that Wong fought tirelessly against.
THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL, written by Prince Gomolvilas, directed by Jeff Liu. The play follows two Thai brothers who launch a business to investigate paranormal activities. When the siblings investigate the home of an African-American couple, who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, their notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.
ABOUT THE CLASS: Classical and contemporary text, monologues and scene work for actors, and original pieces developed by lab process for writers. Students will come prepared to class with a piece in mind to work/idea on. Previous students have gone on to perform their works nationally and internationally, and in NYC at various festivals and in Pan Asian showcases and other venues.
The Emperor’s Nightingale is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Nightingale, set in 18th-century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. He befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be King. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale.
Last Season 2017 - 18
“…Prince Gomolvilas’s clever, multilayered play is gratifyingly subtle in its inquiry into migration—the pain of crossing over for the living and the dead alike. Jeff Liu’s direction shifts deftly among registers: comedy, melancholy, suspense, and several genuine scares, achieved with the help of some smart lo-fi effects…”
- Rollo Romig, The New Yorker
“Inventive staging and stellar design….transcends pure entertainment.”
- Laurel Graeber, The New York Times
“Chongren Fan’s staging, for Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, uses shadow puppets, playful costumes…. It is refreshing to be able to bring kids to such a s show.”
- Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New Yorker
‘The Emperor’s Nightingale’ is Wonderful Children’s Theater ‘The Emperor’s Nightingale’ is Wonderful Children’s Theater
“..new educational initiative ..is a captivating piece of children’s theater..... two Pandas, a Tiger in two pieces, a head and a tail,...will appeal to theater goers of all ages. ... The concept of working to do the right thing ...Important to see on stage.”
- Karen Nowosad, Let’s Go to the Theater
THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE SOARS- Pan Asian Repertory Theatre embarks on new ground ... You have to see this show. There’s nothing else ... which will give you the same level of entertainment, educated insight, and disarming, heartfelt performances.
- Jara Jones, Theater That Matters