Celebrating its 42nd Milestone Season, Pan Asian Rep proudly continues its momentum of expansion with the November New York Premiere of THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE by Damon Chua, directed by Chongren Fan, and the April 2019 World Premiere of THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL by Prince Gomolvilas, directed by Jeff Liu, before regional premieres nation-wide. Re-uniting with playwright Chua after the success of his duology, Film Chinois and Incident at Hidden Temple, THE EMPEROR’S NIGHTINGALE is a TYA play, adapted from Han Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” and set in 18th-century China, as our new initiative to serve younger grades and family audiences. The play includes tigers, pandas, a magical bird and Chinese lion dance in a thrilling tale of rival princelings vying to be Emperor.
With the World Premiere of THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL, Pan Asian embraces the intersection of Thai- and African-American identities, and the world of supernatural and spiritual journeys. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, playwright Gomolvilas explores disparate themes: the trauma of displacement (from one’s country of origin, from post-Katrina New Orleans, from the corporeal world) to the high incidence of mental health issues among Asian immigrants and the different ways in which people cope with incredible loss.
-Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director
TISA CHANG, Founding Artistic/Producing Director
TISA CHANG has led the company since inception, promoting stories seldom told and voices seldom heard. She is a theatre professional with five decades of experience as an actor, dancer, and director. Highlights include: Sayonara; The Joy Luck Club; the epic play-with-music Cambodia Agonistes, which toured nationally and to Cairo and Johannesburg; Kwatz! The Tibetan Project; and Rashomon, which was invited to Havana Theatre Festival in 2003. She pioneered premieres, in English and Mandarin Chinese of the classic Peking opera, RETURN OF THE PHOENIX, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at La Mama ETC.