Mosaic Theatre (Washington, DC)
Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (New York, NY)
Draw the Circle
Written & performed by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen  
Directed by Chay Yew
December 1 to 24, 2017 (Mosaic Theatre)
January 24 to February 18, 2018 (Rattlestick)

Gender transition can be a test for any household—but when Mashuq Mushtaq Deen comes out to his conservative Muslim family, traditional values and Western ideals collide in an hilarious and moving immigration journey unlike any other. Told entirely from the point of view of family and friends, yet performed by Deen himself, Draw the Circle is a moving story about survival, transition, and unconditional love. Part of the series "Transformational Journeys: Inspired Singular Explorations."

"Truly a tour de force...universal in its observation of love within the family structure." (Triangle Arts & Entertainment)

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell, MA)
by Vicent Chum
January 10 to February 4, 2018

about a young man who is struggling to learn Khmer, the language of his family's home of Cambodia. KJ Sanchez will direct.

The Tank (New York, NY)
a World Premiere
by Kyoung's Pacific Beat
written and directed by Kyoung H. Park
January 11 to 27, 2018

Set in Brooklyn 2017, PILLOWTALK brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet's pas de deux, PILLOWTALK queers the intersections of race, gender, and class to challenge our assumptions of love and marriage. Confronting the backlash against marriage equality and #BlackLivesMatter, PILLOWTALK explores how liberation and oppression co-exist in our most intimate spaces, transforming social and cultural traditions into radical performances of change.

Washington Ensemble Theater (Seattle, WA)
Straight White Men
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Sara Porkalob
January 12 to 29, 2018

The rightfully celebrated Young Jean Lee returns to Seattle with this new play about an old identity that's only beginning to be recognized as such: straight white maleness. As a result of women and people of color speaking up and speaking loudly about whiteness and maleness as an identity, "for the first time in history, straight white men are experiencing some of what everybody else has been experiencing all along, and unsurprisingly, they really don't like it," Lee says in that interview supra.

Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT)
Office Hour
by Julia Cho
January 17 to February 11, 2018

about a professor who tries to understand what her troubled student is going through in his disturbing writings.

ArtsWest (Seattle, WA)
By Jiehae Park
January 18 to February 11, 2018

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Living Room
A World Premiere By William Kahele
January 18 to February 18, 2018

Eli's family and friends are well-meaning, but they won't leave him alone as he wrestles with his troubled past and uncertain future.  Millie, Rose, Fannie and Junior haunt Eli with their concerns until they nearly drive him crazy.  Eli's indomitable sense of humor and a handsome stranger may be his saving grace in this comedy about the drama one local man faces alone in a crowded room.

Intersect Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
Here Are Our Monsters 
by A. Rey Pamatmat
January 19 to February 11, 2018

The play takes place in a post-marriage-equality America, and is about a gay man who proposes to his fiancé. Evren Odcikin will direct.

Intersect Theatre and
Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists (PAPA)(Philadelphia, PA)
Tiger Style
by Michael Lew
January 24 to February 10, 2018

The first full length production for Philadelphia's new Asian American Theatre

Star students and squabbling siblings Albert and Jennifer Chen used to represent the pinnacle of adolescent achievement. But when it comes to adulthood, theyre epic failures. Alberts just been passed up for promotion and Jennifer's been dumped by her loser boyfriend. So they do what any reasonable brother and sister would do and go on an Asian Freedom Tour! Travelling from California to China,TIGER STYLE! by Mike Lew is a raucous comedy that examines the successes and failures of tiger parenting from the point of view of a playwright who's actually been through it.  

Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists (PAPA) has been making waves in the citys theatre community for the past 3 years by tirelessly galvanizing, growing and promoting Phillys Asian American talent through performance series, national forums (Beyond Orientalism, September 2016), and workshop opportunities.

Richard Chan
Arlen Hancock
Anita Holland
Daniel Kim
Stephanie N. Walters

Directed by Jeff Liu

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego, CA)
by Qui Nguyen
January 25 to February 18, 2018

Diversionary Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
The Cardboard Piano
by Hansol Jung
January 25 to February 25, 2018

about the daughter of an American missionary who travels to Northern Uganda and falls in love with a local teenage girl.

Vortex Repertory Company (Austin, TX)
by Daria Miyako Marinelli
January 26 to February 10, 2018

bout a woman's bid to become the first female member of the infamous Japanese mafia. The show will be directed by kt shorb.

West of Lenin
SIS Productions (Seattle, WA)
American Hwangap
by Lloyd Suh
February 1 to 25, 2018

Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Denver, CO)
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
February 2 to March 11, 2018

When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, it's a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the scoreboard. American coach Saul grapples with his relevance to the sport, Chinese coach Wen Chang must decide his role in his rapidly-changing country and Chinese American player Manford seeks a lost connection. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Yee's "acute ear for contemporary speech" and a "devilishly keen satiric eye" (San Francisco Chronicle) creates an unexpected and touching story inspired by events in her own father's life.

AlterTheater (San Rafael, CA)
Br'er Peach 
by Andrew Saito
February 5, 2018

A staged reading in partnership with the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Inspired by Saito's multicultural family and Japanese folklore, the play is about an elderly African-American couple who eat a Georgia peach and give birth to a Japanese boy. The reading will be presented at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco.

Olney Theatre Center (Olney, MD)
Everyman Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
by Julia Cho
February 7 to March 4, 2018

fu-GEN Theatre (Toronto, Canada) and 
Hong Kong Exile
in association with 
Theatre Conspiracy 
(Vancouver) & 
The Theatre Centre 
No Foreigners
February 7 to 17, 2018 at The Cultch (Vancover, BC)
February 21 to 25, 2018 at The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator (Toronto, Canada)

Shopping malls become a portal into surreal worlds that carry the nuanced stories of loss and resilience from the Chinese diaspora. This multimedia performance investigates malls as racialized spaces of cultural creation and clash where fashion, food, and commodity tether communities to a vital sense of home. A collaboration between ground-breaking Vancouver interdisciplinary super group Hong Kong Exile and Governor General's award-winning playwright David Yee of fu-GEN Theatre.

Stanford Asian American Theatre Project (Palo Alto, CA)
February 2018

Seattle Children's Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Citizen 13559: The Journal of Ben Uchida
Adapted by Naomi Iizuka
Based on the Dear America series book by Barry Denenberg
Produced with special permission from Scholastic
February 8 to March 4, 2018

"I was born here. I'm from here. I'm American."

Witness the story of 12-year-old Ben Uchida, a Japanese-American boy whose life is changed forever following the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor. When the U.S. government forces Japanese-American citizens into internment camps, Ben and his family must face difficult truths about the idea of home. One young person's struggle to understand a society allowing mass discrimination against its citizens poses questions as urgent today as they were in the past. 

Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD)
The Princess and the Pauper—A Bollywood Tale
by Anu Yadav  
with music by Ashwin Subramanian
February 10 to March 18, 2018

about two girls from India whose story mirrors Mark Twain's famous tale about a prince and a peasant boy who swap places. 

Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
Mixed Blood
Two Mile Hollow 
by Leah Nanako Winkler
February 16 to March 4, 2018

The satire is about a wealthy white family, who reunites in the family's country house, where complicated secrets are revealed. Mu Performing Arts will coproduce the play and its artistic director Randy Reyes will direct.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
Music and lyrics by Jay Kuo
Book by Marc Acito, Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione
February 21 to April 1, 2018

East West Players (EWP) and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) are pleased to announce the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance, which had its 2012 world premiere in a record-breaking engagement at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and played on Broadway from 2015-16 at The Shubert Organization's Longacre Theatre. Allegiance will be co-produced by EWP and JACCC by special arrangement with Sing Out, Louise! Productions and ATA, with performances at JACCC's Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles from February 21-April 1, 2018. Previews will run from February 21-25, with the Opening Night performance and reception on February 28.

ACT (San Francisco, CA)
by Qui Nguyen
February 21 to April 22, 2018

Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
Office Hour
by Julia Cho
February 22 to March 25, 2018

Arena Stage (Washington, DC)
Hold These Truths
by Jeanne Sakata
February 23 to April 8, 2018

Leviathan Lab (New York, NY)
by Sam Chanse
February 23 to March 11, 2018

When a childhood friend's racist rant goes viral, Lee wrestles with the rage inside herself and in others. On top of that, she has to deal with a deteriorating domestic situation and a sudden xenophobic attack on a family member. What can she do? Lee seeks refuge in studies of ignorance and the science of emotions. As ancient goddesses and not-so-ancient house flies hover over her lecture notes, she comes to learn what little she really knows. In this topical and mythic dramedy,Trigger asks how we can connect people in a time of heightened fear and anger.

Playwright's Realm (New York)
Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth 
by Don Nguyen
February 24 to March 24, 2018

The show takes place on a spaceship, where a lesbian couple is trying to have a baby. Jade King Carroll will direct.

Humana Festival (Louisville, KY)
God Said This
by Leah Nanako Winkler
February 28 to April 8, 2018

Directed by Morgan Gould. It is about a New Yorker who returns to her hometown in Lexington, Ky. as her mom is undergoing chemotherapy.

Cherry Lane Theatre (New York, NY)
The Opportunities of Extinction 
by Sam Chance
March 28 to April 7, 2018

Mel and Arjun have embarked on a last-minute camping trip to take refuge from the brewing storm of their lives. Georgia is studying the impact of climate change on the imperiled Joshua tree. Navigating a world in crisis on multiple fronts, what does it mean to survive in the face of annihilation?

South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Cambodian Rock Band 
by Lauren Yee
March 4 to 25, 2018

The play uses the music of real-life rock band Dengue Fever, to tell the story of the fallout from the Khmer Rouge.

Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Through the Elevated Line 
by Novid Parsi
March 8 to April 15, 2018

A world premiere. The story is about a man who returns home to Chicago after being imprisoned in Iran for being gay. Carin Silkaitis will direct.

American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge, MA)
Dragon Lady
Sara Porkalob
March 2018

TheatreSquared (Fayatteville, AK)
by Qui Nguyen
March 14 to April 8, 2018

A modern twist on the All-American love story, Vietgone pulses with contemporary energy. It's the classic boy meets girl – except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Borrowing from up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright's own parents' meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama, skipping through time and around the globe. Fresh from its acclaimed 2017 New York debut — and written by an Arkansas native — Vietgone presents a fresh theatrical take on one real family's history. 

Everyman Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
by Julia Cho
March 14 to April 15, 2018

National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Ontario)
NAC English Theatre
carried away on the crest of a wave
March 21 to April 1, 2018

Born of a single cataclysmic afternoon, David Yee's stunning play tosses lives together and just as quickly pulls them apart – an apt metaphor for the massive tsunami that rolled across the Indian Ocean in 2004. Millions of lives were changed forever in a fury of water whose ripple effect gave rise to these far-reaching stories, extending from a Toronto shock-jock radio studio to the shores of Thailand. Winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama and directed by Siminovitch Prize laureate Kim Collier, carried away on the crest of a wave shows that despite our differences, we are all connected through serendipity, loss and love.

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Demigods Anonymous
A World Premiere By Noa Helela
March 22 to April 22, 2018

Power is both a curse and a gift.  As a modern demigod, Noe takes college courses, parties with her friends, and tries to stop herself from turning into a giant lizard.  Her friend, Marcella, is dealing with her unwanted tendency to become a mountain lion; Blaine transforms into a shark when aggravated.  These contemporary Kupua are like most people in their 20s... except for their ability to manifest ancient demigod powers and transform into animals...

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (Storrs, CT)
She Kills Monster 
by Qui Nguyen,
March 22 to 31, 2018

Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
co-world premiere
produced in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company 
March 23, 2018 to April 22, 2018
Leo K. Theatre

China, 1971. The Communist Cultural Revolution is in full swing. San Francisco, 1989. The city by the bay is on the brink of a cultural revolution of its own. The name of the game is BASKETBALL. Beijing University's Coach Wen Chang is the quiet, efficient Tim Duncan-esque Party supporter, and Manford is a young, sparky kid from SF's Chinatown, vertically challenged, yet graced with undeniable BALLER SKILL. As the story leaps back and forth in time, Wen Chang and Manford play the game, facing unimaginable CULTURAL BARRIERS and as they circle ever closer to one another, an undeniable truth is revealed: That sometimes there's more to life than MAKING THE SHOT.

Humana Festival (Louisville, KY)
we, the invisibles
by Susan Soon He Stanton
March 23 to April 8, 2018

directed by Dámaso Rodríguez. The play follows a playwright, working a survival job at a luxury hotel, who begins interviewing her fellow employees.

Humana Festival (Louisville, KY)
You Across from Me
by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt
directed by Jessica Fisch
performed by the actors of the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
March 23 to April 8, 2018

in the Bingham Theatre

We gather at tables on good days and bad, for ordinary rituals and once-in-a-lifetime encounters. But in polarizing times, what does it really mean to come to the table? Does it bring us together, or reveal just how far apart we truly are? With electric wit and fierce imagination, four writers explore this surprisingly complicated act, and the many ways we connect, confront and compromise.

Wilma Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
by Christopher Chen
April 18 to May 13, 2018

The play is described as a fantasia on E.M. Forster's A Passage to India. Wilma artistic director Blanka Zizka will direct the HotHouse company.

Unicorn Theatre (Kansas City, MO)
by Qui Nguyen
April 18 to May 13, 2018

New Jersey Repertory Theatre
Issei, He Say
by Chloe Hung
April 19 to May 10, 2017

About a woman reflecting on her first year living in Canada as an immigrant in 1969, when her Chinese family moved next door to a Japanese-Canadian man.

Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, CA)
Soft Power
book by David Henry Hwang
music by Jeanine Tesori
May 3 to June 10, 2018

Tony winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly) riffs on a possible shift in relations between a rising China and the rest of the world in the decades to come in this world-premiere musical fable.

SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston, MA)
book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo
May 4 to June 2, 2018

Interntional City Theatre (Long Beach, CA)
Cardboard Piano 

by Hansol Jung
May 4 to 20, 2018

About the daughter of an American missionary and an Ugandan teenage girl who find love against the backdrop of Uganda's civil war.

Theater Mu (Minneapolis, MN)
The Princess' Nightingale
by Damon Chua
May 2 to 19, 2017

A thrilling new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale." In eighteenth century China, the prince and the princess of the dynasty embark on a magical competition to learn the wonders of their land. Will they be distracted by the glitter of royalty and fantastical entertainment or will they learn the lessons of the Nightingale and see the world with compassionate eyes?  

City Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA)
Nomad Motel 
by Carla Ching
May 12 to June 3, 2018

The not-so-sunny side of California is nothing new to Alix: she's bouncing between motel rooms taking care of her twin brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his missing father's Hong Kong mafia connections. Together, the savvy teens must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This world premiere play by newcomer Carla Ching (Fear the Walking Dead, Netflix's I Love Dick) is a coming-of-age tale about making something out of nothing.

Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
written and performed by Anu Bhatt
May 17 to 27, 2018

A world premiere. The one-woman show explores Bhatt's journey as a South Asian actor working in Chicago. Barbara Zahora will direct.

Atlantic Theatre (New York, NY)
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
May 23 to June 17, 2018

Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI
Dead Of Night
By Edward Sakamoto
May 24 to June 17, 2018

Pre-statehood Honolulu, 1956: despite recently unionizing, Alex and his three best friends desperately struggle to provide for their families.  Joined by a mainlander, the four local men decide to violently pressure their company's boss to meet the union's demands.  When money is always the bottom line, can idealism and friendship ever win?  Celebrated and ground-breaking, Edward Sakamoto's Dead of Night is a suspenseful thriller about economic reality and the death of idealism.

East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
As We Babble On
by Nathan Ramos
May 31 to June 24, 2018

EWP's 52nd season closes with the world premiere of As We Babble On, presented in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center and with support from the S. Mark Taper Foundation. Written by Nathan Ramos, winner of EWP's "2042: See Change" playwriting contest, As We Babble On explores the pursuit of success, its costs, and conquering the Swedish BIGBOX. Benji, a first-generation Asian American, struggles in New York City to find his voice as his writing career stalls. As the professional paths of his best friend Sheila and his half-sister Laura begin to blossom, he begins to unravel. As We Babble On explores what lengths we are willing to go to realize our dreams, whether morality is tied to upward mobility, and whether boxed wine and soda is an appropriate sangria recipe after the age of 24. Performances run from May 31 – June 24, 2018 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. More information at and

Marin Theatre Company (Mill Valley, CA)
Straight White Men
by Young Jean Lee
June 14 to July 8, 2018

Theater Mu (Minneapolis, MN)
The Sex Show
by Sun Mee Chomet
June 15 to 24, 2017

Mu presents The Sex Show, a recipient of the 2017-18 Knight Arts Challenge Award. The edgy world premiere is a movement-theater piece produced and directed by Sun Mee Chomet, Mu veteran actor and playwright, in collaboration with phenomenal Twin Cities' Asian American artists.  The show dives into the heart of stereotypes and sexuality, exploring Asian American identity in surprising and thought-provoking new ways. The play encourages community engagement through open and lively discussion of a taboo subject.

Curran Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
Soft Power
book by David Henry Hwang
music by Jeanine Tesori
June 20 to July 8, 2018

 This genre-bending work "rewinds our recent political history and plays it back through a Chinese lens: a future, beloved East-meets-West musical. A Chinese executive in 2016 America finds himself falling in love with a good-hearted U.S. leader, as the power balance between their two countries starts to shift and a new world order arrives." The production will be directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Sonya Tayeh.

Ferocious Lotus (Bay Area, CA)
Two Mile Hollow
by Leah Nanako Winkler
Summer 2018

Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
The New China Festival
curated by David Henry Hwang
July 2018

The event will feature readings of three plays translated from Chinese to English that focus on contemporary playwrights in China and Taiwan. Helen Young will serve as the festival's lead director.

Barrington Stage Company (Pitsfield, MA)
The World Premiere of
The Chinese Lady
By Lloyd Suh
Directed by Ralph Peña
Presented in a Co-Production with the Ma-Yi Theater Company
Previews begin July 19, 2018
Opens July 25, 2018
Runs through August 11, 2018
On the St. Germain Stage

In 1834, Afong Moy was brought from Beijing to America and put on display as the "Chinese Lady." Over the next 45 years, she performed in a side show for the American public that both defined and challenged her own view of herself, while witnessing stunning changes surrounding what it means to be American.

Theater Mu (Minneapolis, MN)
The Korean Drama Addict's Guide to Losing Your Virginity
by May Lee-Yang
July 27 to August 19, 2017

She's a Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean Dramas (soap operas with fantasy plot lines). He's the heir to a Korean manufacturing giant banished to the new Midwest office. Will she find a man before the magic hour of her 30th birthday? Will he buck tradition and embrace his musical dreams? Fantasy collides with reality in this romantic comedy about fate, cultural clashes, and the art of losing one's virginity.

CAATA ConFest 2018: Revolutionary Acts will engage attendees and the Chicago community in critical and courageous theatre and dialogue regarding the intersection of art, leadership development and placement, and community and organizational well-being in the face of social injustice, inequity, and active resistance in American culture. What are we, as theater practitioners, doing about it? How will we be responsive together? This theme will inform the selection of the ConFest's content.


 August 13 to 18, 2018

 Hosted by Victory Gardens Theater, Silk Road Rising, DePaul University School of Theater, and Columbia College Chicago School of Dance and Theater

Magic Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
The Gangster of Love
by Jessica Hagedorn
Summer 2018

An autobiographical tale of Hagedorn's immigration from Manila to San Francisco.

Crowded Fire (San Francisco, CA)
By Young Jean Lee
Directed By Mina Morita
September 13 to October 6, 2018 
At The Potrero Stage

What does it mean to lose, gain and question faith? In CHURCH, Young Jean Lee transforms her lifelong struggle with Christianity into an exuberant church service. A traveling group of earnest reverends testify through narrative, song, and dance, testing the expectations of religious and non-religious alike. In its New York City premiere, Time Out New Yorkdescribed CHURCH as "no cheap satire of piety. Instead, it is an earnestly warped attempt to explore what gives religion its insidious appeal."

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