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Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Buffalo'ed
Hawai'i Premiere by Jeannie Barroga
Directed by Reb Beau Allen
January 26 to February 26, 2017

Drama of Our Forgotten History

The Buffalo Soldiers were primarily in the U.S. cavalry assembled during the Civil War. Their bravery impressed everyone and they were 'invited' to participate in more wars for 'freedom' worldwide: the Spanish-American War, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cuba, then Hawai'i and Alaska, the Boxer Rebellion and the Philippine War for Independence.

(No show Super Bowl Sunday, February 5)

News article at http://wp.me/p5RntU-lw


Theatre Esprit Asia (Boulder, CO)
Yohen
Written by Philip Kan Gotanda
Directed by Anthony J. Garcia
February 3 to 26, 2017

TEA celebrates Black History Month with a Japanese/African-American love story.
Theatre Esprit Asia offers a unique perspective during Black History Month: a story melding and shaping the intricacies of interracial marriage, culture and Japanese art. Set in California in 1986, Yohen is about James, an African American ex-GI, and Sumi, his Japanese wife. After 30 years of marriage, Sumi reevaluates the relationship and separates from James. In her words, she wishes for him to "court" her again. Yohen is a Japanese pottery term that refers to an accident in the kiln firing that results in transformation of the pot. The outcomes are as unpredictable as the evolution of a marriage. In the end, it is up to the observer to decide its beauty.

Veteran actors and Denver favorites, Maria Cheng and Don Randle, bring their talents to this compelling story directed by Anthony J. Garcia, Executive Artistic Director of Su Teatro. Cheng plays Sumi, a Japanese woman trying to define herself after 30 years under the label of being James' wife. She takes pottery classes, hoping to ignite a spark of passion within herself. James, played by Randle, visits Sumi regularly, per her requests. At first, James has a difficult time being away from Sumi. He is unsure how time apart is supposed to bring them closer together, but he abides.

Yohen delves deeply into the marriage of this mixed-race couple. It is obvious these two characters still love each other and, after 30 years, they are both willing to reconnect and find if there is anything left to salvage. Not as obvious are the baseline cultural differences that sit at the crux of their marital problems. Marriage is not perfect and neither are humans. Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda presents a marriage for artistic observance, allowing for the perception of beauty to truly lie within the eyes of the beholder, just as one would observe in a piece of malformed pottery.

The Regional Premiere of Yohen runs February 3 – 26 at ACAD Gallery Theatre - Aurora Cultural Arts District, at 1400 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010. Tickets are $22-$26 and can be purchased at www.teatheatre.org.


East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Free Outgoing
by Anupama Chandrasekhar
February 9 to March 12, 2017

Next will be the Los Angeles Premiere of Free Outgoing by Anupama Chandrasekhar (February 9 – March 12, 2017). Modern technology and old-world values collide in this internationally acclaimed and timely play about a middle-class home in Chennai torn apart by an indiscreet cell phone video that has gone viral.


Bindlestiff Studio (San Francisco, CA)
The Love Edition: Time After Time
February 9 to 25, 2017

Seven plays about love, heartache, and the weirdness in-between will grace the Bindlestiff Studio stage February 9-25, 2017 (Thurs-Sat, 8pm)

TLE's theme this year spotlights melodramas throughout the ages. Tales of the star-crossed and lovelorn have captivated generations of audiences across the world through soap operas, teleseryes, telenovelas, Korean dramas and the like. TLE invites audience members to embrace, critique, honor, and reinvent the emotional spectacle of the melodrama genre.

SHOW DATES:
February 9-25, 2017
8:00PM - Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
*Thursday February 9th, 8PM - COMMUNITY PREVIEW NIGHT
- Pay what you can
**Friday February 10th, 8PM - OPENING NIGHT
- Opening Night Reception

LOCATION:
Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

TICKETS:
http://tle2017.bpt.me/
$10-$25

Sponsored by:
Zellerbach Family Foundation
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
San Francisco Arts Commission
SF Grants for the Arts



Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Semitic Commonwealth
Curated By Jamil Khoury, Michael Malek Najjar, & Corey Pond
February 10 to 26, 2017

A staged reading series comprised of six plays by Arab and Jewish playwrights exploring the human toll of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Rather than strive to achieve balance and moral equivalency between "competing" narratives, these works investigate themes of identity, occupation, exile, and home with remarkable honesty.


Lewis Center for the Arts (Princeton, NJ)
Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery
by Lloyd Suh
February 10 to 18, 2017

Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater presents Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, Lloyd Suh's fantasia on Asian America, a satirical play that hilariously challenges racial stereotype and caricature, helmed by Princeton University's Lecturer in Theater Peter Kim. The cast includes theater seniors Kathy Zhao as Kathy and Ross Barron as Chan, with costume design by senior Julia Peiperl. Performances are February 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The Feb. 17th performance will be American Sign Language-interpreted.

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Denver, CO)
Manford From Half Court, or The Great Leap
By Lauren Yee
February 18 to 26, 2017

When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for a "friendship" game in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese American player Manford spies on his opponents. Inspired by events in her own father's life, Yee "applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents)" (San Francisco Chronicle).


Halcyon Theatre
A Squared Theatre (Chicago, IL)
American Hwangap
by Lloyd Suh
February 24 thru April 1, 2017


Artists at Play (Los Angeles, CA)
Japanese American National Museum
Questions 27, Question 28
by Chay Yew
February 26, 2017

Chay Yew's frank drama, Question 27, Question 28 will be presented by AAP and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the unjust internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. The play is a collection of interviews and transcripts recounting the stories of actual women who lived through the removal of Japanese Americans, their internment and the painful aftermath. The reading is directed by Alison De La Cruz and will perform on Sunday, February 26 at 3:00pm at the Black Box at the Aratani Theatre.


Carlos Bulosan Theatre (Toronto, Canada)
Anak
March 3 to 12, 2017

An original piece devised by the company on growing up in the Philipines and Canada.


South Coast Repertory Theatre (Costa Mesa, CA)
Orange
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
directed by Jessica Kubzansky
March 5 to 26, 2017

Leela is different. A teenager from India, she sketches life's important moments in her journal, and she's about to go on an adventure through Orange County. When a family wedding gets boring, her rebellious cousin decides to make a run for it with her boyfriend—taking Leela along. As they careen through the night, Leela challenges their view of her—and each other. A touching story about a unique young woman's search for her place in the world.


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Calligraphy
by Velina Hasu Houston
March 8 to April 2, 2017

East and West collide as biracial American Hiromi and Japanese free spirit Sayuri confront tradition, prejudice, and their heritage of filial duty in one final attempt to reunite their aging parents.


Crowded Fire Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
You For Me For You
by Mia Chung
March 9 to April 1, 2017

As they attempt to flee the Best Nation in the World, North Korean sisters Minhee and Junhee are torn apart at the border. Each must race across time and space to be together again—navigating the perilous Land of the Free and the treacherous terrain of personal belief.


Lantern Theatre (Philadelphia, PA)
You for Me For You
by Mia Chung
March 25 to April 16. 2017


Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Black Faggot and Puzzy – Two One-Act Plays
Hawai'i Premiere by Victor Rodger and Kiki
Directed by Taurie Kinoshita and Anapela Polataivao
March 30 to April 30, 2017

Clever and Rancorous Comedies

Through strong male and female voices, these poignant one-act plays allow you to eavesdrop on monologues and scenes that illustrate a broad spectrum of individuals experiencing homosexuality.

(No show Easter Sunday, April 16)


Center REPertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA)
Sisters Matsumoto
by Phillip Kan Gotanda
March 31 to April 29, 2017


Single Carrot Theatre (Baltimore, MD)
Samsara
by Lauren Yee
Spring 2017?


GENseng (Genesco, NY)
Mother In Another Language
by Taniya Hossain
March 30, 2017


Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL)
King of the Yees
by Lauren Yee
March 31 to April 30, 2017

Mainstage world premiere


Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Here Lies Love
Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne
Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Additional Music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Directed by Alex Timbers
April 7, 2017 to May 28 , 2017

Here's where Byrne and Fatboy Slim come in. "Love" is a sort of Philippines-set "Evita," an immersive pop opera telling the story of the shoe-loving Imelda Marcos, wife of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. In the Public Theater production on Broadway, the audience helped move furniture and served as citizens and protesters amid techno beats. Alex Timbers will direct; this will be produced with American Conservatory Theatre.


The Public Theatre (New York, NY)
Wild Goose Dreams
by Hansol Jung
April 6 to 15, 2017

Wild Goose Dreams is a new play by Hansol Jung (Among the Dead). Minsung is a "goose father," a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to the United States for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible?


Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)
Vietgone
by Qui Nguyen
April 10 to April 30, 2017


Sound Theatre (Seattle, WA)
Nadeshiko
by Keiko Green
April 13 to May 7, 2016

Directed by Kaytlin McIntyre
Presented in Collaboration with Seattle's Umbrella Project
- A world premiere from one of Seattle's preeminent theatre artists, Keiko Green, Nadeshiko tells the stories of two generations of Asian women who are reclaiming their power from idealized perceptions of beauty.


Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago, IL)
Queen
by Madhuri Shekhar
April 14 to May 14, 2017

Shekar's world premiere play spins around Ph.D candidates Sanam and Ariel, who have spent the better part of a decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. But just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon a miscalculation. And what appears to be a small error could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers and friendship.


South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Yoga Play
World Premiere
by Dipika Guha
directed by Crispin Whittell
dramaturg, John Glore
April 19 to 30, 2017

In the Nicholas Studio

Joan has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel giant, after its CEO is brought down by a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales plummet. Joan comes up with a plan so risky that it could make or break the company and her career—and what it requires from her CFO, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy asks what it takes to find your own authenticity in a world determined to sell enlightenment.


South Coast Repertory Theatre (Los Angeles, CA)
Cambodian Rock Band
by Lauren Yee
with music by Dengue Fever
directed by May Adrales
dramaturgy byAndy Knight
Sunday, April 23, 2017

At 10:30 a.m., on the Segerstrom Stage

In 1978, Chum fled Cambodia and narrowly escaped the murderous Khmer Rouge regime. Thirty years later, he returns in search of his wayward daughter and is forced to finally face the music. A play with horror, humor, pathos … and songs by the best unknown rock band in Cambodia!


Company One (Boston, MA)
Peerless
by Jiehae Park
April 27 to May 28, 2017

The play is a dark comedy about a pair of high school twins who are determined to get into their dream school at any cost. Steven Bogart will direct. And the show will be mounted at the Boston Public Library's Central Library.


East West Players (Los Angeles, CA)
Next to Normal
music by Tom Kitt
book and lyrics to Brian Yorkey
May 11 to June 11, 2017

EWP is proud to announce that they will be presenting the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical "Next to Normal" with music by Tom Kitt ("American Idiot") and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey ("If/Then")! "Next to Normal" will take place of the previously announced "Gypsy," which will be moving to a future season.



Silk Road Rising (Chicago, IL)
Great Expectations
Written By Charles Dickens
Adapted By Tanika Gupta
Co-Directed By Lavina Jadhwani & Nick Sandys
May 11 to July 2, 2017

Dickens' beloved tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance is thrillingly transplanted to a colonized India by award-winning British Bengali playwright Tanika Gupta. When Indian orphan Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, he must choose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English "gentleman." In a vibrant clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, Gupta's brilliant adaptation expands Dickens' enduring question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become?


Mu Performing Arts (St. Paul, MN)
Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery
by Lloyd Suh
May 12 to May 28, 2017

1967: a new political identity called Asian American emerges and a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ENDS IN A GROTESQUE CARNIVAL OF MURDER!!!

At once both comedic and political, Lloyd Suh's play within a play delves into the history and politics of yellowface with a keen eye, dark humor, and a sharp wit. The New York Times calls the show "a metatheatrical polemic about the way Asian-Americans have been characterized and caricatured in popular culture." Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery was featured in the 2016 New Eyes Festival at The Playwrights Center, and we are pleased to add Lloyd's show to our 25th Anniversary Season.

Join us at Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio as we stage this exciting work as part of the Level Nine Initiative!


Kumu Kahua Theatre (Honolulu, HI)
Uncle's Regularly Scheduled Garage Party is CANCELLED Tonight!
World Premiere by Lee Cataluna
Directed by Harry Wong III
June 1 to July 2, 2017

Neighborhood Montage Comedy
Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is cancelled for the first time in -- ever! The usual attendees show up and process their shock over the cancellation-- while they eat, drink, talk story and play music. The old friends spend the evening telling stories, laughing and sharing food. But it's not a party, because Uncle's regularly scheduled garage party is CANCELLED!


Shotgun Players (Berkeley, CA)
Brownsville song (b-side for tray)
by Kimber Lee
June 15 through July 9, 2017


Center Theatre Group (Culver City, CA)
King of the Yees
by Lauren Yee
July 9 through August 6, 2017

The 2016-2017 season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre concludes with the world premiere production of Lauren Yee's bitingly funny and heartbreakingly honest new play, King of the Yees. Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody and produced in association with Goodman Theatre, Yee's hilarious romp through her own history runs July 9 through August 6, 2017. The opening is set for July 16.

For nearly 20 years, playwright Lauren Yee's father Larry has been a driving force in the Yee Family Association, a seemingly obsolescent Chinese American men's club formed 150 years ago in the wake of the Gold Rush. But when her father goes missing, Lauren must plunge into the rabbit hole of San Francisco's Chinatown and confront a world both foreign and familiar. King of the Yees is a joyride across cultural, national and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee.


TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley, CA)
The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga
Book, music and lyrics by Min Kahng
July 12 to August 6, 2017

The musical, based on Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's "Manga Yonin Shosei," follows four Japanese immigrants living in San Francisco during the turn of the century. Leslie Martinson will direct.


Mu Performing Arts (St. Paul, MN)
Immigrant Journey Project
by Masanari Kawahara
August 4 to 20, 2017

Created by artist Masanari Kawahara, the project explores the 21st-century immigrant experience using puppetry, movement, and masks. Community members will be joined by Mu actors who will play cameo roles and serve as mentors for the newly trained performers.


ACT (Seattle, WA)
King of the Yees
by Lauren Yee
September 8 to October 1, 2017


Eugenie Chan Theatre Projects and 6NewPlays (San Francisco, CA)
Madame Ho
by Eugenie Chan
October 5 to 22, 2017 and October 28 to 29, 2017


Artist Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR)
Caught
by Christopher Chen
Winter 2017/18

Ripped from today's headlines and breaking the theatrical mold, CAUGHT presents a sly philosophical puzzle that investigates the murky intersections of fact and fiction in the crafting of art … and news.

  • Timely, One-of-a-Kind Drama
  • 2015 Barrymore Award for Best New Play
  • …an ingenious, beguiling play…" Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Dramatist Guild's 2017 Lanford Wilson Award

Crowded Fire Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
A Tale of Autumn
by Christopher Chen
September 14 to October 7, 2017

Inspired by Shakespeare's Richard III and Macbeth, along with popular "quest-for-power" TV shows Game of Thrones and House of Cards, this new collaboration with Crowded Fire Playwright In Residence Christopher Chen is a modern day fable about the psychology of a one-time altruistic corporation whose seemingly benign tactics destroy a community over time.


La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego, CA)
Wild Goose Dreams
by Hansol Jung
September/October, 2017

A world premiere! This is about a North Korean defector who starts an online romance with a South Korean father. Leigh Silverman will direct.


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.


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


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