Seattle’s SIS Productions Presents LAAAF Fest (Lotsa Asian American Fractured Fairytales Festival)

LAAFF Fest SIS Productions

Lotsa Asian American Fractured Fairytales Festival

June 17 – 25, 2017

LAAFF Fest brings to life a delightful collection of deliciously fun, family-friendly fairytales with a feminist flair! Very loosely inspired by Asian and American tales, these six ten-minute scripts are penned by Asian American women and one teenage American girl, directed by Asian American women and featuring almost 20 Asian American actors, plus a team of Asian American American designers! Click here for more info!

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To create greater access, we’re offering performances at two locations!

Seattle

18th & Union

Sundays, June 18 & 25, 2017 at 5pm and 7pm.

1406 18th Ave at 18th and Union on Seattle’s Capitol Hill.

Seattle Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/974382

Call 1-866-811-4111

Mercer Island

Youth Theatre Northwest

Saturdays, June 17 & 24 at 7:30pm, and Friday, June 23 at 7:30pm.

At Mercer Island’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 4400 86th Ave SE on Mercer Island.

Mercer Island Tickets: http://laaff.bpt.me

Call 1-800-838-3006

Ticket Prices

Available in advance for only $12 – $25 and at the door for $14 – $25 for general admission. Youth ages 19 and under are only $5.

Questions?

Still have questions? Email us at sis@sis-productions.org for more information.

Festival Line-Up:

Haenyeo

by Seayoung Yim

directed by Mimi Katano

A young woman feeling pressured by life’s expectations, meets an elderly woman who shows her a different path than what’s traditional in this contemporary Korean tale.

Featuring Naho Shioya & Maile Wong

Not All Fairytales Have Happy Endings

by Esther Strako

A grandmother gleefully shares fractured versions of all the fairy tales we thought we knew. Written by a 13-year-old student, this play was a top finalist in ACT’s Young Playwrights Program.

Featuring Rachel Rene Araucto or Susan Lieu, Chevi Chung or Anna Saephan, Aya Hashiguchi, Mi Kang, Parker Kennedy or David Hsieh, & Kevin Lin.

Another Monkey Tale

by Celeste Mari Williams

directed by Eliza Wu

Inspired by Japanese folk tales, this version provides a modern woman the joy of karmic retribution. Who says revenge can’t be fun?

Featuring Minna Lee, Season Qiu, Asa Sholdez, & Celeste Mari Williams.

The Best Mom

written & directed by Kathy Hsieh

Sometimes Chinese American grandmothers know best. Cindy gets a surprise visit (or two!) that turns bedtime story-time into more than her mother ever would have ever imagined.

Featuring Rachel Guyer-Mafune, Mariko Kita, Maydene Pang & Pattie Miles or Julie Beckman.

The Monsoon Girls

by Julie Hoang

directed by May Nguyen Lee

Queen Mai’s retirement spurs a sibling rivalry like no other between the Goddess of the Seas and the Goddess of the Mountains in this Vietnamese inspired tale.

Featuring Annelih Hamilton, Mi Kang, Anna Saephan & Patty Sang.

The Blindman’s Daughter

by Maggie Lee

directed by Maria Batayola

A Korean American father shares the story of Shim Chung with his young daughter, and discovers a new lesson for himself in a fun, modern retelling of this time-honored tale of familial duty and sacrifice.

Featuring Rachel Guyer-Mafune & Denny Le.

Producing Partners

SIS Productions is a production company that strives to create, develop and produce quality works that involve Asian American women, their themes, and Asian American issues. SIS Productions encourages opportunities and support for Asian American women to be involved in all aspects of the production of artistic endeavors.

Like our Facebook page for more insights on the show and the artists involved! Follow us on Twitter @SeattleSIS!

18th & Union is a performance space in Seattle’s Central District that serves as a home for solo and other portable performance and visual art, including theater, music, dance, comedy, and improv.

Youth Theatre Northwest nurtures the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of children and youth through drama education, performing opportunities, and live theatre experiences.

Playwrights

Julie Hoang is living in Los Angeles, but very excited to be rekindling with her old flame, Seattle theatre. During her career in Seattle, she was an associate playwright of Parley and a member of SIS Writers Group. She has performed with Book-It, Annex Theatre, ReAct, Forward Flux, Sound Theatre, SIS, and many more. Nowadays she is doing comedy, having trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade, performing with her improv team, and writing on her sketch team.

Kathy Hsieh is an award-winning actor, writer and director. She has directed for ACT’s Young Playwrights Program, ReAct, SIS Productions, 14/48, Annex, Pilgrim Center for the Arts, and NWAAT. Her scripts have been presented in Seattle; Vancouver, B.C; Chicago and Minneapolis. She has received A Special Award of Recognition by The Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Awards for Excellence in Playwriting and featured in The Dramatist Magazine as “50 to Watch.” She is a Co-Executive Producer for SIS Productions and works for the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Next, she’ll be working on The World of Extreme Happiness at Seattle Public Theater and can be seen in Please Open Your Mouth at Cafe Nordo.

Maggie Lee writes plays that reflect her love of comedy, adventure, science fiction, and horror. Her work has been produced by Pork Filled Productions, SPT Youth, The 14/48 Projects, Live Girls! Theater, Bindlestiff Studio, YTN, ReAct, and others. Next up: her play Residual in Live Girls! Quickies 17 (opening June 22), contributing writer on Pony World Theatre’s American Archipelago (opening July 27), and an original new holiday show The Flight Before Xmas at Seattle Public Theater (December 2017).

Celeste Mari Williams is a Seattle playwright who infuses her quirky sense of humor into much of her writing. She is an associate playwright with Parley who has produced workshop readings of her full-length plays, Amelia’s Wall and A Fine Line as well as her short piece, Sex and the Apocalypse. As a member of the SIS Writers Group she has written pieces for Revealed – Celebrating Women and Insatiable! Celeste is excited to be part of SIS’s Fractured Folktales Fest as she enjoys writing modern parodies of fairytales and folktales with unexpected twists.

Seayoung Yim is a playwright based in Seattle. Her first full-length play, Do It For Umma, premiered at Annex Theatre in 2016 to sold-out audiences, winning both the People’s Choice Award for Outstanding New Play at the Gregory Awards and Seattle’s Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. Along with Sara Porkalob, she co-produced a second production of Do It for Umma at Theatre Off Jackson. She has also worked with Pony World, Mirror Stage, Theatre Battery, Live Girls! Theater, the UW School of Drama, 14/48 Projects, and the Seattle Fringe Festival. She is a member of an Asian American playwriting collective, SIS Writers Group. In addition to theater, Seayoung has been involved with social and racial justice community organizations such as the Children’s Alliance, Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation, the International Examiner, and Social Justice Fund Northwest.

Special thanks to 4Culture, ArtsWA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Russell Family Foundation for their support of SIS Productions.

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