Seattle, WA: Late Night Dim Sum, in association with Pork Filled Productions and the University Heights Theatre Alliance, presents a staged reading of Small Journeys Before the Unbreakable Dawn, a new play by Preston Choi, Monday, May 20, at 7:30 pm, at the Auditorium at the University Heights Community Center (5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA).
Dawn is about to break over a sleepy city, but bakers, drinkers, parents, and pigeons are already on the go, also a hungry rabbit that lives on the moon. Lives, green and mature, human and animal, weave and wobble on their ways, Small Journeys Before the Unbreakable Dawn is a surreal kaleidoscope of life in the ephemeral time before the Sun rises.
Small Journeys is directed by Mario Gomez and features the work of Eva Estrada-Campos, Frankie Sun, Kathy Hsieh, Manny Golez, Michael D. Blum, Owen Yen, Stephen Sumida, Sunam Ellis and Aviona Rodriguez Brown.
“Preston is a rising star in the Asian American theatre scene,” says producer Roger Tang. “He exploded like a comet at the last National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival and he’s going to shine brightly in Seattle and elsewhere, so I took the chance to introduce the area to Preston and his work.”
Admission for this reading is Pay What You Can. Advance tickets can be bought at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4212558.
Preston Choi is a mixed Korean-American playwright whose work focuses on Asian-American history, the mixed race and queer experience, and social science fiction. His plays have been developed/produced with Artists at Play, A Squared Theatre, Silk Road Rising, The Passage Theatre, The Consortium of Asian American Theatre Artists, G45, Victory Gardens, Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston, Vertigo Productions, and others.
His play This Is Not A True Story is a finalist for the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and was selected for Confest 2018. His play A Great Migration received the 2017 Agnes Nixon Award and was a finalist for Playwright’s Realms 2018-2019 Scratchpad Series. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 with a BS in Theatre, which feels appropriate.
Late Night Dim Sum is a Seattle theatre project, headed by Roger Tang, dedicated to bringing new Asian American writers before Seattle audiences to showcase the diversity of the national community.
Steadily increasing rental rates throughout Seattle have limited performance and rehearsal options for the artists responsible for making Seattle such a vibrant city. UHeights has partnered with over a dozen local theatrical groups to provide them affordable space in exchange for performances and workshops that are open to the community. There are already shows slated for this month, and we will have a packed schedule throughout the year.University Heights Center promotes life-long learning, creativity, culture, community activism, and the preservation of our historic building.