Unleashed 2020 Showcases “Pulpy” Stories by POC Playwrights
Tickets are now available for Unleashed 2020: New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century. PFP’s staged reading festival features new scripts by playwrights of color, exploring the genres of horror, science fiction, fantasy and mythology.
All tickets are available at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com. All shows begin at 7 pm and will be streamed to a YouTube address provided to ticket buyers.
Pork Filled Productions is using a Name-Your-Price structure for Unleashed 2020 to work with our audience and what they can afford to give. Thank you for supporting local theatre and local theatre artists.
The lineup begins Tuesday, November 10, with I Thought I Was Safe, by Patrick Zhang, directed by Anna Ly, with dramaturgy by Daniel Rector. An amalgamation of the noir and horror genres, I Thought I Was Safe explores multigenerational immigrant trauma as it converges with decaying urban America. Tickets for this show are available at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com/i-thought-i-was-safe/.
Next, on Wednesday, November 11, will be a night of shorts. The Golden Disc, by Greg Lam, directed by Gecia Leal Pardo, dramaturgy by Lydia Diamond, is about two friends who have their day interrupted by the sudden arrival of an alien object. For the Living by Chie-Hoon Lee, directed by Zenaida Rose Smith, dramaturgy by Lydia Diamond, introduces us to a world of scientific reincarnation, and asks profound questions of where one life ends, and another begins. Perennial PFP favorite Maggie Lee rounds out the night with a new version of her short The Sight. Tickets for these shows are at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com/a-night-of-shorts/.
On Thursday, November 12, PFP presents 100 Hungry Ghosts, by Jesse Jou, directed by Nabra Nelson, dramaturgy by Gavin Reub. Graham lives on the most haunted road in America. After multiple tragedies upend his life, he begins to see spirits, as his neighbors’ own painful histories surface. Will he learn to let go of grief or will he meet a grisly end at the hands of one hundred hungry ghosts? Tickets are at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com/100-hungry-ghosts/
Friday, November 13 sees miku and the gods, by Julia Izumi, directed by Kiefer Harrington, dramaturgy by Stephanie Kim-Bryan. Miku wants to be a god. Ephraim wants to be an Olympian. Grandma wants to remember. And Shara wants people to just include him in the conversation, you know? miku, and the gods is an epic and small adventure that braids friendship, death, and power beyond what one could ever desire. Tickets are at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com/miku-and-the-gods/
Finally, the festival caps off with a co-production with The Hansberry Project: Mustard Seeds, by Michelle Tyrene Johnson, directed by Valerie Curtis-Newton, with dramaturgy by Martine Kei Green-Rogers. On the banks of the Missouri River, a group of researchers gather at a former site of the Underground Railroad where slaves fought for their lives and swam for freedom. Under a full moon, old friends and colleagues are at each other’s throats as they struggle to reconcile their past. Nearby, spirits watch, as spirits do, trying to make sense of these mortals and find a way out. Tickets at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com/mustard-seeds/.
Festival passes for all shows are available at https://pork-filled.ticketleap.com/unleashed-2020/
Graphic design by Kayli Putaportiwon.
The oldest Asian American theatre group in the Pacific Northwest, Pork Filled Productions centers Asian American and POC artists to imagine fantastical, inclusive and FUN universes. Through the genres of science fiction, noir, fantasy, steampunk, horror, and more, we envision a bright universe informed by diverse experiences and perspectives, populated by larger than life characters, where everyone’s story can be told. PFP’s season is supported by 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Unleashed receives support from the Hansberry Project.
Pork Filled Productions is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike, the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.