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Ming Cho Lee, John C. Liu Among Attendees for Pan Asian Repertory's 37th Season Benefit Dinner, 11/7

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Ming Cho Lee, John C. Liu Among Attendees for Pan Asian Repertory's 37th Season Benefit Dinner, 11/7

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's 27th Season Benefit Dinner & Celebration, with salute to community leaders, award-winning scenic designer Ming Cho Lee and community activists Elizabeth R. Ouyang and OCA-NY, is set for The Golden Unicorn on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

Salutees:

- Ming Cho Lee, one of the foremost set designers in America today; and activists who fought for justice on behalf of Private Danny Chen, Elizabeth R. OuYang and OCA-NY, which will also be represented by Co-Vice Presidents, Chi Loek and June Jee, and their guest, Lucy Chen, aunt of Pvt Danny Chen.

Attendees include Artistic Producing Director of Pan Asian Rep Tisa Chang; Emcee Ron Nakahara; Pan Asian Rep artists including the Golden Globe, Emmy, and Drama Desk nominee Tina Chen, Damon Chua, Michael G. Chin, Fay Ann Lee, Tom Matsusaka, Lu Yu and Henry Yuk; with entertainment from Hula dancers Marina Celander and Anne Matematico and musician Claudia Goddard on ukulele and slack key guitar performing - KA ULUWEHI O KE KAI (Abundance of the Sea) & HOLOHOLO Ka'a (Joy Ride); Pan Asian Rep Board of Trustees Andrew Buchta, David Fung, and Chris Wu; with special guests, Comptroller John C. Liu, and Beverly Okada, niece of famed NO-NO BOY author, John Okada.

The benefit is set for Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 6:15pm at The Golden Unicorn, 18 East Broadway (at Catherine Street).

MORE ABOUT THE CELEBRATION: PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE will celebrate the start of its 37th season with a benefit dinner to be held Thursday, November 7 at the Golden Unicorn (18 E Broadway at Catherine Street) in Chinatown. The evening includes presentation to salutees Ming Cho Lee, Elizabeth R. OuYang and OCA-NY Chapter. It will benefit PAN ASIAN REPERTORY's 37th milestone season that will focus on migration and social justice, and includes the world premiere production, FISHING FOR WIVES by Edward Sakamoto, which is set in Hawaii in 1913, to be presented April 2014, and special performances of NO-NO BOY adapted from the John Okada novel, written by Ken Narasaki. Pan Asian's season will also include Staged Readings open to the public: KALAUPAPA (Nov 12 at 7pm) by Jon Shirota, about a family struggling to survive in the Hawaiian leper colony, and SAIGON SISTERS (Nov 15 at 7pm) by Daniel Le, inspired by Chekhov's masterpiece, and set in 1950's Vietnam. More information on 37th season programs at www.panasianrep.org.

PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE, the most veteran Asian American theatre company on the East Coast, is dedicated to providing a professional forum to Asian American and minority artists, celebrating their talent and creativity. Founded 37-years ago and led by Tisa Chang, PAN ASIAN REP, which was called "a stage for all the world of Asian-Americans" by Mel Gussow of The New York Times, has opened doors for many who enjoy careers in film, television and on Broadway. Daniel Dae Kim, Lucy Liu, David Henry Hwang and Philip Kan Gotanda are several actors and playwrights who have collaborated with Pan Asian Rep over the years. The company has been invited to many international theater festivals including Edinburgh, Singapore, Cairo and Johannesburg. It was the first professional theater from the United States to be requested at the Havana Theatre Festival in 2003. Variety Magazine notes "....the aesthetic mission and professional chops of the Pan Asian Repertory Theater are admirable."

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