Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Announces Lineup For 'Nuworks 2018' Beginning June 12

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Announces Lineup For 'Nuworks 2018' Beginning June 12

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director), continuing its 41st milestone season on themes of social justice and historic amnesia, presents the new staged reading series NUWORKS 2018, a unique range of short new plays that vary from modern to ethnic dance, comedy to puppets, to family-sturm und drang. Performances begin Tuesday, June 12, 2018 for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 17, 2018 at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).

The NUWORKS 2018 program schedule is:


Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30pm

The Healing Shipment Prologue

by Maria Camia

An exclusive tour with complimentary toy theater, puppets, healing, and sass.

Asian Gracefully

by Woody Fu

A one-man comedy show about growing up not white.

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Thursday, June 14 at 7:30pm

Saturday, June 16 at 7:30pm

Alice Springs

by Amy Ashley

A contemporary duo dance piece that addresses labels - those given to us, taken by us, forced upon us.


by Nancy Ma

Growing up in a Toisan Chinese immigrant family in New York, the play takes us on a journey to find the meaning of home.

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Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30pm

Saturday, June 16 at 2:30pm

Garrett, the Blue Giraffe

by Coni Koepfinger

A metaphysical fantasy, where a young giraffe learns how to be satisfied with who he was born to be.

Love Story: the beauty is within the battle

by Navatman Dance

Transforming the inspirations of a traditional love story into a modern love story, told through Indian dance.

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Friday, June 15 at 7:30pm

Sunday, June 17 at 2:30pm

Second Chances for Grace

by Kiki Yeung

An heroic coming of age story about a girl from Hong Kong, chasing her dream of becoming an actress in America.

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Tickets are $40.25 (includes Theatre Restoration fee) for all performances and can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or online at

Discount ticket are available by using the code: TRNWA for $30.25 (includes Theatre Restoration fee) for all performance and can be purchased by calling (212) 947-8844 or online at

For additional information, please visit the website at


Maria Camia (The Healing Shipment Prologue) is a Visual Theater Artist and Writer from Virginia Beach, VA. She received an MFA in Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College and a BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Recently, Maria performed in Private Investigator and the Soft Blanket Blabaret (aka A Late Lunch). She was selected as a mural artist for the Contemporary Mural Arts Festival in George Mason University, was a puppeteer for And Here We Are at National Sawdust, and was the set designer on You For Me For You at Sarah Lawrence College.

Woody Fu (Asian Gracefully) is a comedic actor/writer based in New York. He performed at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His video Asian Man, White Woman is an official selection at four national film festivals. He has been featured on Comedy Central, Huffington Post, Funny or Die,, Elite Daily, and more. He also created an interactive choose-your-own-adventure comic about dating.

Amy Ashley (Alice Springs) is a choreographer and freelance dancer in NYC. She received her training on the west coast, including San Francisco with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and was given opportunities to create during her time there. Now in her second year in New York, Amy continues to perform and teach as she expands her choreographic process.

Nancy Ma (Home) is an actress, writer and community organizer, from New York City and lives in Los Angeles. She developed a one woman show, Home, based on her experiences growing up in a Toisan Chinese immigrant family in NYC. She is also the co-host and creator of "Hustle in Color," a podcast that features women of color in the entertainment industry.

Coni Koepfinger (Garrett, the Blue Giraffe) is an artist and educator, who believes that creative energy is never lost, it just changes hands and hearts. Coni has taught theatre, literature and composition at Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, Carlow and Point Park University. As playwright-in-residence at Manhattan Rep and Cosmic Orchid Theatre and as the host of "Airplay" and "Determined Women," Coni is known for connecting artists all over the world.

Kiki Yueng (Second Chances for Grace) is a comedian, actress, producer, host, writer and mommy. She works in Hong Kong, Seattle, San Diego and Los Angeles. She earned a B.A. in Drama at the University of Washington, and was awarded the diversity scholarship at Freehold Studio Theatre where she completed the Ensemble Training Intensive Professional Certificate specializing in Shakespeare.

Curators: Damon Chua, Ernest Abuba, and Tisa Chang.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, celebrating its 41st Milestone, was founded in 1977 by Tisa Chang and core artists at Ellen Stewart's La Mama, where she used Artistry in Action to counter stereotyped casting, and to broaden the theatrical vocabulary of American theatre. PAN ASIAN is the most veteran Asian American theatre on the East Coast, at the forefront of promoting panAsian cultural stories not seen before on the American stage - with an off Broadway Season, Training/Outreach, Play Development. Mel Gussow of The New York Times described it as "A Stage for All the World of Asian-Americans" and wrote that "Before Pan Asian Rep, Asian Americans had severely limited opportunities in the theater..." The company has nurtured thousands of artists and is a "who-is-who" of Asian-American theatre history with notable alumni including Lucy Liu. Daniel Dae Kim, and seminal first-generation writers: Philip Gotanda, Momoko Iko, David Henry Hwang, Cherylene Lee, and the newer generation: Lauren Yee, Damon Chua, and Jeremy Tiang.

PAN ASIAN programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Coalition of Theatres of Color; City Council member Margaret Chin; National Endowment for the Arts; with major support from the Shubert, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels, Howard Gilman, and Richenthal and Lucille Lortel Foundations.

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