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East West Players to Be Honored By City Leaders For Pride Month Photo East West Players to Be Honored By City Leaders For Pride Month
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 28, 2021

East West Players, the nation's largest producer of Asian American theatrical works, along with EWP Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, will be honored by city leaders on Wednesday, June 30th at 3:30pm at a LA CityView Channel 35 program, broadcast live as part of the virtual celebrations for the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Heritage Month, commonly known as “Pride Month,” in the City of Los Angeles. 

Wai Ching Ho, James Chen, and Jon Norman Schneider Lead INFLECTIONS from Second Gener Photo Wai Ching Ho, James Chen, and Jon Norman Schneider Lead INFLECTIONS from Second Generation Productions
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 24, 2021

Wai Ching Ho ('Marvel's The Defenders'; ENDLINGS, New York Theatre Workshop), James Chen ('FBI'; 'The Walking Dead'), and Jon Norman Schneider (Bitter Melon; HENRY VI, PARTS 1-3, National Asian American Theatre Company) lead the cast and program of Second Generation Productions' (2g's) INFLECTIONS, five short new works about the undulations of the Asian American life, curated by Executive Producer Victor Malana Maog (Disney, American Conservatory Theater, Magic Theater, Cal Shakes). Jonathan Castanien (The Sống Collective, Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club) produces.

Yale Repertory Theatre Announces Season of Three Plays, January Through June 2022 Photo Yale Repertory Theatre Announces Season of Three Plays, January Through June 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 22, 2021

Yale Repertory Theatre will welcome audiences back to its theaters beginning in January 2022 for a season of three plays! The season will begin with a new production of Today is My Birthday, a critically-acclaimed comedy about loneliness in the age of connectivity, written by Susan Soon He Stanton and directed by Mina Morita.

Second Generation Productions (2g) Presents INFLECTIONS Photo Second Generation Productions (2g) Presents INFLECTIONS
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2021

These 2g commissioned pieces will be presented online from June 28-30, 2021 as part of the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA)'s 'Healing Over Hate' Virtual Series.

BWW Interview: Jeffrey Lo of WRITING FRAGMENTS HOME at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Be Photo BWW Interview: Jeffrey Lo of WRITING FRAGMENTS HOME at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Believes in the Power of Storytelling as a Tool to Foster Empathy
by Jim Munson - Jun 2, 2021

Jeffrey Lo seems to be just about everywhere these days. As if his day job as TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s Director of Community Partnerships / Casting Director weren’t enough, he is also enjoying quite a successful career as a director and playwright. With the recent, tragic spike in prejudice and violence toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, Lo decided to take action by calling on his own Filipino American heritage. He spearheaded TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s efforts to stream a benefit reading of his play Writing Fragments Home to raise funds to support and uplift the AAPI community. The comedic play is an unapologetically Filipino American story about art, family, and culture. The top-flight cast includes stage veteran Emily Kuroda, perhaps best known for playing Mrs. Kim on TV’s Gilmore Girls. Co-presented by more than 40 leading theatres and arts organizations in the Bay Area and beyond, the reading will benefit Compassion in Oakland, a nonprofit formed in response to the surge of anti-Asian attacks and dedicated to promoting safety and community in Oakland Chinatown and beyond. Writing Fragments Home will be streamed live at 7pm PDT, Saturday, June 5, 2021 (with streaming on-demand access available June 6 to June 9). For more information, visit TheatreWorks.org.  BroadwayWorld with Lo last week about his impetus to write the play, how the benefit reading came together, his thoughts about Asian American representation in the theatre, and his experience working with some of his personal heroes. Lo is very easy to talk to – laid-back, thoughtful and self-effacing with an underlying gentle humor – all qualities which likely serve him well in his roles at TheatreWorks. At the same time, I got the impression he is someone who knows how to step up to the plate and get the job done.

BWW Interview: Greg Watanabe â€" A NO-NO BOY FOR US ALL Photo BWW Interview: Greg Watanabe â€" A NO-NO BOY FOR US ALL
by Gil Kaan - May 3, 2021

In sync with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, L.A. Theatre Works will be releasing two audio theater recordings about the horrific Japanese American experience during World War II - Jeanne Sakata’s FOR US ALL and Ken Narasaki’s NO-NO BOY. FOR US ALL’s available for purchase now, with NO-NO BOY on May 15, 2021. Anna Lyse Erikson directs both show’s large ensemble casts, with Greg Watanabe voicing the lead characters in both.

All 10 Episodes Of Berkeley Rep's Audio Series PLACE/SETTINGS: BERKELEY Are Now Avail Photo All 10 Episodes Of Berkeley Rep's Audio Series PLACE/SETTINGS: BERKELEY Are Now Available
by Stephi Wild - Mar 17, 2021

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that all 10 episodes of the audio series titled Place/Settings: Berkeley are now available. Place/Settings: Berkeley premiered on January 12 with each episode released once a week. Now listeners can enjoy the entire series all in one sitting. Each episode runs approximately 10-20 minutes.

Berkeley Rep Launches 10-Episode Audio Series Titled PLACE/SETTINGS: BERKELEY Photo Berkeley Rep Launches 10-Episode Audio Series Titled PLACE/SETTINGS: BERKELEY
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 5, 2021

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced a new 10-episode series titled Place/Settings: Berkeley as part of their Rep On- Air season. Ten revered writers, each with deep ties to Berkeley, have all crafted a story around a place or a setting within the City of Berkeley that is significant to them.

Phylicia Rashad, Aaron Tveit, Billy Porter, and More Join Tonight's DGF Virtual Benef Photo Phylicia Rashad, Aaron Tveit, Billy Porter, and More Join Tonight's DGF Virtual Benefit 'Write In The Dark'
by Stephi Wild - Dec 21, 2020

Tune in tonight as the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) gathers award-winning writers, directors and performers for a virtual benefit to support the playwrights, composers, lyricists and librettists who get the story started

Playwrights Ed Bullins, Constance Congdon & Philip Kan Gotanda Honored With First Eve Photo Playwrights Ed Bullins, Constance Congdon & Philip Kan Gotanda Honored With First Ever Legacy Playwrights Initiative Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 16, 2020

Esteemed American playwrights Ed Bullins, Constance Congdon, and Philip Kan Gotanda have been announced as the inaugural recipients of the Legacy Playwrights Initiative Award(s). The winners will be recognized by their friends and peers at the Dramatists Guild Foundation “Write in the Dark” virtual benefit on December 21, 2020.

Oakland Theater Project Will Stage Drive-In Production of THE WASTE LAND Photo Oakland Theater Project Will Stage Drive-In Production of THE WASTE LAND
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 5, 2020

The first live, in-person public professional theater production on the West Coast since Covid struck earlier this year will take place September 11-October 4, 2020 when actress and playwright Lisa Ramirez performs a world-premiere adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s THE WASTE LAND at Oakland Theater Project.

The Dramatists Guild of America Announces Kia Corthron as the Recipient of the 2020 F Photo The Dramatists Guild of America Announces Kia Corthron as the Recipient of the 2020 Flora Roberts Award
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2020

The Dramatists Guild of America Council has announced that Kia Corthron is the recipient of the 2020 Flora Roberts Award.

Coeurage Theatre Company Announces New Artistic Directors Photo Coeurage Theatre Company Announces New Artistic Directors
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 10, 2020

Having completed its 10th anniversary season in 2019, Coeurage Theatre Company, LA's only Pay What You Want theatre company, announced today that Amanda McRaven and Joseph V. Calarco have been named Co-Artistic Directors. They are joined by Associate Artistic Director Katelyn Gault, Artistic Development Associate Nardeep Khurmi, and CoLab Director Katie Pelensky.

Culture Clash will Return to Berkeley Repertory Theatre with CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN Photo Culture Clash will Return to Berkeley Repertory Theatre with CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN AMERICA
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 13, 2020

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that Bay Area natives and provocateurs, Culture Clash, are returning with their latest production, Culture Clash (Still) in America. The play, written and performed by Culture Clash and directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson, marks the fifth time the satirical group has performed at Berkeley Rep.

Crowded Fire Announces 2020 Season Photo Crowded Fire Announces 2020 Season
by Stephi Wild - Sep 17, 2019

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) Crowded Fire's Artistic Director Mina Morita unveiled the 2020 mainstage season lineup including two new plays that uphold the company's long tradition of collaborative work and boundary-pushing theater.

Paul Robeson Theatre Festival Opens August 23 At LATC Photo Paul Robeson Theatre Festival Opens August 23 At LATC
by Stephi Wild - Aug 11, 2019

Live Arts Presents Bill T. Jones & Oskar Eustis In Conversation Photo Live Arts Presents Bill T. Jones & Oskar Eustis In Conversation
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 29, 2019

Legendary choreographer, National Medal of Arts (2013) and MacArthur "Genius" Award (1994) recipient, and artistic director of New York Live Arts, Bill T. Jones welcomes a discussion with Oskar Eustis-Artistic Director of New York's Public Theater, who has nurtured one game-changing hit after another for the Public, including the award-winning musicals Fun Home and Hamilton. As both leaders in the arts world and change-makers, Jones and Eustis delve into the responsibilities of both arts organizations and artists.

NY Live Arts Hosts Conversation with Bill T. Jones & Oskar Eustis Photo NY Live Arts Hosts Conversation with Bill T. Jones & Oskar Eustis
by Julie Musbach - Dec 27, 2018

Legendary choreographer, National Medal of Arts (2013) and MacArthur "Genius" Award (1994) recipient, and artistic director of New York Live Arts, Bill T. Jones welcomes a discussion with Oskar Eustis-Artistic Director of New York's Public Theater, who has nurtured one game-changing hit after another for the Public, including the award-winning musicals Fun Home and Hamilton. As both leaders in the arts world and change-makers, Jones and Eustis delve into the responsibilities of both arts organizations and artists.

Daveed Diggs, Sheria Irving, and Zoë Winters Lead The Public's WHITE NOISE Photo Daveed Diggs, Sheria Irving, and Zoë Winters Lead The Public's WHITE NOISE
by Julie Musbach - Dec 17, 2018

The Public Theater announced initial casting today for the world premiere of WHITE NOISE, written by Public Theater Master Writer Chair and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. 

New York Stage & Film's Annual Gala to Honor Patricia Wettig, Ken Olin, And Johanna P Photo New York Stage & Film's Annual Gala to Honor Patricia Wettig, Ken Olin, And Johanna Pfaelzer
by Julie Musbach - Nov 5, 2018

New York Stage and Film is thrilled to announce that its annual Winter Gala will honor playwright and Emmy award-winning actress Patricia Wettig (F2M, 'Brothers and Sisters,' 'thirtysomething') and Executive Producer/director/actor Ken Olin ('This Is Us,' 'Alias,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'thirtysomething'), and, in recognition for her years of dedication to New York Stage and Film, Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer, who is stepping down from her post at the end of the 2019 Powerhouse Summer Season.

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