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How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution
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How Post-Colonial Imagination Can Make Theatre into an Agent of Revolution

16 August 2018

Using three different plays—M. Butterfly, Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart, and QPH—playwright Massi Monfiletto examines theatre’s revolutionary potential.

Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry
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Making Theatre Out of Slam Poetry

25 March 2018

Yan Chen talks with poet, performer, and playwright Kit Yan about the intersections of genre and intersections of identity in his work.

Dragon Lady
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Dragon Lady

One Mother of a Musical

19 October 2017

Dragon Lady, written and performed by Sara Porkalob, brings bring race, female stories, and intersectionality into the American theatre conversation.

Designer as Playwright, Images as Text
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Designer as Playwright, Images as Text

Expanding Meanings and Breaking Boundaries with Deb Sivigny

9 October 2017

DC based playwright Annalisa Dias interviews fellow The Welders collective member Deb Sivigny on the world premiere of her new play, Hello My Name Is....

On Diversity Hiring
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On Diversity Hiring

Choosing the “Best” Person for the Job

20 May 2017

Director Carol Ann Tan explores her reaction to the question of whether it's easier for her to get work because she's Asian.

Vietgone, Hamilton, and the Decolonization of American Theatre
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Vietgone, Hamilton, and the Decolonization of American Theatre

15 March 2017

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez looks at how colonization impacts her view of Hamilton and Vietgone.

Devising Ai Weiwei
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Devising Ai Weiwei

The Seed for Brooklyn Museum: Techniques & Process for Ensemble Interdisciplinary Performance

20 February 2017

Writer and performer Kelly Tsai shares the process of devising Ai Weiwei: The Seed, which is based on the art and writings of activist-artist Ai Weiwei.

Getting on the Radar in Unexpected Places
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Getting on the Radar in Unexpected Places

3 January 2017

Rick Shiomi discusses the Philadelphia Asian Theater Project, sharing his process working with local theatre companies and organizations to promote Asian American theatre artists.

We Spell It with a “P”
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We Spell It with a “P”

Claiming Our Narrative

2 October 2016

Emilya Cachapero, director of artistic and international programs at TCG, talks with playwright Victor Maog and Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts Randy Reyes about being Pilipino theatre practitioners.

The Case for Hiring Asian American Directors
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The Case for Hiring Asian American Directors

1 October 2016

Director Lavina Jadhwani shares her experience as an Asian American director, advocating the need for more spaces and opportunities for Asian American theatre artists to collaborate together. 

Art in the Time of Fear and Loathing
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Art in the Time of Fear and Loathing

12 September 2016

Playwright Cherry Lou Sy discusses Vineyard Theatre’s production of Indecent, reflecting on the culture of fear and the queer artists who have influenced her.

Anywhere and Everywhere
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Anywhere and Everywhere

Orientalism in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

3 August 2016

Matt DiCintio explores the orientalism in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

On the merits of Yellowface
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On the merits of Yellowface

why casting the “best” actor for the role is actually just a selection of bias in a racist system

9 October 2015

Nelson T. Eusebio III addresses the argument that the “best” actor must always be cast in a role, regardless of race.

Why The Mikado is Still Problematic
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Why The Mikado is Still Problematic

Cultural Appropriation 101

8 October 2015

Director Desdemona Chiang provides an overview of Asian American discrimination and cultural appropriation in the US and argues that there is no way to divorce The Mikado from this problematic history. 

Leah Nanako Winkler, The Mikado, and This American Moment
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Leah Nanako Winkler, The Mikado, and This American Moment

7 October 2015

Victor Maog interviews Leah Nanako Winkler on her response to the controversy around NYGASP's The Mikado.

History Is Not Just For The British
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History Is Not Just For The British

6 October 2015

Playwright Rehana Lew Mirza argues that those who defend producing The Mikado using yellowface on the basis of its “historical significance” are supporting centuries of imperialism and oppression.

Mu Performing Arts' Lost and Found Middle Brother
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Mu Performing Arts' Lost and Found Middle Brother

23 October 2014

Chris Garza covers the Mu Performing Arts production Eric Sharp’s play, Middle Brother which tells the story of an adoptee searching for his roots in Korea.

Organizing Home
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Organizing Home

Building Asian American Community in Philadelphia

8 October 2014

I was inspired to believe in the power of the arts to mobilize people and sway emotions and opinions and build community in ways that petitions and protests couldn’t. I decided that I could use my skills to pro-actively organize through and for the arts, and became an intern at the Painted Bride and have been with Asian Arts Initiative since then as it has grown into an independent multi-disciplinary community arts center.

On History, Ideals, and Asian American Theater
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On History, Ideals, and Asian American Theater

8 October 2014

Producer Jane Jung offers compelling insight on the history and necessity of Asian American Theatre as a form of activism and expression to combat exotification and other-ing.

Home
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Home

Not Just a Place, But Also a Responsibility

7 October 2014

Home is not a shared skin tone, language, religion, location, orientation, or political sensibility, though those all play a small role. It’s a sense of history, of being known thoroughly, not just for who you are, but for who you were and who you will be; not just the good, but also the occasionally ugly. It’s the place where people want the best for me, even as I sometimes drive them crazy. It’s the place where I'm not thinking about you or about me, but about us, the house, the whole thing.

I’ll Disband My Roving Gang of Thirty Asian Playwrights When You Stop Doing Asian Plays in Yellow Face* (*Exception
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I’ll Disband My Roving Gang of Thirty Asian Playwrights When You Stop Doing Asian Plays in Yellow Face* (*Exception

David Henry Hwang’s play Yellow Face)

6 October 2014

In this installment, Mike Lew discusses the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the fraught practice of yellow face, and what equity for people of color actually looks like.

Asian American Theater
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Asian American Theater

The Question of Home

6 October 2014

Victor Maog examines the efforts of Asian American theatremakers to create spaces and push out meaningful narratives.

Laying the Foundations of Asian American Theater in Philadelphia
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Laying the Foundations of Asian American Theater in Philadelphia

12 May 2014

The term “collaborative” for me conjures up the idea of a loose group of artists with a shared Asian American identity and purpose, working together to produce a wide range of projects, from workshops, readings and short performances to full productions. If this process is successful, I believe it would be possible that within a three to five year period, there could be a significant Asian American presence in the Philadelphia theater community and a real demand for their work.

The Life of Bruce Lee on Stage
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The Life of Bruce Lee on Stage

18 March 2014

W.M. Akers looks at David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu, a bio-play about the life and career of Bruce Lee

Why is Jewish Theater Producing Asian American Plays?
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Why is Jewish Theater Producing Asian American Plays?

12 March 2014

We chose to do "Yellow Face" because of the meaningful questions it raises about the parameters of identity. We chose to do "Yellow Face" because of the revealing and resonant glimpse it gives at immigrant families in the United States; because of its multi-layered examination of the “American Dream”; because of the uproarious and irreverent way it uses humor to expose darker themes. We chose to do "Yellow Face" because clearly, it’s a Jewish play!