Asian American Theatre

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Livestreaming a Conversation: Introducing a New Ongoing Virtual Series: Healing Over Hate
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Livestreaming a Conversation: Introducing a New Ongoing Virtual Series: Healing Over Hate

Responding to the Rise of Anti-Asian Violence

Monday 12 April 2021
United States
Asian American Directors in Conversation & Practice
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Asian American Directors in Conversation & Practice

Part of Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists’ ConFest Virtual Series

Monday 8 March 2021
United States
What do the Women Say? Celebrating 25 Years of Centering Women Artists
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What do the Women Say? Celebrating 25 Years of Centering Women Artists

Golden Thread’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day

Monday 8 March 2021
United States
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.

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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.

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The National Asian American Theatre Conference in Philadelphia
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The National Asian American Theatre Conference in Philadelphia

#theNAATF

Thursday 9 October to Saturday 11 October 2014
Philadelphia, PA, United States

The Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists and the Asian Arts Initiative presented the 2014 National Asian American Theatre Conference & Festival in Philadelphia livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Thursday 9 October to Saturday 11 October.

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.

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.

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*
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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.

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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

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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!

Asian Ghosts in American Theatre conversation at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival Symposium
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Asian Ghosts in American Theatre conversation at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival Symposium

Saturday 27 July 2013
San Francisco, CA, United States

This symposium at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, produced by the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Saturday 27 July at 2:00 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 4:00 p.m. CDT (Austin) / 5:00 p.m. EDT (Toronto) / 21:00 GMT.

Asian American Theater in Seattle
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Asian American Theater in Seattle

10 May 2012

Kathy Hsieh calls for artists to take action, flex their playwriting muscle and create the stories you want to see on stage. It is a way of being pro-active of how your community grows.

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Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists ConFest Virtual Series
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Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists ConFest Virtual Series

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AATAB Online
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AATAB Online

A virtual reading series

Yellowface in the American Theatre
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Yellowface in the American Theatre

In response to the protest and aftermath of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ now canceled production of The Mikado, this series addresses the racist performance and casting practices of Yellowface in the American Theatre.

Asian American Theatre
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Asian American Theatre

A series that explores various Asian American artists' perspectives on the field-at-large and specifically the 2014 National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival theme of "Home: Here? There? Where?"