I say, Canon! For A sian American plays! Additional plays to consider here! In the nascent Asian American identity movement, this play was a major touchstone in defining the Asian American identity; grassroots organizer counted it as one source that helped define the identity.
Current Season 2020-21
The National Asian American Theatre Company
Online this Lunar New Year for families and children grades The production will feature the original cast. We seek a diversity of voices; submission does not have to reflect contemporary Asian American themes. The play follows two Thai brothers who launch a business to investigate paranormal activities. When the siblings investigate the home of an African-American couple, who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina, their notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth. He befriends a magical bird who helps him learn what he must do to be King. The play employs traditional Chinese lion dance, puppetry, and a pair of tigers and pandas to tell this fun, thrilling tale.
Asian American theatre is theatre written, directed or acted by Asian Americans. From initial efforts by four theatre companies in the s, Asian-American theatre has grown to around forty groups today. Early productions often had Asian themes or settings; "yellowface" was a common medium for displaying the perceived exoticism of the East in American performance. The four companies have provided the resources and opportunities to actors, writers, directors, designers, and producers to pursue and define Asian-American theatre for over five decades.
It makes for a surprisingly easy transition. For Asian actors, at least, stage employment may be at an all-time high. This piece is just way too important. It also happens to be the first musical created by Asian Americans, directed by an Asian American Stafford Arima , with a predominantly Asian cast, to grace the Broadway stage. The story is told from the point of view of Japanese Americans, and a number of the cast are Japanese American, including Takei, who were either interned themselves or had family members who were.