May 6: CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND Cast members Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, and Courtney Reed, Playwrights Katori Hall, Samuel D. Hunter, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, and Dave Malloy Set for Signature Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Virtual Celebration; Anna Deavere Smith to Receive Signature Outstanding Artist Award

Signature Theatre is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary with a Virtual Celebration, Three Decades Together, One Future for Us All, on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Resident Playwright Anna Deavere Smith will receive the inaugural Signature Outstanding Artist Award. The virtual event will include Resident playwrights Katori Hall, Samuel D. Hunter, Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, and feature performances by Dave Malloy and members of the Off-Broadway cast of Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band: Abraham Kim, Jane Lui, Joe Ngo, and Courtney Reed. Lila Neugebauer will direct.

Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher, and author. She is credited with having created a new form of theater. Smith’s work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance. President Obama awarded Smith the National Humanities Medal in 2013. Additional honors include the prestigious MacArthur Award, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for achievement in the arts, the George Polk Career Award in Journalism, two Tony nominations and several honorary degrees. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Smith has created over fifteen one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews. Her most recent play, Notes from the Field, looks at the vulnerability of youth, inequality, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism. The New York Times named it among The Best Theater of 2016 and Time magazine named it one of the Top 10 Plays of that year. In 2018, HBO premiered the film version of Notes from the Field. Smith’s play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 was recently named one of the best plays of the last twenty-five years by The New York Times. Smith currently co-stars on the television series “For the People” and appears on the hit show “Black-ish”. Previously she appeared in “Nurse Jackie” and “The West Wing”. Films include The American President, Philadelphia and Rachel Getting Married. She is a University Professor at Tisch School of the Arts and the founding director of the NYU Institute in the Arts and Civic Dialogue.

Free to attend with registration. Click here to RSVP. The celebration with stream on Youtube.

Gala Co-Chairs include Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edward Skyler, Citi, and 
Nina B. Matis & Alan Gosule.

For more information, contact Gala@signaturetheatre.org.

Virginia Stage Company Presents Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Starring Greg Watanabe in Rep with Ken Ludwig’s DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE, Oct. 17- Nov. 7

Virginia Stage Company is presenting Jeanne Sakata’s award-winning solo play, Hold These Truths, helmed by Seema Sueko and starring Greg Watanabe at The Wells Theatre108 E. Tazewell St., Norfolk, VA, as part of Season 42: A Season Like No Other.

Greg Watanabe. Photo by Lia Chang

An unsung American hero, Gordon Hirabayashi, fought passionately for the Constitution against an unexpected adversary: his own country. During World War II, he refused to report to a relocation camp with thousands of families of Japanese descent, launching a 50-year journey from college to the courtroom and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom. An inspiring true story of conscience amidst conflict, it is a one-man portrait of American character at its best.

In rep with the production of Hold These Truths, VSC will also present Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise. Dear Jack, Dear Louise tells the story of a military doctor and a Broadway chorus performer’s unlikely romance, entirely via letters, during WWII. Performances for both Dear Jack, Dear Louise and Hold These Truths will run in rep from October 17th – November 7th at the Wells Theatre. Visit www.vastage.org for more information.

Click here to read about Virginia Stage Company’s season lineup on Broadwayworld. VSC will present a reading of Dear Jack, Dear Louise upon the deck of the USS Wisconsin from May 18-23. Tickets for this performance are not available to the public, but are reserved for Virginia Stage Company Season 42 members.

Greg Watanabe

Greg Watanabe made his Broadway debut in Allegiance and was recently seen in Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band at Victory Gardens, The City Theatre Pittsburgh, Merrimack Repertory Theatre. He has performed in the world premiere productions of The Ballad Of Yachiyo (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Public Theater-New York), The Summer Moon (A Contemporary Theater, South Coast Repertory Theatre), The Happy Ones (South Coast Rep, L.A. Drama Critics Circle nomination for Best Featured Performance) and Extraordinary Chambers (The Geffen Playhouse, Ovation nomination for Best Featured Actor). Other appearances include Golden Child (Signature Theatre), Hold These Truths (Perseverance Theater, New Century Theater), Yellow Face (Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego Theater Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play).

Seema Sueko. Photo by Jerry Mayer

Seema Sueko grew up in Honolulu, with a Pakistani father and a Japanese American mother. Conversations about the arts, politics and community wove through her upbringing, stitching the tapestry of her core belief: theater is transformative and can contribute to building successful communities when we intentionally activate this art form for the public benefit. Now based in the Washington, D.C. region, Seema directs stage, film, consensus organizing and R&D projects and productions for theaters, think tanks, and the greater good.

Seema currently serves as director of the new musical in development, Land of Smiles, by Erin Kamler. She is also directing the Vernon Park Play for Shakespeare in Clark Park. In addition, she is a consultant to Arena Stage, focused on strategic thinking, the Theater Artists Marketplace and the Artistic Director Intensive, two programs she created when she served as Deputy Artistic Director of Arena. She recently directed the film Veterans Day 2020 for the Atlantic Council think tank and Arena. Also at Arena, she directed the world premiere of Sharyn Rothstein’s Right to be Forgotten, revivals of The Heiress and The Price, Lydia Diamond’s Smart People and spearheaded the Power Play Summit. R&D projects include using theater to improve empathy, compassion and well-being in older adults, the Green Theater Choices Toolkit, and adapting Consensus Organizing to theater. Past leadership positions include Associate Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse and Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego. In addition, she has directed or acted in plays and musicals at theaters across the U.S. including Denver CenterFord’s TheatrePasadena PlayhousePeople’s LightThe Old GlobeYale Rep, 5th Avenue Theatre, Mo`olelo, Native Voices, among others.

Recognition and awards include: SDCF Zelda Fichandler Finalist, Chicago Jeff Awards, NAACP San Diego Lorraine Hansberry Award, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Artistic and Cultural Achievement Award, Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater Artist of the Year, San Diego Craig Noel Awards, and the California State Assembly Shirley N. Weber Award.

Seema earned her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and she serves on the Boards of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Seema has served as a panelist for the Yale Drama Prize, the Susan Blackburn Smith Prize, Creative Lab Hawaii, Playwrights’ Center, National Endowment for the Arts, and other grants and prizes. 

Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang Communications

Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths (Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance; San Diego Critics’ Circle Award, Outstanding Solo Performance; Theatre Bay Area Awards, Outstanding Production, Direction, and Lead Performance), has won rave reviews in over twenty productions across North America, most recently at People’s Light, San Diego Repertory, Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver, Barrington Stage Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Arena Stage, Hang A Tale Productions, Lyric Stage Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, the Guthrie Theater, Perseverance Theatre, ACT Seattle, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (co-produced with Daniel Dae Kim), and Epic Theatre Ensemble. Originally premiering with Los Angeles’ East West Players, the play was first commissioned by Chay Yew, former director of CTG’s Asian Theatre Workshop.

Called a “local treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Jeanne has enjoyed guest star/recurring roles onscreen in Jennifer Phang’s internationally acclaimed indie film, Advantageous, and on the TV series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Station 19NCIS Los Angeles, Big Hero 6, Dr. Ken, Bravo’s True Fiction, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Desperate Housewives, Presidio Med, ER, Threat Matrix, Line of Fire, American Family, John Ridley’s I Got You, Hiroshima, and Sex and Marriage, a Justin Lin YOMYOMF YouTube webseries.  Onstage, Jeanne has performed with the Vineyard Theatre, Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Northlight Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, People’s Light, Sundance Theatre Institute, Syracuse Stage and the Arizona Theatre Company.

Special honors: Theatre LA Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red, East West Players; 2019 Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, East West Players; 2016 Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community, Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award, Los Angeles’ Pacific American Friends of Theatre. www.jeannesakata.comwww.holdthesetruths.info

Thanks to the support made possible by the Federal Government and additional funding raised through the community, Virginia Stage Company is putting artists back to work.

Apr. 28: Jessica Hagedorn, Kirsten Childs, Cherríe Moraga, OyamO, Agyeiwaa Asante, Haruna Lee, Troy Anthony, Jay Adana and Zeniba Now to Receive 2021 Idea Awards for Theatre in Virtual Ceremony 

The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation has announced the recipients of their 2021 Idea Awards for Theatre; three grants awarded to adventurous new voices in playwriting and musical theatre, as well the visionary playwrights who have inspired and blazed trails before them.

The three 2021 Tooth of Time Distinguished Career Awards will be presented to Jessica Hagedorn (Dog Eaters, Felix Starro), Cherríe Moraga (The Hungry Woman, Heroes and Saints), and OyamO (I Am a Man, The Resurrection of Lady Lester). Honoring accomplished playwrights who have created significant, idea-driven works throughout their career, the Tooth of Time Distinguished Career Award is given with a $20,000 prize for each recipient.

Agyeiwaa Asante and Haruna Lee are the recipients of this year’s Ollie New Play Award. The 2021 Vivace Musical Theatre Awards will be awarded to Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, Bella: An American Tall Tale), the musical writing team Jay Adana and Zeniba Now, and Troy Anthony. Recognizing original work with ambitious theatrical ideas, both awards are bestowed with a $30,000 prize.

Each of the five artists will also receive a unique hand-carved marble statuette.

The 2021 Idea Awards for Theatre will be presented in a virtual ceremony streaming online at The Idea Awards YouTube Channel beginning Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6PM EST. The free, virtual presentation ceremony will feature the winners in conversation with industry leaders of their choice, including Obie winning director Michael Greif, three-time Tony and Grammy nominated actor David Alan Grier, and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Keith Glover. There will also be songs from all three Vivace Award winners, and Tony nominee Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) will host.

“The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation has created the ‘Idea Awards for Theatre’ to encourage expansive, idea-driven artworks with inherently theatrical ways of illuminating big ideas and concepts,” says Bruce Ostler, V.P. and Board Member of The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation. “This year, to address both the financial need throughout the theatre community, as well as the need for big, resonant stories, we are awarding 9 artists across our three categories: new plays, new musicals, and distinguished career. We hope these 9 writers, all of whom are diverse in form and in substance, will carry the torch back into the theatre and show us new ways of imagining.”

“Jessica Hagedorn, Cherríe Moraga, and OyamO are writers who look, reach, see, and transform,” says Emily Morse, Artistic Director of New Dramatists and Advisory Board member, The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation. “They have built their inspiring literary legacies by giving voice to, and shedding light on the complex lives of the people around them who do not necessarily see themselves reflected back to them from the stage or the page. They build community through their work as artists and educators, and each in their own passionate and glorious way have blazed paths for others to travel. Because they see, they invite us to also see. For their vision, humanity, and their tenacity and commitment to story-telling at its finest, and to support them as they continue their work, we honor them with Tooth of Time Awards.”

“The thrilling artistry and piercing perspectives of Haruna Lee and Agyeiwaa Asante show us how the theatre canon can grow,” says Natasha Sinha, Associate Artistic Director at Playwrights Horizons and Advisory Board member, The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation. “And as we look toward the next healing, incisive, and joyful era of musical storytelling, we uplift theatre luminary Kirsten Childs, as well as rising writers Troy Anthony, Jay Adana, and Zeniba Now. We’re thrilled to champion all six of these visionary artists as they create powerful new theatre that will move us forward.”

For more information, visit www.BretnPaulFoundation.org.

Apr. 24: Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Aurora Adachi-Winter, James Chen, and Alec Silver set for Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs Virtual Reading of Max Yu’s NIGHTWATCH with Chay Yew at Helm

Goodman Theatre’s Future Labs virtual reading of Max Yu’s Nightwatch, directed by Chay Yew will premiere on Saturday, April 24 at 7pm CST/8pm EST.


Winner of the 2019 Relentless Award, Nightwatch reckons with unknown history and generations of hidden family stories. 

In Nightwatch, 20-year-old Leo drops out of college and returns home to San Francisco’s Chinatown only to discover a secret that’s been kept from him: his father passed away weeks ago. To try to cope, he delves into his family’s untold past in the Chinese Community Cultural Revolution-redefining everyone and everything he thought was in his bloodline.

The cast features Francis Jue as Yeye, Emily Kuroda as Nainai, Aurora Adachi-Winter as Bonnie, James Chen as Ba, and Alec Silver as Leo. Carolyn Hu Bradbury will read stage directions.

Registration for this FREE event is required. For more information, visit GoodmanTheatre.org/Nightwatch

Playwright Max Yu  is a Chinese-American writer and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He won the 2019 Relentless Award for his original play Nightwatch, for which he was featured in The New York Times. Max is a member of Page 73’s 2021-2022 Interstate 73 Writers Group, and his is plays have been developed at Horizon Theatre and Shaking the Tree Theater. His poetry and prose have been published in Spittoon and Babel. Max is currently based in Shanghai, China, where he teaches English. He graduated with a degree in Playwrighting from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. maxyu.carrd.co

Director Chay Yew previously collaborated with the Goodman on Lady in Denmark, Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men, and Dartmoor Prison. Other Chicago credits include Po Boy Tango at Northlight Theatre; Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Teatro Vista; Packing at About Face; and Lettie, A Wonder in My Soul, Hillary and Clinton, The House That Will Not Stand, Oedipus el Rey, Death and the Maiden, An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Mojada, and Universes’ Ameriville at Victory Gardens Theater. In New York, he has directed at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Rattlestick, Playwrights Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and National Asian American Theatre Company. Regionally, he has directed at the American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, Denver Center Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Singapore Repertory Theatre, amongst others. For his direction, he has been awarded an Obie Award. From 2011-2020, he was the artistic director of Victory Gardens Theater.

In addition, the Encore series-four plays from the theater’s “video vault,” curated by the Goodman’s Artistic team-continues with Pedro Páramo (available through April 11), followed by Smokefall (April 12-25) and Measure for Measure (April 26-May 9). 

About Future Labs

Future Labs—Goodman Theatre’s newest artistic program to develop works authored and directed by Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and other artists of color. Designed primarily for Chicago-based writers who have not had a play produced at the Goodman, Future Labs will feature up to nine workshops and presentations, slated to begin early 2021.

Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. Under the guidance of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, the Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions. Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

May 12: The City of West Hollywood’s WEHO READS 2021 Celebrates Asian American History Month with CREATING HOLLYWOOD CHINESE, A Virtual Conversation Featuring Arthur Dong and Charles Yu

The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division is presenting WeHo Reads, a literary series featuring new and noteworthy authors.

In celebration of Asian American History Month, Arthur Dong, Award winning filmmaker and author of Hollywood Chinese, and Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown and winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction, will go beyond the concept of representation in Hollywood to focus on the creative process for this craft talk and conversation on Wednesday, May 12 at 6pm PST/9pm EST. This free event is part of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads literary series. Click here to RSVP. 

To view, watch below:

A San Francisco Chinatown native, Arthur Dong is an Oscar-nominee, a Peabody and Sundance award-winning filmmaker, author, and curator whose work centers on Asian American, and LGBTQ stories. Dong’s films about Asian American history and culture include The Killing Fields of Dr. Haing S. Ngor (2015), Hollywood Chinese (2007), Forbidden City, U.S.A. (1989), and Sewing Woman (1987). Among his films on LGBTQ issues are Coming Out Under Fire (1994) and Licensed to Kill (1997). Dong has curated exhibitions showcasing his extensive archive of cultural ephemera, including Chop Suey on Wax: The Flower Drum Song Album, Forbidden City, USA, and his most recent, Hollywood Chinese, on display at the iconic Formosa Café in West Hollywood. Dong’s first book Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs 1936-1970 received an American Book Award in 2015.

Charles Yu is the author of four books, including his latest, Interior Chinatown, which is a Finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and the Le Prix Médicis étranger, and longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He has received the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Award, been nominated for two Writers Guild of America awards for his work on the HBO series Westworld, and has also written for shows on FX, AMC, Facebook Watch, and Adult Swim. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a number of publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, Time and Ploughshares.

To see details on the entire series visit www.weho.org/wehoreads. 

The Spring 2021 season is being presented online and is produced by Amanda Fletcher and Dare Williams.

For information on previous seasons please visit: WeHo Reads 2019WeHo Reads 2018WeHo Reads 2017.

Arthur Dong’s “Hollywood Chinese”​ wins Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature 

First Look: Method Productions Presents Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Starring Hansel Tan at HCAC Skylight studio in Singapore

Method Productions presented the international premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s award-winning solo play, Hold These Truths,  helmed by Sim Yan Ying ‘YY’ and starring Hansel Tan for two performances only in April at HCAC Skylight studio in Singapore. Check out the production photos below.

Hansel Tan as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo courtesy of Singapore American School Communications

During World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi, a student at University of Washington in Seattle, fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures. This fight for freedom celebrates the human spirit as it chronicles Hirabayashi’s journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually to a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Hansel Tan as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo courtesy of Singapore American School Communications

Hold These Truths feature Lighting Design (for SAS) by Elizabeth May, Sound Design by Ryan Ng and Costume Design by Johanna Pan.

Hansel Tan as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo courtesy of Singapore American School Communications

Hansel Tan is an actor and educator based in New York City, and has enjoyed a 15-year international stage career on stage and onscreen. He got his star in Singapore, performing locally with companies such as Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Wild Rice, before pursuing his training in the USA. Since then, Hansel has performed in venues such as Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, The Public Theater,  Playwrights Horizons, Symphony Space, Signature Theatre, The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), and more. On screen, you might have seen him in Complete Unknown (Amazon), In Game: The Webseries (Manpowered Films), The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC) and Madame Secretary (CBS). An an educator, Hansel has taught audition masterclasses in Brazil, and on-camera technique at Yale-NUS.

Hansel Tan as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo courtesy of Singapore American School Communications

Hansel Tan as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo courtesy of Singapore American School Communications

Hansel Tan as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo courtesy of Singapore American School Communications

He is a recipient of the Singapore NAC Overseas Bursary, The Wesleyan Lipsky Choral Prize, “Best Actor” Winner at Theatre Now New York’s Inaugural “Sound Bytes” Festival, “Best Principle Male Actor” Finalist for the 2017 Theatre Bay Area Awards, and “Best Actor” Finalist for the 2017 Broadwayworld Regional Awards.

Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang
Jeanne Sakata. Photo by Lia Chang Communications

Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths (Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Solo Performance; San Diego Critics’ Circle Award, Outstanding Solo Performance; Theatre Bay Area Awards, Outstanding Production, Direction, and Lead Performance), has won rave reviews in over twenty productions across North America, most recently at People’s Light, San Diego Repertory, Cultch Historic Theatre in Vancouver, Barrington Stage Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Arena Stage, Hang A Tale Productions, Lyric Stage Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, the Guthrie Theater, Perseverance Theatre, ACT Seattle, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Honolulu Theatre for Youth (co-produced with Daniel Dae Kim), and Epic Theatre Ensemble. Originally premiering with Los Angeles’ East West Players, the play was first commissioned by Chay Yew, former director of CTG’s Asian Theatre Workshop.

Called a “local treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Jeanne has enjoyed guest star/recurring roles onscreen in Jennifer Phang’s internationally acclaimed indie film, Advantageous, and on the TV series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Station 19NCIS Los Angeles, Big Hero 6, Dr. Ken, Bravo’s True Fiction, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Desperate Housewives, Presidio Med, ER, Threat Matrix, Line of Fire, American Family, John Ridley’s I Got You, Hiroshima, and Sex and Marriage, a Justin Lin YOMYOMF YouTube webseries.  Onstage, Jeanne has performed with the Vineyard Theatre, Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Northlight Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, People’s Light, Sundance Theatre Institute, Syracuse Stage and the Arizona Theatre Company.

Special honors: Theatre LA Ovation Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Chay Yew’s Red, East West Players; 2019 Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, East West Players; 2016 Lee Melville Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Los Angeles Theatre Community, Playwrights’ Arena; Outstanding Artist Award, Los Angeles’ Pacific American Friends of Theatre. www.jeannesakata.comwww.holdthesetruths.info

Established in 2014, Method Productions (MP) is a presenting production company for all mediums of performing arts. Method Productions shares its home with their sister company, Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity (HCAC).

Our essence: We seek out artistic products to showcase or to partner with. The productions may be work of the students and alumni of HCAC or from an external company.

We provide the venue, talent network and take an active involvement in the project by providing artistic direction and support. Our success lies in the ability to provide a high-quality and diverse arts programme via our open door policy to a large number of promising projects. Simultaneously, we maintain our specific artistic standards through direct artistic involvement in each project.

To date, Method Productions has staged monologue slams, improv comedy showcases, intimate theatre, one-person shows, personal essay showcases, film screenings, dramatized readings, spoken word performances, full-length plays by theatre ​collectives and workshop-productions.

Ali Ewoldt, Devin Ilaw, Jason Ma, Diane de Boer-Phelan, Hansel Tan, Nina Zoie Lam, Timothy Huang, Jelani Alladin and More Celebrate Steven Eng at Prospect Theater Company Gala 

James Seol, Hansel Tan, Andew Cristi, Chil Kong, Daniel Le, Dorcas Leung, Aaron Phillips and Isabel Santiago Set for Prospect Theater Company’s Workshop Production of AMERICAN MORNING by Timothy Huang 

Apr. 29: André De Shields, Lewis Black, Chris Bohjalian, Felicia Boswell, David Bryan, Jackie Burns, Karen Burthright, Bobby Conte Thornton, Joe DiPietro, Ann Dowd, Rachel Dratch, Steve Guttenberg, Jeremy Jordan, Laiona Michelle, Nancy Opel, Maulik Pancholy, David Hyde Pierce, Renee Taylor, Mary Testa and Marlo Thomas Set for George Street Playhouse 2021 Virtual Gala

Former Governor Thomas H. Kean; Thomas F. Kelso, Esq. Chairperson of the New Brunswick Cultural Center; and James N. Heston, Chairperson of George Street Playhouse’s Board of Trustees will receive the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award, at George Street Playhouse’s virtual gala benefit on April 29 at 7:30pm EST (Exclusive virtual lobby and mezzanine experience) and at 8:00pm EST (Presentation of the Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Awards and virtual cabaret performance). 

George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint, Mary Testa and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

The event, which will take place in a virtual venue accessible from anywhere in the world through a computer or smart television, will feature performances by an incredible STAR-STUDDED ROSTER of Friends of George Street Playhouse; will allow guests to mingle via webcam and chat; and represents the latest in George Street’s forays into unique digital programming, highlighted by an ongoing streaming season for 2021.

The event will star: Lewis Black, Chris Bohjalian, Felicia Boswell, David Bryan, Jackie Burns, Karen Burthright, Bobby Conte Thornton, Joe DiPietro, Ann Dowd, Rachel Dratch, Steve Guttenberg, Jeremy Jordan, Laiona Michelle, Nancy Opel, Maulik Pancholy, David Hyde Pierce, Renee Taylor, Mary Testa and Marlo Thomas and a special surprise guest!

André De Shields, George Street Playhouse Board President and Gala chair Penelope Lattimer, Ph.D, George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint and Matt Podd. Photo by Lia Chang

“As President of the Board of Trustees, I am deeply honored to Chair George Street Playhouse’s star-filled virtual gala during this extraordinary time,” remarked Penelope L. Lattimer. “We look forward to welcoming patrons, friends, and new friends from around the globe, to participate in our celebration in support of George Street Playhouse.

To attend the Virtual Event on April 29, Gala Experience Tickets are $400 and can be purchased at http://www.georgestreetplayhouse.org .

The Thomas H. Kean Arts Advocacy Award was first presented in 1990 to former Governor Kean, whom it recognizes again this year. It pays tribute to an individual, corporation, or foundation whose dedication to the arts enhances the cultural life of New Jersey.

“We are thrilled to honor these three tremendous supporters, not only of the mission of George Street Playhouse, but of the arts across the state of New Jersey,” said George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint. “We are deeply moved by all the many extraordinary artists who have agreed to participate in this event benefiting George Street Playhouse.”

Thomas H. Kean served as governor of New Jersey from 1982 to 1990, was president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005, and served as chairman of the 9/11 Commission. As governor, he served on the President’s Education Policy Advisory Committee and as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the National Governors Association Task Force on Teaching.

He served on several committees and commissions, such as the American delegation to the UN Conference on Youth in Thailand, vice chairman of the American delegation to the World Conference on Women in Beijing, and President Clinton’s Initiative on Race.

“Former Governor Kean’s history of leadership has been marked by his longstanding advocacy for the arts in this state and his awareness that strengthening the cultural life of New Jersey strengthens the state as a whole,” Saint continued. “We could not be more thrilled to honor him once again with the award that bears his name.”

Thomas F. Kelso, Esq. is the Senior and Managing Partner of the New Brunswick law firm of Kelso & Burgess, Esqs. Mr. Kelso is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers University and Brooklyn Law School and has practiced law in the State of New Jersey in a wide range of areas for over forty years. He possesses extensive knowledge and experience in civil litigation matters at the state and federal court levels, as well as in the areas of local and county land use, development and urban redevelopment.

Mr. Kelso also serves as Middlesex County Counsel and is the chief legal advisor to the Board of County Commissioners, and to other various County departments. He has served as Special Counsel to the New Brunswick Development Corporation since 1979, a position which involves all aspects of the City of New Brunswick’s revitalization and redevelopment initiatives.

He is a founding member and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New Brunswick Cultural Center, Inc. and has previously served as the first Chairman of the Board of the State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick, Inc.

“Thomas F. Kelso has played a vital role in Middlesex County’s unprecedented landmark commitment to the arts,” George Street Playhouse Managing Director Kelly Ryman said. “His decades of arts advocacy in Middlesex County have been instrumental in establishing the Middlesex County Arts and Cultural Trust Fund as well as the realization of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.”

James N. Heston, a retired executive vice-president of MetLife, is Chairman of George Street Playhouse’s Board of Trustees, of which he has been a member since 2009. During his tenure at MetLife, Heston was in charge of the Company’s Institutional Dental and Disability businesses and concluded his 39 year career as Global Head of Human Resources.

He was also a member of the board of trustees at RWJ Somerset since 1992 and served as its chairman in 2011 and 2012. He also is currently serving his 3rd term on the board of trustees at his alma mater – Gettysburg College. Prior to retirement, he was also a member of the Personnel Round Table, an invitation-based organization of 55 Chief Human Resource Officers, from primarily Fortune 100 companies.

“James N. Heston’s unwavering guidance continues to have a profound impact on George Street Playhouse during this incredible moment in its history,” Board President and Gala chair Penelope Lattimer, Ph.D., said. “He has been instrumental in the transition to our state-of-the-art new home at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, and his leadership allows us to continue our mission of producing groundbreaking new works and to make a documented impact on American theatre, Middlesex county, and the state.”

May 18: Theatre Communications Group 2021 Gala to Honor Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance

Theatre Communications Group is presenting the 2021 TCG 60th Anniversary Gala: Our Stories virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7:30pm ET with an afterparty to follow. The Gala will honor Ricardo Khan and the Performing Arts Alliance, and both the Gala and virtual live afterparty will be hosted by drag superstar Shequida. Dr. Michelle Ramos, the board chair of PAA and Vision Keeper of Alternate ROOTS, will offer remarks on behalf of PAA. To learn more about the Our Stories Gala, and the programming it supports, click here or email Gala@tcg.org. Please email Corinna Schulenburg for press reservations. Purchase tickets here.

Nita Kastuar Khan and her husband, Ricardo Khan. Photo by Lia Chang

“There’s no better way to celebrate TCG’s 60th anniversary than by honoring Ricardo Khan’s ongoing legacy and celebrating the advocacy breakthroughs made by the Performing Arts Alliance,” said Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “From founding the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company, to serving as president of TCG’s board, Ricardo’s visionary leadership has championed a generation of Black artistry and transformed our field. Over this past difficult year, the power of PAA’s coalition-building has helped secure the largest federal investment in the arts since the WPA, and fought for accountability to anti-racism in our arts advocacy efforts. While this will be TCG’s first virtual Gala, with Shequida as our host, we have no doubt it will capture the same celebratory energy and community spirit of our in-person events.”

The Our Stories Gala will be held virtually on Zoom and take place between the two parts of TCG’s Virtual Conference: Our Theatre Ecology. The Gala will feature special guest appearances and performances, with specifics to be announced soon. Tickets begin at $60 and include a Pay What You Will Option. Recent honorees at the Our Stories gala included David Henry Hwang, the National Black Theatre Festival, and Rick Miramontez.

The Performing Arts Alliance is the national policy advocate, leadership forum, and learning network for America’s nonprofit performing arts organizations, artists, and allies.

Dr. Michelle Ramos applies critical race theory and lived experiences to disrupt long standing white supremacist structures and systems. Her work focuses on shifting power to black, brown people through pushing boundaries, challenging the status quo and reflecting values of equity and justice in her day to day practice. Before leading Alternate ROOTS, she worked as Managing Director for the Vera Institute of Justice New Orleans and Program Officer for the Women’s Foundation of California. She serves on the boards of Dance/USA and Performing Arts Alliance. A licensed attorney with a PhD in Cultural Psychology, she has significant organizing experience and has committed her career to serving communities and individuals adversely impacted by issues of race, gender, disability, class, socioeconomics, inequitable laws and systemic oppression. She has consulted for over 20 years nationally and internationally. She is the proud mother Broadway choreographer, Ellenore Scott, and since retiring from her own dance career, Ramos has continued to teach dance, has competed as an Ironman triathlete and now enjoys her southern New Orleans lifestyle.

Ricardo Khan is a director, artistic director, writer, educator and the Tony Award recipient for the history-making African American theatre company he co-founded, the Crossroads Theatre Company. For two decades Khan nurtured and guided the creation of well over one hundred new works that have forever enriched the cannon of the American theatre, while launching countless careers for writers, directors, designers, composers, managers and actors of color. Through Crossroads he worked with and provided a creative home and premiering stage for Ntozake Shange, August Wilson, George C. Wolfe, Anna Deveare Smith, Melba Moore, Leslie Lee, Denise Nicholas, Kathleen McGhee-Anderson, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Mbongeni Ngema from South Africa, Rani Moorthy from Malaysia, Linda Nieves-Powell, former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove and many more. As the originating producer of the groundbreaking “The Colored Museum” and “Spunk”, both by George C. Wolfe, “Black Eagles” by Leslie Lee, “The Love Space Demands” by Ntozake Shange, “Sheila’s Day” by Mbongeni Ngema, and “Two Ha Ha’s and a Homeboy” written and starring Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis and Guy Davis, Khan established Crossroads as a major creative force on the American theatre scene. Khan was the originating producer of the production of “Paul Robeson” starring Avery Brooks, which went on from Crossroads to Broadway in 1988, and in 1998, the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical, “It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues”. And shortly after the passing of esteemed playwright August Wilson in 2005, Khan returned to Broadway to write, stage, and together with co-producer Woodie King, Jr., present the New York tribute to August Wilson in the Broadway theatre that now bears Mr. Wilson’s name.

Mr. Khan’s New York directing credits include works at the Negro Ensemble Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center, the Signature Theatre and the world famous Apollo Theatre. He was Associate Producer for a number of Crossroads productions at the New York Public Theatre with the late Joseph Papp, and in 2006 served as Associate Director for “Hot Feet!”, a Broadway musical developed by Maurice Hines with legendary songwriter Maurice White and featuring the music of Earth, Wind and Fire. In 2009 he co-wrote “FLY” with Trey Ellis about the esteemed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, which has been produced in numerous major cities across the country and most recently, for its Pasadena Playhouse engagement, received the prestigious NAACP award for Best Theatre Production in Los Angeles, 2016. “Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing” followed that, a play inspired by myths and stories from Negro Leagues baseball and American jazz. Khan’s latest projects, “Freedom Rider” and “Letters From Freedom Summer”, will both receive world premiere productions at the Crossroads Theatre Company in 2021 and 2022. And of his most proud achievements recently, Ricardo Khan was the Producer and Director of the highly acclaimed opening night gala ceremonies for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC on September 24, 2016, with performers and creatives that included Yolanda Adams, Daniel Beaty, Dave Chappelle and Frederic Yonnet, Ava DuVernay, Savion Glover, Oprah Winfrey and Stevie Wonder.

Ricardo Khan holds an MFA in both acting and directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and an Honorary PhD from Rutgers University where he is also in the University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He served as President of the Board of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization of America’s professional theatres, from 1995 to 1998, and is proud to have been named Artistic Director Emeritus at his celebrated Crossroads Theatre Company.

Shequida is a very witty, multi lingual, Jamaican born, Juilliard trained performer. She has performed in Hong Kong, Berlin, Sydney, Paris, Norway, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam to name a few. She played the first ever recurring drag character, Wendi Mercury on the ABC Soap Opera, One life to Live and performed on America’s Got Talent. She also wrote and starred in two very successful, award winning Off-Broadway shows. She is currently hosting and performing her weekly shows in NYC.

Video: The Lucille Lortel Theatre to Feature Tony, Grammy and Emmy Winning HADESTOWN Star André De Shields on “Live at The Lortel” Podcast Series

The Lucille Lortel Theatre is presenting their “Live at The Lortel” podcast interview series featuring Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner André De Shields on Monday, April 19.

The live interviews will take place Mondays at 7:00 PM EST, offering theater fans the opportunity to view interviews and participate in a Q&A with artists. To join the audience, please visit www.liveatthelortel.com.

Hosted by Eric Ostrow, along with co-hosts Joy DeMichelle and John-Andrew Morrison, season two of “Live at The Lortel” is dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and artists who stand in solidarity with the continued fight against institutional racism and racial injustice. Theater makers will delve into their thoughts on the future of theater during this period of radical change. They will also discuss their craft, as well as their professional and personal projects that help to make theatre and the world more equitable.

Following each live interview, podcast episodes of “Live at The Lortel” will be available on Apple Podcasts,Spotify, andSoundcloud as follows:

André De Shields

Monday, April 19 – live

Podcast release: April 23

André De Shields is the triple crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his critically acclaimed performance as Hermes in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, honoring veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. In 2020, Mr. De Shields received the 2020 Grammy Award for Musical Theater Album for Hadestown, the 2020 AUDELCO for Lifetime Achievement, an honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee and the 2020 Red Bull Theater Matador Award for Excellence in Classical Theater. In 2019, he received the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2019 SAGE Joyce Warshow Lifetime Achievement Award, The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre, and was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. He received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in August, 2019. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The WizAin’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty one years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. His film and TV roles include Dale Rustin on NBC’s “New Amsterdam,” Anton Ego in Ratatouille: The TikTok Tok Musical, the Algebra Tutor in “John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch”  on Netflix, Chubby in “Katy Keene” on the CW, Wyndham on “Almost Family.” He can be heard on the podcasts Live From Mount Olympus as Hermes and One Speckled Hen. He can next be seen as Gavin Plimsoll in Charles Busch’s  new film, The Sixth Reel. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. andredeshields.com

Video: André De Shields, Patti LuPone, Telly Leung, Audra McDonald, Jose Llana, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauren Molina, Jane Krakowski, Matthew Broderick, Donna Murphy, Giancarlo Esposito and More to Star in THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) to Benefit The York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company, in association with Tom D’Angora, Michael D’Angora, and Tim Guinee are presenting the All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit performance of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)…and More tonight at 7pm EST.

Producer/Director Tom D’Angora will host a Red Carpet Event – LIVE on Instagram. Be sure to tune in at 5:00pmET with @TOMDANGORA

Then at 6:30pmET, head over to the www.yorktheatre.org website- to watch the  pre-show testimonials featuring Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Joe Iconis … and MORE!


With music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, and book by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell, this special presentation is directed by Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora, with music direction and arrangements by Deniz Cordell and associate music director Annie Pasqua. Original director Pamela Hunt is serving as artistic supervisor. This event will raise funds to help The York recover and rebuild after devastating damage from a water main break on January 4, 2021.

Victoria Clark, Jackie Hoffman and Gerry McIntyre have joined the all-star roster of cast of performers that include Christy Altomare, Colleen Ballinger, Alexandra Billings, Betty Buckley, Charles Busch, Robert Creighton, André De Shields, Ana Gasteyer, Richard Kind, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Beth Leavel, Lauren Molina, Brad Oscar, Christine Pedi, Randy Rainbow, Jelani Remy, Chita Rivera, Soara-Joye Ross, Jackie Sanders, Ethan Slater, Sarah Stiles, Michael West, and Lillias White.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Tim Guinee, Julie Halston, and Billy Recce join the star-studded evening includes special appearances by Iain Armitage, Matthew Broderick, Lewis Black, Giancarlo Esposito, Joel Grey, Perez Hilton, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Amanda Lopez, Darlene Love, Audra McDonald, Debra Messing, Isaac Mizrahi, Julianne Moore, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Martha Plimpton, Anthony Rapp, Mercedes Ruehl, Brooke Shields, Renée Taylor, John Tartaglia, Ben Vereen, and writers Gerard Alessandrini, Sara Bareilles, Debra Barsha, Nell Benjamin, Douglas J. Cohen, Gretchen Cryer, Nancy Ford, Amanda Green, Sheldon Harnick, Erik Haagensen, Joe Iconis, Tom Jones, Peter Kellogg, Richard Maltby, Jr., Alan Menken, Laurence O’Keefe, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman, David Shire, Charles Strouse, Stephen Temperley, John Weidman, David Yazbek, and Maury Yeston. The evening will conclude with remarks from Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Tom D’Angora, André De Shields, Michael D’Angora. Photo by Lia Chang

After a Lexington Avenue water main break in early January caused a massive flood in their space, The York Theatre Company has been forced to temporarily relocate for the first time in nearly 30 years while their home undergoes major remediation. The York is spread among various storage facilities across the tri-state area, and their plight caught the attention of producing trio Tom D’Angora, Michael D’Angora, and Tim Guinee, who had recently stepped in to raise funds to save the West Bank Cafe and Birdland Jazz Club. The trio wanted to help and, donating their time, have taken on The York as their next project.

Rockwell and Bogart’s The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) was chosen by Tom and Michael as the perfect show for this event. A loving parody and homage to Broadway’s Golden Age, it is made up of five hilarious mini-musicals telling the same story in the style of legendary musical theatre writers: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander & Ebb. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), which The York helped develop and create, received its Off-Broadway premiere there in 2003 where it enjoyed an extended run. Melanie Herman and The York transferred it to New World Stages in 2005 for a 500-performance commercial run. The original cast album is on JAY Records.

THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)…AND MORE! premieres on Sunday evening, April 18, 2021 at 7:00PM and will be available to view on demand through April 21, 2021. Free stream at www.YorkTheatre.org. Donations may be made by visiting the GoFundMe link at gf.me/u/znnvib. This event is presented through The Theatre Authority, Inc.

The York recently announced that an anonymous donor will match ALL donations up $50,000 as part of its “Rebuild The York” campaign that leads up to the Gala Benefit performance of THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS on April 18. The $50,000 gift is from a longtime supporter of The York who hopes to encourage patrons to continue the outpouring of support for the award-winning theater following the extreme flood damage to its home at Saint Peter’s Church on January 4. Donations may be made by visiting the GoFundMe link at gf.me/u/znnvib to help meet the challenge to match the $50,000 gift.

To help with the recovery, please visit the GoFundMe link at gf.me/u/znnvib.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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Broadwayworld: Beth Leavel, Alexandra Billings, Sarah Stiles, Ana Gasteyer and More Join THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!) Benefit

DC Metro Theater Arts: All-star benefit to help rebuild Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company

Playbill: Audra McDonald, Chita Rivera, Mandy Patinkin, More Will Sing The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)