WeSoHapa in association with Sakima Productions presents “American: Other,” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Triad Theatre, 158 W 72nd St in New York at 8:00 P.M. To purchase tickets in advance for $25, visit www.TriadNYC.com. If available, tickets at the door will cost $30. 2 drink minimum. For more information, visit www.WeSoHapa.com.
Alison Lea Bender (Acadamia Nuts – NYMF), Alex Chester (How The Grinch Stole Christmas – Madison Square Garden, Bubble Boy – 54 Below), Chris Ignacio (Assistant Producer at MaYi Theatre Company), Rebecca Lee Lerman (Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Carlos Martin ( I Love Lucy National Tour), Matt Park ( Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band at MaYi Theatre Company), Gen Parton Shin (Original Japanese company of Next to Normal), Kevin Schuering (Wearing Black – NYMF), Stephanie Mieko Cohen (Broadway and Third National Tour Les Miz) and Tamara Young are among the artists who will join WeSoHapa for an evening of song and spoken word questioning the nature of what it means to be American and Multi-racial.
Broadway’s Diane Phelan (The King and I, Here Lies Love) directs American: Other, which will feature musical direction by Jeff Van Daam (NAAP Chorus Assistant Musical Director).
“What is Hapa?” you might ask. By definition, the term refers to a person of part-Asian descent. However, Hapa has evolved to mean anyone that is two of more ethnicities. In the current political climate of this country, many are asking just what it means to be an American, or more frequently, “Who am I and where do I fit in?”
WeSoHapa speaks not only to those of Asian descent but to anyone who identifies as multi- ethnic, questions their identity, or simply wishes to broaden their minds through an evening of thought-provoking entertainment.
WeSoHapa was created by actor and blogger Alex Chester of MeSoHapa.com. The company’s mission is to showcase multi- ethnic talent and make our unique voices heard, letting it be known that neither side of our diverse make up should stereotype type us as people or performers. WeSoHapa strives to give Hapas a voice by challenging the perspective of what makes a person “White,” “Black,” Asian,” “Middle Eastern,” “Hispanic,” or other. Because the universal truth is that deep down we are all the same. We are human.