Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Sets 2017 NUWORKS Season, April 26-30

Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, continues the Rep’s 40th Milestone Season in 2017 by lighting a beacon to pave the way for multicultural artists with NUWORKS 2017 in a diverse range of short new works exploring different genres and techniques.

The curators are Ernest Abuba, Damon Chua and Richard Chang. Performances of NUWORKS 2017 take place at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd St.) in New York City: April 26 – 30, 2017, Weds. through Sat. at 7:30 PM and matinees Sat. and Sun. at 2:30PM. Tickets are $27.25 for all performances and can be purchased by calling 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.

PROGRAM A
Weds. & Thurs. April 26th & 27th at 7:30 & Sun. April 30th at 2:30

HIDE YOUR FIRES – Excerpt
Created and performed by Yokko
Writer and Co-Adapter: Sean Michael Welch
Directed by Brian Rhinehart

Using the contemporary Japanese dance form Butoh and various texts, the accursed spirit of Lady Macbeth takes the audience on a harrowing journey through stifled ambition, unfulfilled desire and ultimate loss.

IT AIN’T EASY BEING CHINESEY
Created and performed by Lucy Wang

All her life, Lucy Wang has been told one billion Asians are counting on her to represent, to be a model minority, so they might one day become Asian Americans too. That’s a lot of pressure, and a lot of laughs.
Come laugh for long time.

PROGRAM B
Fri. & Sat. April 28th & 29th at 7:30 & Sat. April 29th at 2:30

BLUE
Written by Penny Pun
Directed by Drayton Hiers
Performed by Angelika Anastasio & Tristan Land

Hannah struggles to put on a tight blue dress for a party, as the expectations of how she should act and look overwhelm her.

UNIFORM CONVERGENCE
Created and performed by Corrine Yap
Through the lives of two women – a 19th century Russian mathematician and a present-day Asian-American math professor – this solo piece uses text, mathematics, movement, and music in an attempt to understand identity and how we communicate who we are. Performed in English and Russian.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Penny Pun is a student at Marymount Manhattan College, pursuing a B.A. in English and World Literatures & Theatre Arts (Writing for the Stage). She is excited for graduation in the coming May. She is the Publications Intern at the Dramatists Guild, having previously interned at TCG and Primary Stages.

Lucy Wang writes, teaches and performs. Her plays have been performed all over, and are available at Original Works Publishing, JAC Publishing, Amazon, One Act Depot, and YouthPLAYS. She currently teaches at E-script.ws and writes for American Journal of Nursing. You can follow her @SensuousGourmet, and learn more about her at www.amazon.com/author/lucywang.

Corrine Yap is a playwright, performer, and mathematician passionate about issues of race and gender in contemporary society. She has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where Uniform Convergence was first produced. Corrine is currently a first-year mathematics Ph.D student at Rutgers University.

Yokko is an actor, a movement & Butoh Artist, solo Performer from Japan. She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including “Best One-Woman Show”, “Best Physical Theatre Show” for Butoh Medea (United Solo 2014, 2015 at Theatre Row). Butoh Medea was selected to perform in Warsaw, Poland, and toured Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, nominated The Asian Arts Award.

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