East West Players, the nation’s premiere Asian American theatre organization, is partnering up with online musician AJ Rafael for Crazy Talented Asians, a concert series started by Rafael in September 2018.
The Holiday Edition of this virtual event will happen LIVE on Facebook & YouTube on December 13th, 2020 at 5:30PM PST and features performers Isa Briones (“Picard”, Hamilton), Josh Dela Cruz (“Blue’s Clues”), Cathy Ang (Over The Moon), Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar), Deedee Magno Hall (Steven Universe) and many more.
“Putting on this show has been really important for me to continue through this pandemic because I know people need some joy right now, especially going through the holidays. The fact that it also celebrates Asian and Asian American representation makes it that much sweeter. I am excited to help further East West Players’ mission in uplifting performers of color and the Asian American community.” Rafael says.
“2020 has been a year unlike any other, and one of the positive constants here at East West Players has been our partnership with Crazy Talented Asians,” says East West Players’ Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai, “I am glad we can close out the year with this incredibly talented line-up of Asian and Asian American performers led by the intrepid AJ Rafael. We are so happy AJ, Alyssa, and all the performers continue to showcase all of the amazing talent that underscores the brilliance of Asian American performers in LA. We hope it brings a little bit of the holiday season into everyone’s home.”
The show will be co-hosted by AJ Rafael & Alyssa Navarro, who recently became viral TikTok sensations for their cover of “Reflection” from Mulan which has garnered over 10 million views. Their videos recently have been featured on Buzzfeed, Philippine news network ABS-CBN, and Good Morning America.
More featured performers include Jasmine Rafael & Justine Rafael, singer/songwriters Melissa Polinar, Gabe Bondoc, & Jeremy Passion, podcast trio AsianBossGirl, singer/actress and EWP alum Jules Aurora, GALVN, Twitch streamer Albert Chang, Grammy award winning musician Daniel Ho, Yvette Lu, Leo Matsuyama, and TikTok musician Kevin Chung.
The event will be live-streamed on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at 5:30PM Pacific/8:30PM Eastern on East West Players’ Facebook Page & YouTube Channel and is sponsored by Karat, the premium black card for creators, and Xoom, a PayPal service, with media partners Myx Global and Tremendous Communications.
Crazy Talented Asians: Holiday Edition will be live-streamed, available around the world, and is free of charge.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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