East West Players is adding Theater Mu’s production of Susan Soon He Stanton’s comedy Today Is My Birthday, directed by Theater Mu Artistic Director Lily Tung Crystal, to the company’s Virtual 55th anniversary season. The play stars Katie Bradley, China Brickey, Eric Sharp, Jomar Tagatac, and features East West Players’ veteran actors Emily Kuroda and Greg Watanabe.
Today Is My Birthday follows the character of Emily, a 29-year-old would-be writer, who retreats home to O’ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. But trading one island for another doesn’t help. When she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she falls for her fake love interest and finds herself strangely determined to turn that fantasy into reality. Told through a playful combination of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Stanton’s quirky show illustrates life with a thousand friends on Facebook, but no one to talk to on a Saturday night.
The play is presented virtually and will begin with a preview performance on February 5, 2021, followed by live broadcast performances February 6 – 14, 2021. Video-On-Demand of the show will be available February 15 – 21, 2021.
Click HERE to learn more about the streaming platform and the virtual stage.
Single tickets to Today Is My Birthday are available now at www.theatermu.org (Pay-As-You-Are), or as a part of an East West Passport membership. Purchase an East West Passport to view the entire upcoming collection of digital programming presented by East West Players and all season production partners, plus exclusive events and content including the December 2020 Daniel Ho concert filmed at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Little Tokyo.
February 11, 2021: Post-Show Discussion – Stay after the show to have a talkback with the cast and production team.
February 13, 2021: An Evening with CAATA – Join the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists for a pre-show happy hour. Click HERE for more information.
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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