May 21-30: Theater Mu’s New Eyes Festival 2021, ‘Un(Scene)’ Features New Works by Aditi Brennan Kapil, Carla Ching, Isabella Dawis, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, and Lisa Marie Rollins

Theater Mu’s Longest Running Tradition, New Eyes Festival, has become a much-anticipated annual series of staged readings of new works from Asian American playwrights. The festival acts as an artistic incubator for thoughts and ideas looking to be born onto the stage. 

This year, as a response to the rising violence against Asian and Asian American communities, the New Eyes Festival will consist of a series of original ten-minute virtual plays written by local and nationally recognized playwrights with ties to Theater Mu and the Twin Cities, including Aditi Brennan Kapil, Carla Ching, Isabella Dawis, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, and Lisa Marie Rollins.

left to right: Carla Ching, Isabella Dawis, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Lisa Marie Rollins, and Aditi Brennan Kapil.

This event will be broadcast through Theater Mu’s private and secure streaming platform. A minimum of one ticket per household is required to watch the show. All tickets are free. 

–Friday, May 21 at 7:00pm CST: Watch our Mu-tini Hour, hosted by Lily Tung Crystal, on Facebook LIVE. Meet producer Katie Hae Leo and the playwrights. 

–Saturday, May 22 at 7:00pm CST: Then, join us for the LIVE performances, broadcast on Theater Mu’s private streaming platform.

–Sunday, May 23 – Saturday, May 29: The live performances will be recorded and available to watch on-demand for one week. These plays are being developed with the support of Theater Mu and the Playwrights’ Center. Aditi Brennan Kapil’s piece was commissioned by Company One Theatre for its Acts of Joy program in 2021. 



Playwright: Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
Director: Lily Tung Crystal

Cast: Emily Kuroda and Phasoua Vang


Playwright: Isabella Dawis
Director: Rick Shiomi

Cast: Francesca Dawis, Alex Galick, and Eric Sharp


Playwright: Carla Ching
Director: Jennifer Weir

Cast: Katie Bradley, Taj Ruler, Jenelle Tangonan Anderson, and Gregory Yang


Playwright: Aditi Brennan Kapil
Director: Sara Ochs

Cast: Meghan Kreidler


Playwright: Lisa Marie Rollins
Director: Katie Bradley

Cast: Michelle de Joya, Dexieng Yang, Adam Whisner, and Dan Piering

Click here for tickets.

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