In this fun and entertaining tale designed for the whole family, Princess Hexiao must battle her half-brother Prince Jia to prove to the world (and herself) she has what it takes to be Court Royal, the Emperor’s trusted regent.
Encountering a rambunctious Tiger, a pair of Pandas and the all-important Nightingale along the way, Princess Hexiao quickly learns what it means (and what it takes) to be a true leader of her people.
Inspired by true events and set in China at the height of World War II, INCIDENT AT HIDDEN TEMPLE relates the story of a young Chinese woman, Ava Chow, a journalism student, who gets separated from her young sister, Lucy, during the wartime chaos. In her desperate search for Lucy, Ava arrives at the headquarters of the famous Flying Tigers, a squadron of American pilots based in Kunming, seeking help.
INCIDENT AT HIDDEN TEMPLE highlights the deep friendship that once existed between the Americans and the Chinese. If history provides a lesson, it is that anyone can play a part, however small, to change its course.
The play was produced by PAN ASIAN REP in 2017, directed by Kaipo Schwab and starred Dinh James Doan, Nick Jordan, Ying Ying Li, Tim Liu, Rosanne Ma, Jonathan Miles and Briana Sakamoto.
An adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Nightingale," the play (written for a TYA audience) is set in China during the Qing Dynasty, specifically the 1720s, and explores the coming-of-age of Prince Bao, who would one day become the Qianlong Emperor, one of the greatest rulers of Imperial China.
The play showcases Chinese songs extant during the period, including "Mo Li Hua" (aka Jasmine Flower) and "Little White Boat."
It also incorporates elements of Chinese calligraphy, cipai (a Chinese poetic verse form), lion dance, Peking opera, puppetry, and xiangsheng (i.e. Chinese cross-talk), among others.
The place: Peking, China. The year: 1947, an uneasy time between WWII and the Communist takeover two years later.
Randolph, a fresh-faced American operative, has been sent to the Raymond Chandler-esque Imperial City with an important mission. He soon chances into a staunch Maoist named Chinadoll, his would-be adversary and lover. A cat-and-mouse game ensues, complicated by the actions of the Belgian Ambassador and his current squeeze, the willful Simone.
As Randolph plunges deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness of what was once the most beautiful city in the world, he finds his life imperiled, even as he begins to unravel the mystery of a piece of old home-made film, and the whereabouts of a beautiful woman who seems to have vanished into thin air.
1969: A FANTASTICAL ODYSSEY THROUGH THE AMERICAN MINDSCAPE
Full-length play (4F/7M)
An experimental, multi-narrative, psychedelia-fueled examination of how the excesses of the sixties caused a backlash and spawned the conservative movement, this docu-fantasy centers on the Apollo 11 moon landing and makes imaginative riffs on real-life characters such as Mary Jo Kopechne (that of the infamous Chappaquiddick ride), Madalyn Murray O’Hair (once the most hated woman in America), Anita Bryant, astronaut Michael Collins, President Nixon, and the Kennedy brothers.
In pitting the conservatives against the liberals, we see the continuing debate between God and science, between seeing and believing.
Inspired by real people and events associated with the historic Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the venue of the first Oscar Award ceremony and the home-away-from-home of movie stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino, THE GHOST BUILDING is a tragi-comedy that melds the 1920s silent movie era with the downtrodden downtown Los Angeles of early 2000s, through eerie humor and revelations of dark secrets.
At its center is a murder mystery, the investigation of which is led by the spirited but suave Vernon St. Vicks and adventurous Filipina tourist Cha-Cha Mangabay, in which they venture to release silent picture starlet Daisy Milbrandt from criminal suspicion all those years ago.
Along the way, they encounter resistance and opposition from Daisy’s mom Mrs. Potts, her personal valet Mr. Kipp, and a host of Old Hollywood types. But nothing is as it seems, as mounting twists and turns soon lead the intrepid investigators to a most unexpected climax.
A BOOK BY ITS COVER
Full-length play (2F/3M)
Long-lost cousins Millie Wu, a Chinese American, and Chan Pui Mun, from southern China, reach across the Pacific Ocean for a family reunion that starts well but soon descends into misunderstanding and conflict, as selfish and economic motives get the better of them.
A BOOK BY ITS COVER is a hilarious yet pointed glimpse of two lives becoming intertwined and whose fortunes reverse, set against a world where China begins to challenge the United States as a world power.
From left: Benjamin Jenkins, Sunny Choi, and Bex Marsh in Black Coffee Green Tea. Directed by Joe Yau for A-Squared Theatre Workshop's My Asian Mom 188.8.131.52. Photo by Marivi Ortiz. Courtesy of A-Squared Theatre Workshop.
Ten-minute play (2F/2M)
In this twisted tale of dark domestic dealings, we ask: does haute cuisine at home automatically translate into a dysfunctional family, or is incest as American as apple pie?
Is modern technology a boon or bane to young folks trying to hook up? This surprising comedy explores and highs and lows of dating in the twenty-first century.
Credit: Last Frontier Theatre Conference
Full-length play (3F/4M)
What does the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows have to do with Wall Street in the 1980s? Quite a lot according to Larry Yang, a true optimist who grows up in Flushing and becomes a junk bond salesman during the Reagan years.
OPTIMISM simultaneously tells the story of an inter-racial romance between Larry’s mom and a black man in the sixties, and Larry’s financial misadventures in the eighties, showing how Space Age boosterism and capitalistic exuberance is often at the expense of minority rights.
Developed for The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group, the play had its first reading in April 2015 at The Sheen Center directed by Rebecca Taichman, with the following cast members (in alphabetical order): Tina Benko, Bernardo Cubria, Karen Huie, Marc Damon Johnson, Peter Kim, Mariko Nakasone Parker and Sanjit De Silva.