Check out 18 new works-in-progress from the David Henry Hwang Writer’s Institute: DHHWI NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
It runs June 23 – July 2nd, 2009. Expect some pretty rad stuff from the ovens of burgeoning APA playwrights.
Dorie Baizley and Prince Gomolvilas led the Playwriting Workshop and Rewriting Workshop respectively so you know there’s gonna be some great works at this bi-annual festival. Read on for the works’ synopsis, calendar of events and what to expect.
From the Playwriting Workshop:
TUESDAY, June 23 @ 7:30 pm
SERMONS AND ANGELS
by Tim Toyama
ElleVis, a guardian angel, loses a soul and saves another.
I HEART L.A.
by Ruffy Landayan
Dreams, stars, smog & traffic. An ensemble driven performance art piece about the love hate relationship with the city we call Los Angeles.
WEDNESDAY, June 24 @ 7:00 pm
THE BOY-G�RIE COLLECTION
by Steven Tran
Kinky short tales featuring porn queens, magic fairies, and eviscerated macho men. A collection of fantasies celebrating the modern lad’s libido blending ancient myth and modern sarcasm.
A TRADITIONAL GIRL (A Radio Play set to Asian Jazz Fusion)
by Serena Lin
Once upon a time a group of friends got together at a bar to dish about fairy tales, closets, changing your gender, and true love…
THURSDAY, June 25 @ 8:00 pm
I AM NOT A BUG
by Gary A. Wilson
A son finds his mysterious, long lost father with unforeseen consequences.
FRIDAY, June 26 @ 7:30 pm
by Carol Waisman
A religious Belizean woman flees a hurricane and meets a perfect storm of conflict with LA culture and her family.
by Jennifer Almiron
What about war? War, two guys and a gun around World War II. An unlikely story about two people falling in love.
SATURDAY, June 27 @ 2:00 pm
by Gary Kuwahara
When the new boss starts treating her staff like dogs, they’re gonorrhea-lize together, just how crap-tastic their jobs have become.
SATURDAY, June 27 @ 4:00 pm
by Vanessa Tamayo
The Manong generation is dying, and prayers for the dead seem to line up night after night. Set against the rituals of Filipino grandmothers in mourning, a daughter returns to care for her dying father in the community that she destroyed.
SATURDAY, June 27 @ 7:00 pm
THE POETRY OF VEGETABLES
by Mita Ghosal
Love. Dancing Vegetables. Poetry. Death. A young South Asian-American Woman explores her relationship with all four. Is she tossed, grilled, pan-fried or frozen?
by David Maruyama
What do Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Isamu Noguchi and Dorothy Hale have in common? Art, fame, sex, affairs and a curse of being famous? Well, maybe the sex part.
From the Rewriting Workshop:
SUNDAY, June 28 @ 12:00 pm (noon)
THE LONG ARM OF STANLEY MATSUI
by Paul Kikuchi
As an official for the local basketball organization, young Stanley Matsui is assigned to monitor a group of rowdy parents and family members of the 7th grade Tsunami Ladybugs. A comedy where there’s more action in the bleachers than on the court.
SUNDAY, June 28 @ 2:00 pm
ROCK GOD OPERA
Book and Lyrics by Cynthia Ignacio
Music by Timo Chen
Orpheus and Eurydice are the most infamous rock n’ roll couple of all time. When tragedy strikes, Orpheus must descend into an Underworld full of rock stars to face off against Hades in the musical showdown of a lifetime.
SUNDAY, June 28 @ 4:00 pm
by Aurelio Locsin
In 1930s Los Angeles, Jun, a newly-arrived Filipino student meets Marjorie, a white co-ed at USC. Will their infatuation blossom into love and marriage or will racial prejudice and anti-miscegenation laws threaten their union?
SUNDAY, June 28 @ 7:00 pm
by Andrea Apuy Cheng
On the day Drew is to take his Medical Boards anything that can go wrong will. Will he pass, or will he just pass gas? Queries of gastrointestinal importance and the universal “WTF” are answered as the Angels, Saints and of course, Filipino Catholics, en-“rape”-ture Drew’s life.
TUESDAY, June 30 @ 7:30 pm
PAINTING BY NUMBERS
by Leslie Ishii and Karen Samski
What happens when you can no longer do what’s “right?” You either break free or break down. It’s the classic struggle of old conventions fighting off inevitable change. What will it be for Kit Yamamoto? In “Painting By Numbers,” hearts are broken, secrets are revealed and true love wins out in the end. Or does it? Inspired by screwball comedies, family dramas, and Jane Austen’s “Persuasion.”
WEDNESDAY, July 1 @ 7:30 pm
THE AMAZING WEDDING RACE
by Peter J. Kuo
1 Frantic Bride + 1 Gay Brother + 2 Fake Asian Parents + 1 Stripper + 1 Racist = A farcical barrage of confusing plans and flamboyant drama where race is not the real issue.
THURSDAY, July 2 @ 7:30 pm
THE APPLE OF OUR EYES
by Vincent Gabucan
Four friends in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the years following the Chinese Exclusion Act. All four men heavily struggle with love, a struggle that is forbidden, difficult, and often confusing. Are they destined to live in a state of sexual and social limbo forever?
All readings held at
THE DAVID HENRY HWANG THEATER
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
$5 Suggested Donation