Top L-R: Raja Bhattar, Director Alison M. De La Cruz and Chueh Jun-Fung
Bottom L-R: Ian Isles, Rich Yap, Alicia Virani, Jay Carlon, and Nguyen Nguyen

A couple weekends ago, East West Players celebrated the inaugural installation of the new works festival, EVOKE. EVOKE’s focus was celebrating the diverse voices of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Asian Pacific Americans. Under the direction of Alison M. De La Cruz, four excerpts of new work ignited the EWP stage –

“Untitled” by Rich Yap
“Chubby Masculine Chinese Daughter” by Chueh Jun-Fung
“Karma and Jihad Meet at a Bar” by Raja Bhattar and Alicia Virani
“Lai Noi, Noi Lai: Retelling” by Nguyen Nguyen with Jay Carlon and Ian Isles

EVOKE also featured the “Invisibility Project,” a video installation by Mia Nakano. Post-show Q&A’s after each show engaged the audience, where they were able to provide feedback to the artists as they develop their work.

The next installation of EVOKE is March 14-17, 2013.