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Saturday, August 17th was the perfect summer day in Los Angeles – a hot sun and cool breezes. That afternoon, the Aratani Courtyard was full of hustle-and-bustle and good cheer – flanked by tables dressed in white and mint, while friends, long-time and new, came together and enjoyed fine wines and the exclusive “Tim Dang Banger” cocktail, inspired by the celebrant of the evening. Parvesh Cheena was our host for the evening, providing lots of laughs and encouraging everyone to join the opportunity drawings and Tim Dang Bingo.

As the sun gave way into dusk, guests enjoyed a delicious dinner al fresco specially created by Chef Glen Ishii of Jist Cafe and shortly made their way into the David Henry Hwang Theater for the show, featuring the best musical performers to grace the EWP stage. Hosted by Reggie Lee, directed by Marilyn Tokuda and musical direction by Nathan Wang, each brought the house down in their own way. Artists who supported the Artistic Family Mosaic project also shared the stage with the performers. Our guest of honor, Tim, shared his heartfelt gratitude for everyone who has supported his journey here at EWP.

After the show, the sun was down and the stars were out, and we enjoyed a variety of desserts by Majestic Caterers while everyone waited excitedly to find out who won prizes!

The event chaired by Lynn Arthurs for the Board of Directors and produced by Alison De La Cruz was a memorable evening indeed.

Thank you for celebrating Tim’s 20th at East West Players!

View photos from “One Night Only: Tim’s 20th!” Photos by Mike Palma.

raffle_items_flatEast West Players will be holding an opportunity drawing at One Night Only and you can participate! All East West Players supporters have a chance to win one of these coveted prizes in our opportunity drawing, and you don’t even have to be present at the event to win!

Awesome prizes include:

  • Disney’s Brave Gift Basket ($250 value). Includes Blu-Ray DVD, soundtrack, and more.
  • Sanrio Hello Kitty Gift Basket ($260 value). Includes a hard case carry-on luggage, purse, and spa themed items.
  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Kaldi Espresso Gift Basket ($330 value). Includes frother and espresso pods.
  • Apple iPad Mini ($300 value)
  • LG 32″ 1080p Smart 60Hz LED TV with HDMI Cable ($450 value)
  • Origins Skincare and Cosmetics Gift Basket ($300 value)

How to play:

  1. Buy one or more opportunity tickets for only $20 each, OR buy a package of 6 tickets for $100 to increase your chances of winning! There is no limit to the amount of opportunity tickets purchased per prize.
  2. Once purchased, tell us how you would like to allocate your raffle tickets.

For more information, contact Development Manager Rosalyn Kawahira at (213) 625-7000 x17.

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EWP Artistic Family Mosaic Arch partipants include Henry Chan, Takayo Fischer, Hiwa Bourne, Kerry Carnahan, Cheryl Tsai, Jon Lawrence Rivera, Caesar Chipriano, Janet Song, and YOU!

Make your presence known at “One Night Only: Tim’s 20th!”

East West Players is calling upon ALL artists, actors, designers, crew, staff, playwrights, along with EWP Writers Gallery and Actors Conservatory participants, and EWP supporters — as part of our growing and diverse community, we want you to share the spotlight with Tim in an extra special way!

EWP will feature your headshot in our EWP ARTISTIC FAMILY MOSAIC that will arch over and frame the One Night Only stage in the David Henry Hwang Theatre, alongside other members of our artistic community who have worked with Tim Dang in the past 20 years to make this historic moment possible. To participate, submit your donation of $20 or multiples of $20 with your 8 x 10 vertical headshot.

How To:

1. Click on Paypal Link.
2. Donate $20 or multiples of $20.
3. Complete Payment.
4. Click on Yellow EWP Button to upload one digital 8 x 10 (vertical) headshot for each $20.

Help us spread the word and invite other artists EWP may have lost touch with! We want this to be the most reflective EWP Artistic Family Arch possible!
Please note that all files must be uploaded by 3PM on Friday, August 9, 2013. Not too tech saavy, but want to participate? Call Kat Carrido, EWP PR Marketing Manager at 213-625-7000 x 12 for additional support and an FAQ sheet with uploading tips and support.

 

Chef Glen Ishii By Alison De La Cruz

As a foodie and a producer of “One Night Only,” I sat down with Chef Glen Ishii of JiST Café,  East West Players’ newest neighbor in Little Tokyo and chef catering our special event “One Night Only: Tim Dang’s 20th Anniversary” on August 17, 2013.

How did you get started as a chef?

Glen: I guess I got started working for my mom, when I was a kid helping her out in the kitchen at Tokyo Garden doing prep work and cleaning. I then went to college for Hotel & Restaurant Management, and after I went to Japan for a year. It was while I was there that I decided: I think I’ll do this as a career. Then I came back, worked at a restaurant in Marina del Rey and learned classic French cuisine. After, I was just building my work experience.

What was it like growing up in Mom’s kitchen in Little Tokyo?

Glen: Part of it was convenient.  I went to elementary at Maryknoll, it’s now St Francis Xavier school, and then I would walk over after school. As a kid it was fun, something about the kitchen seemed fun. But as a teenager, I always had to work on the weekend so it sucked. Especially during Nisei Week, when all the friends would visit.

You have such a deep history in Little Tokyo. Lots of people are talking about how Little Tokyo is shifting, what are your thoughts?

Glen: Before, everyone used to know each other in Little Tokyo, people knew who my mom was, and I was, because of the area and the restaurant business. But now it’s completely changed. Whether it’s better or worse, I’m not sure, but for business it’s okay. It’s tough from generation to generation, not sure if the younger generation cares anymore. To preserve Little Tokyo, (pause) its tough, most Japanese Americans or Japanese businesses are going to other locations. Working in downtown, I’ve seen the changes. The older generation, like my mother’s, are getting tired and not everyone is going to do what their parents did.

Caroline Shin, Glen’s business partner joins us in the conversation.

So, knowing how Little Tokyo is changing, is there where you always wanted to start your own restaurant or were you looking at other locations around L.A.?

Caroline: It organically worked out that way. When we first started playing with the idea, we didn’t know what kind of restaurant, we just knew it was going to be something. It was just the right timing, his uncle was retiring. But Glen wanted to come back to Little Tokyo, but never planned to come back. In the end, it was kind of like a path that he needed to take.

Glen: It just seemed like it was meant to be for some reason.

Can you tell me about the name JiST Cafe?

Glen: We came up with the name. Caroline had the idea for Gist. Caroline had a J in her name, and it also is a nod to my mom’s name. We wanted to keep the T for Tokyo Café for Tokyo Gardens.

What was your inspiration for JiST’s menu?

Glen: We talked about doing a different kind of concept, but I felt that breakfast was an area that people do right. Plus, I wanted a change of lifestyle; I had been working a dinner service schedule all the time. So I thought this concept of breakfast, doing it this way, would be better for me.

Why breakfast?

Glen: I want people to come in here and have things that are done right, as far as breakfast. People put extra emphasis on dinner, because of a high ticket price, but breakfast is difficult. As a chef, the first thing you learn to make are eggs. People think eggs are easy. But eggs are very difficult, very sensitive.  And going back to our conversation about Little Tokyo, I realized that what Little Tokyo was missing was a breakfast place. I do have some Japanese elements, but Little Tokyo is a mixed crowd, and for the business, I want to cater to a broad crowd.

You’ve been open for a few weeks now, how’s it been going?

Glen: The customers that come in, it’s amazing how many people come to see my mom. And how many people come to see her. People I grew up with, I haven’t seen them in over 20 or 30 years and they’ve come by. It’s just amazing.

Timing with the restaurant, with our partnership, it just seemed like the right time. In life, what I’ve learned, opportunities are always coming your way. If you keep your eyes open you’ll see it. If you don’t, they’ll pass by. When opportunities come, it’s about whether you have the guts to take it. Business is very risky. Caroline was the one who said, “If you don’t take the risk you’ll never know.”

Right now, it’s just fun. Our timing to open this place just happened to fall into place. The timing was right on.

JiST is located at 116 Judge John Aiso St, Los Angeles, California 90012
www.jistcafe.com
Phone: (213) 792-2116
Hours of Operation: Tues – Fri: 5am – 3pm Sat& Sun: 8am – 4pm.

ONOmosaic13BE A PART OF “ONE NIGHT ONLY”…
The EWP Artistic Family Mosaic for Tim’s 20th

Calling all actors, designers, crew, staff, playwrights, Writers Gallery and Actors Conservatory participants! Are you or someone you know an artist who has been involved with East West Players? Have you participated in EWP’s mainstage productions, professional enrichment and youth arts education programs during Tim’s tenure? As part of the EWP artistic family, we want you to share the stage with Tim in an extra special way!

On Saturday, August 17, 2013 the EWP Board of Directors will be honoring Tim with a special indoor/outdoor event : One Night Only!

It’s impossible for all of us to physically take the stage, so we’ve come up with an alternative the  EWP ARTISTIC FAMILY MOSAIC ARCH. With your donation of $20, your 8 x 10 vertical headshot will be featured on this arch along with the other members of our EWP artistic family. This digitally-printed arch will frame the One Night Only stage and honor the hundreds of actors, playwrights, designers, directors, crew, and staff who have worked with Tim to make this historic moment possible.

JOIN US in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Click on Paypal Link. Donate $20 or multiples of $20.
  2. Complete Payment.
  3. Click on Yellow EWP Button to Upload 1 digital 8 x 10 (vertical) for each $20.
  4. Help us spread the word and invite other artists EWP may have lost touch with! We want this to be the most reflective EWP Artistic Family Arch possible!

Please note that all files must be uploaded by noon on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Not too tech saavy, but want to participate? Call Kat, EWP PR Marketing Manager  at 213-625-7000 x12 for additional support and an FAQ sheet with uploading tips and support.

We hope that you will join us as we celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event for Tim Dang and the East West Players Artistic Family.

Plate by Plate

PROJECT BY PROJECT LA Presents:11th ANNUAL PLATE BY PLATE
Saturday, August 3, 2013
VIBIANA

214 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Directions

6:00PM–7:00PM · VIP Reception
7:00PM–10:00PM · Main Event

Project by Project LA will host its 11th annual tasting fundraiser event, “Plate by Plate,” at the beautiful Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles on August 3, 2013. Project by Project LA is partnering up with East West Players (EWP). Established in 1965, East West Players is known as “the nation’s pre-eminent Asian American theater troupe” by New York Times (12/16/01). EWP has produced award winning Asian American plays and musicals for over 40 years and provides classes and arts education for both adults and youth. East West Players alumni include Mako, B.D. Wong, David Henry Hwang and John Cho to name a few.

HOT DEAL!
Project by Project is offering a special package! Purchase a VIP Admission Ticket to Plate by Plate on August 3 with a New Subscription to East West Players 48th Season (Series B-P) and save $50*! The New Subscription package is only for orchestra seating for the four mainstage productions: Steel Magnolias, The Nisei Widows Club: How Tomi Got Her Groove Back, A Nice Indian Boy, and Beijing Spring. East West Players welcomes new patrons into our theater with a special first time subscriber offer.
*Offer available to 1st time subscribers only. Not available for lapsed or renewing subscribers.

Don’t miss out on the ultimate foodie evening of the summer and become an East West Players 48th Season Subscriber!

Buy: VIP Admission Ticket + 2013-2014 EWP New Subscription (Series B-P)

For more information visit, http://www.facebook.com/projectbyprojectla.

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EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang in front of the David Henry Hwang Theater in 1996. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

On Saturday, August 17th, East West Players will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tim Dang as Producing Artistic Director. This signature “one night only” event takes place at East West Players, featuring some of the best talent to grace the EWP stage, along with dinner al fresco in the Aratani Courtyard, just outside the theater. Proceeds of One Night Only benefit the artistic/educational programs of East West Players and the organization’s endowment.

In EWP’s 48 years, Dang is the third Artistic Director of the organization, succeeding Nobu McCarthy and taking the helm in 1993. Among the key milestones in his leadership, the most pivotal was growing EWP from a 99-seat theater on Santa Monica Blvd. in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, to a 240-seat state-of-the-art mid-size theater in its current location at the Union Center for the Arts in Little Tokyo.

Are you an artist who has been involved with East West Players? Have you participated in EWP’s mainstage productions, professional enrichment and youth arts education programs during Tim’s tenure? As part of the EWP artistic family, we want you to share the stage with Tim in an extra special way with the EWP Artistic Family Mosaic.

For more information regarding tickets and sponsorship packages, visit One Night Only.

 

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It’s hard to believe that Tim Dang has been Producing Artistic Director for 20 years!

On Saturday, August 17, 2013 the EWP Board of Directors will be honoring Tim with a special indoor/outdoor event : One Night Only!

Like you, we are artists who have been part of EWP’s mainstage productions, professional enrichment and youth arts education programs during  Tim’s tenure. As part of the EWP artistic family, we want you to share the stage with Tim in an extra special way.

It’s impossible for all of us to physically take the stage, so we’ve come up with an alternative the  EWP ARTISTIC FAMILY MOSAIC ARCH. With your donation of $20, your 8 x 10 vertical headshot will be featured on this arch along with the other members of our EWP artistic family. This digitally-printed arch will frame the One Night Only stage and honor the hundreds of actors, playwrights, designers, directors, crew, and staff who have worked with Tim to make this historic moment possible.

JOIN US in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Click on Paypal Link. Donate $20 or multiples of $20.
  2. Complete Payment.
  3. Click on Yellow EWP Button to Upload 1 digital 8 x 10 (vertical) for each $20.
  4. Help us spread the word and invite other artists EWP may have lost touch with! We want this to be the most reflective EWP Artistic Family Arch possible!

Please note that all files must be uploaded by noon on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Not too tech saavy, but want to participate? Call Kat, EWP PR Marketing Manager  at 213-625-7000 x12 for additional support and an FAQ sheet with uploading tips and support.

We hope that you will join us as we celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event for Tim Dang and the East West Players Artistic Family.

EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang chats with Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara at the David Henry Hwang Theater on July 9, 2013.

EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang chats with Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara at the David Henry Hwang Theater on July 9, 2013.

Whether you are familiar with Glen Mazzara’s work, or just know him as “that guy who has something to do with The Walking Dead,” you can’t deny his presence on stage as a speaker or how forthright he was with his advice. As an East West Players intern, I had the awesome opportunity to attend this event. Somewhat embarrassingly, I admit that I consider myself part of the group who is not familiar with Glen Mazzara, and have only generically heard of his work with The Walking Dead and Hawthorne, among others. I couldn’t have been the only one though! Or, considering the popularity of this AMC horror drama series, maybe I was the only one in a sea of admirers.

News of Glen Mazzara visiting East West Players spread quickly and attracted a pretty large crowd of both ACTS members and non-ACTS members. Even one of the writers, Sang Kim, joined us last night (big shout out for helping to arrange this!). With our Artistic Director Tim Dang facilitating the conversation, Glen openly talked about his job as executive producer and showrunner of The Walking Dead, as well as his beginnings with Nash Bridges and Crash. Tim and the audience posed specific questions about everything from diversity and sexism, to the issue of actors of color in casting and advice to actors and writers about moving forward.

It was refreshing to see how honest and uncensored Glen was in his responses. Some of my favorite highlights include:

On people of color:

-“Unfortunately, Hollywood is racist against everyone.”

-“I try to be authentic. When casting Crash, there was a Korean storyline and I wanted a Korean actor. Not Chinese, not Japanese. And people actually came up to me asking what’s the difference?”

On sexism:

-“When I hear that an actress is difficult, she’s not actually difficult. What that tells me is that she just happened to ask a question that male actors are allowed to ask, but females are not. Writers and directors listen to the suggestions and questions coming from a male. If a female asked the same things, they’d blow it off and question what’s wrong with her.”

-“Check out Miss Representation, it does a good job of showing the sexism that exists in the industry.”

On his style of writing:

-“I’m a gritty cop writer. That’s what I do. Someone told me I should try writing for Gilmore Girls and I was like no! It would be full of rape and mayhem and oh it would be so offensive. Yeah, no.”

On advice for writing scenes:

-“You know, characters are always written the same. The man is always kind of rugged, in his 30s, handsome, but looks younger than in his 30s. The woman is supposed to be smart, beautiful, has looks that can stop traffic, but she doesn’t know how hot she is. She’s supposed to be really strong. Women end up written as feminine men, really. We’re trying to say they’re strong women, but they end up being female men; it’s a strange trap. Just don’t even write that in the description of the character. If you want a smart, beautiful woman, write a scene where she is being smart and funny and beautiful. Write it in and show us!”

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Contributed by EWP/LA County Arts Intern Joann Kweon

Program/Department:          Production/Artistic
Direct Report:                       Producing Artistic Director
Position:                                 Literary Manager
Classification:                        Part-Time/Independent Contractor

EAST WEST PLAYERS
East West Players (EWP) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization with a mission of producing artistic works and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific experiences. East West Players is the nation’s largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work AND the longest-running professional theatre of color in the country.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Literary Manager’s primary responsibility is to to oversee the Literary programs of the organization (David Henry Hwang Writers Institute, Writers Gallery, Playwriting Competition, Literary Submissions/Reading Committee), provide dramaturgical assistance to the productions and to recommend to the Producing Artistic Director any potential workshops and productions for programming.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS
East West Players seeks a committed, proactive, and personable individual who shares in East West Players’ aesthetic, which is enlightening, educational, innovative, and community-specific. Interpersonal skills as well as artistic production knowledge must be exceptional.  He/She must independently initiate and pursue objectives in an organized and efficient manner, prioritize activities, and maximizes team interaction to complete high quality and timely work.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum 5-years experience working in literary theatre, arts administration and a knowledge of the Los Angeles theatre community at professional and educational levels. College degree in theatre helpful though not required. Excellent communication and computer skills are required. Knowledge of the Asian American community and culture is strongly suggested. Applicants must be capable of working in a collaborative team environment and working independently. Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This position is an independent contractor position without benefits.

APPLICATIONS & INQUIRIES Hiring Immediately (posted 7/11/2013)
Deadline for submissions 7/21/13 (no phone calls or personal deliveries)
Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director
East West Players
120 Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 900112
Email: tdang@eastwestplayers.org
FAX: 213.625.7111

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