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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.

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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.

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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.

East West Players brings the glitz, glamour and guilty pleasures of Las Vegas to Little Tokyo.

On Saturday, August 15th, East West Players (EWP) will kick off its 44th season with One Night Only: That�s Sooo Vegas. Directed by Marilyn Tokuda with musical direction by Nathan Wang, this one night only benefit performance offers the fun and excitement of a Las Vegas variety show without the hassle of driving out to the desert.

�Over the years, East West Players has showcased some of the best Asian American acting and musical theatre talent. Our One Night Only fundraiser gives us the opportunity to highlight other types of Asian American talent ranging from stand up comedy routines to variety acts to singing groups to celebrity impersonations,� says Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang. �With all the reality talent shows on television, we want to showcase that Asian Americans have talent too, all kinds of talent! These performances will match the level of entertainment that EWP is known for and will leave you wanting more.�

Returning as the Master of Ceremonies for One Night Only will be Marcus Choi who was also featured in East West Players� box-office hit PIPPIN as the Leading Player. Marcus is a Broadway veteran having been in the original cast of WICKED and FLOWER DRUM SONG�s revival.

That�s Sooo Vegas will bring back some of Las Vegas more traditionally known performance types including an Asian American Rat Pack, a lounge lizard, female impersonators and the non-verbal theatrical act of an all Filipino Brown Man Group.

Choi will be featured as one of the Asian American Rat Pack members, which also includes vocalists Ethan Le Phong, Randy Guiaya and Lito Villareal. Our Filipino Brown Man Group comprises of members of Room to Improv, led by Marc Macalintal. In addition, our lounge lizard singer, Robert Covarubious promises to bring an interactive schmoozing performance. Additional talent to be confirmed.

One Night Only: That�s Sooo Vegas will be held on Saturday, August 15th, 2009 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts located at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The event starts at 6:00pm with a hosted bar and reception with cuisines prepared by Japon Bistro, it continues with the performance at 7:30pm, and concludes with a raffle drawing and dessert reception. One Night Only is a benefit concert and all proceeds will go toward East West Players� arts and education programs. Various levels of sponsorships are available and single tickets are $250 for VIP, $100 in the orchestra and $60 in the balcony. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, contact the Development Manager Lisa Tang at ltang@eastwestplayers.org or call (213) 625-7000 x17.

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