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This special Throwback Thursday edition reflects back on the most notable events of EWP’s 47th Season “Spirited Away.” The plays this season celebrated and explored the notion of spirit. From ghosts to human perseverance, these stories delved into the essence of spirit within the human mind and body as our emotions conjured the multiple definitions of the word “spirit.” Once again, EWP dared to be different and diverse.

Back by popular demand, East West Players remounted Lee Tonouchi’s Three Year Swim Club just in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games. Directed and choreographed by Keo Woolford,  Three Year Swim Club was inspired by the true life story of Soichi Sakamoto, who trained the youth of Maui to swim in the plantation irrigation ditches on their path to becoming Olympic champions. Set on the island of Maui in the 1930’s, this heartwarming play turns transcendent as the art of hula became the metaphor for competitive swimming.

"Three Year Swim Club" Remount

Coach Soichi Sakamoto (Blake Kushi, top) keeps time as he trains the youth of Maui (L-R, Chris Takemoto-Gentile, Mapuana Makia, Kelsey Chock, Jared Asato) in the plantation’s irrigation ditches, and where hula becomes the metaphor for swimming.

East West Players in association with Navarasa Dance Theatre opened up the 47th season with Encounter by Aparna Sindhoor, S M Raju and Anil Natyaveda. ENCOUNTER was a dance theatre production that unearthed various kinds of encounters – with the Divine, the Self, Love, Bob Marley, and the military. Encounter explored imageries from history as well as the present day – whether it was Native American History, or indigenous peoples’ history from around the globe, or a modern day occurence in Iraq, Afghanist or Rwanda.

Encounter was based on a story abut an indigenous woman, Dopdi, inspired by Magsaysay award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi’s work and adapted for the stage by S M Raju and Aparna Sindhoor.

Encounter

Peasants training for battle, showcasing Indian martial art kalari ppyattu in East West Players’ ENCOUNTER (L-R) Raghu Narayanan, Suvarna Raj, Aparna Sindhoor, Leah Vincent, Anil Natyaveda, Sunil Kumar.

East West Players debuted EVOKE: A Festival of Diverse Voices in the fall of 2012. The EVOKE Festival nurtures artists and new performance works that expand the dialogue about the Asian Pacific American experiences. The inaugural installation of the EWP EVOKE Festival presented the vivid reality and imaginations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender APA artists. EVOKE audience members had unique opportunities to explore the work and engaged with artists Raja Bhattar, Alicia Virani, Chueh Jun-Fung, Nguyen Nguyen and Rich Yap. EVOKE was directed by multi-disciplinary theatre artist Alison De La Cruz.

Cast of EVOKE: A Festival of LGBT Asian Pacific American Voices

Cast of EVOKE: A Festival of LGBT Asian Pacific American Voices. 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

Shortly after EVOKE, EWP led a candid discussion on race politics Why Not Asian? Why Asian? Asian American Opportunities in the American Theatre with a panel that consisted of the artistic directors of four of the leading theaters in Southern California: Christopher Ashley of La Jolla Playhouse (LJP), Sheldon Epps of Pasadena Playhouse, Marc Masterson of South Coast Repertory, and Michael Ritchie of Center Theatre Group. Moderated by Linda Oku, the forum was an interactive experience, in which attendees received a pre-event survey, participated in an exercise to identify who was in the room, and expressed their comments and questions via Twitter, open mic, and written note cards.

Why Not Asian? Why Asian?

L-R: Linda Oku (moderator) with Artistic Directors Christopher Ashley ( La Jolla Playhouse ), Michael Ritchie ( Center Theatre Group ), Tim Dang (East West Players), Marc Masterson ( South Coast Repertory ), and Sheldon Epps ( Pasadena Playhouse ) discuss Asian American opportunities in theatre at East West Players. Photo courtesy of Michael Palma

The second production of the season was Tea, with Music, about a group of Japanese war brides from World War II, now living in Kansas, gathered for a farewell tea ceremony for one of their friends who had mysteriously passed away, In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the seminal play Tea by critically-acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston, EWP dared to present this story as a new world premiere musical.

A flashback to happier times, at a dancehall in Japan (L-R) Himiko (Joan Almedilla), Teruko (Jennie Kwan), Setsuko (Yumi Iwama),  Chizuye (Janet Song) and Atsuko (Tiffany-Marie Austin) in East West Players’ TEA, WITH MUSIC.

A flashback to happier times, at a dance hall in Japan (L-R) Himiko (Joan Almedilla), Teruko (Jennie Kwan), Setsuko (Yumi Iwama), Chizuye (Janet Song) and Atsuko (Tiffany-Marie Austin) in East West Players’ TEA, WITH MUSIC.

The third production world premiered Christmas in Hanoi,  about a mixed-race family who returned to Vietnam for the first time since the war. One year after the death of their strong-willed mother, siblings Winnie and Lou traveled with their Irish Catholic father and Vietnamese grandfather to re-connect with their roots. Whether they embraced that past or rejected it, they were haunted by their own family’s ghsots and by the phantoms of Vietnam’s long history. Christmas in Hanoi, by Eddie Borey, was the Winner of the East West Players Face of the Future Playwriting Competition.

Winnie (Elizabeth Liang) recounts her nightmare to her grandfather George (Long Nguyen) and brother Lou (Joseph Daugherty) in the world premiere of East West Players’ CHRISTMAS IN HANOI.

Winnie (Elizabeth Liang) recounts her nightmare to her grandfather George (Long Nguyen) and brother Lou (Joseph Daugherty) in the world premiere of East West Players’ CHRISTMAS IN HANOI.

The EVOKE Festival returned in Spring 2013, this time presenting the vivid reality and imaginations of South Asian American artists. From its debut in the Fall of 2012, the EVOKE Festival nurtures artists and new performance works that expanded the dialogue about the Asian Pacific American experiences. EVOKE audience members had unique opportunities to explore the work and engaged with artists Jas and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia, Shilpa Agarwal, Snehal Desai, Sheetal Gandhi, Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty, Puja Mohindra, Ami Patel, and SaiQa (Saba Waheed).

EVOKE: A New Works Festival Celebrating South Asian Voices

L-R Jas Ahluwalia, Puja Mohindra, Sheetal Gandhi, Shilpa Agarwal, Kamaljeet Ahluwalia, Snehal Desai, Ami Patel, Cynthia Ling Lee and Shyamala Moorty, and SaiQa (Saba Waheed).

The 47th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction was one of the best galas to date! EWP has been working with Asian Pacific American actors, writers,directors, designers, producers, stage management, crew, box office and administrative staff for the last four decades. EWP celebrated its 47th Season, themed “Spirited Away,” with its captivating Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, and saluted those who have made a valuable impact on the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through their artistic excellence and support of the Asian Pacific American performing arts. The Visionary Awards Honorees included seminal Asian American comedy improv group Cold Tofu, film director Jon M. Chu, YouTube star Kevin Wu aka KevJumba, and AMC The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun. Presenters included John Cho, Harry Shum Jr., Dante Basco, and Tim Jo. The evening was co-emceed by Tamlyn Tomita and Harry Shum Jr. with fundraising presenter Keong Sim.
The 47th Anniversary Visionary Awards Honorees included seminal Asian American comedy improv group Cold Tofu, film director Jon M. Chu, YouTube star Kevin Wu aka KevJumba, and AMC The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun.

(L-R) Honoree Cold Tofu’s Artistic Director Helen Ota with John Cho, Honoree film director Jon M. Chu with presenter Harry Shum Jr., Honoree Steven Yeun with presenter Tim Jo, Honoree YouTube star Kevin Wu aka “KevJunba” with presenter Dante Basco, and surprise guest Daniel Dae Kim with co-emcees Tamlyn Tomita and Harry Shum Jr. and Fundraising Presenter Keong Sim.

EWP concluded “Spirited Away” with the rarely produced musical Chess. From the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and the composers of Mamma Mia!, the story involved a romantic triangle between two top chess players – an American and a Russian – and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. All of this took place within the context of the Cold War, as both countries vied for international chess victories for propaganda purposes.

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The Story of CHESS scene in the East West Players production of CHESS (L-R): Cesar Cipriano, Justin Vasquez, Stephanie Mieko Cohen, Maegan McConnell, DT Matias, Alex Sanchez, Shay Louise, Michael A. Henry.

Critics and audiences raved about the full production at the David Henry Hwang Theater! “You were all terrific!” Sir Tim Rice shared with the cast, band and crew of Chess in an intimate post-show meet and greet. The cast was requested to convene promptly onstage after the show to meet someone, but were not informed with whom.

Prolific lyricist and author Sir Tim Rice penned Chess with ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Sir Rice also collaborated with our theater’s namesake, David Henry Hwang on the Tony Award winning Aida. The Tony, Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-award winning lyricist is also known for his collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and Elton John (The Lion King, Aida) and Alan Menken for Disney (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast).

Sir Tim Rice with the cast of CHESS.

Sir Tim Rice with the cast of CHESS.

Thank you to our patrons, subscribers, sponsors, donors, and funders for making this season and new works development possible! We look forward to our 48th season “Making Light!” We officially kick off the 2013-2014 season with One Night Only – Tim’s Twentieth!, as we celebrate Tim Dang’s 20th Anniversary as Producing Artistic Director of East West Players!

East West Players celebrates its 47th Season, themed “Spirited Away,” with its dazzling Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction, and salutes those who have made a valuable impact on the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The fundraising event will take place on Monday April 22, 2013 at the Universal Hilton. Proceeds from the gala will benefit East West Players’ educational and artistic programs.

“EWP and the APA performing arts community continue to expand the spectrum of voices and stories of our vast, complex yet underrepresented community,” says Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director of East West Players. “This year’s Visionary Award Honorees reflect some of the best of our community, who raise the visibility of APAs through their craft – Cold Tofu for the past 30 years, and Steven Yeun as a breakout star on the hugely popular television show, The Walking Dead.”

Tamlyn Tomita (Karate Kid Part II, Joy Luck Club) will serve as mistress of ceremonies of the event.

Award-winning composer Nathan Wang (Beijing Olympics/Shaolin Monks, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar Award-winning film The Last Days) will serve as the evening’s Musical Director.

The 2013 Honorees are:

Cold Tofu Photo

COLD TOFU, receiving the Visionary Award, is the nation’s premier Asian American comedy improv group.  Under the leadership of its current Artistic Director Helen H. Ota and core cast members, COLD TOFU continues to grow and develop its distinctive brand of comedy. The members of COLD TOFU consistently strive to create unforgettable characters, improvised scenes and original sketch materials. From its inception in 1981 by Marilyn Tokuda, Denice Kumagai, Judy Momii and Irma Escamilla to today, COLD TOFU has grown to 25 members who perform improv shows regularly in historic Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles and MC events for several community organizations. COLD TOFU shares the thrill of performing improv and sketch, while training up-and-coming performers by providing improv workshops year-round.

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Steven Yeun, receiving the Breakout Performance Award, currently stars on AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead, where his portrayal of ‘Glenn,’ the pizza boy turned “walker killer” has developed into a leading role on the show and has quickly become a favorite for both fans and critics alike.  The Walking Dead has become the most watched drama series in basic cable history, and launched internationally in over 120 countries in 33 different languages. The Breakout Performance award was created to recognize an individual or group who, through an outstanding performance, has made a significant contribution to the community by helping raise the visibility of the Asian Pacific experience.

Additional honorees and entertainment to be announced at a later date.

East West Players’ 47th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013 at the Hilton Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA 91608. The no-host reception and silent auction will start at 6pm. The dinner and awards program will start at 7pm. Tickets are $175 – $1,500. Full table sponsorship packages are also available. For more information on East West Players’ 47th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner and Silent Auction, please visit http://www.EastWestPlayers.org or contact Development Manager Rosalyn Kawahira at (213) 625-7000 x17 or rkawahira@eastwestplayers.org

CHESS

East West Players concludes its 47th Anniversary Season, themed Spirited Away, with the musical CHESS, book by Richard Nelson, lyrics by Sir Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Aida), and composed by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (ABBA, Mamma Mia!). CHESS will be directed by Tim Dang, musical direction by Marc Macalintal and choreographed by Marc Oka.

The leading roles of the multicultural ensemble cast include Joan Almedilla as Florence (Miss Saigon and Les Miserables – Broadway), Elijah Rock as Anatoly (Ragtime, Smokey Joe’s Cafe), Victor E. Chan as Freddy (The Who’s Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show), Carey Rebecca Brown as Svetlana (Ragtime – Broadway Revival, Candide – New York City Opera), Ray A. Rochelle as Molokov (Evita, Miss Saigon), and Michael Alexander Henry as Walter de Courcey (The Lion King – Broadway). The rest of the ensemble are Cesar Cipriano (The King & I, Miss Saigon – National Tours), Stephanie Mieko Cohen (Les Miserables – Broadway), Jasmine Ejan (Peter Pan – National Tour), Shay Louise (Miss Saigon), D.T. Matias (A Chorus Line – International Tour), Domonique Paton (Hairspray – National Tour), Alex Sanchez (Hairspray), Armando Yearwood, Jr. (West Side Story – International Tour, In the Heights – National Tour).

“CHESS is a musical with international themes of breaking down barriers between nations, and having a multicultural ensemble enhances its message for the 21st Century,” says Tim Dang, EWP Producing Artistic Director. “In addition, EWP is also showing how multicultural casting breaks down other barriers in light of recent casting controversies across the nation. It enriches our theatre going experience, reflects the community in which we live, and offers opportunities to talented artists of color who might not have access to these roles elsewhere. CHESS is usually performed as a concert focusing on its music and is rarely done as a full theatrical production. EWP dares to tackle this large scale musical much like it tackled Sweeney Todd in its 1994 and 2006 productions: with creativity and ingenuity in its story-telling. Our audience is not likely to have seen a version of CHESS like this previously and may never see anything like this in the near future.”

From the lyricist of Jesus Christ Superstar and the composers of Mamma Mia!, CHESS the musical involves a romantic triangle between two top chess players – an American and a Russian – and a woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. All of this takes place within the context of the Cold War, as both countries vie for international chess victories for propaganda purposes. CHESS may be best known for its 1980s pop-rock soundtrack that Time Magazine called “one of the best rock scores ever produced,” featuring hits as “One Night in Bangkok,” “I Know Him So Well,” “Anthem” and more. CHESS is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The multicultural nature of the production also extends to the design/technical team and musician ensemble.

The design team includes set and projections by Adam Flemming, costumes by Anthony Tran, lighting by Dan Weingarten and props by Ken Takemoto. The stage manager is Ondina V. Dominguez and assistant stage manager is VIVIS.

The musicians will include Marc Macalintal (conductor/ keyboards), Jenny Chaney (keyboards), Stuart Espinoza (drums), Khris Kempis (bass), Vincent Reyes (guitar), and  Austin Yancey (woodwinds).

Generous support for this production is provided by the S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players. Additional support is provided by the California Community Foundation, Shubert Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Tickets to CHESS are now on sale!  Regular tickets range from $51-$56. Student and Senior discounts available.

All performances will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

  • Previews are Thursday May 9-Saturday May 11 at 8pm and Sunday May 12 at 2pm. All preview seats are $26.
  • Opening Night for CHESS THE MUSICAL is Wednesday, May 15th at 8pm and includes a 7pm pre-performance cocktail reception, and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team (call theater for ticket price and availability).
  • A special “Pay-What-You-Can” Performance is on Thursday, May 16th. Southern California Edison Community Night is Wednesday, May 22nd at 8pm.

Regular performances run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.eastwestplayers.org or by calling 213.625.7000. CHESS closes on June 9th.  Dates, prices and details are subject to change.

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East West Players continues its 47th Anniversary season, themed Spirited Away, with the world premiere of CHRISTMAS IN HANOI, written by Eddie Borey and directed by Jeff Liu. The production features Joseph Daugherty (Brothers & Sisters, Young & The Restless, Days of Our Lives, Voices From Okinawa), Elyse Dinh (Spider-Man 2, Heartland), Michael Krawic (The X-Files, Bloodsport 4, Star Trek), Elizabeth Liang (The West Wing, Crimes of the Heart, The Clean House) and Long Nguyen (Seven Psychopaths, Journey From the Fall, CSI:NY).

“CHRISTMAS IN HANOI explores the multicultural and transnational experience through an Asian American perspective, with universal themes of family and the effects of war,” says EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang. “We are very excited to bring Eddie’s story to the stage.”

CHRISTMAS IN HANOI is about a mixed-race family’s return to Vietnam for the first time since the war. One year after the death of their strong-willed mother, siblings Winnie and Lou travel with their Irish Catholic father and Vietnamese grandfather to reconnect with their roots. Whether they embrace that past or reject it, they are haunted by their own family’s ghosts and by the phantoms of Vietnam’s long history.

CHRISTMAS IN HANOI is the Winner of the East West Players Face of the Future Playwriting Competition, which focused on the exploration of the reality of a multicultural America from an Asian American perspective.

Eddie Borey grew up in a Vietnamese and Irish-American family. For the last five years, Borey has made his living as a screenwriter with his brother Chris as his writing partner, in the horror and science fiction genres. Solo, he has a horror story published on the podcast show Pseudopod, and is working on a series of horror stories set in Los Angeles.

In community partnership with Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) and Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC).

SAVE THE DATES
Pay-What-You-Can Performance Thursday, February 14th at 8 pm.
“Hanoi in Little Tokyo” Saturday, Feburary 16th and March 2nd beginning at 6pm. A special pre-show dinner series with Good Girl Dinette Restaurant, where American diner meets Vietnamese comfort food. Dinner and show ticket are sold separately.
Community Night Wednesday, February 20th.
The Post-Show Discussion Sunday, February 24th. A chat with the artists immediately following the show.

PURCHASE TICKETS AT https://eastwestplayers.secure.force.com/ticket

Preview Tickets:
Previews run from Thursday, February 7-Saturday, February 9 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 10 at 2pm.
$21 General Admission, $16 Students (with a valid ID)

Opening Night Ticket:
Opening Night will be accompanied by a pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team.
$60 for all seats

Performance Run:
Wed-Thurs at 8pm Balcony $26/Orchestra $31
Fri-Sat at 8pm Balcony $31/Orchestra $36
Sun at 2pm Balcony $31/Orchestra $36
*$4 per ticket handling fee on all regular ticket purchases.

Student and Senior Discounts $5 off regular ticket price.
Special Group Rates available for ten (10) or more. Call (213) 625-7000 x 20 for details.

*Dates and details are subject to change.

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 East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, continues its 47th Anniversary season, themed Spirited Away, with the world premiere of CHRISTMAS IN HANOI, written by Eddie Borey and directed by Jeff Liu. The production features Joseph Daugherty (Brothers & Sisters, Young & The Restless, Days of Our Lives, Voices From Okinawa), Elyse Dinh (Spider-Man 2, Heartland), Michael Krawic (the X-Files, Bloodsport 4, Star Trek), Elizabeth Liang (The West Wing, Crimes of the Heart, The Clean House) and Long Nguyen (Seven Psychopaths, Journey From the Fall, CSI:NY).

         “CHRISTMAS IN HANOI explores the multicultural and transnational experience through an Asian American perspective, with universal themes of family and the effects of war,” says EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang. “We are very excited to bring Eddie’s story to the stage.”

         CHRISTMAS IN HANOI is about a mixed-race family’s return to Vietnam for the first time since the war. One year after the death of their strong-willed mother, siblings Winnie and Lou travel with their Irish Catholic father and Vietnamese grandfather to re-connect with their roots. Whether they embrace that past or reject it, they are haunted by their own family’s ghosts and by the phantoms of Vietnam’s long history.

         CHRISTMAS IN HANOI is the Winner of the East West Players Face of the Future Playwriting Competition, which focused on the exploration of the reality of a multicultural America from an Asian American perspective.

         Eddie Borey grew up in a Vietnamese and Irish-American family. For the last five years, Borey has made his living as a screenwriter with his brother Chris as his writing partner, in the horror and science fiction genres. Solo, he has a horror story published on the podcast show Pseudopod, and is working on a series of horror stories set in Los Angeles.

         ­­The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) is a Community Partner. Funding for CHRISTMAS IN HANOI is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding was provided by City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Community Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Ralph M. Parsons (continues)

Foundation, Shubert Foundation, and Southern California Edison.

           All performances of CHRISTMAS IN HANOI will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Previews run from February 7-9 at 8pm, and February 10th at 2pm. CHRISTMAS IN HANOI opens February 13th and closes on Sunday March 10th. Opening night will be accompanied by a pre-performance cocktail reception and a post-show reception with the cast and creative team. Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. The Pay-What-You-Can Performance will be held Thursday February 14th at 8 pm. Southern California Edison Community Night will be held on Wednesday, February 20th. The post-show discussion will be held on Sunday, February 24th.

           General Tickets range from $26-36. Preview tickets are $21 general admission, $16 for students. Opening night tickets are $60 for all seats. Tickets are currently on sale. For ticket purchases or more information, please call East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org. Senior, student and group discounts are available. Dates and details are subject to change.

We are offering a new 3-Play Flex Pass deal for our 47th season SPIRITED AWAY! As a 3-Play Flex Passholder, you can watch three mainstage productions in our season starting with TEA, WITH MUSIC!

Experience the 47th Season on YOUR time. Our new Flex Pass offer lets you choose your seat ahead of time, or on a whim and choose from the best seats available. No additional fees, no need to exchange. Each pass excludes Opening Night and is good for only one performance per play.

General Admission* $120.00
Best Seats Available in Series AA, BB, or B-P
Orchestra Seating

Student/Senior/New Subscriber* $108.00
Best Seats Available in Series AA, BB, or B-P
Orchestra Seating

3-play subscription includes:

  • TEA, WITH MUSIC November 8 – December 9, 2012
    By Velina Hasu Houston and composer Nathan Wang
  • CHRISTMAS IN HANOI February 7- March 10, 2013
    By Eddie Borey
  • CHESS May 9 – June 9, 2013
    Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Ulvaeus & lyrics by Tim Rice

For more information on our 3-Play offers, call (213) 625-7000 or click here.

Save on tickets now! We are offering a 3-Play Subscription deal for our 47th season SPIRITED AWAY! As an EWP Subscriber, you can watch three mainstage productions in our season starting with TEA, WITH MUSIC!

3-play subscription includes:

  • TEA, WITH MUSIC November 8 – December 9, 2012
    By Velina Hasu Houston and composer Nathan Wang
  • CHRISTMAS IN HANOI February 7- March 10, 2013
    By Eddie Borey
  • CHESS May 9 – June 9, 2013
    Music by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Ulvaeus & lyrics by Tim Rice

Invitation to special events such as:

  • EVOKE March 14 – 17, 2013
    Directed by Alison M. De La Cruz
    In March, the EWP Evoke Festival presents the vivid reality and imaginations of South Asian American artists.
  • 47th Anniversary Visionary Awards Dinner & Silent Auction Monday, April 22, 2013
    Held annually at the Universal Hilton

Subscriber benefits include:

  • Get the best seats in the house.
  • The EWP Encore Card entitles you to discounts in Little Tokyo.
  • Free ticket replacement.
  • $10 off additional single-ticket purchases.
  • Invitation to exclusive subscriber events.

For more information and rates on our 3-Play Subscription offer, call (213) 625-700 or click here.

Click here for a subscription order form (PDF).

EWP is now casting 5 female Asian American roles for TEA WITH MUSIC by Velina Hasu Houston. It is the critically-acclaimed play about Japanese war brides from World War II now living in Kansas gathering for a farewell tea ceremony for one of their members who has mysteriously passed away. In honor of the play’s 25th Anniversary, EWP dares to present something different as Houston pens lyrics and adds original music to this classic play. 

Casting notice below:

TEA, WITH MUSIC
Book and Lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston
Music composed by Nathan Wang
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera

Auditions
Mon. Sept. 17, 2012 AEA Open Call, 12-4 p.m. @ EWP
Tues., Sept. 18 Auditions by appointment, 12-4 p.m. @ EWP
Rehearsal starts: Oct. 9, 2012
Opens: November 14, 2012
Closes: Dec. 9, 2012
AEA BAT contract

Submit headshot/resume to:
Email to: mimamoto@eastwestplayers.org
Online at: 
Actors Access/Breakdown Services, LA Casting.
        Mail to: East West Players Casting
                      120 Judge John Aiso St.
                       Los Angeles, CA 90012
No phone calls, please.
DEADLINE: SEPT. 14, 2012

Prepare: 16 bars legit musical theater (bring sheet music, no transposing) and 1 minute monologue.

Cast Breakdown
Note that all characters play themselves in present-day (1968), but also shift back in time as far as 1944 when they are in their mid- to late teens.

HIMIKO HAMILTON, Asian American Female 40-45 years old, mezzo soprano. A strong, but fragile woman worn down by circumstances of war and of domestic abuse. She has an intensity that both repels and attracts. Murdered her husband, and was released on self-defense. Has lost her only child (a daughter, Mieko, 18) and is unable to confront the way that she died. From Tokyo.

TERUKO MACKENZIE, Asian American Female 40-45, mezzo soprano. A cheerful woman who skillfully maintains a veneer of sweet politeness. Devoted to her husband and daughter. From Fukuoka.

ATSUKO YAMAMOTO, Asian American Female, 40-45, mezzo soprano. A nationalistic, overly proud, sophisticated woman with entrenched ideas about what is Japanese and what is not. Married to a Japanese American who strives for acculturation. From Nagoya.

SETSUKO BANKS, Asian American Female, 40-45, mezzo soprano. A gracious, compassionate, overly deferential woman quieted by the weight of prejudice. From Kobe.

CHIZUYE JUAREZ, Asian American Female 40-45, mezzo soprano. A woman carrying deeply buried memories of loss that she counters with external strength, verve, and independence; seeks acculturation as a means of survival. From Yokohama.

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