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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.

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East West Players collaborates with Good Girl Dinette once again for “Hanoi in Little Tokyo,” a pop-up restaurant curated by Chef Diep Tran exploring flavors of Vietnam inspired by the play, CHRISTMAS IN HANOI.

Dinner will include an assortment of rice noodles to choose from: charred pork and fennel, seared beef with lemongrass chilli oil, and roasted kholbrabi and torpedo onions. Dessert will include a tangerine-sable trifle.

Dinner service will begin at 6pm in the Aratani Courtyard. It is highly recommended to reserve your food order in advance of Saturday night’s pop-up. The deadline to place your order for “Hanoi in Little Tokyo” will be 12 noon on Saturday, March 2. To place your food order, RSVP to marketing@eastwestplayers.org with “Subject: Hanoi in Little Tokyo Order” OR on Good Girl Dinette’s Official Facebook Page.

The Saturday (3/2) performance of CHRISTMAS IN HANOI will begin at 8pm. For more information, visit www.eastwestplayers.org or call Box Office at (213) 625-7000 x20.

*Food and tickets are sold separately.

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Clockwise from Top: Community Partners Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) strike a pose after their dinner, Good Girl Dinette serves up their famous pot pies, Good Girl Dinette sets up their pop-up restaurant in the Aratani Courtyard, Chef Diep Tran talks with patrons, Good Girl Dinette prepares for the dinner rush.

On Saturday February 16th, EWP partnered with Chef Diep Tran of Good Girl Dinette for the first installment of the pre-show pop-up restaurant, “Hanoi in Little Tokyo.” Chef Tran served her signature, made-to-order pot pies- filled with savory curry and topped with a buttermilk biscuit. Patrons enjoyed the savory dish and delicious dessert under the moonlight in the Aratani courtyard just before enjoying CHRISTMAS IN HANOI.

The second installment is on Saturday, March 2nd. Stay tuned and check back often at EWP’s Facebook and Twitter to find out the menu and RSVP details.

For more information about the restaurant, visit Good Girl Dinette Restaurant.

CHRISTMAS IN HANOI is now playing! Previews begin tonight, February 7 at 8pm thru Saturday, February 9 at 8pm and Sunday, February 10 at 2pm.

Promo teaser directed by Stephane Gauger.

SAVE THE DATES
Pay-What-You-Can Performance Thursday, February 14th at 8 pm.
“Hanoi in Little Tokyo” Saturday, February 16th and March 2nd starts at 6pm. Special pre-show dinner series with Good Girl Dinette Restaurant, where American diner meets Vietnamese comfort food.
Southern California Edison Community Night Wednesday, February 20th. Dinner and show ticket are sold separately.
The Post-Show Discussion Sunday, February 24th. A chat with the artists immediately following the show.
Wine Down Fridays Complimentary wine for patrons 21+

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.

VOLUNTEER AS AN USHER Fill out and submit this form.

*Dates and details are subject to change.

For more information, visit CHRISTMAS IN HANOI.

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Last year’s inaugural installation of EVOKE New Works Festival’s performers and Director Alison M. De La Cruz (2012)
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

The EVOKE New Works Festival debuted in October 2012 and celebrated 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 which included “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, and “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.

East West Players’ EVOKE New Works Festival will return in March with artists who will present the diverse stories and voices of South Asian American Diaspora.

East West Players has extended the submission deadline to February 4, 2013. Artists (solo, duets or trios) from a variety of performance genres and multi-disciplinary intersections are invited to explore EWP’s 47th Season, Spirited Away. Evoke Artists should consider the notion of being spirited away by something or someone.

Submissions running time should be no longer than 10-15 minutes. Pieces should embrace the spirit of the Festival’s artistic pursuit of new performance work with an easy-tech approach to an earthy and minimalist approach to environment.

The EVOKE New Works Festival, Directed by Alison De La Cruz, will engage participant artists in a collaborative performance context to present and create original work. As an ensemble of Festival artists, participants will also have an opportunity to collaborate with each other and co-create and perform an original element in the show. Artists should be interested in collaborating with a Director who enjoys dramaturgy and invites collaboration.

The Festival offers participant artists the opportunity to engage in dialogue with audiences and the broader artistic community through a variety of facilitated post-show talkbacks and spontaneous conversations at the Festival’s courtyard brunch.

The Evoke New Works Festival and development process provides a small honorarium and an opportunity to workshop a new piece over a 4-night run in a 240-seat house. New and emerging artists are highly encouraged to apply.

Application Submission: February 4, 2013

For information and submission requirements, download PDF.

For additional information, contact Alison De La Cruz, Director, EVOKE New Works Festival at 213-625-7000 x16 or by emailing evoke@eastwestplayers.org.

The alumni cast from multiple productions of TEA over the past 25 years gathered and celebrated the Opening Night of TEA, WITH MUSIC at East West Players.
In the front row is the cast of the current production, (from left) Janet Song, Yumi Iwama, Jennie Kwan, Joan Almedilla and Tiffany-Marie Austin. Second row: Natsuko Ohama, Marilyn Tokuda, Haruye Ioka, Takayo Fischer, Velina Houston, Gerrielani Miyazaki, June Angela, Ren Hanami, Shuko Akune. Back row: Sharon Omi, Kimiko Gelman, Esther Chae, June Kyoku Lu (obscured), Amy Hill, Diane Tanaka (obscured), Momo Yashima, Leilani Chan, Dian Kobayashi, and Sakiko Taoka Flower. (Photo by Michael Palma/MPalma Photography)

“PICK OF THE WEEK!” – LA Weekly

 

WATCH THE LATEST VIDEOS:
Actors George Takei and Takayo Fischer Love TEA, WITH MUSIC! http://youtu.be/y95gRDhuQeE
Time for TEA, WITH MUSIC: A Talk with Velina Hasu Houston and Jon Lawrence Rivera http://youtu.be/o9AltnHXjDI

JOIN US FOR THE CLOSING WEEK — ends Sunday, December 9, 2012! 
PURCHASE TICKETS AT https://eastwestplayers.secure.force.com/ticket

East West Players Presents With Generous Support from the
S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players
TEA, WITH MUSIC
Book and Lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston
Composed by Nathan Wang
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
Choreographed by Giovanni Ortega

TEA, WITH MUSIC is about a group of Japanese war brides from World War II, now living in Kansas, who gather for a farewell tea ceremony for one of their friends who has mysteriously passed away. In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the seminal play TEA by critically-acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston, East West Players dares to present this story as a new musical.

Featuring:
Joan Almedilla, Tiffany-Marie Austin, Yumi Iwama, Jennie Kwan, and Janet Song.

In community sponsorship with Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

Performance Run:
Wed-Thurs at 8pm Balcony $31/Orchestra $36
Fri-Sat at 8pm Balcony $36/Orchestra $41
Sun at 2pm Balcony $36/Orchestra $41
*$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.

SAVE THE DATES
Wine Down Fridays Complimentary glasses of red or white wine before the Friday evening show, during the regular performance run. (Must be 21+ years of age.)

To volunteer as an usher, fill out and submit this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGl1X1VVOENDVjFZRHhoQzZmY3BBSlE6MQ#gid=0

Watch (below) TEA, WITH MUSIC’s Joan Almedilla perform on Kababayan LA.

Joan Almedilla plays “Himiko Hamilton,” a strong, but fragile woman worn down by circumstances of war and of domestic abuse, and is the reason why the other Japanese war brides gather together once again. Almedilla is an alum of the East West Players stage, which include ROAD TO SAIGON and KRUNK FU BATTLE BATTLE. Her musical theater credits also include MISS SAIGON (Broadway), LES MISERABLES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, and THE KING & I to name a few.

There are only 8 chances left to see TEA, WITH MUSIC! Now playing thru Sunday, December 9–tickets are available for purchase online, over the phone at (213) 625-7000 or in-person at the Box Office (opens at 6pm). Join us tonight for Wine Down Friday beginning at 7pm and have a drink or two of complimentary red or white wine (21+ only) before the 8pm performance. And the last Post Show Discussion of the performance run will take place on Sunday, December 2 after the 2pm performance. So don’t miss out on the last chance to chat with the cast of TEA, WITH MUSIC!

Watch TEA, WITH MUSIC’s Jennie Kwan and choreographer Giovanni Ortega here.

This past Monday, Kababayan LA aired Janelle So’s interview with Filipino-Americans Jennie Kwan and Giovanni Ortega of TEA, WITH MUSIC, now playing thru Sunday, December 9 at East West Players. If you were unable to watch it, check out the videos below!

Jennie Kwan plays Teruko Mackenzie, a cheerful woman who skillfully maintains a veneer of sweet politeness and who is devoted to her husband and daughter.  This is Kwan’s debut performance on the East West Players stage.

Giovanni Ortega is the choreographer of TEA, WITH MUSIC. He considers East West Players as his artistic home where he was commissioned to write the EWP Theater for Youth production ALLOS: The Story of Carlos Bulson and debuted on the East West Players stage in 2005’s IMELDA as Ferdinand Marcos.

Kababayan LA will feature Joan Almedilla, who plays Himiko Hamilton in TEA, WITH MUSIC, on tomorrow’s program so be sure to check it out! For more information, visit http://www.la18.tv/Kababayan.htm.

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(Part II)

 

WATCH THE LATEST VIDEOS:
East West Players Presents the World Premiere of TEA, WITH MUSIC http://youtu.be/tuxnadFS-sI
Time for TEA, WITH MUSIC: A Talk with Velina Hasu Houston and Jon Lawrence Rivera http://youtu.be/o9AltnHXjDI

East West Players Presents With Generous Support from the
S. Mark Taper Foundation Endowment for East West Players
TEA, WITH MUSIC
Book and Lyrics by Velina Hasu Houston
Composed by Nathan Wang
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
Choreographed by Giovanni Ortega

NOW PLAYING – December 9, 2012

TEA, WITH MUSIC is about a group of Japanese war brides from World War II, now living in Kansas, who gather for a farewell tea ceremony for one of their friends who has mysteriously passed away. In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the seminal play TEA by critically-acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston, East West Players dares to present this story as a new musical.

Featuring:
Joan Almedilla, Tiffany-Marie Austin, Yumi Iwama, Jennie Kwan, and Janet Song.

In community sponsorship with Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.

Performance Run:
Wed-Thurs at 8pm Balcony $31/Orchestra $36
Fri-Sat at 8pm Balcony $36/Orchestra $41
Sun at 2pm Balcony $36/Orchestra $41
*$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.

SAVE THE DATES
Pay-What-You-Can Performances Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 8pm.
Post Show Discussion (A chat with the artists after the show) Sunday, November 25 and Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Southern California Edison Community Night Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
Wine Down Fridays Complimentary glasses of red or white wine before the Friday evening show, during the regular performance run. (Must be 21+ years of age.)

To volunteer as an usher, fill out and submit this form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGl1X1VVOENDVjFZRHhoQzZmY3BBSlE6MQ#gid=0

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, continues its 47th Anniversary season, themed Spirited Away, with the world premiere of TEA, WITH MUSIC. Book and lyrics are by acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston, music by Nathan Wang and choreographed by Giovanni Ortega. This production is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. The musical features Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Tiffany-Marie Austin (Miss Saigon, A Little Night Music), Yumi Iwama (Our Town, South Pacific), Jennie Kwan (TV’s California Dreams, Avenue Q), and Janet Song (Twelfth Night, Medea).

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the seminal play TEA by critically-acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston, East West Players dares to present this story as a new musical. TEA, WITH MUSIC is about a group of Japanese war brides from World War II, now living in Kansas, who gather for a farewell tea ceremony for one of their friends who has mysteriously passed away.

“We are glad to be part of this newest work by Velina. East West Players produced her first full-length play, Asa Ga Kimashita (Morning Has Broken) back in 1981,” says EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang. “Velina is truly one of the most-produced Asian American playwrights, and her play TEA is certainly celebrated as part of the Asian American theatre canon. Now, Tea, With Music.”

Velina Hasu Houston is an internationally acclaimed playwright of over twenty plays as well as a published poet and essayist, and screenwriter. She has published two anthologies of Asian American drama, one of them being the first anthology of plays by Asian American women. Her renowned career includes an abundance of works and awards. Houston is a Professor of Theatre, Director of Dramatic Writing, Associate Dean, and Resident Playwright at the USC School of Theatre, where she founded the graduate playwriting program over 20 years ago.

Nathan Wang is one of the most successful composers in Hollywood and Asian cinema. Prolific and versatile, he has written music for Jackie Chan movies, Steven Spielberg documentaries, animated cartoons, opera, symphonies and more. Wang has been in busy in the musical theater world as well. He received seven Dramalogue Awards for best music and sound, and in 2005 penned the musical “Imelda,” based on the life of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, which was produced at East West Players before it went to OffBroadway in New York.

Director Jon Lawrence Rivera is the founding artistic director of Playwrights’ Arena. A five-time LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominee, he and his productions have garnered over 100 local and international awards. Most recently, he has directed Euripides’ Helen at the Getty Villa, The Girl Most Likely To by Michael Premsrirat; Cages by Leonard Manzella; Unmerciful Good Fortune by Edwin Sanchez; Bonded by Donald Jolly (2012 GLAAD Award nomination); Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca; Calligraphy by Velina Hasu Houston; Road to Saigon at East West Players; Jacques Brel at the Colony Theatre Company; and Oedipus el Rey by Luis Alfaro at the Getty Villa Theater Lab and at the Theatre at Boston Court.

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

All performances of TEA, WITH MUSIC 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 November 8-10 at 8pm, and November 11th at 2pm. TEA, WITH MUSIC opens November 14th and closes on Sunday, December 9, 2012. 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 Wednesday, November 21st at 8 pm. The post-show discussion will be held on Sunday, December 2nd.

General Tickets range from $31-$41. Preview tickets are $21 general admission, $16 for students. Opening night tickets are $65 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 http://www.eastwestplayers.org. Senior, student and group discounts are available. Dates and details are subject to change.

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