A landmark collection of contemporary full-length plays by British East Asian writers. Exploring subjects such as cultural identity, the fragmentation of communities, tradition, invisibility and discrimination, these plays are ideal to perform. With an introduction by academics Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe which sets the plays into context and explores the hidden history of theatre from BEA theatre-makers. This is a timely collection, being published within months of the opening of three plays by British East Asian playwrights in the UK, and a growing awareness in the mainstream press that that East Asians in British theatre are under-represented. First collection of full-length plays from British East Asian playwrights.
Ars Nova's recent immersive show KPOP was that rare thing in New York City theater: a stage production with a nearly all-Asian cast in a show that tackled questions about the experience of being an Asian in America. While that musical caused less of a stir than one would have hoped, closing after a mere performances and 37 previews, it is reappearing on the big screen December 7 , and will make its Los Angeles premiere in February with Takei once again playing the lead role. Allegiance may have a second life as a regional repertory staple. Regional theater could be where most of the adventurous Asian-American theater is being produced. Certainly, David Henry Hwang thinks so.
11 Asian-American Playwrights Recommend 11 Asian-American Plays
Their profound work helps make our stages rich with perspective and political discourse. Check out ten of the most influential Asian-American playwrights below. A second generation Japanese American, Kashiwagi is considered an early pioneer of Asian American theatre. While there, he spent his time reading and then joined a theatre group.
The collection begins with the works of Sadakichi Hartmann in the late 19th century and progresses to the writings of contemporary playwrights, such as Philip Kan Gotanda, Elizabeth Wong, and Jeannie Barroga. In the late 19th century, when Asian American drama made its debut, the spotlight was firmly on the lives and struggles of Asians in North America, rather than on the cultures and traditions of the Asian homeland. Today, Asian American playwrights continue to challenge established theatrical conventions by calling attention to issues and experiences that might otherwise be ignored or marginalized.