All-Asian Cast Brings to Life Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway

News   All-Asian Cast Brings to Life Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway
The Public Theater presents The National Asian American Theatre Company's production of Awake and Sing!, which officially opens July 13. Set in the Bronx during the Depression era, the play about a Jewish family is performed by an all-Asian cast.

The show runs through Aug. 1. Previews began July 6.

Stephen Brown-Fried directs a cast that includes Mia Katigbak recreating her OBIE Award-winning role as the matriarch Bessie along with Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari and Henry Yuk.

Mia Katigbak and Alok Tewari in <i>Awake and Sing!</i>
Mia Katigbak and Alok Tewari in Awake and Sing!

Awake and Sing!  premiered on Broadway in 1935. It follows the story of the Bergers, a lower middle-class Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression, highlighting the essential experiences of the immigrant in American history and ongoing today.

"NAATCO is a company that has pursued its beautiful mission with integrity, passion, and extraordinary talent," said the Public's artistic director Oskar Eustis in a press statement. "The Public is proud to host their luminous production of Awake and Sing!"

"Being at The Public to celebrate NAATCO’s 25th anniversary is such an important way to kick off our celebrations," said Katigbak, also the company's artistic producing director in a press statement. "We are very thankful to Oskar for his generosity and for his support of Asian American representation on the American stage."

For tickets visit or call (212) 967-7555. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette St., Astor Place, Manhattan.

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