Written and performed by emerging Asian-Americans, the works selected by Pan Asian Rep's artistic director Tisa Chang and festival director Ernest Abuba will play May 3-28 at the West End Theatre. Opening night is slated for May 10.
"I can't think of a better way to celebrate our rich heritage than to look to the future," said Chang in a release. "In an artistic environment where young Asian American artists still struggle to be recognized, these four extraordinary playwright/actors have created exciting new theatre fused with traditional Asian artistry and culture.”
The line-up of plays include:
"Five strangers stuck in an elevator on 9/11: a surfer, an immigrant, a professional hugger, a model and a pickpocket. What is the one thing they have in common?," poses show materials. "Post traumatic sex disorder, the new PTSD."
Billed as "a butoh inspired meditation on the last day in the life of a homeless woman."
Asks the questions "Why isn’t there one single American-Asian leading man in American film or television? Why can’t we name one single Asian-American anchorman when we watch the news? Where are our Asian-American role models?"
38th Parallels by Terry Park
"A multimedia, autobiographical solo performance [using storytelling, character monologues, spoken word, hip hop and photographs to] journey from mother's house in Pyongyang to a Salt Lake City 'nut house' to the World Cup in Seoul and all points in between." Tickets to the "Pan Asian Festival Of New Works" at the West End Theatre, 263 West 86 St. (between Broadway and West End Ave.) in the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew (2nd floor) are available in multi-show packages through (212) 279-4200. For a complete performance schedule, visit www.PanAsianRep.org.