L.A.'s East West Players, the nation's first Asian-American theatre, has announced the line-up for its 34th season. For the past three years the company has operated out of the mid- sized David Henry Hwang Theatre in downtown L.A.
The Millennium season is entitled "Adventures to New Worlds." The season opener is the world premiere of Jon Shirota's Leilani's Hibiscus (director to be announced). The play has been described as a humor-filled journey about an interracial romance against the backdrop of Hawaii. The islands are then shattered by the war, which forever alters the lives of the lovers. Leilani plays Sept. 22-Oct. 17.
Opening on Jan. 26, 2000, and closing Feb. 20 is the L.A. premiere of Golden Child by David Henry Hwang. Directed by Chay Yew, the play is a highly theatrical family drama. It draws on Hwang's grandmother's stories about his great-grandfather's break with Confucian tradition through his conversion to Christianity and the eventual unbinding of his daughter's feet.
The world premiere of My Tired Broke Ass Pontificating Slapstick Funk by Euijoon Kim (director to be announced) will take place March 15-April 9, 2000. The play is a scabrous, anti-romantic comedy.
The final show of the season is the Broadway musical Follies, book by James Goldman, music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It will run May 17- June 11, 2000.For season subscription information, call EWP at (213) 625-7000.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent