Pan Asian Repertory, a company dedicated to plays which reflect the evolution of Asians in America, is rounding up the final performances of Cherylene Lee's Carry the Tiger to the Mountain on Dec. 5 at St. Clemens Church.
In Carry The Tiger, it's 1982, the week before a young Chinese American named Vincent Chin plans to be married to his sweetheart, Patti Lin. On the night of his bachelor party, a barroom brawl becomes racial and violent. Upon leaving the bar, Vincent is beaten to death with a baseball bat by two out-of-work Detroit auto workers. They blame the Asian Auto Industry for the declining jobs in American Automobile Plants like Ford and Chevy. His murderers plead guilty to charges of manslaughter and are let off on three years probation and payment of fines totaling a mere $3,780. Chin's mother, utilizing Tai Chi to survive her pain and anguish, fearlessly struggles to bring justice to her son's memory.
Pan Asian Repertory is part of a wide spread effort in the American theatre world of casting multi-cultural political tendencies into the theatre arena with their dedication to plays which reflect the experiences of the Chinese who have moved to America.
Tiger, opened the Pan Asian season and marks the company's second collaboration with playwright Lee (Arthur & Leila). The title of the play takes its name from a series of movements practiced in Tai Chi.
Pan Asian Repertory's production of Cherylene Lee's Carry the Tiger to the Mountain plays through Dec. 5, at NY's St. Clements Church. For tickets ($30), or more information call (212) 245-2660. -- By Sean McGrath