Pan Asian Repertory's New York premiere of the stage adaptation of The Joy Luck Club, played earlier this year at the Theatre at St. Clement's (April 22 - May 15). Though the production, based on Amy Tan's novel, had strong reviews, the company was forced to leave their residency at St. Clement's when the theatre became a pure rental house. Now, however, Pan Asian Rep will bring back the production -- this time for an open-ended run at NYC's Theatre Four, beginning July 7.
Adapted for the stage by Susan Kim, the play tells of Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-born daughters. The cast of Joy Luck features Tina Chen, Kati Kuroda, Ruth Zhang, Jo Yang, Fay Ann Lee, Ann Hu, Donna Leichenko, Scarlett Lam, Scott Wakefield, Carol Honda, Jodi Lin, Ben Lin, Tom Matsusaka, Les Mau, and Tran T. Thuc Hanh.
Tan's other books include "The Kitchen God's Wife" and "A Hundred Secret Senses." A film adaptation of "Joy Luck Club" received critical acclaim. Kim writes primarily for TV and as an associate director at PBS. Her previous plays include The Seventh Word, Rapid Eye Movement and Open Spaces, which won a Drama League Award for Outstanding New Play in 1988.
For tickets ($39) or more information on The Joy Luck Club, call (212) 2239-6200.
-- By Sean McGrath