In one of the more remarkable examples of cross-culturalism in American theatre, off-Broadway National Asian American Theatre Company has been hosting a so-called "Irish season," exploring dramas by Irish dramatists.
The season concludes in June with two one-act plays, The Gaol Gate by Lady Augusta Gregory and Purgatory by W.B. Yeats.
Previews begin June 12 and the double bill runs through June 30.
The plays feature Mia Katigbak, Les J.N. Mau, Midori Makamura and Andy Pang. Tim Vasen directs.
The National Asian American Theatre Company was founded in 1989 by Richard Eng and Mia Katigbak to present Western classics "without forced Asian cultural associations." They say the policy "does inherently contemporize the plays, given the constantly changing face of America today." The "Irish season" included productions of plays by George Bernard Shaw.
Performances are at the 26th Street Theatre in New York. For information: (212) 505-3003.