The four-week event, running March 16-April 11 at the West End Theatre, will showcase full-length plays, solo works and musical acts from the Asian-American arts community and beyond.
Events include the world premiere of Elsa Okon Rael's The Secret of O-Sono, a fusion of Kabuki and Noh theatre. Ron Nakahara directs the work, which is described as a "ghost-love story for family audiences." Secret was inspired by Japanese folk tales collected by Lafcadio Hearn and will star Emi F. Jones.
Another world premiere will be Lan Tran's one-woman comedy, Smart Ass. According to press notes, the Vietnamese-American writer/performer explores "psychics, dogs, dating and learning to 'speak her own body language.'"
Writer and performer Paula Irun will present Ramona, her one-woman show based on the works of Paraguayan writers Margot Ayala de Michelagnoli and Mario Halley Mora. Irun will also offer Dinner, "a humorous look at men and a woman's place in marriage." A Day After the Day, Juyoung Hong's multimedia solo performance piece based on Woyzeck, is also on the bill.
Short works include Mitsu Salmon's dance-theatre pieces Fish Dreams and Flight, performed with musician ryotaro; as well as emerging musician Lucas Kwong in his own evening of song. Musical events include Christine Toy Johnson's Things I Love (March 16), jazz pianist Helen Sung in Sung with Words (March 30) and steel pan percussionist Andy Akiho (April 6).
For tickets, priced $18, phone (212) 352-3101 or visit www.panasianrep.org for dates and further information. The West End Theatre is located at 263 West 86th Street in Manhattan.