World Premiere of Leah's Train Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 10

News   World Premiere of Leah's Train Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 10 Jennifer Ikeda stars in the National Asian American Theatre Company staging of Leah's Train, which officially opens Off-Broadway Feb. 10.

Jean Randich directs the world-premiere engagement that began performances Feb. 6 and continues through Feb. 28 at the TBG Theatre.

Joining Ikeda (Top Girls) onstage are Raphael Aranas, Louis Ozawa Changchein ("Robot Stories"), Kristine Haruna Lee and Mia Katigbak (Dogeaters).

Leah's Train, according to press notes, is described as such: "Three generations of love and anger are ignited when a young doctor refuses to attend her grandmother's funeral and what transpires after she boards a train, and its destination mysteriously becomes her Russian Jewish family's untold history."

The world premiere is part of a larger mission to expand NAATCO productions to include new works about non-Asian people, performed by an all-Asian cast.

"This new initiative is inspired by courageous playwrights who agree with NAATCO that Asian Americans are capable of interpreting characters from a multitude of cultures. The world premiere of Leah's Train, in which characters who are Russian and American Jews are being created by an all Asian American cast, comes at an auspicious time: the historic inauguration of an African American president. What better way to celebrate the richness of American culture," said NAATCO artistic director Mia Katigbak in a statement. Designing the production are Katy Monthei (set design), Alixandra Englund (costume design), Stephen Petrilli (lighting design) and Robert Murphy (sound design).

For tickets, priced $20, phone (212) 868-4444 or visit Smarttix.com. The TBG Theatre is located at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan.

For further information visit NAATCO.