NAATCO Launches Season with Clifford Odets' Awake & Sing!, Opening Aug. 21

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21 Aug 2013

Sanjit de Silva
Sanjit de Silva

The Obie-winning NAATCO, National Asian American Theater Company, kicks off its 24th season with Clifford Odets' Awake & Sing!, which officially opens at Walker Space Aug. 21 following previews that began Aug. 16. Performances continue through Sept. 8.

Directed by Stephen Fried, the all-Asian American cast includes Sanjit de Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Andrew Ramcharan Guilarte, Mia Katigbak, Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari and Henry Yuk.

Awake and Sing! premiered on Broadway in 1935, performed by the Group Theater. It is the story of the "Bergers, a lower middle class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression," according to press notes.

The production has scenic design by Anshuman Bhatia, costume design by Moria Clinton, lighting design by Gina Scherr and sound design by Toby Algya.

NAATCO was the recipient of the 2012-13 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women for their work “highlighting the multi- and intercultural dynamics of our society” and the 2006 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors' Equity Association in recognition of its contribution toward increasing diversity and non-traditional casting in American theatre.

Show times are Monday-Saturday at 7 PM. Special matinees are scheduled for Sept. 7-8 at 2 PM.

Walker Space is located at 46 Walker St. Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit naatco.org or call (866) 811-4111.