East West Players (EWP), the largest producing organization of Asian American theatre, has announced its 51st anniversary season. The line-up includes two new works by female playwrights: the West Coast premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Kentucky, currently playing Off-Broadway, and Anupama Chandrasekhar’s Free Outgoing. The Los Angeles theatre will also stage Gypsy.
The 2016-17 season will kick off November 10 with Kentucky, in which a New Yorker travels to her hometown of Kentucky to try and break up her sister’s wedding. The journey brings her face to face with forgotten friends, long-lost lovers and the family she once fled. Performances are set to run through December 11.
In February 2017 EWP will present the Los Angeles premiere of Free Outgoing, about a middle-class home in Chennai that is caught in the chaos of a cell phone video that goes viral.
The slate, which EWP bills as a “season of productions and special events celebrating the female perspective,“ will also feature a production of the celebrated Broadway musical Gypsy by Jule Styne, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents; Road to Kumano, a dance piece by EWP and Taikoproject; as well as Mama Bares in Concert: Once Upon a Play Date, a ten-part performance series featuring EWP alumni.
All performances will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts located at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles. For more information visit EastWestPlayers.org or call (213) 625-7000.