Pan Asian Rep Announces Line-Up for New Works 09 Festival

News   Pan Asian Rep Announces Line-Up for New Works 09 Festival
Works by Elsa Okon Rael, Lan Tran and Christine Toy Johnson will be presented as part of Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's New Works 09.

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 for dates and further information. The West End Theatre is located at 263 West 86th Street in Manhattan.

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