Continuing its 20-year tradition of multi-cultural theatre, the Pan Asian Repertory Company will present two diverse productions as it begins its 1996-97 season.
Italian-American playwright Rosanna Staffa makes her New York City debut with The Innocence of Ghosts, a poetic drama set in contemporary China. Staffa tells the story of a Caucasian woman drawn to an acupuncture clinic by ancient spirits.
This production will be followed by Slant, an iconoclastic trio of Asian-American performance artists. The sale of a fake Gucci bag, and the resulting police line-up, provide the context for a dramatic exploration of stereotypes and assimilation.
Artistic Director Tisa Chang founded Pan Asian Rep in 1977 as a celebration of Asian-American theatre craft. Their productions have been honored with Obie and Theatre World awards.
The Innocence of Ghosts runs from October 15 to November 9, 1996. Slant Performance Group will play from November 13 to 23, 1996. Performances are held at St. Clement's Church, 423 West 46th Street. For tickets and information, please call (212) 245-2660. --By Kevin W. Reardon