Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing! Coming Off-Broadway with All-Asian Cast | Playbill

News Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing! Coming Off-Broadway with All-Asian Cast The Public Theater will present The National Asian American Theatre Company's production of Awake and Sing!, one of playwright Clifford Odet's most acclaimed works. Set in the Bronx during the Depression era, the play about a Jewish family will be played by an all-Asian cast.

The show will kick off NAATCO's 25th season in residency at the Off-Broadway theatre; with performances set to run July 6 through Aug. 1, with an official opening night slated for July 13.

Stephen Brown-Fried will direct a cast that includes Mia Katigbak recreating her OBIE Award-winning role as the matriarch Bessie along with Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari and Henry Yuk.

Awake and Sing!  premiered on Broadway in 1935. It follows the story of the Bergers, a lower middle-class Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression, highlighting the essential experiences of the immigrant in American history and ongoing today.

"NAATCO is a company that has pursued its beautiful mission with integrity, passion, and extraordinary talent," said the Public's artistic director Oskar Eustis in a press statement. "The Public is proud to host their luminous production of Awake and Sing!"

"Being at The Public to celebrate NAATCO’s 25th anniversary is such an important way to kick off our celebrations," said Katigbak, also the company's artistic producing director in a press statement. "We are very thankful to Oskar for his generosity and for his support of Asian American representation on the American stage." For tickets visit or call (212) 967-7555. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette St., Astor Place, Manhattan.

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