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Support Asian American Theater in Chicago

Over 30 Asian American theater artists have pooled together their talents to create the theatrical event, “My Asian Mom”. Produced by A-Squared Theatre Workshop, this is the first show of its kind in Chicago. “My Asian Mom” needs $3,500 to successfully run its show from May 4-26, 2012. If we don’t raise that amount in 30 days, we won’t raise any funds, so please consider donating to support Asian American, independent theater. Your donation is tax deductible.

A-Squared Theatre Workshop is a Chicago based collective that creates an artistic environment of risk taking and growth for Asian American theater artists by dynamically bringing Asian American stories to the stage for general theater-going audiences. A-Squared is a 501c3, non-profit organization.

“My Asian Mom” is a theatrical show of eight, ten minute, one act plays with the common thread of Asian motherhood in all its awkward glory. Expect complex comedy, poignant drama and total honesty. We share our version of the universal mother-child relationship with respect, humour, and fond memories of the best tasting, strongest smelling food, ever. We present “My Asian Mom” in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month and, of course, Mother’s Day.

Learn more about A-Squared Theatre Workshop and support “My Asian Mom” here: There are great perks available for your donations, as well.

Thanks for your contribution and consider sharing this call for support with your community. Together we can raise enough funds to keep Asian American theater thriving in Chicago.

Mia Park
A-Squared Theatre Workshop
Co-founder and Board Member

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Valina Hasu Houston’s Calligraphy Aug 25, 27, 28 in Chicago

I would like to extend an invitation of our enhanced staged reading of
Calligraphy, written by the award winning  Velina Hasu Houston, to the
Japanese American Service League.

WHEN: Thursday, August 25 at 7:30pm, Saturday, August 27 at 8:00pm,
and Sunday, August 28 at 2:00pm.

WHERE: Silk Road Theatre Project at The Historic Chicago Temple
Building, 77 W. Washington St., Pierce Hall, Chicago

COST: Free and Open to the Public.

RESERVATIONS:   Reservations strongly recommended.  Only online
reservations accepted.  Email with your name and
number of tickets needed.

Each staged reading will be followed by a Q & A session.

For further information, visit <>


With the humor that survival demands, two cousins—one in Los Angeles
and one in Tokyo—struggle to navigate change as they confront their
mothers’ aging and the impact it has on their lives.

Velina Hasu Houston has written over thirty plays including sixteen
commissions in a career that began in New York at Manhattan Theatre
Club and Negro Ensemble Company.  Her plays have been produced
throughout the U.S. and internationally, including:  the Old Globe
Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre,
Smithsonian Institution, Whole Theatre (Olympia Dukakis, producer),
NHK (Japan nationwide), Pasadena Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Odyssey
Theatre Ensemble, and others. Current projects include Jonah’s Faith,
LA Opera commission with Alexander Prior; Bliss in the exhibit Posing
Beauty in African American Culture at The Fisher Museum of Art;
Iphigenia at Aulis, Social Science & Humanities Research Council of
Canada commission, Peggy Shannon collaboration; Calligraphy at Silk
Road Theatre Project, and Made in Japan (International Federation of
Theatre Research Conference, Osaka).  At the University of Southern
California School of Theatre, Houston is founder of the Master of Fine
Arts in Dramatic Writing, Professor of Theatre, Associate Dean of
Faculty, Director of Dramatic Writing, Resident Playwright.

Shane Sweeney
Silk Road Theatre Project
312-857-1234 ext. 201

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Chicago’s Halycyon Theatre presents Family Devotions

Family Devotions
by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Jennifer Adams

In sunny California, three generations await their famed great uncle’s arrival from communist China.  From zealous elderly sisters to their assimilated adult children to Americanized teenage grandchildren, comedy erupts as a family makes surprising discoveries about the people they thought they knew the best.

Featuring: Kaori Aoshima, Gordon Chow, Katelyn Foley, Arvin Jalandoon, Jin Kim, Mia Park, Eliza Shin, Dwight E. Sora, Helen Young.

Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm
August 11 through September 4, 2011; Tickets $10-$25
More info: devotions

Performances are at the Greenhouse Theater Center,
2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
Greenhouse Box Office: 773.404.7336 or

Parking is available at a discount in both of the neighboring hospital parking lots: Children’s Memorial Parking Lot, Lincoln Park Memorial Parking Lot.

Halcyon Theatre is partially supported by a grant from The Alphawood Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency
Halcyon Theatre admin office: 3334 W. Wilson, #1, Chicago, IL 60625

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David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish at the Goodman Theatre through July 24th






“Four Stars!” (out of four)
A “shrewd, timely and razor-sharp comedy”
— Chicago Tribune

Broadway Bound!
From the award-winning author of M. Butterfly, Chinglish is an uproarious new comedy about the challenges of doing business in a culture whose language—and ways of communicating—are worlds apart from our own.

A Midwestern American businessman who’s desperately looking to score a lucrative contact for his family’s sign-making firm travels to China only to learn how much he doesn’t understand: his translators are unreliable, his consultant may be a fraud, and he is captivated by Xu, the beautiful, seemingly supportive government official who talks the talk—but what is she saying, anyway? From the acclaimed author of M. Butterfly. See it now before it heads to New York!

To order tickets or for more information visit the Goodman Theatre

Also this summer…from the Chicago Tribune “David Henry Hwang makes a triple-play for Chicago”
The Goodman Theatre stages the world premiere of his newest work, “Chinglish,” Silk Road Theatre Project presents the 2007 play “Yellow Face” and, later in the summer, Halycon Theatre produces a much earlier work, “Family Devotions.”

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APRIL 24, Downtown Los Angeles. Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps

Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, featuring seven living artists of that period, will be held on Saturday, April 24 at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The program will start at 3 pm, featuring performances of classical odori (dance), biwa (5-string lute-like instrument), nagauta shamisen, koto, and Bon Odori (dance to honor the dead).

From 4 pm, discussion will take place with the featured artists, and panel moderator Prof. Jere Takahashi, Lecturer of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Admission are suggested donation $20 for general, $15 for seniors and students with ID. For information and reservations, call (213) 628-2725 ext.133, or email Gavin Kelley

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Chicago Asian American Showcase April 2-15, 2010

Featuring Films, Music, Visual Art Exhibition, and Performance


The Foundation for Asian American Independent Media (FAAIM) was founded in 1995 by journalist Ben Kim, and musicians Sooyoung Park and William Shin. Known then as Fortune4, the organization’s first project was a New York Times- and MTV-lauded recording and subsequent tour of Asian American rock bands, entitled Ear of the Dragon. Capitalizing on their success, in 1996 the group created the Annual Chicago Asian American Showcase (the Showcase), which, in its fifteen years, has become one of the Midwest’s premier celebrations of Asian American culture, and the nation’s only film festival dedicated exclusively to Asian American film. Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1999, FAAIM has succeeded in establishing strong working relationships with artists, community leaders and organizations, and mainstream cultural institutions, including the Gene Siskel Film Center, which has served as a venue and partner for the Showcase since its inception.

Since 2001 Executive Director Tim Hugh has helmed FAAIM in its mission to promote film, video, and other media by and about Asian Americans.  Recognizing Chicago’s distinction as home to a fertile and diverse artistic community, and a city with a rich, vibrant history of Asian American experiences, FAAIM capitalizes on all that the city has to offer in order to achieve its founding goals:

  • Educate communities – Asian American and mainstream, local and national – about Asian American history and issues.
  • Introduce Asian American perspectives into the ongoing self-definition of or multicultural society in Chicago, the Midwest, and the United States.
  • Foster understanding across lines of race, ethnicity, religion, age, and region.
  • Sustain growth and encourage excellence in Asian American culture, and elevate Chicago’s place within it.

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Silk Road Theatre Project The DNA Trail

Silk Road Theatre Project

March 2 – April 4, 2010

The DNA Trail
A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry,
Identity, and Utter Confusion

Conceived by Jamil Khoury | Directed by Steve Scott

Presented in Association with:

Featuring Plays by: Elizabeth Wong, Velina Hasu Houston, Lina Patel, Jamil Khoury, Shishir Kurup, David Henry Hwang, and Phillip Kan Gotanda

Starring: Jennifer Shin, Cora Vander Broek, Melissa Kong, Fawzia Mirza,
Khurram Mozaffar, Anthony Peeples, and Clayton Stamper

Theatre meets science when a diverse group of playwrights each agree to take a genealogical DNA test and revisit their assumptions about identity politics and the perennial “who am I” question. Self, family, community, and ethnicity are all up for grabs.

The DNA Trail is comprised of seven unique, identity-defying short plays:

Featured Playwrights:

Sponsored By:

Development Support
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Performance Schedule

Tuesday (March 2 only):
4pm & 8pm
*Sunday, March 7 performance at 3pm

All Performances at:

The Historic Chicago Temple Building
77 W. Washington St., Pierce Hall
(corner of Washington and Clark streets)

$6 LOOP PARKING at Sytem Parking
230 W. Washington St. (Validation requied.

For more info and to purchase tickets visit:

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