Peeling (1995-2005) was a New York City-based collective of writers, performers, directors, and producers. Using autobiography as a departure point, their collaborations explored contemporary Asian American identities through the development of original theater work. Originally founded in 1995 as “Peeling the Banana” by director and performer Gary San Angel at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, the group developed many of its pieces through physical theater and improvisation work. Other performances were written and developed through group workshops. At the time of Peeling’s founding, no other such group existed on the East Coast. In 2000, with San Angel’s blessing, the group restarted with members Gita Reddy, Fitz Mangubat, Aileen Cho, Ed Lin, Regie Cabico, Carla Ching, Michel Ng, and Dan Bacalzo. Reorganized as a collective, the organization initiated a committee-based organizational structure, elected its first official leadership, and became known as “Peeling.” Its productions became more refined and featured fully written shows, clear directing, and solidified producing roles.
The Peeling Records span from 1995 to 2003 and consist of video footage, photographs, original member-written scripts, event flyers, correspondence, performance contracts, and other records documenting Peeling’s performances, workshops and retreats, and members’ work within and outside of Peeling.
To learn more about the contents of the Peeling Records, soon to be located at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, view the survey report conducted by our Graduate Scholars in A/PA Archives.