We are enamored by the plays of Velina Hasu Houston – whose work consistently addresses the mixed experience in new and exciting ways, and whose characters are sensitively portrayed with depth and caring. We can’t wait to see her new play Cinnamon Girl.
Let us know if you go, and if you’d like to add a review to our site. More info on show dates and times here: Cinnamon Girl – a new play by Velina Hasu Houston
Here’s more on Velina Hasu Houston: Official Website and an informative Wikipedia page
“Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl’s Story of Being Adopted into a White Family…that aren’t Celebrities” in the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival March 29th at 3pm.
ABOUT THE SHOW
“Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Madonna have adopted black children. How could it not be good? Should you go pick one up? Especially after you see their faces on TV looking so sad? “Ungrateful Daughter”, Lisa Marie’s riveting solo show, examines being a black girl adopted into a white family and how all that relates to these celebrity crazes, the Haitian and Ethiopian ‘orphans’ and the myth of colorblind love.
In the early 1970’s Lisa Marie is adopted by a couple seeking an “Asian-mix” baby and end up with a little black girl whose racial identity is hidden by the adoption agency. Funny and sharp, it is a story that thrusts us into the complicated racial knots of being a transracial adoptee that are so hard to untangle. Especially when your family doesn’t see you as black.
In a rush of electrifying story-telling, spoken word poetry and hilarious, unexpected characterizations, Lisa Marie reveals a sometimes disturbing story that makes clear what it’s like to attend an almost exclusively white, private elementary school; expresses her fierce love for her conservative, Republican, Christian, organic farmer parents and her clashes with the new group of liberal, well- meaning, white adoptive parents that strain her patience–over and over again. Infused with a gentle sense of humor as well as a seething rage, Lisa Marie wonders if she will ever heal from the secrets, stolen histories and unknowns she and so many other adoptees share.”
Storyteller Crystal Chan share with us, “My story was published by The Guardian in the UK about my mixed race experience. I hope you like it!”
We like it! Thanks for sharing Crystal!
Check out her story in The Guardian
I got to see a reading of this play in Los Angeles and really enjoyed it. Supernatural delves deeply into the lives of 7 women and their life choices, centered around the decision to wear their hair natural (or not) – AND – if you get cast, you get to be in a play with Kim Coles (who here didn’t love Living Single?)!
WE’RE HAVING AUDITIONS!
CASTING CALL NOTICE
SUPERNATURAL: The Play is going to Virginia!
Click HERE to hear what people are saying about the show!
SUPERNATURAL: The Play with Kim Coles will be presented at the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center in Newport News, Virginia on March 29, 2014. We will be holding auditions for Union and non-Union Actresses in Newport News on March 8th. If you would like an appointment to audition, please submit your picture and performing arts resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Cast breakdown and more detailed information about the show and auditions can be found at http://www.supernaturalproject.org/#!audition-sides/c19es.
Seeking 7 African-American Actresses. Feel free to forward this email to any actresses who you think would be interested and are in the Newport News, VA area.
Storyline: Set in none other than Brooklyn, New York in Bed-Stuy at various natural hair events,Supernatural: The Play is a funny and insightful play about Natural Hair journeys. The play explores the lives of seven women who are forced to confront their hair and themselves. Filled with stories of triumph. These women are guaranteed to make you laugh and inspire you to think about what God gave you. This is one Natural Hair event filled with testimonies you don’t want to miss!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 2, 2014. To submit yourself for an audition, please send your picture and resume to email@example.com. In the subject line put “Submission for the role of [CHARACTER NAME].” ALL ACTRESSES MUST BE LOCAL HIRES LIVING IN OR NEAR NEWPORT NEWS, VA.
Please feel free to forward this email to any actresses who may be interested.
SUPERNATURAL: THE PLAY (7 Roles)
AEA Letter of Agreement
Producers, Writers and Directors:
Candace O. Kelley, Audrey Kelley and Gilda Rogers
Location: Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Newport News, VA
Performance Date: March 29, 2014
ALL ROLES ARE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN.
KEE KEE – Kim Coles (CAST)
[KEE KEE] Age 25-40. This charismatic African American woman from Brooklyn is an entrepreneur and YouTube rock star who hosts her own natural hair events. Wears her hair natural – the bigger the better. Vivacious and colorful yet down to earth. Looking for a stand-up comedian. (Seeking Understudy)
[DR. JENKINS] Age 30-60. An anthropologist who is on a mission to educate black women around the world about their ancestral history. Is currently an Associate Professor at Columbia. Look up Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary.
[HANNAH] Age 30-40. A light-skinned, mixed race woman (black/white) . Her father is black and her mother is Jewish. She was caught between gefilte fish and chitlins. Wears her hair natural. From New York.
[CONSTANCE] Age 50-65. A suave lesbian writer who looks like a man. Wears her hair natural. From San Francisco.
[NIECEY] Age 25-45. A fashionable, educated woman who is an assistant to a successful politician. Wears her hair bone-straight relaxed and long.
[BERTINA] Age 35-50. A dark-skinned woman from Jamaica. She is concerned that her little sister uses skin lighteners with dangerous chemicals. Actress must be able to speak with an authentic Jamaican accent.
[DORIS] Age 33-45. A southern preacher’s wife who is a cancer survivor. Wears her hair natural.
We work closely with visual artist, scholar and professor Laura Kina on the Mixed Roots Stories programming for the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference (November 2014). She consistently explores the mixed experience in her work and in her classrooms. Here’s information on her current exhibition:
This week in Memphis – join Laura in person for the opening reception and artist lecture or visit the show virtually.
University of Memphis
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
Laura Kina: Blue Hawai’i
February 21 – March 27, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, Feb 21 5:30-8:00pm
Artist talk: Thursday, Feb 20 7:00pm 3715 Central Ave. #310
“Remembering Painting, Forgetting Photographs”
University of Memphis
The Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
Art and Communication Building
3715 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152
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All events are free and open to the public.
View the digital exhibition catalog featuring an essay “Okinawan Diaspora Blues” by Wesley Uenten, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies San Francisco State University
See the works online
You won’t find Elvis or surfboards or funny umbrella-topped cocktails in Laura Kina’s dystopic Blue Hawaiʻi. Drawn from family albums, oral history and community archives from Hawaii and Okinawa, these ghostly oil paintings employ distilled memories to investigate themes of distance, longing, and belonging.
Featuring new works and a selection from her ongoing Sugar series (2009-present), the setting is Kina’s father’s Okinawan sugarcane field plantation community, Piʻihonua, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi near Hilo. Her obsession with blue was inspired by the indigo-dyed kasuri kimonos repurposed by the Issei (first generation) “picture bride” immigrants for canefield work clothes, and colored by stories of hinotama (fireballs) shooting from the canefield cemetery into the night sky. Blue Hawaiʻi echoes the spirits of Kina’s ancestors and shared histories of labor migration.
Pictured above Laura Kina, Elementary School, 30×45 in, oil on canvas, 2013
The 4th Annual New Orleans Loving Festival is seeking original artwork and short films with themes concerning “race, racism and the multiracial experience” for a juried group art exhibition. The art show is tentatively scheduled for June 7 through July 7 of 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Please follow the guidelines below for consideration:
- ART Submissions must include your bio or resume, high resolution photo(s) of the artwork, and a description – including the title, size, medium, and the year the artwork was produced. Artwork created before 2012 should not be submitted for consideration.
- SHORT FILM Submissions must include your bio or resume, a film synopsis, and web link to preview the film (or screener DVD).
The DEADLINE for receiving submissions is Sunday, April 13, 2014.
I had the immense pleasure of performing One Drop of Love for over 300 students at Choate Rosemary Hall last weekend in Connecticut. Here is one of my favorite quotes from one of the students, and a link to the full review:
I’ve seen a lot of white struggle stories, and a lot of black struggle stories, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mixed struggle story. Zemia Edmondson ’16. http://thenews.choate.edu/article/getting-race-y-pmac#sthash.VGQFeIAj.dpuf
A Nice Indian Boy – Word Premiere
February 20 – March 23, 2014
The second place winner of the East West Players Face of the Future Playwriting Competition. The Supreme Court Ruling on gay marriage has been decided, and this play is timely in continuing the discussion. A comedy about love and marriage, Naveen Gavaskar and Keshav Kurundkar share all things Indian – from the Hindi language to the difficulty of being gay in Indian culture. Keshav, however, is adopted by Indian parents…and Caucasian.
Hey, San Francisco!
Answer this CALL FOR FESTIVAL ENTRIES for shows and events to celebrate Pacific Islander and Asian Heritage Month in May 2014! The 17th Annual United States of Asian America Festival is looking for all mediums of art and culture welcome!
This year’s theme — “The Spaces Between.” That is, subject(s) of your submission should focus on themes related to Asian American culture and specifically to the spaces between people, places, times, communities, or cultures; to the building of coalitions; to the celebration of differences; to the closing of gaps created by injustice and inequality; or to honoring the intersections of identities. Mixed race artists are strongly encouraged to apply! he deadline for submission is 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. http://apiculturalcenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=7&Itemid=56