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
Sarah Rutherford is a British playwright married to a Jamaican man and raising mixed children. Her new play Adult Supervision, a dramedy, was influenced by conversations she’s had with others about her children and husband (both alarming and encouraging). Adult Supervision explores what happens when a group of mothers gathers to celebrate President Obama’s election. Here’s a quote from the article on representing mixedness in theatre:
Do you think theatre has been shy addressing issues of multiculturalism?
I guess I’ve become very used to seeing certain issues addressed in relation to race: drugs, gangs, all that. Of course they’re more than valid subjects for drama, but what I don’t see on stage is people like me and my friends and family. When there was an outcry about Danny Boyle‘s depiction of a happy, educated, middle-class mixed-race family in the Olympic ceremony, I was aghast at the claims that such families don’t exist. We’re probably one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country; yet we’re pretty much invisible in the media and especially on stage.
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.
Jude Narita is a renowned solo performance artist whose plays address the Asian and Asian American experience. Her most famous play Coming Into Passion/Song for Sansei was awarded a number of important distinctions: The LA Drama Critics Award, a Drama-Logue Award, the James Wong Howe Award and the VESTA Award. Take a look at her website for more details on when she is performing (she also teaches!): http://www.judenarita.com/
This looks like a great solo show on the Mixed immigrant experience – it won the 2012 and 2013 United Solo Festival Awards for Best Comedic Performance and Best Comedic Script.
Award winning writer/performer Frank Ingrasciotta gives a tour-de-force performance in this humorous and heart-warming one-man play. Blood Type: RAGU is a coming-of-age story exploring the first-generation American’s delicate dance between culture and identity.
Click the link for more info: http://www.bloodtyperagu.com/about/
Hapa Happy Hour celebrated 5 years of podcasting in 2013! They explore through a lively discussion the celebration of mixed heritage and intercultural experiences!
Congratulations on a successful 5 years Hapa Happy Hour! Thanks for sharing this milestone with us!!
Check out this terrific festival happening in Los Angeles this week: http://latinadanceproject.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/blaktina-festival/
They are also nearing the end of an Indiegogo campaign – help out if you can! http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/blaktina-festival
If you are a theater actor, playwright, or crew member in Los Angeles, this event is integral to your career:
“Theater leaders in Southern California will convene for a second panel on racial diversity that will serve as a sequel of sorts to last year’s discussion hosted by East West Players in downtown Los Angeles.
The upcoming panel will be held Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. While last year’s event was by invitation only, the upcoming discussion is free and open to the public.
Panelists expected to attend include Michael Ritchie, artistic director of Center Theatre Group; Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory; Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; Tim Dang, artistic director of East West Players; and Jessica Kubzansky, co-artistic director of the Theatre @ Boston Court.”
Click below for the full article:
“Cultural Collisions” – a benefit performance for Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC)
Joe Hernandez-Kolski, two time HBO Def Poet, is performing his one-man show at the Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057) as a benefit for MASC. The show is about the realities of being mixed race, and how American society is rapidly changing, and he does so with laughs on the way to truth.
If you live in Southern California, make sure to represent and show your support on December 7, 2013 – 7:30pm
“Other,” a song by Guante & Big Cats, featuring Chastity Brown, See More Perspective & Chantz Erolin
The song “Other,” from Guante & Big Cats’ 2012 album “You Better Weaponize,” explores mixed-race and mixed-culture identities in a way that is intimate and personal while also keeping an eye on the bigger picture. Featuring Chastity Brown, See More Perspective and Chantz Erolin, the track weaves together different experiences, styles and approaches to coming to terms with what “mixed” really means. More on Guante: www.guante.info
Listen to the song now: http://guanteandbigcats.bandcamp.com/track/other-w-chastity-brown-see-more-perspective-chantz-erolin
Thank you Guante for sharing your story with us!