Hello! My name is Cynthia, and I am a new administrative intern at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. As a person who learns best on the job, I think there is no better place to intern at than Pan Asian: its intimate size allows me to really assist in the production of professional plays.
I am very excited to work on the 36th Season's shows because they all focus on Japan. I have been interested in contemporary Japanese culture for the past few years, so reading these works gave me brand new insight on the island nation's history and traditions. I am now eager to investigate the cultural roots of the plays and promote these wonderful productions.
If you are also excited for our upcoming shows, including the world premiere productions of Three Trees (March-April 2013) by Alvin Eng and Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell (May-June 2013) by Ernest Abuba, you should attend Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's 36th Season Kickoff. Our celebration will be held on November 1 at 6:00 pm at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant. In addition to feasting on a 9-course Chinese banquet, wine and beer, our guests will also witness the New York City premiere of The Wives of Henry Yuk, a documentary short film by Bea Soong. We will also recognize the following individuals for their contributions to the community:
-Deborah Chan, Esq. and Gloria Chin, members of the Mei Hua Society, which aims to explore and share knowledge about China and Chinese culture and to support other organizations in the New York metropolitan area that promote Asian culture or offer social services to Asians
-Julie Azuma, founder of Different Roads to Learning that sells educational products for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities and Chair of the Board of Asian Women in Business and Foundation for the Advancement of Autistic Persons, who also sits on the Board of the Japanese American Association and is on the organizing committee of JAJA
-Tamio Spiegel, a business consultant who has written for NY Nichibei, AsianWeek, and Nikkei Heritage and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Gohan Society, which fosters an understanding of Japan’s culinary heritage in the U.S.
All proceeds from this event will benefit Pan Asian Repertory Theatre's 36th Season, so come and show your support!
Our next events of the fall are two staged readings of No-No Boy by Ken Narasaki, which will take place on November 16 at 7:00 pm and November 17 at 3:00 pm at 520 8th Avenue (between W 36th and W 37th Street) in the Bruce Mitchell Room, 3rd floor. Adapted from the John Okada novel and set in the aftermath of World War II as Japanese Americans are released from internment camps and return to their homes on the West Coast, the play follows draft resister (or no-no boy) Ichiro Yamada after he is released from prison and struggles to come to terms with his choice, while the rest of the community tries to get back on its feet after the war that has uprooted them all.
I hope that you can all come Pan Asian's fall events. They are the beginning of a great season you won't want to miss.