Pan Asian is proud to focus its 36th Season on Japan with Masterpiece productions and Plays in Process that build on a history of stories drawn from traditional root sources to examine morality, creation, temptation and loyalty.
2012/13 Season offerings:
DOJOJI: THE MAN INSIDE THE BELL
By Ernest Abuba
Choreographed by Sachiyo Ito
May 18-June 9, 2013
At the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row
From Pan Asian veteran artists comes a visually stunning reimagining of a classic tale about the TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF LOVE, LUST and DESIRE.
A forbidden relationship between a young woman and a monk that spans from the banks of the Hidaka River, to the historic Dojoji temple, to modern day Harajuku in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo.
(pictured below: SHOGUN MACBETH, directed by Ernest Abuba with Choreography by Sachiyo Ito, presented in 2008 by Pan Asian Rep; photo by Corky Lee)
THREE TREES (under consideration)
By Alvin Eng
March 22-April 14, 2013
At the West End Theater
THREE TREES explores the relationship beween sculptor Alberto Giacometti who was a fixture of the French Existential art scene, Japanese philosopher Isaku Yanaihara, and Giacometti's wife, Annette. THREE TREES is set in Paris in the 1950’s and 60’s, where radical revolutions of thought were finding expression through art and culture. THREE TREES asks, WHAT IS ART, INSPIRATION, & IS ART A VEHICLE FOR TRUTH?
PLAYS IN PROCESS
program director Ron Nakahara
At the West End Theater
FISHING FOR WIVES
by Edward Sakamoto
It’s 1913 and two fishermen in Hawaii realize they have women problems. Lonely and bored with catching fish, Nishi sends for a picture bride from Japan, but sneaks a photo of his handsome friend Aoki in his place. The bride arrives and falls in love — with the wrong man — setting off A COMIC BATTLE OF THE SEXES.
(pictured below: Edward Sakamoto's ALOHA LAS VEGAS, produced by Pan Asian Rep in 1997)
By Ken Narasaki
Based on the book by John Okada, and set in the aftermath of WWII as Japanese Americans return to the West Coast, the play follows draft resister Ichiro Yamada after he is released from prison and STRUGGLES TO COME TO TERMS WITH HIS CHOICES, while the rest of the community tries to get back on its feet after a war that has uprooted them all.
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