AATCO's mission is to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture. We present the following repertory:
European and American classics as written with all Asian American casts;
Adaptations of these classics by Asian American playwrights; and
New plays - preferably world premieres - written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but realized by an all Asian American cast.
|A Play On War
| Open: 02/12/10 Close: 03/06/10
Jenny Connell and Rubén Polendo's World-Premiere play A PLAY ON WAR -- inspired by Bertolt Brecht's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN -- incorporates abstractions of musical theatre, Arabic clowning, and Peking opera to create a new ferocious comedy about a war-torn landscape populated by characters on bicycles, all desperate to survive.
A PLAY ON WAR comes fresh on the heels of NAATCO's acclaimed production this fall of THE SEAGULL, a vaudevillian-style revival -- with an all Asian-American cast directed by Gia Forakis -- that brought a whole new light to Anton Chekhov's classic of love and loss. The New York Times called it, "a lively production punctuated by touches of vaudeville and the grotesque." And CurtainUp.com said, "With its wonderfully acted performances and astute direction, this vibrant production is certainly unlike any Chekhov you've seen before. With graceful, determined, exuberant gestures, the characters seem to bounce across the stage. On this Dr. Seuss-ian landscape, there's no room for naturalism, and humor crackles through slapstick physical comedy."
The all Asian-American cast of A PLAY ON WAR features: Mia Katigbak, Jon Norman Schneider, Nikki Calonge, Orville Mendoza, Marcus Ho, Brian Hirono, Nathan Elam, and Bushra Laskar. Design team is: Justin Nestor (set design), Kate Ashton (lighting design), Candida K. Nichols (costume design), with original compositions and live music by Adam Cochran.
| Open: 02/06/09 Close: 02/28/09
In LEAH'S TRAIN, three generations of love and anger are ignited when a young doctor refuses to attend her grandmother's funeral and what transpires after she boards a train, and its destination mysteriously becomes her Russian Jewish family's untold history.
After nearly 20 years of presenting first-rate revivals of western stage classics with all Asian-American actors, the National Asian American Theatre Company expands its mission to include world-premiere works from other cultures based on the company's founding principle that NAATCO provide Asian American actors the opportunity to portray roles not usually made available to them, and also to challenge audiences to examine their perception and expectations of other cultures.
About this world-premiere production of LEAH'S TRAIN, NAATCO artistic director Mia Katigbak says, "This new initiative is inspired by courageous playwrights who agree with NAATCO that Asian Americans are capable of interpreting characters from a multitude of cultures. The world premiere of LEAH'S TRAIN, in which characters who are Russian and American Jews are being created by an all Asian American cast, comes at an auspicious time: the historic inauguration of an African American president. What better way to celebrate the richness of American culture."
| Open: 11/29/08 Close: 12/21/08
A play about theatre, writing, and acting
starring Mia Katigbak ("Dogeaters") and Eduardo Machado ("The Cook"),
directed by Thom Sesma
The National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) presents a revival of the Tennessee Williams classic OUT CRY -- a play about theatre, writing, and acting -- with previews set to begin November 29, prior to an official press opening December 4 at Abingdon Theater (312 West 36th Street), starring Mia Katigbak (DOGEATERS) and Eduardo Machado (THE COOK). Thom Sesma directs.
In Tennessee Williams' OUT CRY, Mr. Machado and Ms. Katigbak portray Felice and Clare, two actors on tour, siblings who are abandoned by their company in a decrepit theatre in an unknown place. Threatened by panic and fear these two actors perform "The Two-Character Play," whose characters are named Felice and Clare, brother and sister, which may or may not be about them. OUT CRY was first presented in New York in 1973. Earlier versions of the work, which premiered in London in 1967, were presented abroad under the title THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY.