Genre: Drama
©William P. Steele
by Karen Hartman

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."

About the Company: NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company)

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.

Open:   02/06/09
Close:   02/28/09

Mondays-Saturdays at 7:00pm and Saturdays at 3pm
Theater:   TBG Arts Center
Address:   312 West 36th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$15 Previews, $20 beginning February 10.
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Presented by: NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company)         Official Web Site: www.naatco.org