Genre: Drama, Other
By Jenny Connell and Rubén Polendo

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.

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.

Preview:   02/12/10
Open:   02/16/10
Close:   03/06/10

Mondays - Fridays at 7:00pm and Saturdays 2:00pm &7:00pm
Theater:   Connelly Theater
Address:   220 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
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Presented by: NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company)         Official Web Site: www.naatco.org