A staged readings series of plays written and directed by Midwest Asian Pacific American theatre artists.
The Asian Pacific American (APA) population is seriously under represented on stage. "Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings" is a staged play reading series intended to provide inspiration, space, and audiences for Midwest APA playwrights, directors, and actors. Curated by Mia Park and produced by Asian Improv Arts Midwest's AA Arts Incubator, Our Perspective takes place at Goodman Theatre on February 12 and August 13, and at Steppenwolf Theatre May 21 and November TBA, 2018. Admission is free.
Program for Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings
February 12, 2018 The Alice at Goodman Theatre 170 N Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 7 - 9pm Admission is free, RSVP required, RSVP info to come.
This is an evening of short play readings.
“Election” by Sue Pak, directed by Mia Park “Mahjong” by Melissa Kong, directed by Wai Yim “Fresh Out the Closet” by Gavin D. Pak, directed by Carol Ann Tan “Skin” by Tanuja Jagernauth, directed by Jonald Reyes “Of Milk and Mirrors” by Jessica Huang, directed by Brian Balcom
Cast: Graham Carlson Menaka Deolekar Sheri Flanders Harrison Hapin Marissa Lichwick Sarah Lo Miguel Nunez
Curator's Statement from Mia Park
Time Magazine’s recent article on the lack of Asian American representation on television confirms what we already know: the Asian Pacific American (APA) population is seriously under represented. The same can be said for APA under representation in the oldest form of public story sharing, the theatrical stage. NBC News reported on Asian Americans in theatre speaking out against the white-washing of Asian roles in entertainment and the challenges the APA community faces in the acting industry.
Chicago’s theatre community is a microcosm of our global theatre’s lack of APA opportunities. As a Chicago based Korean American actress and playwright for almost twenty years, I’ve experienced directly how, locally, our APA voices are often unheard in plays and on-screen. Since 2016, I’ve advocated for the training of local Asian American actors by hosting workshops in order to promote a qualified talent pool for casting directors to choose from, so that the explanation of “Chicago doesn’t have talented APA actors” can no longer apply.
I recognize that an important way to continue advocating for APA representation is to encourage the creation of content created by the APA community. I intend to provide inspiration, space, and an audience for local Asian American playwrights, directors, and actors in the series, "Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings”.
I believe that our universal voice will be best developed and strengthened by focusing on local talent. The only way to be heard and seen is to speak up and have presence, and "Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings" aims to accomplish these goals.