My Asian Mom a Play

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May 20124 May 201226

Stage 773
1225 W Belmont
Chicago, Illinois
United States


Fridays and Saturdays  
May 4-26, 2012 * 8PM
Stage 773  * 1225 W Belmont * Chicago, IL
$15 General Admission * $13 Student, Industry, Groups of 10 or More * Purchase tickets here .

Show your My Asian Mom ticket for 10% off your entire bill before or after the show at Ukai Japanese Restaurant !

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage month and, of course, Mother’s Day, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, Chicago’s only pan-Asian dramatic theater company presents My Asian Mom , an evening of eight 10 minute one-act plays. My Asian Mom  is directed by Joe Yau and assistant directed by Jin Kim.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays, May 4-26, 2012 at 8PM at Stage 773, 1225 W Belmont, Chicago, IL. Tickets are $15 general admission, $13 for students, industry professionals and groups of 10 or more, and can be purchased by calling 773.327.5252 or visiting www.stage773.com .

With the Confucian command to honor and obey elders in their upbringing, it is often culturally taboo for Asians to divulge public emotion and opinion about their mothers. As artists, the mostly Asian American cast members and writers of My Asian Mom  are compelled to express their truths about their families and mothers.

When A-Squared Theatre Workshop founding member, Mia Park, conceived My Asian Mom  in 2011, she was surprised by the reactions from her community. Some Asian actors felt threatened by the overwhelmingly complicated emotions they have towards their mothers. She was told, “This is too close to home. I can’t do it.” From the other end of the spectrum, Asians who’ve never performed before wanted to be a part of the show, excited about the rare opportunity to share stories about their moms with an audience. Mia knew that My Asian Mom  would provide a special forum for these eager and emotional voices to be heard.

Of the eight acts, three are about Korean moms, three are about Filipino moms, and two are about Chinese mothers. Some of the works are devised by the performers, some are excerpts from longer plays, and some were chosen from a nationwide call for submissions. The cast includes an adoptee, a hapa (person of half Asian descent), and performers from Burmese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Caucasian and Chinese backgrounds. This multi-ethnic collaboration of talents fully express the humorous, touching and aggravating experiences they’ve had with their Asian moms. Expect complex comedy, poignant drama and total honesty from the collaborative efforts from Second City directors and instructors, Mia Park of "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow" and Chic-A-Go-Go fame, Dwight Sora (u/s Steppenwolf), Helen Young (u/s Steppenwolf, Goodman) and other seasoned cast and crew. Read the bios and see photos http://www.a-stw.org/my-asian-mom.html

 

intrepidmouse . Last modified Apr 26 2012 2:00 p.m.


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