Last fall, Arpita Mukherjee teamed up with Shubhra Prakash to found Hypokrit Theatre Company. Their goal is to provide minority artists with opportunities to showcase and market their work. This month, Hypokrit’s inaugural production Romeo and Juliet opened at the Access Theater in NYC. AIC spoke to Arpita about founding a theater company, Romeo and Juliet, and what’s next for Hypokrit.
Welcome to February everyone! Hopefully you’re all taking time to stay warm and decompress in the midst of all the winter weather. And for those of you in warmer, sunnier climates, this is not the time to brag! To get us back into the swing of things for 2015’s theatre scene, we have a list of shows offering diverse casts, playwrights, and directors in New York City.
Arts in Color is honored to share the stories of Jennifer Lim (Sunny) and Telly Leung (Pete) of The World of Extreme Happiness as they premiere this intense and enlightening piece of theater, this month, Off-Broadway.
I should preface this piece by saying that I don’t really watch football. Maybe the occasional Superbowl, but even then I’m mostly eating and socializing. But in watching X’s and O’s, it didn’t matter that I’m not a football fan. Ultimately that wasn’t really the point.
As some of you may remember, I recently wrote about Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Indian Ink for Arts in Color. This month, that production came to the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Being the avid theatergoer that I am, I was curious to see if a change in stage and cast would alter my opinion of the production.
Awarded the outstanding actor fellowship at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival in 2011 and named an actor to watch by Arts Atlanta last year as part of their “30 under 30” series, up-and-coming young performer John Clarence Stewart is currently in New York starring in the new play Kind Souls at Shetler studios. He took time out of his hectic schedule to introduce himself and his play to Arts in Color.
It’s Christmas Day! In case you somehow missed it (it’d be impossible to), this means the much awaited film production of Into the Woods is now in theaters. The buzz has been on for months with new cast members, clips, songs and articles released seemingly every day. Will you be watching? While we’re happy that a big budget musical is being released for the holidays, we won’t be. Why you ask? Read on to find out more…
In Fields Where They Lay gives audiences an up close and personal look into the life of soldiers fighting in WWI, in 1914. The play explores the dynamics of soldiers from different countries and backgrounds, with varying outlooks on life; however all share a common place on the battlefield. It’s a unique and true story, that depicts a significant day in world history, where English and German soldiers cast aside their motives of war for one day, Christmas, in hopes to “sleep in Heavenly peace.”
Guys. December is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I think 2014 has flown by! Before we welcome in 2015, take some time to get out and enjoy a little theatre. You just might be inspired to make a big leap into the new year by trying something new yourself. If we don’t change as individuals how can we expect to see any change in our world? So, in between checking out new theatre, go out there and do your part to change the theatre scene and give the shot of diversity that reflects the world we see and even the world we hope for! Who knows? We just might be writing about you and your new work in 2015!
The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project and ReImagined World Entertainment will present “Arriving In Asian America,” a song cycle collectively written by members of the project with original words and music by Adam Gwon, Timothy Huang, Christine Toy Johnson, Ming Aldrich-Gan, Hyeyoung Kim (with Michael Cooper), Leon Ko, Robert Lee, Yoonmi Lee (with Gaby Gold), Yan Li, Jason Ma, J. Oconer Navarro, Kamala Sankaram, Tidtaya Sinutoke (with Ty Defoe) and Jeff Tang. Directed by Dax Valdes. We spoke with Christine about what to expect and why she’s passionate about #DiversityOnStage.
What happens when you distance yourself from your cultural roots in order to move up the corporate ladder? What is lost? And what is merely hidden, just below the surface, waiting until that moment (probably after one too many drinks) when you just can’t take it anymore? This is the premise of Disgraced, Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play that recently opened on Broadway.
Had Daisy and Violet Hilton (Emily Padgett and Erin Davie), conjoined twins fused at the pelvis, been born today, they would have been separated soon after birth and gone on to lead separate lives. But in the early 1900s medicine had not advanced that far, so instead they became a sideshow act and eventually landed in vaudeville.