News: Playing Jewish at the National Asian American Theatre Company

Stephen Brown-Fried, Lisa Silberman Brenner, Mia Katigbak, and William Finn (left to right)/ photo credit: Peter Kim

Stephen Brown-Fried, Lisa Silberman Brenner, Mia Katigbak, and William Finn (left to right)/ photo credit: Peter Kim

Theatre scholar Lisa Silberman Brenner began the Public Theater’s June 8th panel discussion Playing Jewish at the National Asian American Theatre Company with the following provocations:

  • According to an Asian American Performers Action Coalition analysis, from 2006 onwards the percentage of Asian American actors performing in Broadway or major non-profit off-Broadway productions has ranged from 1% to 4% (an all time high, never repeated).
  • Of all ethnic minorities, actors of Asian descent are least likely to play roles not defined by race
  • Twenty percent of approximately 6 million Jewish Americans are non-Caucasian.

These statistics informed a lively discussion about issues of ethnicity and representation in the theatre as they intersect with and inform the National Asian American Theatre Company’s upcoming all Asian-American production of Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing!, a play about a three-generation Jewish American family set during the Great Depression. Continue reading

Letter from the Editor, August 2013

Myself and Krysta Rodriguez after a performance of First Date! First AIC show of the 2013-2014 season!

Myself and Krysta Rodriguez after a performance of First Date! First AIC show of the 2013-2014 season!

Hey AIC Readers,

We’ve got some new and exciting things happening at AIC over the next month so I thought I’d fill you in!

Summer stock time is coming to a close! Diane Phelan takes us behind the scenes of one of the mos talked about shows of the season-King and I at Sacramento Music Circus. The series will include the likes of Broadway names including, Telly Leung & Stafford Arima. She’ll answer your questions about working with other talented artists of color, learning a show in less than two weeks, and cooking out of a hotel room!

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SPOTLIGHT: Gala Hispanic Theatre

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Photo Credit: galatheatre.org

The National Center for Latino Performing Arts in the heart of Washington D.C. is dedicated to promoting and sharing Latino arts and culture with the world. GALA (Grupo de Artistas Latinoamericanos), having staged over 165 productions, ranging from classical Spanish theatre to contemporary Latin American plays, proves to be both influential and monumental, in its efforts to educate and entertain.

The world has been set ablaze, and overwhelmingly receptive to “42,” the biographical film about the life of baseball player Jackie Robinson, a game changer for African-Americans in baseball. In good timing, GALA HISPANIC THEATRE is now performing DC-7 The Roberto Clemente Story. This show explores the journey of Roberto Clemente and his rise from the barrios of Puerto Rico to successful seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Continue reading

BEYOND THE STAGE: Whitney Museum of American Art presents “Blues for Smoke”

The Upper East Side’s Whitney Museum of American Art is the current home to exhibit “Blues for Smoke” (until April 28th). Labeled as an exhibit that explores the blues beyond its musical roots, this mixed media experience takes advantage of all senses to illustrate the period of the blues as more than a thing– but a more visceral feeling.

Photo Credit: Matthew Mancini

Photo Credit: Matthew Mancini

From miniature train sets to an adult red playhouse chapel, this exhibit really was a great contemporary art experience. For those who may not be a fan of the musicality of the blues, this exhibit does a good job of illustrating the emotions and sentiments of the blues through other media such as film, sculpture, and paintings.

This exhibit includes the work of Beauford Delaney, Kerry James Marshall and David Hammons.

Check out the Whitney Museum and the exhibit Blues for Smoke showing now until April 28th.