A new musical interweaving the dark life and incandescent painting of Paul Gauguin, a world-traveling artist determined to prove his genius--whatever the cost to the people around him.
"Worthy...impressive...delightful cast; memorable songs, a spectacular world-music score. A fascinating study of the ego and life of Paul Gauguin."- SanDiegoTheaterReviews.com
"Music has a multicultural flavor, ranging from very good to wonderful. A complicated individual, Brisby's book doesn't flinch at showing the artist's sides and conflicts. Outstanding projections also tell the story. This new musical could have a long life to come." - Jeff Smith, THE READER Theater Critic "Worth a try"
STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE is a collaborative project produced by Asian Story Theater in conjunction with leaders of San Diego's Japanese American and Chinese American communities, and co-presented with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM). STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE are curated by Gingerlily Lowe (Asian Story Theater), Andy Lowe (East West Players), Joyce Teague (JAHSSD and Buddhist Temple of San Diego), and Murray K. Lee (San Diego Chinese Historical Museum), and directed by Kent Brisby. Historical and behind-the-scenes photos are on Facebook. More info about this June 2015 event is here.
For early spring of 2015, Asian Story Theater and Moxie Theatre co-presented the world premiere of RAM-GIRL. Family matinees were March 7, at Noon and 2pm at the Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Special preview excerpts were presented at the Chinese New Year and Tet New Year celebrations. RAM-GIRL begins with the Chinese story/parable about a sheep, a monkey, and a rooster who are competing with each other to win a race. However, RAM-GIRL is also about a girl discovering her own identity through some unusual talents. It's a fun family show, with sly insights into gender identity and prejudice. The traditional Chinese symbol associated with this year of the lunar calendar is the same for sheep AND goat, and RAM-GIRL explores that literal and metaphorical uncertainty. And because the Year of the Ram (or Goat) is traditionally associated with individuals of unusual creativity, the performance incorporates visual art and a little music created live on stage.
A new chapter in the ongoing development of this musical will be presented in the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. Watch this page, or the project-specific Facebook page, for details as these become available. Click on the link in the history list (on the right) to view clips from the 2011 workshop presentation. More details about THE MUSICAL PAUL GAUGUIN are online here. Questions and comments are welcome at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Musical.Gaugin Please check the Facebook page, or send email to Asian Story Theater to be notified as additional details are announced.
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