STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE is a collaborative project being 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). We are looking to meet with people who have stories, either first-hand or as recounted by family members, related to the historic Sun Cafe. Did you work there, meet/eat there, remember your favorite menu item? We would also like to talk to people of Japanese or Chinese ancestry with memories of living in downtown San Diego during 1930-1980. STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE are being edited or curated by Gingerlily Lowe (Asian Story Theater), Andy Lowe (East West Players), Joyce Teague (Buddhist Temple of San Diego), and Murray K. Lee (San Diego Chinese Historical Museum). To participate, or to be updated as the project evolves, send email with the subject “SUN CAFE” to Asianst@cox.net. There may be additional information at the websites of organizations partnering in the development of this project, so please check back for more information. In the meantime you might also enjoy this video from a more recent change at the cafe. To get the latest information, join the Asian Story Theater mailing list:
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 2014 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.
Monkey King & the Spider Women, 1993
Monkey King & the Mountains of Fire, 1992
Monkey King: The Journey Begins, 1991
The White Snake, 1989-90
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