Coming with the new year in 2017: The friendly chicken is featured
in this story celebrating a favorite of the Lunar Calendar.
This little Chicken has a problem. Chickens and birds are the modest descendents of dinosaurs, whose fossilized bones many consider the basis of dragon legends around the world. For a little chicken, that's a lot of family history to live up to! Recruited by the Monkey to help him win a great race, the two must team up to reach an unexpected result: a forever place in Lunar New Year tradition. Along their journey, music, puppets, and audience-interactive games help the travelers toward the prize. It’s a traditional fable with a modern twist, about right, wrong, and the secret of Good Luck.
January 25, 6pm ~ San Ysidro Library
January 26 ~ TBA
January 29, 3pm ~ Downtown Library
February 1, 6pm ~ University Heights Library
February 9, Barnard Elementary
February 11-12, 12:30pm ~ Chinese New Year Festival (excerpt)
Coming March 31
Based on historical research and personal interviews, Halo-Halo creates a moving and eye-openng window into our city. Filipino Americans will recognize themselves in stories that explore their culture and traditions, as well as their struggles and triumphs. And every audience will experience new insights, and discover common ground with ths fascinating and fast-growing community. Opening March 31, 2017 at the Lyceum Theatre. For no-surcharge tickets contact the Lyceum Theatre Box Office at 619/544-1000, or order online at LyceumEvents.org
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.
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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