Pan Asian celebrates the unique heritage of all Asian Americans
under the highest artistic standards of excellence
LOST IN SHANGHAI
4 Special Benefit Performances!
May 4 & 5 at 7:30 and May 6 at 2:30 & 7:30
At the Studio Theatre (Theatre Row) 410 West 42 St.
(New York, NY) - Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director of PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE, continues its 40th Season in 2017 with commitment to artists creating New Work with innovative techniques in Angel Lam’s LOST IN SHANGHAI, an untold adventure story and romance giving 4 Benefit Performances May 4, 5, & 6, 2017.
Directed by Chongren Fan, LOST IN SHANGHAI is part of NUWORKS 2017 and gives a glimpse into the lavish and mysterious world of 1940’s Shanghai, a time when the city was known as "The Paris of the East", of beautiful clothes and elevated emotions, like a floating world, everything was transient…a time now lost to history. Based on family diaries, LOST IN SHANGHAI pushes the boundaries of theatre by integrating a unique sound world of classical, musical theatre, East Asian music esthetics and folk songs, transporting audiences to a different time and place.
The cast features Pan Asian artists Mandarin Wu and Fenton Li of A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS ; and Dinh Doan of FILM CHINOIS & INCIDENT AT HIDDEN TEMPLE; and newcomers Eric Elizaga, Marcus Crawford Guy, Paulina Yeung and Xiaoqing Zhang.
ANGEL LAM has received three Carnegie Hall commissions, composed works for renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and her composition has been part of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble's worldwide touring repertoire since 2007. Her work was featured on the CD Off the Map and nominated for a GRAMMY for Best Classical Crossover Album. Her other works have been performed by GRAMMY winning Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, Yale Cellos, among others. New York Times called her work "an otherworldly, dreamily poetic short story...[with] rich, singing tone and sense of drama" and Financial Times called her "a born storyteller." She premiered her musical June Lovers at the prestigious Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2012, and received the Hong Kong Arts Development Council literary grant award in 2013 to develop Lost in Shanghai. www.Angellam.com
CHONGREN FAN is currently a Resident Artist at the experimental theatre company Mabou Mines developing The Kindness Project. Directing highlights include: Marie Jones’ Olivier Award Best Comedy Stones in His Pockets at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre; Yangtze Repertory Theater’s critically acclaimed production Behind the Mask, A Play and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[Gone](NY Premier). He was a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club where he assistant directed the World Premier of The World of Extreme Happiness(dir. Eric Ting). He also served as assistant director on A.R. Gurney’s What I Did Last Summer(dir. Jim Simpson) at Signature Theatre Company. Other directing and associate/assistant credits: The Final Kiss(Flea Theater); Nightfall(NYU Tisch, Goldberg Award); Cloud Nine and Did You See It?/Eight Ways In(Sarah Lawrence College); Tiger Trap(Manhattan Rep/Thespis Theatre Festival); West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific and Children’s Theater productions at Forestburgh Playhouse. . www.chongrenfan.com
TISA CHANG, Pan Asian Rep Founding Artistic Producing Director, is a theatre professional for 5 decades as dancer, actor, director and producer. She has guided Pan Asian Rep since inception and would like to thank Theatre Communications Group for her video as part of its LEGACY LEADERS OF COLOR video series and to Primary Stages for inclusion in their ORAL HISTORY OF OFF BROADWAY. Recent directing highlights include A DREAM OF RED PAVILIONS & SAYONARA, the musical. Tisa thanks the hundreds of actors, designers, directors, playwrights, industry colleagues, Board members, supporters, and audiences she has been fortunate to know.
Performances of LOST IN SHANGHAI:
The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 W. 42nd St.) in New York City: May 4-6, 2017,
Thurs. through Sat. at 7:30PM and matinee Sat. at 2:30PM.
Tickets are $62.25 for all performances and can be purchased by calling 212-239-6200 or online at www.telecharge.com.
Pan Asian Rep would like to thank Actors Equity and Theatre Authority, Inc. for this Benefit.
ABOUT PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE
PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE, celebrating its 40th Milestone, was founded in 1977 by Tisa Chang and core artists at La Mama with the encouragement of the late Ellen Stewart. Tisa practiced Artistry in Action to counter stereotyped casting, and to broaden the theatrical vocabulary of American theatre. PAN ASIAN REP is a pioneer for artistic excellence and service – with an off Broadway Season, Training/ Community Engagement, Play Development- and is recognized by diverse communities, press, and the American theatre mainstream. Mel Gussow of The New York Times described it as "A Stage For All the World of Asian –Americans” and wrote that “Before Pan Asian Rep, Asian Americans had severely limited opportunities in the theater..” The company has nurtured thousands of artists and is a “who-is-who” of Asian American theatre history, with notable alumni/ae including Lucy Liu of CBS TV’s Elementary, and Daniel Dae Kim of Hawaii 5-0.
PAN ASIAN REP Programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; City Council member Margaret Chin; National Endowment for the Arts, and with major support from the Ford, Shubert, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels, Lucille Lortel Foundations and the 21st Century ILGWU Heritage Fund.
Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director of PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE, continues its 40th Milestone Season in 2017 by lighting a beacon to pave the way for multicultural artists with NUWORKS 2017 in diverse range of short new works exploring different genres and techniques.