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NEW WORKS 09

   

Four weeks of full one-acts, shorts,
solo works, comedy and music

March 16 – April 11, 2009
At the West End Theater
263 West 86th Street

(Broadway and West End Ave)

Monday - Saturday at 7:30pm;
Sunday matinees at 3:00pm

Tickets: $18

 

Press and Reviews for NEWWORKS 09


THE SECRET OF O-SONO 

   


Emi F. Jones and Yoko Hyun

Shigeko Suga, Glenn Kubota,
Nancy Eng and Bea Soong

March 25 – April 5
THE SECRET OF O-SONO
B y ELSA OKON RAEL
Directed by RON NAKAHARA
Japanese Movement Consultant: SACHIYO ITO
Music by SHIGEKO SUGA

A ghost-love story for family audiences using Japanese poetic forms and inspired by a Japanese folk tale collected by Lafcadio Hearn.

More information on THE SECRET OF O-SONO

A review of THE SECRET OF O-SONO

Special School Matinee performances

Wednesday March 25,Thursday March 26,
Wednesday April 1 and Thursday April 2;
all at 11:00am

$10 per student; 1 complimentary chaperone
per 10 students

For student matinee reservations, call the
Pan Asian office, 212-868-4030.

   

MONDAY MUSIC NIGHTS

   

March 16 – "THINGS I LOVE," a solo cabaret show by Broadway singer CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON is an upbeat autobiographical snapshot of her favorite subjects to sing about. Sharing personal musings and joyous memories of husband and dog, Broadway musicals and coconut cake, songs include classic standards as well as a piece she premiered in Kevin So’s award-winning musical, VICTOR WOO, THE AVERAGE ASIAN AMERICAN. Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning actor, playwright, and filmmaker. As a performer, she has appeared extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theatres, film, television, and concerts worldwide for over 25 years. She is the recipient of a Boomerang Fund for Artists Award for her acting and writing careers. www.christinetoyjohnson.com

A review of Christine's show

   

March 30 – "SUNG WITH WORDS" Jazz pianist HELEN SUNG has been called “one of the brightest emerging stars in jazz today.” Breaking stereotypes as an Asian-American jazz pianist and composer, her experience in classical, jazz, & popular music gives her a compelling, unique voice. Her CD Helenistique was praised as “…one of the year’s most exciting listens.” (JazzTimes), and her latest CD Sungbird after Albéniz, a jazz-classical adventure, is being hailed “a real winner” (All About Jazz – Los Angeles). Most recently, her project NuGenerations was selected as a 2009 US State Department-Rhythm Road ensemble and will tour as American musical ambassadors. www.helensung.com

A review of Helen's show

   

April 6 – Steel Pan Percussionist ANDY AKIHO is an award winning composer and performer with a broad range of interests that stretch from steel pan to western classical music. As a percussionist,Andy Akiho has performed with numerous professional ensembles, and his immersion in various genres has given him a unique approach to his primary instrument, the steel pan. Since 2003, he has performed and taught steel pan extensively in New York City and has successfully taught his arrangements to many groups including the Sesame Flyers International Steel Orchestra. He has also had the opportunity to perform for Bill Clinton, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Billy Crystal, and baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Torre. www.andyakiho.com

A review of Andy's show

   

ONE ACT PLAYS

 
   

March 18 – March 22: SMART ASS
A new one-woman comedy by LAN TRAN, exploring psychics, dogs, dating and how she learned to “speak her own body language.” Writer/Performer Lan Tran’s work has been featured on NPR and presented at numerous off-Broadway theaters, New York City Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall's REDCAT Theater, and at the Ford Amphitheatre Complex. HOW TO UNRAVEL YOUR FAMILY, her first one-woman show, played to a sold-out audience in the Lincoln Center Theater-produced American Living Room Festival. Her show ELEVATOR SEX was performed as part of Pan Asian Rep’s 2005 FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS.

A review of SMART ASS

   

April 7 & 8
RAMONA and DINNER
Written and performed by PAOLA IRUN
Paola Irun is a graduate student at Sarah Lawrence and recipient of the Gran Premio Oscar Trinidad award and the Arturo Alsina best actress award. Paola Irun’s full length play RAMONA QUEBRANTO is based on the works of the Paraguayan writers Margot Ayala de Michelagnoli and Mario Halley Mora. The full length version was produced at Sarah Lawrence College in October 2008. Paola Irún also performed the lead character of Ramona in that production. For NEWWORKS 09 the playwright / performer presents a solo version of the play simply called RAMONA.

The piece is written in a mix of languages: the primary one is English and the others are Guaraní (Paraguay’s official second language) and Jopará (which is a mix of Guaraní and Spanish). In contrast, DINNER is a humerous look at men and a woman’s place in marriage.

A review of RAMONA and DINNER

   
April 9 - 11
A DAY AFTER THE DAY
Written and directed by Juyoung Hong, this is a multi-media solo performance piece using sound and video-scape, an adaptation of Woyzeck, the famed tragedy which explores social dynamics and the tension between have and have-nots, re-imagined from the perspective of a new immigrant. Hong, one of the most promising experimental directors in Korean contemporary theatre, is an experimental director and writer whose credits include METAMORPHOSIS, KILLING GAME and THE MOST WONDERFUL THING OF ALL.
   

EMERGING ARTIST SHORTS

   
March 31 and April 1 – MITSU SALMON performing FISH DREAMS, a dance/music collaboration with musician, RYOTARO, that takes place in a magical sushi restaurant where the dishes cause emotional and metaphysical responses from customers and workers alike. The collaboration between performer/singer Mitsu Salmon and musician/composer ryotaro is a series of intimate segments, both choreographed and spontaneous weaving together music, dance, text and imagery that examines themes of belonging and longing. They began collaborating in 2008. Currently, they both live and perform in Kyoto.
   

March 31 and April 1 – Emerging musician LUCAS KWONG is a dichotomy for the ages. At 24, he is an old soul: you hear it in his trembling voice; you even see it in the lumbering way he walks. And yet his regard for life is that of boyish wonder and joy. Lucas was born and raised in Vancouver. During his college years at Yale, he explored New Orleans, Santa Fe and Mexico City; after a year's jaunt in Seoul, he returned to the East Coast. “I don’t think I’d be the kind of songwriter I am apart from my travels,” Lucas says. “We create when we allow ourselves to be haunted. I allow those cities to haunt me.” (Lauren Ro)
www.myspace.com/lucaskwong

 

  A review of EMERGING ARTISTS
   
March - April 2009
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Thursday
Friday Saturday Sunday
16

Music Night
Christine Toy Johnson

"Things I Love"

7:30 PM
17

No
Show






18

SMART
ASS





7:30 PM
19

SMART
ASS





7:30 PM
20

SMART
ASS






7:30 PM
21

SMART
ASS





7:30 PM
22

SMART
ASS





3:00 PM
23

No
Show




24

No
Show




25

SECRET
OF
O-SONO

11:00 AM

26

SECRET
OF
O-SONO

11:00 AM
7:30 PM
27

SECRET
OF
O-SONO


7:30 PM
28

SECRET
OF
O-SONO


7:30 PM
29

SECRET OF
O-SONO


3:00 PM 

30

Music Night
Helen Sung

Jazz Pianist




7:30 PM

31

Emerging Artist Shorts




7:30 PM
1

SECRET
OF
O-SONO
11:00 AM

Emerging Artist Shorts
7:30 PM
2

SECRET
OF
O-SONO



11:00 AM
7:30 PM
3

SECRET
OF
O-SONO




7:30 PM

4

SECRET
OF
O-SONO




7:30 PM

5

SECRET
OF
O-SONO




3:00 PM

6


Music Night
Andy Akiho

Steel Pan & Percussion

7:30 PM
7


RAMONA and
DINNER


7:30 PM
8


RAMONA
and
DINNER


7:30 PM
9


A DAY AFTER THE DAY


7:30 PM
10


A DAY AFTER THE DAY


7:30 PM
11


A DAY AFTER THE DAY

3:00 PM 7:30 PM
12


No
Show


 

 

 

NEWWORKS 09, training and emerging artist programs are made possible,
in part by
   
   

NEWWORKS 09 Media Sponsor: 
       
     
  NEWWORKS 09 Beverage Sponsor:  
  Paleewong Trading Company