Spring is (almost) in the air! Birds are chirping, bees are buzzing, and new plays are being conceived! This year’s New Eyes Festival at The Playwright’s Center celebrates the creative process by showcasing three talented Asian American playwrights, and gives Mu audiences a taste of what they might see on our stage.
Our three readings this year tackle a wide range of subjects, such as sexuality, minstrel shows, divorce, explosives, even murder. All readings are FREE to the public, with a reception to follow where you can meet the players and mingle.
Parents be warned: these shows are intended for adult audiences.
FRIDAY, MARCH 18 AT 7PM
Charles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery
by Lloyd Suh
1967. The auspicious beginnings of a new political identity called Asian American, as a young literary hippie named Frank essays an inscrutable Chinese detective. A harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ENDS IN A GROTESQUE CARNIVAL OF MURDER!!!
SATURDAY, MARCH 19 AT 7PM
The Two Kids that Blow S#%t Up
by Carla Ching
Diana and Max meet at 10 years old, the day their parents start f#%*ing. In the ensuing 18 years, their parents break up, get back together, marry and divorce. And they see each other through it all, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did. A play about falling in and out of love with your best friend.
SUNDAY, MARCH 20 AT 7PM
The Sex Show
by Sun Mee Chomet
The Sex Show is an exploration of intimacy, sexual stereotypes, and sexuality in the Asian American community. Using movement, music, and text, the artists have collaborated to explore their own bodies and sexuality in a raw, humorous, and imaginative way.
Last night was the final curtain call on You for Me for You, and we are so grateful to all of you for such a great production. We had an amazing run of sold-out shows in the Guthrie Theater‘s Dowling Studio, and five thought-provoking post-show talk backs with great guests. We couldn’t have asked for a better run.
Thank you to all our supporters, partners, cast, creative team, playmakers, volunteers, board members, and the Guthrie staff for helping us share Mia Chung’s amazing play with Minnesota theater audiences! It’s because of YOU that we can tell these powerful stories from the heart of the Asian American experience.