ST. PAUL (Jan. 17, 2015) — Mu Performing Arts presents “New Eyes Festival 2015“, which features the best new works by Asian American artists. Watch four free shows over three days and enjoy the developing plays that represent the best new work Asian American theatre.
Performances will be held Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Jan 24 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. All shows will be held at The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.
New Eyes Festival 2015 features new work by Saymoukda Vongsay, Katie Ka Vang, Myra Sito Velasquez, Stephane Ly-Cuong and along with Mu staff and actors.
The two Friday performances include two plays that are unfinished works-in-progress.
“Yellowtail Sashimi” from playwright Saymoukda Vongsay, and directed by Scotty Gunderson. It is the story of three generations of Lao Americans – a grandmother waiting to die, twin sisters (one in love with an asianphile, one struggling to come out), and a buffalo boy with zero effort – and all are connected by folktales and ominous dreams.
“Fast Fwd Motion” from playwright and director Katie Ka Vang. The setting is the annual Hmong Freedom Festival 2003, a sports tournament that attracts Hmong community from around the world to Saint Paul on 4th of July weekend. The story is an intimate look into the lives of a women’s volleyball team, and how, despite all odds, they continue to find happiness and create an understanding of how their playing impacts the larger cultural and social systems they belong to.
On Saturday the show is “The Astonishing Journey of Mabel Li and the Mysterious Ways of Lord Ba Tha Za” by playwright Myra Sito Velasquez, and directed by Eric Sharp. “In a world of vengeful ghosts, scheming vixens, and roving sex bandits, what’s a poor peasant girl to do?”
The Sunday show is “Lemon Twist (A Musical)” by playwright Stephane Ly-Coung, and directed by Katie Bradley.
Lemon Twist tells the story of Yvonne, an American-Vietnamese woman living in New York who is torn between her very traditional Vietnamese family and her desire to be a “normal” American. She longs to be an actress – to star in a musical! To light up the silver screen! – but roles for Asians are few and far between. Should she give in to her mother’s pressure to become a pharmacist? Luckily, her sharp sense of humour comes to her aid as she finds herself between jobs, between relationships, feeling neither wholly American nor entirely Vietnamese.
Get free tickets to all the shows online or call the Mu Box Office at 651-789-1012.