HAPPY (LUNAR) NEW YEAR AGAIN!

Polar vortexes followed by 61 degree, spring weather, February has been a temperature roller coaster so far. So dramatic! Supreme Leader Orangina Trump just gave the State Of The Union address stating that we can either have a working government or investigations but we cannot have both… What? How has this show not been cancelled yet?

Anyway! We got great shows for you this month. One of them is MY show so, yes, the recommendation is super bias but come support me!

GOD SAID THIS @ Cherry Lane Theatre until Feb. 15

A Japanese matriarch, diagnosed with cancer, brings this all-American family back together where they must face everything that has been buried for years. Taking place 7 years after Kentucky, will daughters Hiro and Sophie be able to restore their relationships? Will their stern and reluctant father step up and heal the open wounds from the past?

Cast:

Ako - Masako
Satomi Blair - Hiro
Tom Coiner - John
Emma Kikue - Sophie
Jay Patterson - James

Produced by Primary Stages
Written by Leah Nanako Winkler
Directed by Morgan Gould
Scenic Designer - Arnulfo Maldonado
Sound Designer - M.L. Dogg
Props Supervisor - Andrew Diaz
Lighting Designer - Ryan Seelig

 

THE AMERICAN TRADITION @ 13th Street Rep. until Feb. 16

Set in Antebellum America with an absurd and Brechtian twist, fictitious characters Eleanor—cross-dressing as a white planter—and her husband, Bill—pretending to be her loyal servant—attempt to escape to the free state of Pennsylvania. Their operation is running smoothly until they meet Walsh, a drunk planter and member of the Not All Slavers organization, who steals Bill at a rest stop. Armed with a semi-automatic and her fair skin, Eleanor sets out to rescue him by any means necessary.

Cast:

Sydney Cole Alexander - Eleanor
Martin K. Lewis - Bill
Alex Herrald - Mr. Walsh
Hunter Canning - Buckley/Henry/Sheriff
Danie Steel - Rose

Produced by New Light Theater Project
Written by Ray Yamanouchi
Directed by Axel Avin, Jr.
Casting - Gama Valle
Line Producer - Rebecca Crigler 
Fight Directior - Leighton Samuels
Scenic Design - Brian Dudkiewicz 
Costume Design - Samantha Rose Lind 
Lighting Design - Elaine Wong
Music & Sound Design-y Enrico de Trizio
Props Design - Leila Ben-Abdallah 
Stage Manager - Chelsea Olivia Friday
Assistant Stage Management - Alicia Parker
Assistant Director - Cynthia Cunningham
Technical Directior - ToniAnne DiFilippo 


SUICIDE FOREST @ The Bushwick Starr from Feb. 27 until Mar. 16

“Suicide Forest is a bilingual nightmare play excavating the Japanese-American consciousness and its looming relationship with sex, suicide, and identity. In 1990’s Japan, a teenage girl grapples with her sexuality in a nightmarish, male-defined society as a salaryman desperately tries to escape his masochistic psyche. Both are clawing for their self-worth. When their two journeys collide, they expose their darkest desires fueled by shame as they now confront life and death with the notorious Suicide Forest looming over their imagination. Performed by a Japanese heritage cast, Suicide Forest examines the role of community and the inner struggles of emotional, psychic and social suicide through the playwright’s lived stories and inner landscape.“ -From official website.

Cast:

Akiko Aizawa
Yuki Kawahisa
Keizo Kaji
Aoi Lee
Kristine Haruna Lee
Eddy Toru Ohno
Dawn Akemi Saito

Produced by The Bushwick Starr in association with Ma-Yi Theater Co.
Written by Kristine Haruna Lee
Directed by Aya Ogawa
Scenic Designer- Jian Jung,
Costume Designer - Alice Tavener
Lighting & Video Designer - Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Original Music & Sound Designer - Fan Zhang
Sound Composition & Arrangement - Jen Goma
Assistant Scenic Design & Props Master - Brian Bernhard
Assistant Costume Deisnger - Raphael Regan
Assistant Lighting Design & Master Electrician - Christina Tang
Production Stage Manager - Mariko Takizawa
Assistant Director - Kiyo Kamisawa
Production Mananger - Patrick Murphy
Technical Director - Jay Maury
Production Intern - Padra Crisafulli
Co-Producers - Denise Shu Mei & John Del Gaudio