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Flower Drum Song:
A Musical Revival in Concert

Presented by SDAART

May 12 - June 12, 2011
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:30pm
Previews May 6 and 7 at 7:30pm

La Jolla Playhouse
Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
2910 La Jolla Village Drive (UCSD)
Corner of Revelle College Drive and Scholars Drive South

Reserve tickets by email: sdaarttix@gmail.com or call 619–940-5891


San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater (SDAART), in residence at La Jolla Playhouse, presents Flower Drum Song: A Musical Revival in Concert (2010). Based on the legendary Broadway musical (1958), popular movie (1961), and modern revival (2002), Flower Drum Song follows Mei-Li, who flees Mao’s Communist China and immigrates to San Francisco in the 1950s. She struggles to balance tradition and assimilation while looking for love. It also explores intergenerational conflict as Wang, the owner of an old-fashioned opera house, resists his son who wants to turn it into a nightclub in pursuit of the American dream.
“Flower Drum Song has a rich and controversial history and deserves the highest honor in the canon of Asian American theater. We are thrilled to bring the West Coast premiere of the revival in concert to San Diego, especially during May, Asian Heritage month,” says Elise Kim Prosser, Ph.D., President of SDAART. It was the first musical to feature Asian Americans on Broadway and in a popular movie. The modernized revival (2002) written by Tony-Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), was well-received in New York and Los Angeles. Variety described it as “a bold theatrical operation, an artistic success.” The beloved music is by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The original book was by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joseph Fields and was inspired by the novel by C.Y. Lee. “This universal romantic story has stood the test of time. Presenting the revival in concert is a streamlined way to introduce the musical to the next generation while bringing back fond memories for the older generations,”
states director Peter James Cirino. He may be contacted at (619) 729-5549 or cirpopino@sbcglobal.net

The cast includes: David Armstrong, Rosalie Celestial, Mindy Chu, Rossana De Leon, Michael Demoret, Angela Evers, Ana Jacala, Kezia Liu, Tiffany Loui, Dante Macatantan, Patrick Mayuyu, Albert Park, Elise Kim Prosser, Melissa Rodriguez, Trini Tran, Ritchie Valenzuela, and Rickey Calixto. Theatre Design - Costume Design: Caroline Rousset-Johnson MFA Graduate Student. The creative team includes: Peter James Cirino, Director; Thomas Hodges, Musical Director; Chris Wollman, Assistant Director, Gina Ma, Choreographer; Tom Kaye, Stage Manager, Dom Abbenante, Scenic Designer; Kevin Anthenill, Sound Designer; Lila Lace Flores, Lighting Designer; and Andy Lowe, La Jolla Playhouse Theatre-in-Residence Program Coordinator.

Spearheaded by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program aims to encourage the artistic development of up-and-coming performing arts organizations, while advancing and contributing to the San Diego theatre scene as a whole. The program is also designed to address San Diego’s lack of available, affordable performance spaces by providing a temporary home each year to one of the many local troupes without a permanent venue. Now entering its fourth year, the Resident Theatre Program is an annual appointment at La Jolla Playhouse. In addition to performance space, the Playhouse provides lighting and sound support and is available to offer marketing and development advice.


The La Jolla Playhouse


By Julia Cho

Directed by Peter James Cirino

In this dark comedy a 14 year old Asian girl
struggles to find her identity,
friendship and love in “BFE”
(Anytown USA).
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August 20- September 19, 2010
Thurs, Fri and Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2:30pm



The Shank Theater at The La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Drive (on the UCSD campus)



$25 Adults, $15 Students, Seniors and Military
For advanced tickets SDAARTTIX@gmail.com
Or call 619-940-5891




Inner Views: Asian American Voices

SDAART's first annual 10-minute new play showcase

Inner Views is intended to explore Asian American identities and experiences. Playwrights from all over the country submitted new plays, 5-15 minutes in length that explore perspectives of Asian Americans (Pacific Rim or Indian Subcontinental cultures). The ten selected plays will be directed by five local directors and performed May 14-21, 2010 at Mesa College's Apolliad Theatre.

Directed by George Ye
Mister Los Angeles by Velina Houston
The Visit by Eric Loo

Directed by Andy Lowe
The Bar Scene by Arianna Chadwick-Saund
This Girl I Used to Know by Naomi Iizuka

Directed by Peter Cirino
Ballistic by Thelma Virata De Castro
Ratings Magnet by Kitty Felde
Womb for Rent by Lauren Yee

Directed by Gina Ma
The Sensuous Gourmet and the Szechuan Peppercorn by Lucy Wang

Directed by Carolyn Henderson
Verbatim by Rosanna Alfaro
Urashima Taro by Francesca Sanders

Production Dates and Times: 5/14, 5/15, 5/20, 5/21, and 5/22 at 8 pm, 5/16 at 2 pm.

Location: Mesa College's Apolliad Theater

7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, CA, 92111
Directions to Mesa College:
Take 805 S to Balboa East. Make right onto Convoy. Make right onto Mesa College Drive. At 2nd light, make left. Pass stop sign. At flag pole on the right, make a left into staff parking lot shaped like triangle. Do not park in lot on right. Walk up stairs and make left to bldg C-100, Apolliad Theatre.




김밥 “Kim-Bop”
World Premiere
An original hip-hop herstory in the City of Angels, a play by
Elise Kim Prosser

In this contemporary cultural comedy, four Korean women named Kim are thrown together at jury duty. Through coincidence, calamity, and kim-chee, each discovers more about her cultural and persoanl identity.

Production Dates: January 15-31, 2010
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday matinee 2pm

Location: Don Powell Theatre
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 92182
Tickets: General $25, Student $15, please phone or email to reserve
(619) 940 5891 sdaarttix@gmail.com

Directions to Campus Map for SDSU Don Powell Theatre http://www.sdsu.edu/campusinfo
Directions to SDSU Campus https://sunspot.sdsu.edu/map

From Freeway 5 or 805, take 8E. Exit College Drive. Make a right at the light onto College Dr. South. Make a right at the next light. Follow until dead end. Make a right at the stop sign. Make a right after the second W sign in parking lot. Buy parking permit at the yellow box on your left. Make a left into parking structure 4. Take elevator to 8th floor. Follow signs to 8E Performing Arts Plaza. Cross the bridge to the left of Viejas venue. Follow signs to Don Powell Theatre, bearing left after bridge. Don Powell Theatre is the second white building on your left.


Oct 24 2009
Elise Kim Prosser with Randall Park (MadTV, Cold Case, Eli Stone, ER) lead an interactive workshop to help aspiring actors get started and improve their craft.



has been selected by the National Association of Ethnic Studies to be this year’s recipient of the Earnest M Pon Memorial Award!

"Asian American Repertory Theatre has been selected to receive the Ernest M Pon Memorial Service Award, which goes to a non-profit Asian American organization. The Asian American Repertory Theatre was one of several non-profit organizations that we looked at; most were health and social service organizations, all credible and worthy. In its twenty-year history of making this award, NAES has never given it to an art or theater group. Your website is impressive, with a wonderful history and collection of theater works that present Asian American culture with bounty and beauty. It reveals a successful fourteen years. Therefore, NAES is pleased to move outside the box, or the guidelines established for the award, in order to present this human rights recognition to you. The National Association for Ethnic Studies, founded in 1972, is an organization which addresses issues of civil rights and social justice; it has an academic focus with regard to culture as ethnicity and identity frame the discussion. Ernest Pon, for whom the award is named, was one of the first bilingual counselors in the state of California, at a time when there was a great deal of social unrest against newcomers from Vietnam. He worked as a counselor for just that population. He was taken from us at a young age, but not before he left an indelible mark. We affirm and celebrate his work by giving this annual award to deserving organizations."

If you wish to learn more about National Association of Ethnic Studies click here www.ethnicstudies.org

Webmaster Jean-Pierre Prieur at Bionic Sisters Productions (San Diego, CA) graphics@bionicsisters.com.