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A Homecoming of Recovery and Healing! Pan Asian Repertory Theatre Announces Lineup for 2021-2022 Season
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:02 am EDT 08/24/21

A HOMECOMING OF RECOVERY AND HEALING!

PAN ASIAN REPERTORY THEATRE
ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR ITS MILESTONE 45TH SEASON

BENEFIT DINNER
2021 GOLDEN UNICORN GALA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021
AT THE GOLDEN UNICORN IN CHINATOWN

RETURN ENGAGEMENT OF
THE EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE
BY DAMON CHUA
DIRECTED BY CHONGREN FAN
JANUARY 15 - 30, 2022
AT THEATRE ROW

WORLD PREMIERE
CITIZEN WONG
A NEW PLAY BY RICHARD CHANG
INSPIRED BY 19th CENTURY ACTIVIST AND JOURNALIST WONG CHIN FOO
DIRECTED BY ERNEST ABUBA AND CHONGREN FAN
APRIL 11-30, 2022
MEZZANINE THEATRE AT A.R.T./NEW YORK THEATRES

NuWORKS 2022
AN EXPERIMENTAL SERIES
JUNE 17 - 30, 2022

New York, NY (August 24, 2021) - A homecoming of recovery and healing! Pan Asian Repertory Theatre (Tisa Chang, Founding Artistic Producing Director) kicks off its 45th Milestone Season of recovery and healing with a celebration:: The annual LIVE Benefit Dinner the 2021 Golden Unicorn Gala set for Thursday, October 21, 2021 at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown. The 2021 Honorees are stage fight master, Michael G. Chin, Emmy-award winner, film and stage actor Jodi Long, and founder of the New Federal Theater Woodie King, Jr.

The season of live entertainment begins after the new year with the return engagement of the hit Off-Broadway play The Emperor's Nightingale by Damon Chua (January 15 - 30, 2022) at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street), and continues with the World Premiere of the new play Citizen Wong by Richard Chang (April 11-30, 2022) in the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street). Closing out the 2021-2022 season is the annual play festival NuWorks 2022 (June 17 - 30, 2022). The season will also include the popular staged reading series': Day of Remberance (February 2022) and _Asian Heritage_ (May 2022).

Pan Asian Repertory's 45th Season continues the company's multi - year process for growth and transition to embrace expanded leadership towards a visionary new future with national and international collaborations.

"As we look to overcome a challenging past year, Pan Asian Rep looks at recovery and healing," shared Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Rep Founding Artistic Producing Director. "We are so excited to celebrate the reopening of theater beginning with a salute to those who make a difference at our annual theater Benefit Dinner The Golden Unicorn Gala." She went on to say, "We look forward to sharing our season of renewal and rediscovery with you."

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre kicks off its 45th Milestone Season of recovery and healing with a celebration: the annual LIVE theater Benefit Dinner the 2021 Golden Unicorn Gala Dinner on Thursday evening, October 21, 2021 at The Golden Unicorn in Chinatown (18 East Broadway at Catherine Street).

The 2021 Golden Unicorn Honorees are stage fight master, Michael G. Chin, Emmy-award winner, film and stage actor Jodi Long, and founder of the New Federal Theater Woodie King, Jr. Festivities are set to begin at 6:00PM with cocktails, followed by a traditional Chinese banquet at 7:00PM, and award presentation at 8:00PM. The 2021 Benefit Committee includes Ernest Abuba, Richard Chang, Tisa Chang, Patricia Malone Chin, Damon Chua, Abby Felder, Lucy Kan, Victor Kan, Virginia P. Louloudes, Dora Lu, Erin Quill, Lu Yu and Henry Yuk.

Single tickets are priced at $200. VIP Tables of 10 start at $2,500. SPECIAL OFFER: Early Bird Special Tickets are priced at $150 and available only through September 15. To purchase tickets, or for additional information regarding the Benefit Dinner, please call (212) 868-4030, or via email at info@panasianrep.org For the safety of all, proof of vaccination will be required at check-in.

The 2021-2022 season of LIVE theater beginning after the new year and celebrating the Lunar New Years is the annual return engagement of the acclaimed 2018 production of The Emperor's Nightingale by Damon Chua (Incident at Hidden Temple), is a family-friendly staged adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Nightingale," set in 18th century China, and brings to light the youthful exploits of the future Emperor Qianlong. This production employs traditional Chinese puppetry, folk songs and new illustrations teaching the art of Chinese calligraphy. Nominated by the Off-Broadway Alliance for "Best Family Show", this TYA production emphasizes the importance of leadership guided by a moral compass, through the story about two rival teen brothers competing for the throne. Directed by Chongren Fan (Lost in Shanghai), the limited return engagement is set to begin performances on Saturday afternoon, January 15, 2022 and will conclude Sunday afternoon, January 30, 2022 at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street).

Continuing the season is the World Premiere of *Citizen Wong by Richard Chang (Goy Vey! Adventures of a Dim Sun in Search of his Wanton Father), a powerful new play inspired by the life and times of the 19th Century activist and journalist Wong Chin Foo (王清福, 1847-1898), a celebrity speaker-writer-social rights activist in the American Gilded Age, who mysteriously disappeared from history and is being rediscovered as the First Chinese American and "Asian-American Martin Luther King, Jr." The play dramatically captures the essence of an era when Wong campaigned against calls for an "anti-Chinese wall," the Chinese Exclusion Act, and federal government efforts to deny birthright citizenship. The fictional romantic drama is based on 15 years of research by veteran Reuters journalist and actor Richard Chang. Co-Directed by Ernest Abuba (Kwatz! The Tibetan Project) and Chongren Fan (The Emperor's Nightingale), the world premiere engagement is set to begin performances on Monday, April 11, 2022 and will continue through Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres* (502 West 53rd Street).

The season will also include two popular staged reading series': Day of Remberance (February 2022) and _Asian Heritage _ (May 2022). Dates and location will be announced shortly.

The milestone 45th Season concludes with the annual festival NuWorks 2022, an experimental series of self-created work from innovative artists exploring an eclectic range of genres and techniques using poetry, text, dance and music. The series begins Friday, June 17, 2022 and will conclude Thursday, June 30, 2022. Location will be announced at a future date.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets please visit the website www.panasianrep.org , or via email at info@panasianrep.org, or by calling (212) 868-4030.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Michael G. Chin (2021 Golden Unicorn Honoree) is a Fight Master with The Society of American Fight Directors, one of only twenty-one people to hold that distinction. He is a member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers) and has choreographed fights on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and in regional theatres around the country. He serves as fight director in residence for both The White Horse and Pan Asian Rep. He has taught stage combat at The Juilliard School and for The United Stuntman Association in Seattle, Mr. Chin is currently on adjunct faculty at Brooklyn College, Pace University all in New York City and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown PA. He also works as a professional actor and stuntman having acted/fought on the film John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellem, and television series' "Blue Bloods," "Madam Secretary," "Blacklist," and "Blindspot," among other shows.

Jodi Long (2021 Golden Unicorn Honoree) is an Emmy Award winning actress for her role as Mrs. Basil E in Netflix's "Dash and Lily", and is a veteran of stage, film and television. She made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of five Broadway shows that include Loose Ends, The Bacchae, Sondheim's Getting Away with Murder and the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, for which she won an Ovation Award at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Numerous Off-Broadway productions include Old Money (Lincoln Center); Red and The Wash (Manhattan Theater Club), David Henry Hwang's Golden Child and Family Devotions (Public Theater); and The Tooth of Crime (La Mama). Film work: Marvel's Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings, The Tale (HBO), Beginners, Patty Hearst, Sour Sweet, Striking Distance, Rollover and The Hot Chick. Television series: Okcha in TBS's "Sullivan and Son", AMC's "Falling Water", Margaret Cho's mother in "All American Girl," Café Americain," and "Miss Match." And yes, Jodi is Patty "the power lesbian", in that episode of "Sex in The City." Jodi's one woman play, Surfing DNA, produced at NJ Rep in 2019, was named top ten NJ theater performances and at East West Players in Los Angeles, Jodi received an Ovation Nomination for Best Solo Performance. Jodi wrote and co-produced Long Story Short_ directed by Christine Choy, a documentary about her parents, that was voted the top ten documentaries by UCLA's Asia Institute.

Woodie King, Jr. (2021 Golden Unicorn Honoree) founded New Federal Theatre in 1970. He began his professional career in 1965 as cultural arts director for Mobilization for Youth. As director of New Federal Theatre, Mr. King has produced over 400 plays by the most important writers in theatre, including LeRoi Jones' (Amiri Baraka) A Recent Killing, Ed Bullins' The Taking of Miss Janie (Drama Critics' Circle Award), J. e Franklin's Drama Desk Award-winning Black Girl, Ntozake Shange's Tony nominated For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, and David Henry Hwang's The Dance and the Railroad. Mr. King is an acclaimed director who has directed productions for regional theatres throughout the U.S. He directed Checkmates by Ron Milner for ETA Chicago, Inner City Cultural Center, Westwood Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (winner of the NAACP Image Award, Best Director), Jomandi Theatre in Atlanta, Waterfront Theatre San Francisco, Arena Stage in Washington, DC; and on Broadway starring Denzel Washington and Ruby Dee. Mr. King also directed James Weldon Johnson's adaptation of God's Trombone for the Shubert Theatre in Philadelphia, The Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC and New Federal Theatre in NYC. He has directed Off-Broadway and in resident theatres. Mr. King is the recipient of the AUDELCO Award for Best Director for Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil by Bill Harris and Appear and Show Cause by Steve Taylor. A writer, editor, drama critic and teacher, Mr. King has taught at Yale University, Columbia University, Oberlin College, Penn State University. Mr. King is the recipient of an Obie Award for Sustained Achievement, an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Wayne State University, a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the College of Wooster, and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from John Jay College (CUNY), A Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lehman College. He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in January, 2012; in 2013 he received the Edwin Booth Award; and in 2016, he received the Ida B. Wells Award from the National Conference of Black Writers.

Damon Chua (Playwright, The Emperor's Nightingale), a member of The Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group 2014-15 and Ma-Yi Theater Company's Writers Lab, is the recipient of an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for Film Chinois, which made its Off-Broadway debut with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in 2015 and Incident at Hidden Temple in 2017. His TYA play, The Emperor's Nightingale recently made its world premiere at Adventure Theatre MTC. A National Endowment for the Arts, Dramatists Guild Fund, UNESCO and Durfee Foundation grant recipient, Damon's plays are published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Plays for Young Audiences, and the Proscenium Journal. He is also a published poet and short story writer. www.damonchua.com .

Chongren Fan (Director, The Emperor's Nightingale; Co-Director, Citizen Wong) is a New York-based stage director who was born and raised in Shanghai. Directing credits include Romulus the Great by Friedrich Durrenmatt (Yangtze Rep), Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre), 410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (Yangtze Rep), Lost in Shanghai by Angel Lam (Pan Asian Rep), and The Final Kiss by Maurice Level (The Flea). He was a Resident Artist at Mabou Mines and Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club. He is the Artistic Director of Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America and Production Supervisor for China Arts and Entertainment Group's 'Image China' Series. www.chongrenfan.com .

Richard Chang (Playwright, Citizen Wong) blends genres based on solid research to tell neglected stories, reflecting his background as a journalist and performer in Asian and Western Theater, dance and opera; puppetry and improv comedy. His solo comedy Goy Vey! Adventures of a Dim Sun in Search of his Wanton Father debuted at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. At the Leeds (UK) International Jewish Performing Arts Festival, the Leeds Jewish Telegraph declared Goy Vey! as the "Greatest Show in Festival's History". Other works include Ah Chew! Drama of a Diva Mama, and News to a Muse: A Farcedy of Terrors. Richard co-wrote and co-directed Chinese Theatre Works' (CTW) Climbing the Gold Mountain at Abron Arts Center. As an actor, he has also appeared in other productions by Pan Asian Rep, CTW, Goodwin Theatre (Hartford, NY), NY Fringe Festival and Midtown Theatre Festival. Screen roles include New York, I Love You, Windhorse, Saving Face, Never Forever, Chasing America, Return to Paradise, Cantonese Style, No Menus Please, and NBC-TV series "Kidnapped." Richard has received awards from the Queens Council on the Arts and Puffin Foundation, and has been an Urban Artist Initiative/New York City fellowship recipient.

Ernest Abuba (Co-Director, Citizen Wong) is an award-winning actor, playwright, director on stage, film, and TV, and last seen in The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center Theatre. Plays he has written include Kwatz! The Tibetan Project, Eat A Bowl of Tea, An American Story, The Dowager, Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell, Cambodia Agonistes, Papa-Boy, Nightstalker, Lier Rex, and co-created Baudelaire: La Mort with Shigeko Suga. He is the author/co-director of six Educational Short Screenplays aired/produced by WING Productions CBS/PBS and is the voice of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama on the audiobook The Art of Happiness. Recipient of an Obie, a Rockefeller Playwright Residency, five New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Grants for Playwriting and Directing, and a Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) Grant.

Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, celebrating its 45th Milestone Season, is the most veteran Asian American theatre company on the East Coast. Tisa Chang founded Pan Asian Rep in 1977 at Ellen Stewart's La Mama ETC with the vision to promote equity and access that Asian Americans artists can equally follow, focusing on stories of probing social justice issues with distinctive Off-Broadway Productions, Tours, National Outreach, and Community Service. Mel Gussow of The New York Times described it as "A Stage for All the World of Asian -Americans" and wrote that "Before Pan Asian Rep, Asian Americans had severely limited opportunities in the theater...." The company has nurtured thousands of artists and is a "who-is-who" of Asian American theatre history, with notable alumni/ae: Ako, Ernest Abuba, Tina Chen, Philip Gotanda, Wai Ching Ho, David Henry Hwang, Daniel Dae Kim, Lucy Liu, Ron Nakahara, R.A. Shiomi, Lauren Yee, and Henry Yuk.

Pan Asian Rep Programs are made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; City Council member Margaret Chin; and major support from Howard Gilman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, NY Community Trust COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels, Lucille Lortel Foundations; and many generous individuals.

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