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New Year 2018:

Foo-Dog Fu

Fierce statues of Asiatic lions, commonly called "Foo Dogs" in English-speaking countries, are often placed outside important buildings and homes. This tradition has been widely adopted in China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Thailand, Burma, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos.  FOO DOG FU is a playful adaptation based on specifically Chinese history behind these “dogs”.  Coupled with the additional panAsian observance of 2018 as Year of the Dog, this all-new show will include guest appearances from a wide range of past and future community collaborators.

ALSO IN 2018:

There and Home Again

MORE STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE

Touring spring of 2018. This production reprises several stories first developed in our full-length 2015 production STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE. THERE AND HOME AGAIN adds several all-new episodes focusing on the San Diego Japanese American lives turned upside down by their political incarceration during WWII. The broad politics of this dark episode remain painful and controversial. Less familiar are the practical considerations of San Diegans returning home from their political imprisonment. These are the personal stories of the children and families, returning to the neighborhoods and schools they never chose to leave. Teachers will have access to a wealth of background materials developed by both local and regional resources. Sponsored in part by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and Arts for Learning

 

Did you see HALO-HALO in 2017?

Halo-Halo!

If you attended the show, please COMPLETE THIS SURVEY in the next 2 weeks to enter our drawing for a DVD of this show. The survey is confidential and anonymous, so just email Asian Story Theater to tell us if you would like to be in this drawing. Drawing will be held September 25 and all entrants notified. (The DVD is also available to purchase separately below.)

HALO-HALO on DVD
(available October 1, 2017)

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Stories of the Sun Cafe on DVD

DVD of SUN CAFE

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Stories of the Sun Cafe on DVD

This remarkable 2015 performance is captured here, a timeless remembrance of San Diego in the last century.  From its origin as the Obayashi shooting gallery to the downtown institution it became under the Jeong family, the Sun Cafe watched generations of Japanese American and Chinese American families take their place in San Diego. 

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Halo-Halo

Mixed-together stories of San Diego's Filipino American community. Sign up for the mailing list below to receive more information as this new show, scheduled to premiere in March 2017, evolves.

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RECENT EVENTS

Year of the Chicken: Child of Dragons

Year of the Mobkey: Monkey in the Mirror

Last chance to see MONKEY IN THE MIRROR performed live was at the Asian Cultural Festival in Mira Mesa. However, a video of the performance will be available later this year. Be sure to sign onto our mailing list below to learn when--as well as to receive the announcement of our project coming up this summer in the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 25-July 2.

STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE is a collaborative project produced by Asian Story Theater in conjunction with leaders of San Diego's Japanese American and Chinese American communities, and co-presented with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM). STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE are curated by Gingerlily Lowe (Asian Story Theater), Andy Lowe (East West Players), Joyce Teague (JAHSSD and Buddhist Temple of San Diego), and Murray K. Lee (San Diego Chinese Historical Museum), and directed by Kent Brisby. Historical and behind-the-scenes photos are on Facebook. More info about this June 2015 event is here.

MORE SUN CAFE SHOW INFORMATION

 

Ram-Girl

For early spring of 2015, Asian Story Theater and Moxie Theatre co-presented the world premiere of RAM-GIRL. Family matinees were March 7, at Noon and 2pm at the Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Special preview excerpts were presented at the Chinese New Year and Tet New Year celebrations. RAM-GIRL begins with the Chinese story/parable about a sheep, a monkey, and a rooster who are competing with each other to win a race. However, RAM-GIRL is also about a girl discovering her own identity through some unusual talents.  It's a fun family show, with sly insights into gender identity and prejudice.  The traditional Chinese symbol associated with this year of the lunar calendar is the same for sheep AND goat, and RAM-GIRL explores that literal and metaphorical uncertainty.  And because the Year of the Ram (or Goat) is traditionally associated with individuals of unusual creativity, the performance incorporates visual art and a little music created live on stage.

Ram-Girl SHOW PROGRAM INFORMATION


MPG

A new chapter in the ongoing development of this musical will be presented in the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. Watch this page, or the project-specific Facebook page, for details as these become available. Click on the link in the history list (on the right) to view clips from the 2011 workshop presentation. More details about THE MUSICAL PAUL GAUGUIN are online here. Questions and comments are welcome at our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Musical.Gaugin Please check the Facebook page, or send email to Asian Story Theater to be notified as additional details are announced.

(revised 2/16/2016)

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Stories of the Sun Cafe
Ram-Girl
Year of the Horse
YoSnake
SHAVE ICE!
Year of the Dragon
Gauguin musical
Year of the Rabbit (2011)

Return of the Monkey King (2010) Doctor Quynh (2009)

Sea Monster (2008)

Super Shave Ice (2007) Dear Miss Breed (2007) Shave Ice (2006) Then He Met a Woodcutter (2005) Return of the Monkey King, 2005 KAHUA (2003) Journey to the Buddha (2002) Asian Americas (2002)
SunDance (2001)
3 Dragons (2000) Trickster Tour (1999-2003) ( Real vs. Fake (1999) White Snake (1998) Myth, Magic & Mathem Tour (1997-1999) Hanuman & the Monkey King (1997) Fa Mu Lan (1996) Monkey King (1995) Tea Tour (1994) Candlewick Fairy (1994) Monkey King & the Spider Women, 1993 Monkey King & the Mountains of Fire, 1992 Tea Stories (1991) Monkey King: The Journey Begins, 1991 The White Snake, 1989-90   Contact us for additional information, including photos, press, curricula, and video