For Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Host Sarika Mehta introduces Theatre Diaspora, the first Asian American/Pacific Islander theatre company in Portland. Ensemble members Samson Syharath, Wynee Hu and Larry Toda will talk about the genesis and need for AAPI representation in a city that has more than 200 theatre companies. Dmae Roberts joins via phone to talk about their first 2015 staged reading, a performance of her play Breaking GlassÂ atÂ Artist Repertory TheatreÂ on May 9th at 2pm andÂ Portland Center StageÂ on May 17th at 2pm.Â More info at: Theatrediaspora.org
Â (Aired 11am Tues 5/5 on KBOO 90.7FM & Stagenstudio.com.)
More about Theatre Diaspora:
Theatre DiasporaÂ is committed to fiercely celebrating and creatively advocating for the Asian Pacific American experience through stage work. MediaRitesâ€™ Theatre Diaspora project is a series of staged readings focusing on Asian American identityÂ and cultural issues and expanded to generate awareness of the Asian experience to all communities.TheÂ project helps establish Asian American theatre artists and playwrights dedicated to giving AsianÂ American theatre more visibility, and to engage the public in insightful talkback discussions on culturalÂ diversity.
Breaking Glass by Dmae Roberts
Dates and Venues:
ZoÃ« Anderson, Bruce Burkhartsmeier, Tonya Jone Miller, Elaine Low,Â Samson Syharath
Tickets are $5 to $10 depending on your level of support for Theatre Diaspora. Tickets are available at the door depending on availability. No one will be turned away because of cost. Reservations for the May 9th reading at Artists Repertory Theatre can be made via (503) 241-1278 orÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations for the May 17th reading at Portland Center Stage can be made via (503) 445-3700,email@example.comÂ or visitÂ http://www.pcs.org, or by clickingÂ HERE
More about the play
First produced in 1995 by Portland Repertory Theatre, Breaking Glass is by Oregon Book award and Drammy-winning playwright Dmae Roberts. Based on her experiences growing up in the only interracial family in a rural Oregon town. The play is sent in 1980 and focuses on the fractured family dynamics between the Caucasian father, Taiwanese mother and the two biracial children as they deal with isolation and racism. Roberts wrote this as an exploration of the inner life and its ability to help one survive and her belief that a personâ€™s resilience is determined by family, culture, environment and the enigmatic qualities that make up a human personality.
The cast includesÂ Elaine LowÂ reprising the role of Mei Jen the mother;Â Samson SyharathÂ (Theatre Diaspora core member) as Jimmy the son;Â Bruce BurkhartsmeierÂ (Third Rail RepertoryÂ ensemble member) as Buddy the father;Â ZoÃ« AndersonÂ (PHAMEÂ student) as Monica the visitor; and solo-show artistÂ Tonya Jones MillerÂ as Ricki, the daughter.
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