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Staged reading of RED by Chay Yew Oct. 26

Posted by Kelsey Tyler | 03 October 2014

MediaRites/Theatre Diaspora in association with Portland Center Stage presents a staged reading of…


By Chay Yew

Sunday, October 26 at 7 p.m. 

Ellyn Bye Studio
The Gerding Theater at the Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave in the Pearl


Playwright Chay Yew

Directed by Samson Syharath
Chinese Opera movement by Minh Tran

Sonja...............................Kat Templeton

Hua.................................Sumi Wu

Ling.................................Wynee Hu

Sonja Wong Pickford, a bestselling ethnic romance writer suffering from creative malaise, travels to Shanghai to seek inspiration. In an old theater, she meets HuaWaiMun, a star performer of Chinese opera, and Ling, a teenaged Red Guard, who are caught up in the Cultural Revolution. While Sonja investigates to uncover the truth about them, all three become embroiled in clashes over artistic purpose, political power, and changing values. As the conflicts play out, decisions made from good intentions produce unexpected, far-reaching consequences.


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 Chay Yew joined Victory Gardens Theater in July 2011 as its first new artistic director in 34 years. He is a recipient of the Obie and DramaLogue Awards for Direction.  His productions have been cited by the Los Angeles Times and New York Times as one of the “Ten Best Productions of the Year;” Seattle Times and Strangers’ Best Achievement in Theatre.  He is the recipient of the London Fringe Award for Best Playwright and Best Play, George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award, GLAAD Media Award, Asian Pacific Gays and Friends’ Community Visibility Award, Made in America Award, AEA/SAG/AFTRA 2004 Diversity Honor, and Robert Chesley Award

Chay Yew is an accomplished and widely respected playwright, and his plays are published in two titles, The Hyphenated American Plays and Porcelain and A Language of Their Own, by Grove Press; the latter was nominated for a Lamda Literary Award. He is presently editing a new anthology Version 3.0: Contemporary Asian American Plays for TCG Publications. An alumnus of New Dramatists, he has held residencies at Mu Lan Theatre Company, Northwest Asian American Theatre Company and East West Players.

He serves on the National Advisory Board at the Playwrights Center and the Artistic Advisory Board of Partial Comfort Theatre. He is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and Vineyard Theatre Community of Artists. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group and is presently on the Executive Board of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Upcoming productions include the world premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s Black and Blue Boys at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Goodman Theatre (spring 2012).

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*Produced with permission by Chay Yew

**MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora project is a series of staged readings with movement focusing on Asian American identity and cultural issues in partnership with Portland Center Stage. The project includes established Asian American theatre artists dedicated to giving Asian American theatre more visibility and to engaging the public through talkback discussions.

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