Celebrating 34 years of connecting people to Asian American culture through theater, San Francisco’s acclaimed Asian American Theater Company (www.asianamericantheater.org) continues its season with TeleMongol -- a 70 minute sketch comedy spectacularly directed by Hollywood television director Henry Chan – and initiates a bold new collaboration with San Jose’s Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene (CATS) ensemble. Performances of TeleMongol will be at San Jose’s Theatre on San Pedro Square.
Written as a collaborative piece between Lodestone Theatre Ensemble and three of the nation's most renowned Asian American comedy troupes -- Cold Tofu, 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, and OPM -- TeleMongol uses the sketch comedy format to tell the story of AHOLE-TV (Asia Home of Language Entertainment), a fictional cable network with a mission to create programming by and for the Asian Pacific American community. The show takes a satirical look at both the behind-the-scenes politicking at the station and the programs chosen to air. Skewering everything from the issues faced by ethnic media to well-known icons like North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, TeleMongol promises to be an irreverent look at contemporary Asian American pop culture.
In addition, TeleMongol presents a tongue-and-cheek preview of the original programming AHOLE-TV will air. Some of the new shows include The Dr. Pho Show, a talk show hosted by local nail salon owner Dr. Pho; reality show The Asian Surreal Life featuring housemates George Takei, Sammo Hung, Bai Ling and Rick Yune; and a special presentation by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and friends in the tradition of Jay Leno or David Letterman. Veteran TV director Henry Chan will direct. For six years, Chan was the principal director for the UPN sitcom Moesha (starring Brandy) and his other directing credits include episodes of The King of Queens, Scrubs and Lloyd Suh’s play Masha No Home for East West Players.
The mission of the Asian American Theater Company (AATC) is to connect people to Asian American culture through theater. Founded by Chinese American playwright Frank Chin in 1973 to develop and present original works of theater about Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent, AATC is widely regarded as the birthplace of the contemporary Asian American theater movement. Today it produces professional theater productions, develops and commissions new playwrights, and reaches into the community through conservatory classes and community-based theater projects.
To learn more about the Asian American Theater Company go online to www.asianamericantheater.org
Opening Night: Friday, February 9, 7pm
February 9 – 18, 2007
Fridays – Saturdays at 7pm & 10pm
Sundays at 2pm
Theatre on San Pedro Square
29 North San Pedro Street
San Jose, CA 95110
To purchase tickets call: 1 800-838-3006 online to www.brownpapertickets.com
Ticket prices are $10 general, $7.50 student/senior/groups of 10 or more.
Official Website: http://www.asianamericantheater.org
Added by ericsf7 on February 13, 2007