Theatre

Attend TEA’s “Yohen” at the AAPCP Group Rate this Sunday at 2PM

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Theatre | 0 comments

Join the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership at the Closing production of Yohen at the group rate of $22 this Sunday afternoon, February 26th, 2PM. Here are the instructions for the discount password: Go to this link:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2748633 Select date:   2/26 Click on “Enter a password or discount code” Type “AAPCP” and then click “Check availability” A ‘hidden’ price will pop up for $22 for you to purchase your tickets Help us make closing night a wonderful evening for TEA’s excellent two-person production in an intimate setting at the ACAD Gallery Theatre. Here are the details about Yohen: Theatre Esprit Asia presents: Yohen Through 26, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays:  7:30 PM | Sundays: 2:00 PM A Regional Premiere, “Yohen” explores the intricacies of interracial marriage, culture and Japanese art, by Phillip Kan Gotanda; directed by Anthony J. Garcia (Su Teatro) ACAD Gallery Theatre – Aurora Cultural Arts District | 1400 Dallas St. | Aurora, CO  80010 Group-rate tickets with the Partnership (AAPCP):  $22 ($26/general) | www.teatheatre.org Theatre Esprit Asia offers a unique perspective during Black History Month: a story melding and shaping the intricacies of interracial marriage, culture and Japanese art. Set in California in 1986, “Yohen” is about James, an African American ex-GI, and Sumi, his Japanese wife. After 30 years of marriage, Sumi reevaluates the relationship and separates from James. In her words, she wishes for him to “court” her again. Yohen is a Japanese pottery term that refers to an accident in the kiln firing that results in transformation of the pot. The outcomes are as unpredictable as the evolution of a marriage. In the end, it is up to the observer to decide its beauty. Veteran actors and Denver favorites, Maria Cheng and Don Randle, bring their talents to this compelling story directed by Anthony J. Garcia, Executive Artistic Director of Su Teatro. Cheng plays Sumi, a Japanese woman trying to define herself after 30 years under the label of being James’ wife. She takes pottery classes, hoping to ignite a spark of passion within herself. James, played by Randle, visits Sumi regularly, per her requests. At first, James has a difficult time being away from Sumi. He is unsure how time apart is supposed to bring them closer together, but he...

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Animals Out of Paper

Posted on May 20, 2016 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Featured, Japan, Theatre | 0 comments

Animals Out of Paper

What do animals, paper and tea have in common?    Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA) presents the production by Rajiv Joseph, “Animals Out of Paper”: When a world-renowned origamist (Llana) opens her studio to a teenage prodigy (Suresh), a student of her boyfriend (Andy), she discovers that life and love can’t be folded neatly into a perfect design. A quirky and poignant comedy/drama by Rajiv Joseph, author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, that has been hailed as “pitch-perfect” by the NY Times. Performances run through June 5th Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery Theatre 1400 Dallas St., Aurora, CO  80010. Buy tickets here… About www.theatre-esprit-asia.org… Questions?  (720)...

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Attend TEA’s “Fermata” May 30th and Support the Partnership

Posted on May 11, 2015 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Family Fun, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

MORE DATES ADDED: Buy one ticket at $30 or two for $50 to one of the two following performances, and ALL PROCEEDS go to the Partnership!   The following performances benefit the Partnership: Fri., May 22nd, 7:30 PM (purchase from the Partnership by Wed., May 20th) Sat., May 23rd, 7:30 PM (purchase from the Partnership by Thurs., May 21st) Sun., May 24th, 2:30 PM (purchase from the Partnership by Fri., May 22nd) Fri., May 29th, 7:30 PM (purchase from the Partnership by Wed., May 27th) Sat., May 30th, 2:30 PM (purchase from the Partnership by Thurs., May 28th) Sat., May 30th, 7:30 PM (purchase from the Partnership by Thurs., May 28th)  RESERVATIONS: 303-326-8695 or online:  www.crowdrise.com/AAPCP-TEA-MAY2015 Tickets must be purchased directly through the Partnership in order to benefit the Partnership. Your name and the name of your guests on the Partnership guest list will be your ticket. = = = = = Dear Friends of the Partnership, Reserve your seat TODAY for the upcoming production of Fermata: Saturday, May 30th, 2:30 PM Aurora Cultural Arts District Gallery Theatre 1400 Dallas Street, Aurora, CO  80010 Theatre Esprit Asia presents Fermata, a play written and produced by our own Partnership member and the Founder & Co-Artistic Director of TEA, Maria Cheng.  The plan is to raise some money for the Partnership while supporting the region’s premier APA theatre company.  However, if you purchase the tickets through TEA, the Partnership does not receive the benefit. Please let us know as soon as possible – if this is something you plan to do. Purchase for one admission is $30, or, $50 for two.  The Partnership keeps 100% of the proceeds. Tickets must be purchased by Tues., May 26th.  By ‘tickets’ what I mean is MAKE A RESERVATION through the Partnership in one of two ways: Call the Partnership staff office, (303) 326-8695 or Pay online at crowdrise.com/AAPCP-TEA-MAY2015 Maria is at it again with another world premiere of her original dramedy, Fermata, a play featuring 4 world class musicians, 3 generations of women, 2 mentally blocked virtuosos and 1 brilliant neurosurgeon who just isn’t good enough! This work explores with humor and grace the price one pays to pursue the sublime and the cost when one follows, or doesn’t, one’s authentic self. Inspired by the real life stories of pianist Van Cliburn, violinist Isaac Stern and super conductors Carlos Kleiber and Claudio Abbado, this drama/comedy unfolds with humor and grace in a lush Italian villa, where three generations of brilliant female Chinese musicians meet to celebrate the matriarch’s 80th birthday. Secrets, jealousies, lost dreams and future hopes collide. “(Fermata is)…engaging and subtle…loaded with rich ideas about artistic legacy, familial love, a father’s failings…Cheng is a formidable force.” — Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post (5/19/15) See all the details...

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“Dust Storm” — tonight at History Colorado

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Art, Arts & Culture, Educational, Immigration, Japan, museums, Theatre | 0 comments

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending more than 120,000 Japanese Americans living on the west coast to 10 internment camps located in Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Utah, inland California, and Colorado.  The decision was called “a military necessity,” but the Japanese Americans affected were not charged with crimes or even given judicial hearings. They were targeted because of widespread fear that people of Japanese descent were spies and loyal to Japan, though nearly 60% were American citizens. Tonight, Wed., February 19th, 7:00 PM, History Colorado is proud to partner with Theatre Esprit Asia to celebrate the Day of Remembrance, 71 years after Executive Order 9066 was signed, with a production of Rick Foster’s play “Dust Storm”. “Dust Storm” is a coming of age story about Seiji, a rebellious Japanese American youth interned during WWII. Journey through his eyes as he experiences the shock of forced relocation and imprisonment, to anger and violence, and finally from confused guilt to emerging insight. Using the art of Chiura Obata, also an interned US citizen and artist of international renown, this solo work relives a tragic period of American history through a powerful tale of hope and redemption. Tickets are $8.50 for History Colorado members and $10 for the general...

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I Go On Singing – Paul Robeson’s Life

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Music, Theatre | 0 comments

In honor of Black History Month — The Aurora Fox and GranDesign, Inc. present — Anthony Brown performing LIVE — “I GO ON SINGING” —  Paul Robeson’s Life in His Words & Songs —  by Andrew Flack | Directed by donnie I. betts — February 28 – March 9 Tickets:  $26/adults | $22/students and seniors — The Aurora Fox Arts Center | (303) 739-1970 | www.AuroraFox.org — See announcement… for times, description and...

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TEA Casting Call

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Theatre | 0 comments

NOTICE FROM THEATRE ESPRIT ASIA CASTING CALL – LOOKING IMMEDIATELY PLEASE REPLY IF INTERESTED TO:  Theatre_Esprit_Asia@mail.vresp.com. This is an AMAZING opportunity…working w Jose Mercado and working w lead singer of Ozomatli.  They need one Asian male 16-30 for the part of an Asian dream activist.  Does not have to be professional or even amateur actor for the right person, he’s willing to work with the person.  Schedule: Feb readings w/ director.  Rehearsals in March, 4 days/week 6-9pm. Performances on Feb 21, 22 at North High School. Dreaming Sin Fronteras Stories of Immigration and American Identity Adapted & Directed by Jose Antonio Mercado Music by Shawn King, Raul Pacheco & Ceci Bastida  Dreaming Sin Fronteras is a multicultural stage production with live original music and narratives from actual Dreamers. Actors perform the narratives and Grammy winning and nominated professional musicians perform the music. The world premier production in Denver will feature Los Angeles vocalist Raul Pacheco of the Grammy Award winning Ozomatli and Grammy nominee Ceci Bastida of Tijuana No, the first Mexican punk band.   In addition to performing, Ms. Bastida and Mr. Pacheco, both pioneers in the music industry, will conduct student workshops on contemporary Latino music. Dreaming Sin Fronteras will work actively with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s Office and Denver Public Schools, the nation’s fastest growing urban school district, and their Office of Multicultural Outreach to ensure students outreach. Mercado has a remarkable track record with marketing as his work has been featured in the Denver Post, Westword, 5280 Magazine, Denver Business Journal, 9News, Telemundo, Univision and KCRWs Colorado Matters. Artist Bios Jose Antonio Mercado (Director) is a professor at CU Denver where he’s directed Blood Wedding, All in the Timing, and The Comedy of Errors.  Prior to CU, Mercado ran the theater program at North High School, directing Zoot Suit, the first high school to play at the Buell Theatre.   He was named one of 150 Colorado Unsung Heroes and nominated for the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.  Appointed by then Mayor John Hickenlooper, he served five years as Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and has served on several panels for the NEA and the President’s National Endowment for the Humanities. Shawn King is perhaps best known as the drummer and trumpeter of DeVotchka, who in 2006 composed the lush score for Little Miss Sunshine, earning a Grammy nomination for Best Soundtrack.   Amidst a busy touring schedule in the US and Europe, DeVotchka is approaching the release of a new studio record. Raul Pacheco is an East Los Angeles native Chicano that sings and plays guitar for Three-time Grammy Winning “Culture Mashers” Ozomatli.  The proud Papa of two left a promising career as an author specializing in Chicano political history.  Mr. Pacheco, as enjoys mixing politics with music and vice a versa.  He has sung his songs in 47 countries as an official US State Department Cultural Ambassador and recently delved into the world of movie, TV and video game composition. Ceci Bastida is a Grammy nominated vocalist, formerly of Tijuana No!, the famed Mexican ska, rockand punk band. Ceci is now embarking on her first project as a solo artist, for which she has recorded demos with producer Jason Roberts (Control Machete, Plastilina Mosh), Grammy nominated guitarist-songwriter Marthin Chan (Volumen Cero, JDNatasha) and Grammy-winning bassist Wil-Dog Abers of...

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