asian american shows at the new york fringe festival

Check it out, NYC. There are a handful of Asian American shows playing as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America...

I'm particularly interested in the musical Victor Woo - The Average Asian American, with music and lyrics by the prolific Kevin So. The story: "1980's preteen Victor Woo dreams of becoming a pop star "sensation." His Chinese-born parents see a different future. Confronting cultural expectations and media stereotypes, 'The Average Asian American' reconciles his duty to his family, his heritage, and himself." I'm a big fan of Kevin's music, and the show stars my by boy Raymond J. Lee. For more info on Victor Woo at the festival, go here. And the show's official site. And the requisite MySpace.

Also playing at the festival, Lauren Yee's Asian American identity comedy Ching Chong Chinaman. The story: "A privileged life. A stable home. Indentured servitude in the name of galactic conquest. Upton Wong has it all. But when his Chinese slave starts romancing his mother, will the Wongs ever learn how to be Asian American? A dysfunctional, madcap comedy that redefines what it takes to grow up Asian in America." For more info about the Fringe shows, go here.

And finally, there's Byron Yee's critically acclamed solo show Paper Son, about his own journey growing up in Oklahoma, moving to California, becoming a stand-up comedian, then finding his heritage. Boom! Born again Asian American. Learn more about the show at the official site, Byron Yee's blog, and the remaining Fringe shows here. Lots of great reviews for this over the last few years, so check it out.

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