artists at play presents ching chong chinaman, november 3-27

If you're in Los Angeles, and have the urge to check out some quality Asian American theater, I want to make sure you know about Artists at Play's production of Lauren Yee's Ching Chong Chinaman, a play that promises to turn every cliche about Asian American identity on its head. It's currently running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through November 27 at The Actors Company. Here's a promo video about the show:

Here are some more details:
Written by Lauren Yee
Directed by Peter J. Kuo

Friday, November 18 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, November 20 @ 3:00pm
Sunday, November 20 @ 7:00pm (ADDED SHOW!)

Friday, November 25 @ 8:00pm (ADDED SHOW!)
Saturday, November 26 @ 8:00pm (ADDED SHOW!)
Sunday, November 27 @ 3:00pm (ADDED SHOW!)

The Actors Company
916a N Formosa Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
United States

Turning every cliche about Asian American identity on its head, CHING CHONG CHINAMAN introduces us to the all-American Wong family: Ed the patriarch loves to golf and mom Grace wants another child; Desdemona obsesses over early admission into Princeton while her brother Upton is focused on World of Warcraft superstardom. To ease the burden of homework and free up more time for training, Upton acquires an indentured servant from China. Life in the Wong household is turned upside down with the arrival of Jinqiang ("Ching Chong")... who harbors his own American dreams!

The Actors Company is located at 916a N Formosa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046 (south of Santa Monica Blvd). The theatre entrance is not visible from the street. Instead, the theatre is located along a driveway off of Formosa Ave. PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF AMPLE TIME FOR TRAFFIC AND PARKING, AND MAKE SURE YOU READ THE STREET SIGNS. Street parking is also available on block away on Poinsettia and one block away on La Brea.
Intriguing premise, great cast... and an awesome, controversial title. To purchase tickets, go here. And for further information about the play, go to the Artists at Play website here. Also read this Speakeasy article from 2010 on playwright Lauren Yee: "Ching Chong Chinaman" Playwright Explains Controversial Title.

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