Upcoming Shows - In the Works:

January 29, 2012
Sunday 5-7pm
Latino Theater Company Play Reading
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

March 13, 2012
UCLA Asian American Studies 187A
Professor Valerie Matsumoto
"Exploring Ethnic Cultural Arts through Oral History"

March 29, 2012
Thursday 6:30-9:30pm
Break the Silence Open Mic held at
The Manazar Gamboa Community Theater
1323 Gundry Ave. Long Beach, CA, 90813

April 4, 2012
Wednesday 11-1pm
Cal Arts in Valencia
Theater History
Professor Chantal Rodriguez E108

Los Angeles, CA
Produced by TeAda Productions and The Latino Theater Company
May 31 - June 24, 2012
Thursday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
General $30|Students/Seniors/Groups: $20
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 S. Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Fall 2012-Portland, OR
Fall 2012-Vermont
Stay tuned for times and locations.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Lao Owners. Thai Restaurant.

So, even though we have left Boone and are now back home in Los Angeles, we still have the memories of the Appalachian mountains, ASU's (Appalachian State University) summer festival opening and Cha Da Thai.

In Boone, North Carolina we were graciously housed by Denise and Marshal Stein-Grohs, who are actually family. Denise is Leilani's aunt. They have a wonderful home tucked away in the mountains. We traded the mechanical noise of the city to the natural sounds of the wilderness. Fireflies, wasp, deer, chipmunks, wild turkey and birds galore.

Our performance in an art gallery impressed a lot of people as well as confused a lot of people in the audience. Some thought we were doing something on Japan. Maybe, because we mentioned bombs, who knows! Nonetheless, as performers we projected our voices and bodies to make Refugee Nation matter. The festival went well. The staff and students, especially Hank, head curator of the gallery were wonderful in assisting us in the gallery, putting out fires (almost literally) before our showing.

In the meanwhile as we explored downtown Boone and what boon it may have, we encountered Cha Da Thai, a fairly new business in Boone. Curiously, Leilani had a hunch that the Thai fine dining place may have Laotians. Well, the picture above says it all...the owner is Lao. Please meet Bountha, she runs the place and gave us a little insight into why it's not Cha Da Lao. Nobody's heard of Lao restaurants! So there you go. We did our best to get them to come and see the performance but as you may have guessed...they are working, morning until late. We may have to consider doing our excerpts in restaurants so the people we are performing about can see our show.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Boone, NC

We now move on to our next adventure. We left the city to enter the woods of North Carolina. Specifically, Boone, NC the north western mountains of the state. We will be performing at the Turchin Center www.turchincenter.com as part of the Appalachian Summer Festival. It will be at a beautiful gallery space with incredible artwork. We are the live installation performance. July 6th, 2007. This will be our final stop before heading back home to Los Angeles. It's been very peaceful and restful so far. Can't wait to experience the outcome.

Good-bye New York

New York City thank you. NAATF thank you. Audiences in New York City thank you. We thank you all for a very successful run of Refugee Nation at the Abingdon Theatre as part of the first ever National Asian American Theater Festival. This experience has made us learn how important our work is. The impact on the audiences that came really completes the cycle of art and healing. Several of the performances we had people in tears because they could relate to the characters on stage. The refugee experience is not new. The refugee experience is one where we can all connect and understand. The struggle to find a better life. The hope and horror of war. I was very happy to have met more Lao people. I was very happy to perform with Leilani. I am happy with what we are doing and look forward to making it even better.

To all the fellow artists and participants of the NAATF. Congratulations for all your hard work.