Shining a spotlight. Transforming the canon.
JOIN US FOR A FREE READING SERIES FEATURING WORKS FROM ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER PLAYWRIGHTS.
The third year of The Refocus Project spotlights AAPI playwrights from the 20th and 21st centuries, including Prince Gomolvilas, Velina Hasu Houston, Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, Anuvab Pal, Jeannie Barroga, Philip Kan Gotanda, Edward Sakamoto, and Wakako Yamauchi. The Refocus Project will workshop and produce a public reading series of four plays this summer in the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. An additional four plays will be featured in an essay series by members of Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Writers Lab.
OLA NĀ IWI (THE BONES LIVE) (1994)
by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
DIRECTED BY CARA HINH
Monday, May 22, 2023 at 7:00 PM
CHAOS THEORY (2005)
BY ANUVAB PAL
DIRECTED BY ARPITA MUKHERJEE
Monday, June 5, 2023 at 7:00 PM
BIG HUNK O' BURNIN' LOVE (1998)
BY PRINCE GOMOLVILAS
DIRECTED BY ERIC TING
Monday, June 12, 2023 at 7:00 PM
BY VELINA HASU HOUSTON
DIRECTED BY JESS MCLEOD
Monday, June 26, 2023 at 7:00 PM
All readings will be performed in the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
LITERARY ANCESTRY SERIES: RESPONSES FROM MA-YI WRITERS LABThe multi-year plan to elevate and restore marginalized plays to the American canon will also feature Yankee Dawg You Die, The Music Lessons, The Life of the Land, and Walls.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AAPI THEATREAlthough the eight plays selected for the Refocus project this year were written in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists have been creating theatre for much longer.
Recommended ReadingThis list of plays is not at all exhaustive, but instead includes some highlights from our research on plays by AAPI writers from the 20th and early 21st centuries.
The Refocus Project is made possible by the Champions for Inclusive Theatre and Roundabout’s Forward Fund. We acknowledge the generous friends who support our many efforts to increase representation and inclusion in all aspects of theatre: Elizabeth Armstrong, Bank of America, Eugene and Joann Bissell and the Lillian Lincoln Foundation, Kevin Brown, Barbara and Peter Bye, Ginger McKnight Chavers, Ford Foundation, Jill and Barry Lafer, Gina Maria Leonetti, Iva Mills, Beryl Snyder, and Denise Littlefield Sobel.