Philadelphia’s Asian Arts Initiative will serve as the host for the fourth National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival. Presented by the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Actors, the festival will feature a series of Asian American theater productions open to the general public at venues around the city, including FringeArts, InterAct Theatre Company, Painted Bride Art Center, and Underground Arts.
Asian Arts Initiative will present commissioned productions of Chang(e) by New York City-based artist Soomi Kim and Tree City Legends created by Dennis Kim. Chang(e) is an original theater work based on the performance artist and activist Kathy Change, a Philadelphia icon whose life ended in an act of self-immolation on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 1996. It runs October 8-11, 2014, at the Adrienne Theater.
Tree City Legends tells the story of a Korean American family navigating a mythological urban landscape, Devised as a modern parable, the piece uses using hip-hop aesthetics, live music, urban folklore, and traditional tales to portray themes of rootlessness and abandonment as four young men attend their brother’s funeral. Americans’ relationship to broad definitions and meanings of home. It runs October 9-10, 2014, at Painted Bride. Visit caata.net for more information.