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We're Not Your Cup of Tea

We're Not Your Cup of TeaFour theatre pieces and two dances are presented in an evening of performance by Asian American artists.

We’re Not Your Cup of Tea takes its title from the fact that the evening’s performers are boundary-breakers who shatter expectations and stereotypes regarding AAPI performers.
Cyndy Fujikawa (Japanese-American) will perform an excerpt from her solo show Old Man River, which had its West Coast debut at Theatre West in 1997. It relates the story of her father, actor Jerry Fujikawa, who was one of those forced into internment camps for Japanese Americans in 1942. Additionally, she will read publicly for the first time, his eyewitness statement of his experience at that time.
Marcel Licera (Filipino-Chinese-Spanish-American) will perform a solo piece about overcoming the limitations of his perceived walls, stemming from his secretive and isolating upbringing.
Meg Lin (Taiwanese-American) breaks the tradition of “saving face” by sharing her darkest pain and deepest desires in an excerpt from her award-winning solo show What Am I, Chopped Suey? Meg was recently seen on Theatre West’s stage in Love Stinks Moose on the Loose and Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magic Lamp.
Pamela Najera (Filipina-American) performs an excerpt from her solo show                                               Too Old, Too Asian, Too Short in which she demonstrates how she destroyed the skepticism of others by achieving success as a professional dancer, cruise ship entertainer, and magician’s assistant.
Apoorva Choudhary (Indian-American) will perform an Indian classical dance (Mohiniayattam) to the spiritual song Aigiri Nandini, which is about the strength of women.
Christina Villegas (Filipina-American) is a dancer, choreographer, and CEO of the company              Flying Curves, with a commitment to “change lives one goddess at a time.”
The evening will also include these guest speakers:
L.A. City Councilmember Nithya Raman Dean Nakanishi, CEO of AADAP, Inc., and                         Giovannie Espiritu, filmmaker and advocate for domestic violence awareness and prevention, and LGBTQ equality.
Following the program, there will be a raffle drawing of donated merchandise provided by AADAP, Inc and various sponsors, as well as a reception serving Asian Pacific treats from various sponsors.     

Technical director/Lighting design: David P. Johnson.  Stage manager: David Mingrino.

Proceeds from this one-night-only event will support the ongoing work of Theatre West and AADAP, Inc.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience an exceptional evening of theatrical performance, dance, and inspiration.

This is the first event in a projected series of annual Asian Heritage Month celebrations at Theatre West.

Established in 1962, Theatre West is celebrating its 62nd year as the oldest continually running professional theatre company in the city of Los Angeles. It is a membership collective of actors, playwrights, directors, and technicians. Theatre West’s alumni members include Ray Bradbury, Beau Bridges, Richard Dreyfuss, Sally Field, Betty Garrett, Martin Landau, Lee Meriwether, Jack Nicholson, Carroll O’Connor, Sherwood Schwartz, Joyce Van Patten, and Paul Winfield.  Theatre West has produced more than 300 plays and musicals.  Of these plays, nearly 70% are original works developed in its workshops and many have led to Broadway, regional tours, and feature films including A Bronx Tale by Chazz Palminteri A Very Brady Musical by Lloyd Schwartz and Hope Juber Our Man in Santiago by Mark Wilding that transferred to Off-Broadway in the Fall of 2022  and our co-production of Eisenhower: This Piece of Ground that went to Broadway in 2023..  Theatre West is supported in part by The Ahmanson Foundation, California Arts Council, Peter Glenville Foundation, The Green Foundation, Kaplan-Loring Foundation, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation, Sidney Stern Memorial Trust, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, and L.A. Parent Magazine.



Presenter / Producer: Theatre West and AADAP Inc.

Listed Categories
Theater > Drama
Theater > Theatrical Comedy
Theater > Other


Event Phone: 323-851-4839

Venue
Theatre West
3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West
Los Angeles CA 90068

Regions:
LA - Hollywood / Westside
North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale


Performance Dates: 5/11/2024
Saturday, 05/11/2024

Performance Times
8 p.m.

Ticket Information:
$40

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