written & performed by ALEX LUU
Thursday March 15th and Friday March 16th
THREE LIVES is a one-man "performance theater" show that tells the autobiographical tale of Luu's harrowing escape from war-torn Saigon as an ethnic Chinese/Vietnamese refugee in 1975. What follow is a heartbreaking & hilarious journey spanning four generations/decades and seen through the eyes of four distinct charactersGrandpa Luu, Pops Luu, a young cousin named Albert, and Alex himself.
All four characters experience the Vietnam War, its aftermath, and the ultimate search for belonging and home in a new country (America). THREE LIVES presents a multi- layered portrait as lives/experiences intertwine and collide (painfully and comically), creating a rich and powerful mosaic that reflects the ravages of war and its cycle of violence (both on the battle field & at home); the dislocation of home & spirit; racism and assimilation in a new land; the beauty of family; and the de-construction of the American Dream/Nightmare.
THREE LIVES blends kinetic physical movement, performance art, monologue, and iconic images/sounds of the Vietnam War into a visceral, roller-coaster ride full of hilarious over-the-top humor and heartrending pathos & poignancy.
Based in Los Angeles, Alex Luu is a solo performance artist whose one-man show "Three Lives" & other works have been seen at Highways Performance Space, Boston Center for the Arts, Strand Theater, Japanese American Cultural Community Center, Asian American Writers Workshop, Tremont Theater, Asian American Theater Center, Los Angeles Theater Center, East West Players, Rude Guerilla Theater, Mondavi Performing Arts Center, Ford Theatre, and college/high school campuses. Luu's raw, in-your-face confessional style & content have garnered critical acclaim from publications such as Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, South End News, Asian New Yorker, LA Weekly, Orange County Weekly, AsianWeek, Eugene Weekly, and Rafu
In addition to performing nationally, Luu facilitates/teaches MY OWN STORY (MOS),
an autobiographical writing/storytelling/performing workshop. Luu has been artist-in-
residence and guest artist professor at numerous arts & community organizations and colleges with his "Three Lives" show and MOS workshops. His most recent artist & lecturer residencies include Berklee College of Music (Boston), Boston Mayor's Office
of Arts & Tourism, and the Asian American Studies Dept at UC Davis.
Subterranean Arthouse (View)
2179 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704