UNLEASHED! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century
Pork Filled Productions celebrates playwrights of color who want to set loose fun on stage, with Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century, staged readings of seven new plays, produced in association with the Theatre Off Jackson, October 30 to November 4, at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S. in Seattles International District).
From nightclub noir to sword and sorcery on the high seas to exploring black reparations through blood DNA, Unleashed is the vehicle for Korean American, Chinese American, African American and Chinese Canadian playwrights to cut loose in genres they dont usually get to work in.
"Playwrights of colors, like actors get typecast," says Roger Tang, executive director of PFP. Theyre expected, almost demanded, to write about pain, oppression and social issues. Many mainsream theatres confine them to the ethnic slot in their season.
"We have more stories in us than that. We want to have fun and tell crackling good tales. Thats the point of PFP doing Unleashed. We dont avoid race if it comes up, but we just want to let that storytelling energy loose and crackling on stage."
The scripts for Unleashed include
Mirror, Mirror, by Seattle actor/writer Lamar Legend: "No one suspects a woman with a vacuum!" in this zany fractured fairy tale. Directed by Aaron Jin, presented on Monday, October 30, at 7:30 pm (along with teaser scenes from the rest of the festival as a part of our Opening Night Gala).
My Samurai, by Seattles Celeste Mari Williams, dramaturgy by Sonja Lowe, directed by Shana Bestock: Finding romance is hilarious and frustrating when watched over by a ghostly Samurai ancestor. Presented on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:30 pm.
Repossessed by Boston-based writer Greg Lam, dramaturgy by Daniel Rector, directed by David Gassner: Rich and Gretchen believe they have the perfect marriage, until they learn that it must be repossessed by the company that manufactured it. Presented on Thursday, November 2, at 7:30 pm.
Reparations, by Wisconsin writer Darren Canady: This innovative science fiction tale asks the question: if our histories are indelibly imprinted in our DNA, can reparations ever be enough to forget the ghosts of black history? Directed by Jay OLeary, and presented on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 pm.
Blood Makes Noise, by Canadian writer Kuan Foo (performer/writer for the Vancouver sketch comedy group Assaulted Fish): An agitated patient is quarantined in a hospital room, while her flesh may or may not be turning undead. Directed by May Nguyen Lee, and presented on Saturday, November 4, at 2 pm.
Dawn of the She-Devil of the China Seas, by Roger Tang, dramaturgy by Kate Swenson, spins the true (we swear!) origin of Chinas pirate queen, who commanded the worlds largest fleet, buckling her swash against the dark forces opposing her. Directed by Linnea Ingalls, and also presented on Saturday, November 4, at 2 pm.
Persimmon Nights, by Seattle writer Seayoung Yim (Do It For Umma), dramaturgy by Maggie Lee: A brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights to risks it all, while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. Directed by Sara Porkalob, and presented on Saturday, November 4, at 7:30 pm.
For more info, email PFP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spinning off from the long running sketch comedy group the Pork Filled Player, Pork Filled Productions stretches the boundaries of Asian American theatre. Reflecting the imagination and creativity of modern Asian American artists, Pork Filled Products redesigns traditional Asian American theatre to embrace the full spectrum of genres, from steampunk (The Clockwork Professor and The Tumbleweed Zephyr by Maggie Lee), to supernatural comedy (Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love by Prince Gomolvilas), to racial identity farce (Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang), to even Kung-fu zombie Shakespeare (Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen).
Unleashed is supported by 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and is an Associated Project of Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.
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409 7th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98104
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