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My Asian Mom
The Den Theatre
Chicago, IL
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My Asian Mom
In celebration of Asian Pacific American culture and universal motherhood, A-Squared Theatre Workshop, Chicago's only pan-Asian dramatic theater  company, presents an extended run of My Asian Mom, an evening of 10-minute World Premiere one-act plays directed by Joe Yau at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave, June 1 - July 7, 2012. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, and may be purchased by visiting http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251302. For more information on the performance go to www.a-stw.org.

My Asian Mom sold out every show in its inaugural four week, eight show run, filling at least 69 seats per show. A-Squared Theatre Workshop is proud to announce a six week, twelve show extension of this successful performance.

From saving the meat of a deer hit in the road to forcing piano lessons onto small children, Asian mothers are weird, funny, and nurturing in their own inexplicable ways. With the Confucian command to honor and obey elders in their upbringing, it is often culturally taboo for Asians to divulge public emotion and opinion about their mothers. As artists, the mostly Asian American cast members and writers o fMy Asian Mom are compelled to express their truths about their families and mothers.

When A-Squared Theatre Workshop founding member, Mia Park (www.miapark.com), conceived MyAsian Mom in 2011, she was surprised by the reactions from her community. Some Asian actors felt threatened by the overwhelmingly complicated emotions they have towards their mothers. She was told,"This is too close to home. I can't do it." From the other end of the spectrum, Asians who've never performed before wanted to be a part of the show, excited about the rare opportunity to share stories about their moms with an audience. Park knew that My Asian Mom would provide a special forum for these eager and emotional voices to be heard.

The one-acts are about Korean, Filipino, and Chinese moms, and one is about a fashionably "Pan-Asian" mom. Some of the works are devised by the performers, some are excerpts from longer plays and some were chosen from a nationwide call for submissions. The cast includes an adoptee, a hapa (person of half Asian descent), and artists from Burmese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Caucasian and Chinese backgrounds. This multi-ethnic collaboration of talents fully express the humorous, touching and aggravating experiences they've had with their Asian moms. Expect complex comedy, poignant drama and total honesty from the collaborative efforts from Second City directors and instructors, Mia Park of "The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow" and Chic-A-Go-Go fame, Helen Young (u/s Steppenwolf, Goodman) and other seasoned cast and crew.

The current one-act plays are:

Eight Turkey Sandwiches written and performed by Mia Park. Directed by Helen Young. A daughter dreams of her Korean family lineage and contemplates how she's supposed to fit in when she doesn't eat turkey or mayonnaise.

MamaSiHero by Conrad A.Panganiban. Directed by Jin Kim. Featuring Aimee Algas Alker, Lovien "Joey" Flores, Ben Albovias, Ginger Leopoldo (6/29 & 6/30). A comic book artist is under pressure to deliver a new superhero and draws her inspiration from her mom.

Organic Meatballs by Damon Chua. Directed by John Hildreth. Featuring Ben Albovias, Ramona Kywe, Aimee Algas Alker. A brother and sister check in with one another only to realize that the meeting is guided by the invisible hand of mom.

Piano written and performed by Hope Kim. Directed by Joe Yau. A Korean woman tells of her time growing up with piano lessons and how that's affected her life and her mom's.

This Is Why I Don't Drink by Neal Ryan Shaw. Directed by Neil Jacobsen. Featuring Ginger Leopoldo, Kai Young. A mom and her visiting son share a drink and catch up on what's most important to her, the lives of fictional characters on a Filipino soap opera.

Tiger Mom by Colleen Dilts and Mike Gillespie. Directed by Jay Sukow. Featuring Colleen Dilts, Patrick Woods. A Caucasian mom decides to raise her child in the tradition of a Tiger Mom.

A-Squared Theatre Workshop (www.a-stw.org) is a Chicago based collective that creates an artistic environment of risk taking and growth for Asian American theater artists by dynamically bringing Asian American stories to the stage for general theater-going audiences. A-Squared is a 501c3, non-profit organization, dedicated to: (1) Sharing Asian American stories and experiences to the Chicago community through live theatre; (2) Expanding perceptions and contexts about Asian Americans of all generations and their part in the history of America and (3) Creating a safe, artistic environment for Asian American theater artists to explore, express and grow in traditional and non-traditional roles both on and off the stage in Chicago.


The Den Theatre (View)
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 10
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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