Category: Diaspora

Prince Gomolvilas is coming to Portland!

Thanks to Ronni Lacroute for being our show sponsor forThe Brothers Paranormal by Prince Gomolvilas! (Jan. 19-21 at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, Boiler Room

(Dmae pictured with Ronni Lacroute (right) and artist Horatio Law on the opening of Caught at Artists Repertory Theatre)

Dmae pictured with Ronni Lacroute (right) and artist Horatio Law 

Thanks to Ronni Lacroute’s generous sponsorship MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora will be bringing Thai-American playwright Prince Gomolvilas to Portland to workshop his play for a staged reading with music by Joe Kye before his world premiere at Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre in NYC!

Not only will he be in attendance for final rehearsals but Ronni’s sponsorship makes it possible for Prince to be part of our talkbacks and offer a master class in playwriting to PoC theatre artists. Thank you Ronni!

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The Brothers Paranormal
Prince Gomolvilas

Prince Gomolvilas

A workshop staged reading
Directed by Kate Duffly
with music by Joe Kye
January 19-21, 2018
at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, Boiler Room Theatre 

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Big News in October and January!

Two Theatre Diaspora members are working on Artists Repertory Theatre’s CAUGHT, a play by Christopher Chen that is also an art installation Oct. 1-29.

Dmae Roberts & Samson Syharath

Dmae Roberts (MediaRites executive producer) returns to acting in a full production with CAUGHT. Samson Syharath is the assistant director. Be sure to “catch” this unusual comedic, genre-bending production of live theatre and installation art. Ripped from the headlines of “fake news” CAUGHT brings to light themes of truth and deception in the worlds of art and journalism. CAUGHT also asks the question: “When does cultural appropriation begin?” Previews begin Oct. 1st and the show runs Wed-Sun till Oct. 29th.

Tickets on sale now at artistsrep.org.    For more about CAUGHT, visit: http://www.artistsrep.org/onstage/201718-season/caught/


Also in January…The Brothers Paranormal.

Save the Date for
The Brothers Paranormal 
by
A workshop staged reading
Directed by Kate Duffly
January 18-21, 2018
at PSU’s Lincoln Hall, Boiler Room Theatre
Cast includes: Samson Syharath, Elaine Low, Josie Seid, Jasper Howard, Melissa Magana and Savira Kambhu. With original music performed by Joe Kye. 
Synopsis: Two Thai-American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of Asian-looking ghosts. When the siblings end up investigating the home of an African American couple who claim to be haunted by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.  At its heart this play is an modern allegory about grief, loss and healing for communities of color. Keep posted on our site for updates! www.TheatreDiaspora.org

The Language Archive

LA-ImageMediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora presents The Language Archive, a poignant comedy about dying languages and difficulties of love by award-winning playwright and television writer Julia Cho.

Dmae Roberts, executive producer of MediaRites, directs the cast: Tonya Jone Miller (previously in Breaking Glass), Leo Lin, Sofia May-Cuxim, Enrique E. Andrade, Wynee Hu (Theatre Diaspora producing ensemble member), and singer/musician Partfait Bassale (narrating and providing musical accompaniment.)

In The Language Archive, a language archivist is consumed by the preserving and documenting the dying languages from far-flung countries. Closer to home, however, he can’t communicate with his frustrated wife, nor deal with the deep feelings his lab assistant has for him.

The performance will open at 2pm on March 26th at Portland Center Stage (128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, OR 97209) and will close at 2pm on April 2nd at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214).

Tickets are $8 each. They can be purchased at pcs.org for the 2pm March 26th show at Portland Center Stage, and at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510978 (service charge added) for the 2pm April 2nd show at the Milagro Theatre

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The Sound of a Voice (October 2015)

MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora, presents the last play of the 2015 season: The Sound of a Voice by noted playwright, David Henry Hwang (best known for M. Butterfly, which received the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play, and for Chinglish produced at Portland Center Stage). 

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Red (October 26, 2014)

By Chay Yew

Directed by Samson Syharath

Choreographed by Minh Tran

Featuring Kat Templeton, Sumi Wu, and Wynee Hu

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Theatre Diaspora

Theatre Diaspora is a project that created the first Asian American/Pacific Islander theatre in Portland by producing an on-going series of  staged readings with movement. The project is committed to celebrating and creatively advocating for the AAPI experience through stage work.  These stories are an under-represented and misunderstood part of the American historical and cultural narrative.

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