Tell Me, Jamie Bigo (1997-1998)
By Dmae Roberts
Directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil
Tell Me, Janie Bigo is an original romantic comedy with magic and music; one of a handful of plays around the country that allows Asian Americans a romantic and comedic side. This fast-paced and energetic play tells the story of Janie Bigo, an Amerasian trying to carve out a life for herself in Portland as leader of a girl group called The Bigos (which means America in Taiwanese), and of her romance with Buck Tanaka, a magician who inadvertantly saves her life when someone tries to kill her.
This play was first produced in Seattle at the Northwest Asian American Theatre in 1997 and was rewritten for Portland audiences and produced at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in 1998 under the direction of Carmela Lanza-Weil and featured veteran actress Elaine Low (see photo).