San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater Skewers Ethnic Stereotypes in Ching Chong Chinaman
San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater (SDAART) presents Ching Chong Chinaman, a comedy written by Lauren Yee and directed by Peter James Cirino. Performances are on November 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 7:30 PM and November 17 and 24 at 2:00 PM at the White Box Theatre, 2590 Truxtun Road, Studio 205, San Diego (corner of Truxtun and Roosevelt roads). Tickets are $25 and $15 for students, military and seniors. To reserve tickets, please visit http://tinyurl.com/cccreserve.
For more information on SDAART, see www.asianamericanrep.org. On Facebook, see the event "Ching Chong Chinaman by SDAART." Press contact is Peter James Cirino at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 829-5549.
The Wongs are American as apple pie. Desdemona dreams of Princeton but could use some help with her calculus. Her brother Upton wants to be a World of Warcraft champion but needs more free time to train. Their Mom feels unappreciated as her children become independent, while their Dad just wants the family to be happy. Upton tries to solve his own problems by bringing home an indentured servant, but they soon discover that "Ching Chong" has an American dream of his own!
"...a wildly inventive, raucously funny ride… You have not seen anything like this before.” -David Henry Hwang, New York Times
"It's smart, it's funny, and it’s provocative." – Director Peter James Cirino
Ching Chong Chinaman won the 2010 KCACTF Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, was a finalist for the 2008 Princess Grace Award, and won the 2007 Yale Playwrights Festival and Kumu Kahua Theatre’s 2007 Pacific Rim Prize.
Tony Perez (ED)
Tony Perez Has a Master of Arts in Bilingual Theatre for Young Audiences and a teaching credential from SDSU. He is presently teaching theatre arts and digital media at CVLCC Middle School in Chula Vista. He was last seen in SDAART’s BFE as The Man and Tillman in House of Chaos. He has worked with the La Jolla Playhouse, The Lawrence Arts Center, The Collective Theatre, The Moving Cultural Theatre, SDSU Theatre, Onstage Playhouse, The San Diego Unified School District and various independent films. He has toured the Midwest performing in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Oaxaca, and Mexico City. Tony is happy to be working again with SDAART.
Gina Ma (GRACE)
Performed in SDAART's 2008 production of "The Joy Luck Club"; she has also performed locally with Starlight Theatre and the Patricia Rincon Dance Collection. This is Gina's first year on the AART board and she is delighted to be working with a dedicated group of people who are passionate about telling the Asian American story. Gina was born in Louisville, KY to a Chinese American father and a native Kentuckian mother; growing up "hapa" in Kentucky was an interesting experience for her. Gina currently resides in La Jolla where she works as a Manager in the Comparative Medicine department for Pfizer; she holds a BS in Biology from Colorado State University and is licensed by the state of California as a Registered Veterinary Technician.
Shaun Tuazon (UPTON)
Trinity Tran (DESDEMONA)
Trinity Tran last appeared in South Pacific at the Moonlight Amphitheater. Her previous credits with SDAART include Flower Drum Song, BFE, Inner Views, Hip-Hop Kim Bop, and The Joy Luck Club. Her passion for the arts live both onstage and on-camera. She's hopeful for the emergence and recognition of Asians in the entertainment industry. Trinity is currently pursuing her Master’s in healthcare. Special thanks to her best friend John Nguyen who never let her fall short of her dreams.
Patrick Mayuyu (J "CHING CHONG")
Katie Rich (CHINESE WOMAN)
Katie Rich is currently a student at San Diego State University pursuing a BA in Theatre Performance. A Bay Area native, Rich has been a San Diego resident for three years with her most recent SD role being May in FOOL FOR LOVE. She hopes you enjoy the show!!
Jane Mezzino (KIM LEE PARK/ASIAN SCHOOL GIRL/REPORTER/LITTLE CHINESE GIRL)