We are thrilled to announce that Philip Kan Gotanda will be leading the Q&A with Culture Clash’s Richard Montoya after the reading of his play The River on Wednesday, 2/12 at 4PM. For many of us, Philip will no doubt need no introduction. But here’s a (very brief) introduction anyway:
Playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has been a major influence in the broadening of our definition of theater in America. Through his plays and advocacy, Mr. Gotanda has been instrumental in bringing stories of Asians in the United States to mainstream American theater as well as to Europe and Asia. The author of one of the largest canon of Asian American-themed work, Mr. Gotanda is a seminal figure in the field of Asian American Drama. Mr. Gotanda’s plays are studied and performed extensively at universities, colleges and learning institutions in the United States and abroad.
Mr. Gotanda has collaborated with the most diverse spectrum of theaters. From large mainstream venues to experimental black boxes to ethnic specific Asian American-African American-Middle Eastern American theaters, Mr. Gotanda has consciously worked to bring his works’ themes to the widest range of audiences. Theaters Mr. Gotanda has worked with include: Asian American Theater Co., A Contemporary Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Campo Santo+Intersection for the Arts, East West Players, Eureka Theater, Golden Thread in SF, Seattle’s Group Theater, Boston’s Huntington Theater, L.A. Theater Center, La Mama, Magic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Mark Taper Forum, Missouri Rep, New Federal Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, Northwest Asian American, Pan Asian Rep, Playwrights Horizons, Robey Theater, San Jose Rep, Seattle Rep, Silk Road Rising, South Coast Rep, Studio Theater, Theater of the Open Eye, and Wisdom Bridge, among others.
We are honored to have Mr. Gotanda as a professor in the Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies here at U.C. Berkeley and are beyond excited to hear his conversation with long-time friend and collaborator Richard Montoya on Wednesday afternoon.