We’re kicking off our 2015-16 season with a reading of Philip Kan Gotanda’s new play, Love in American Times.
In characteristic Gotanda fashion, this play flips a number of familiar themes – interracial relationships, intergenerational conflict, family secrets – on their head. What we are left with is one of Gotanda’s darkest plays to date, a deep and moving reflection on love, money and mortality in our contemporary moment.
U.C. Berkeley Prof. 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 canons 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 other 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.
Love in American Times will be directed by Joshua Williams. It will feature special guest performances by Maura Tang and Jim Charles Dean and will be followed by a Q&A with Prof. Gotanda, led by TDPS graduate student (and CDWG alumnus) Takeo Rivera. Don’t miss it!