On Tuesday, November 16, AABANY went to the Met Opera at Lincoln Center, an elegant night out co-sponsored by the Membership and Young Lawyers Committees. “Turandot” proved to be a spectacular feast for the eyes, dappled with humor, tragedy, and an age-old story of unrequited love, sacrifice, and pursuit.
More than 45 members and guests enjoyed some lighthearted networking on the Family Circle level before the start of the show, and photos were taken against the famous chandeliers of the Opera House. The experience was enhanced with each person having their own personal subtitles, dimly lit on the backs of the seats in front of them. Some played with various language settings, to see if in fact, they retained their Italian lessons from high school.
The sets were stunning and the score by Puccini was exquisite. Not a soul wasn’t moved during Act III when the famous “Nessun Dorma” tenor aria vibrated throughout the theater.
Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks especially to Membership Director Beatrice Leong for organizing the event. Fun fact: Daphne Chen Matthews, Membership Committee Co-Chair, met both the left and right stage managers on her way home, who confirmed that Turandot “is a perfect introduction to Opera.” We hope to host more opera nights in the future.
Did you know that George Takei (yes – Capt. Sulu, civil rights and gay rights activist, and Facebook phenomenon) was interned with his family during World War II? From that personal and life-changing experience he has developed a musical called “Allegiance” to tell a story from the American experience that most Americans don’t know about or would prefer to forget.
For more information about George Takei’s new musical Allegiance, visit: http://allegiancemusical.com/ Let us know if you’d like to join AABANY for a theatre outing between Oct. 6 and Nov. 8 by filling out the questions in the survey!
This year, the A/PA Heritage Festival (www.capaonline.org) will be helping producing Gen 根, a contemporary dance theater piece exploring the lives of the women who were left behind when their husbands/companions left to work on the Transcontinental Railways in the US.
Friday June 13, 8:00PM Saturday June 14, 2:00PM & 8:00PM Sunday June 15, 2014, 2:00PM 440 STUDIOS: 440 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
“Where are your roots? Here are ours.” Inspired by Stories of Asian Americans. Conceived & Directed by Wan Zhao
CAPA Presents Gen
The Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) is a New York-based advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Our goal is to build partnerships with community organizers as we help social profit organizations reach new audiences.
For 35 years, CAPA has been at the forefront of creating and sustaining personalized opportunities for nonprofits, businesses, artists, and individuals to explore our shared culture.
Congratulations to AABANY member Lily Fan who was recently interviewed for the online magazine Woman Around Town about her theatrical production projects. As noted in the article, Lily worked for two prominent firms as a litigator and served as counsel to the New York State Senate. Follow the link in the title to read the entire article.
Producer Lily Fan has a wonderful eye for the theater arts. A resident of New York City, she has recently produced the hit musical comedy, The Other Josh Cohen at New Jerseys Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn. The show was originally staged at Soho Playhouse in 2012. The production at Paper Mill enjoyed capacity crowds and received rave reviews. But, this is not Fans first successful project. The founder of Scandobean Productions LLC, Fan made her producing debut Off Broadway with the original physical comedy show The Rotten Plaintains in 2010. Her other Broadway and touring credits include co-producing the 2012 revival of Andrew Lloyd Webers Jesus Christ Superstar. She also co-produced David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish on Broadway and the shows first international tour to Hong Kong.
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Reading to Children (10 Needed Now!) – Read to 1st & 2nd graders to grow their love of reading and improve their English skills. Meets on Saturdays in Lower Manhattan from 10:30am – 12:30pm
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Art Mentors (10 Needed) – Mentor children who have been affected by domestic violence through digital art therapy. Meets on Saturdays from 10am-3pm from Oct. – Jun. Mandarin language volunteers needed.
Theater Instructors (20 Needed Now!) – Direct 3rd – 5th graders who speak English as a second language to perform in a theater production and improve their English skills. Meets on Saturdays in Elmhurst Queens from 12-3pm or in Lower Manhattan from 10-12pm.
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May 20, 7:30-9 | The Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street
#UndocuAsians brings the lived experiences of people most intimately affected by immigration laws to The Culture Project’s stage. This rare theater performance features undocumented Asian American youth sharing their personal stories of growing up in the United States in a culture of silence.
The performance opens with a short film following the lives of three undocumented Asian American youth and features an onstage performance by more than a dozen other undocumented youth (members of AALDEF’s undocumented youth group RAISE) whose stories bring a different face to the immigration debate and highlight the diverse and difficult realities that undocumented Asian communities face beyond the conventional “DREAMer” narrative. Poet/activist Kelly Tsai will be a special presenter.
#UndocuAsians is presented by RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast). RAISE is a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group on the East Coast supported by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). RAISE aims to create safe spaces in our communities while advocating for humane immigration policies. Our visibility increases through political activism, leadership development, community education, and coalition building. Through youth organizing, we will reimagine and realize justice for immigrants in America.
Can’t make it? You can still support RAISE by clicking here to make a donation!