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THE MOURNING AFTER: A Play Reading and Discussion
Tuesday, September 10, 7-8:30pm
City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College
On the Eve of the 18th Anniversary of 9/11, the BMCC Theatre Department presents The Mourning After, a one-act play written and directed by Professor Alvin Eng featuring Dominick Allen and Simone Zalusky. After the play reading, there will be a discussion and open mic: 9/11 themed poems and reflections of 2–3 minutes in length are welcomed!
The Mourning After was written on 9/11/03 aboard the A train as part of the “A Train Plays” 24-hour play festival. The play explores the then two-year aftermath of 9/11 through the prisms of class and perception as two strangers meet aboard a Queens-bound A-train. How far have we come as a country since then? Where do we need to go from here? RSVP to Facebook Event Page
THREE TREES A Staged Reading and Workshop
OCTOBER 7, OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY, Westerville, Ohio
Otterbein University Department of Theatre & Dance will present a staged reading and host workshops around THREE TREES, a play that explores the complex relationship between philosopher Isaku Yanaihara and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. THREE TREES is the first work of Alvin Eng’s Portrait Plays, a cycle of historical dramas that examines the parallels between portraiture, history and power as manifested in the convergence of different disciplines, eras and cultures. This play was presented Off-Broadway with the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in NYC, as well as in staged readings with Baltimore Center Stage and The Moving Parts Theatre in Paris. https://www.otterbein.edu/theatre-performances/
Scenes from HERE COMES JOHNNY YEN AGAIN
Saturday, NOVEMBER 16, 7pm, MBR SALON SERIES
Moving Body Resources, 112 West 27th Street, Suite 400, New York City,
Here Comes Johnny Yen Again (or How I Kicked Punk) is a new solo performance piece that explores the impact of opium on the Chinese Diaspora as well as NYC’s punk/counterculture world through the dual prisms of William S. Burroughs’ character, “Johnny Yen”––also immortalized in Iggy Pop & David Bowie’s song, ”Lust For Life”––and Alvin’s own Grandfather’s opium overdose on the streets of NYCs Chinatown. www.movingbodyresources.com
THE LAST EMPEROR of FLUSHING: Our Laundry, Our Town, a memoir travelogue through Chinese America. The story begins growing up in a 1970s Chinese Hand Laundry in what was then one of the few immigrant Asian families in Flushing, Queens, to performing his one-man show, “The Last Emperor of Flushing,” in English in a former People’s Hall of the Cultural Revolution in his family’s ancestral Guangdong province.