Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings

The Asian Pacific American (APA) population is seriously under represented on stage. “Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings” is a staged play reading series intended to provide inspiration, space, and audiences for Midwest APA playwrights, directors, and actors. Curated by Mia Park and produced by Asian Improv Arts Midwest’s AA Arts Incubator, “Our Perspective” is a series of play readings at the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, and presented as a part of Steppenwolf Theatre’s LookOut Series. 2019 Our Perspective dates announced soon.

Special thanks to our media partner ENERI Communications.

Reading One: Five Short Plays

February 12, 2018
170 N Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL

7 – 9 PM

Admission is free for invited audiences.

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Reading Two: A Solo Show and A Full Length Play

May 21, 2018
1700 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL

7 – 9 PM

Admission is free.
This free reading is presented as part of the LookOut Series – Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form.

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Reading Three: Short Plays

“Acts of Revolution” occur at just the right time in these short plays written by Chicago Asian American playwrights. Prepare for revolutionary acts by Chicago’s finest playwrights, directors and actors.

August 13, 2018
2433 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL

6 – 7 PM

Admission is free with RSVP

Reading Four: A Full Length Play

October 22, 2018
1700 N Halsted Street
Chicago, IL

6 – 8 PM

$5 / GENERAL ADMISSION SEAT

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This reading is presented as part of the LookOut Series – Steppenwolf’s performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form.


Curator’s Statement from Mia Park

Time Magazine’s article on the lack of Asian American representation on television confirms what we already know: the Asian Pacific American (APA) population is seriously under represented. The same can be said for APA under representation in the oldest form of public story sharing, the theatrical stage. NBC News reported on Asian Americans in theatre speaking out against the white-washing of Asian roles in entertainment and the challenges the APA community faces in the acting industry.Chicago’s theatre community is a microcosm of our global theatre’s lack of APA opportunities. As a Chicago based Korean American actress and playwright for almost twenty years, I’ve experienced directly how, locally, our APA voices are often unheard in plays and on-screen. Since 2016, I’ve advocated for the training of local Asian American actors by hosting workshops in order to promote a qualified talent pool for casting directors to choose from, so that the explanation of “Chicago doesn’t have talented APA actors” can no longer apply.

I recognize that an important way to continue advocating for APA representation is to encourage the creation of content created by the APA community. I intend to provide inspiration, space, and an audience for local Asian American playwrights, directors, and actors in the series, “Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings”.

I believe that our universal voice will be best developed and strengthened by focusing on local talent. The only way to be heard and seen is to speak up and have presence, and “Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings” aims to accomplish these goals.


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