Our director Jennifer Chang was asked to write a “First Person” article for the LA Stage Times. Here is an excerpt:
“Over the past month, I have had the tremendous honor of helming the LA premiere of Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat, produced by Artists at Play. I was approached at the beginning of the summer about my interest and availability to direct Edith… What an amazing opportunity for someone of Filipino heritage to direct a play by a Filipino-American about Filipino-Americans!
My parents were born and raised in the Philippines. My father is ethnically Chinese with a splash of Malay-Arabian blood, and my mother is a typical Filipina of Spanish, Malay, and Chinese stock. I grew up speaking Tagalog in a multi-generational household. A life pursuing theater and art was definitely not what my family had imagined for me when they emigrated from the Philippines. Nonetheless, here I am, an Asian-American artist in Los Angeles – ultimately very much like them, I might add, in pursuit of a dream.”