Since our inception as Artists at Play, we have been dedicated to providing artistic opportunities for underrepresented communities in Los Angeles theatre, and more specifically, to increase the visibility of Asian Pacific American artists and stories in our cultural landscape. While there have always been some opportunities for these artists in Los Angeles, the work of equity, diversity and inclusion in the arts don’t end at some opportunities.
Whether we are producing, developing, or introducing new or new-to-Los Angeles plays to local audiences, we are always working to fulfill our vision of creating opportunities, presenting narratives that will challenge, engage and broaden perspectives and experiences, and supporting the larger community of Asian Pacific American artists.
So, it’s very exciting that we are entering new territory with the upcoming presentation of The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga, and working with author/composer Min Kahng! This show received its world premiere at TheatreWorks in San Jose in 2017 and it should be seen beyond the Bay Area. Being a small organization, we may not have the resources to put up a full production, but we can offer to use the resources we do have to give this musical a boost in visibility and help foster new opportunities for The Four Immigrants and its creators.
We are so grateful to Min for bringing this thoughtful, smart and heartwarming show to our attention – and he is also a thoughtful, responsive and generous artist! Additionally, we are beyond thrilled to partner with USC Visions and Voices, an arts and humanities initiative at the University of Southern California – we would not be able to present the November 20 concert of The Four Immigrants without their support.
Do you also believe in providing artistic opportunities to underrepresented artists and presenting stories that challenge, engage and broaden audience perspective? Please consider supporting Artists at Play with a tax-deductible donation for our year-end giving campaign. Your support will go toward 2020 programming including our spring reading series, fall mainstage production and special events. Thank you!