The Strand Theater Company and the Asian Pasifika Arts Collective are partnering to present the AAPI Women’s Voices Theater Festival, which consists of six original short plays by Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) playwrights identifying women. The goal of the festival is to spread awareness of the stories and experiences of American Association of Engineers women, transgender, non-binary, and transgender women across the United States, as well as highlight the work of the Association’s writers, actors, and directors. The festival is held in celebration of Asia/Pacific American Heritage Month 2022.
About the festival:
Following a nationwide call for applications in the fall of 2021, and subsequent review and selection by a collegiate panel of readers from both host organizations, the festival will present two one-act plays and four ten-minute plays from six book finalists. Manual or phased reading. All plays submitted to the festival were required to follow a set of guidelines, including the length of the play, the number of characters allowed and the inclusion of certain plot “ingredients”, such as misunderstanding, memory, and a family trait.
The festival will show between two to five plays during each show, due to their different lengths. In order to experience all six productions, we encourage our patrons to attend the festival more than once. In addition to theatrical performances, the festival will include two panel discussions. The first discussion, titled Food Culture and the AAPI Community, will be hosted on Sunday, May 15, after the dinner performance. The second session on Friday 20 May (after the evening performance) will be a conversation with playwrights and festival directors. Refreshments will be provided to attendees.
Featured plays represent cultures and heritages across the AAPI diaspora including Armenia, Iran, South Korea, and China.
The festival participants are:
Spaghetti Lo Mein – Elizabeth Ong
Hot Pot at the End of the World – Karen Lee
Mother Mando – Libby Kim
Support – by Robin Pearl
Cousins and Soup – Lira Nalan
The Secret Ingredient by Emily Kate Avakian
AAPI Women’s Voices Theater Festival (Live) begins on Friday, May 6, 2022 and runs through Sunday, May 22. Thursday and Saturday shows start at 8pm, and Sunday mornings start at 2pm. Tickets pay what you can
All performances are held at 5426 Harford Rd. Baltimore MD 21214.
Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of performance, in addition to wearing a mask, is required to attend.
Visit www.strand-theater.org to purchase tickets.
Ticket prices: pay what you can