The 3 one-act musicals to be presented are BIRTH DAY, written by J. Oconer Navarro and directed by Diana Glazer; CROSSING OVER written by Timothy Huang to be directed by Dev Bondarin; and THE TRAIN TO CHICAGO written by Tom Kenaston and Tom Paitson-Kelly directed by Michael Perreca. The projects were selected through the National Asian Artists Project’s inaugural Discover: New Musicals program, by a panel of industry professionals who chose from 21 projects submitted for consideration. Discover presents a forum for talented performers of Asian ancestry to gain exposure and experience; by having artists of Asian descent performing roles not strictly Asian, with the mission to expand casting.
This project is supported by grants from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council through their programs Fund for Creative Communities and Manhattan Community Arts Fund.
NAAP was founded by Baayork Lee, Steven Eng, and Nina Zoie Lam to be a leader in educating, cultivating, and stimulating audiences and artists—current and future—through showcasing exceptional work by vibrant artists of Asian descent. NAAP supports artistic growth of theatre artists of Asian descent; presents forums for them to gain exposure to industry professionals; expands opportunities for Asian theatre artists; cultivates new audiences to encourage arts patronage and involvement, including Asian communities unaccustomed to participating in the arts dialogue. http://www.naaproject.org/
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