Kudos to Rick Shiomi, an award-winning Japanese Canadian playwright, director and the Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts, for receiving the 2012 Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement, at the 8th annual Ivey Awards, which were held at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN on Monday, September 24, 2012.
Playwright Lonnie Carter Talks TRIM, The Tiger Woods What If Story, The Romance of Magno Rubio and The Lost Boys of Sudan. I caught up with award-winning playwright Lonnie Carter when I did a staged reading of his new play, co-written with Mac A. Davis, TRIM The Tiger Woods What If Story, a brand new Tiger Woods play, at New Dramatists in New York on October 19, 2011, alongside Danyon Davis, Mac A. Davis, LeeAnne Hutchison, Nambi E. Kelley, Forrest McClendon and Jose Joaquin Perez.
It is the opening night performance of Katie Hae Leo’s Four Destinies, presented by Mu Performing Arts, the second largest Asian American Theater Company in the U.S., at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and the lobby is buzzing with excitement.
Lia Chang Photos: Backstage at Mu Performing Arts’ Four Destinies by Katie Hae Leo,10/15-10/30
For nearly 30 years, groundbreaking Asian-North American playwright Rick Shiomi has worked as a successful theater and taiko artist, a theater director, and a composer. The Toronto native is the author of more than twenty plays, including my favorite, the award-winning Yellow Fever.
Over lunch in NY, Shiomi talked about the good old days with fellow Asian American pioneering playwrights Philip Kan Gotanda and David Henry Hwang, how he became a playwright, his path to success, the genesis of Mu Performing Arts, the Library of Congress, projects in the works and what’s in store as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary.