Casting Set For Reading Two of "Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings 5/21/18 at Steppenwolf

Featuring "Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving Across Borders," A Solo Show by Ada Cheng, Directed by Jonald Jude Reyes and "The Fixer," A Full-Length Play by Susan H. Pak, Directed by Helen Young
By: Asian Improv aRts Midwest/Our Perspective
CHICAGO - April 14, 2018 - PRLog -- The AA Arts Incubator Program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) is pleased to announce the selection, casting and creative teams for Reading Two of its historic 2018 series featuring four readings, "Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings," which will be presented Monday, May 21, 2018 in The 1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre, 1700 North Halsted Street, in Chicago, from 7 - 9:30 p.m. Mia Park is serving as the project's Producer and Guest Curator. Launched last February at Goodman Theatre in Chicago to a standing room only crowd, this is AIRMW's first-ever invited staged reading series of short and full-length plays written by Midwest Asian Americans. The May reading is being presented as part of Chicago's Asian American Heritage Month activities.

Reading Two of "Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings" will feature "Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving Across Borders," a solo show by Ada Cheng, directed by Jonald Jude Reyes and "The Fixer," a full-length play by Susan H. Pak, directed by Helen Young. The Steppenwolf readings are presented as part of its LookOut Series – a performance series that presents the work of artists and companies across genre and form. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Patrons are advised to reserve tickets early due to limited capacity. The 1700 Theatre is Steppenwolf's newest theater, a casual, intimate and flexible 80-seat space dedicated to showcasing the work of its ensemble and emerging local theater companies. For detailed location, parking, dining and accessibility information, please click the "Plan Your Visit" link on the home page.Visit the ticket link here:

Media requests for images or interviews regarding "Our Perspective," and requests for press credentials (credentials requests should be submitted by May 1, 2018), should be directed to ENERI Communications at info (at) enericom (dot) net .

The series will continue August 13, 2018 at Victory Gardens Theater (please note change of venue from previously announced location) and November TBA 2018 in The 1700 Theatre at Steppenwolf Theatre. The August presentation will feature readings of short plays and will be included as part of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) national conference; the November presentation will feature the reading of a short and a full-length play each.

"We were thrilled to have a standing room only at our First Reading at the Goodman," said Mia Park. "Starting out our series with such a bang – with so many engaged, enthusiastic fans coming out on a cold wintry, Monday night in Chicago - confirms the demand that more Asian American plays need to be created and shared," she said. "We thank everyone at the Goodman, Steppenwolf and Victory Gardens for their tremendous support in helping us to get this important program off the ground," she said.

Casting for the May 21, 2018 Reading Two of "Our Perspective: Asian American Plays" is announced as follows:

"Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving Across Borders" by Ada Cheng, Directed by Jonald Jude Reyes

This solo show tackles issues about gender, culture and feminism. It asks the question of how one learns about womanhood, love and abuse in different cultural contexts. This is a story about domestic violence and its effect on mother-daughter relationships through the lens of a child as well as an adult.

Ada Cheng (Creator and Performer)

"The Fixer" by Susan H. Pak, Directed by Helen Young

A bitter, despondent, Asian American expat is thrilled when her best friend, a beautiful and brilliant attorney, joins her in the sparkling city of Dubai. The two enjoy a luxurious and decadent existence at their dream jobs, until one of them is unceremoniously fired. Can the two keep their friendship intact, as they attempt to navigate the shark infested waters of overseas office politics? "The Fixer" hilariously examines the ways in which lifelong best friends confront issues of allyship, intersectional feminism, and American exceptionalism, as they attempt to protect themselves and each other from an increasingly hostile and intolerant world.

Deveon Bromby (Stage Directions), Martin Hanna (Younis), Helen Joo Lee (Mo Shin), Matthew Lipman (Daniel Harrington), Maeghan Looney (Mindy Perkins) and Gloria Imseih Petrelli (Sharifa).

In addition, Marie Tredway has been named Assistant Director.

For more information, visit and follow #OurPerspectiveReadings on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about AIRMW or to share an idea, please contact AIRMW here:, 4427 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640 or infoairmw (at) airmw (dot) org .

NOTE: Media is invited and encouraged to cover the overall concept and goals of the "Our Perspective: Asian American Plays" project. However, since this is a Staged Reading, no reviews will be allowed, nor the televising, broadcasting, visual and/or sound recording, motion picture filming or videotaping, in whole or in part, per industry standards.

CAST, CREATIVE TEAM BIOS and CURATOR'S STATEMENT Available upon request to info (at ) enericom (dot) net  .

This is an abbreviated release - for full release, bios and more, see website or request full PRESS KIT from info (at) enericom (dot) net .

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