Meet More Unleashed Playwrights

This round of writers cannonballs into sword and sorcery on the high seas and the zombie not-quite-Apocolypse. Hailing from British Columbia and from Seattle, these two authors coincidentally are also veterans of the sketch comedy world, as the prime architects of Assaulted Fish and Pork Filled Players.
Tickets ($6/reading, $20 for a festival pass) are at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/mail/3061231

Kuan Foo (Blood Makes Noise)

 Kuan Foo was born in England and still retains an air of awkward introversion. He has written extensively in many genres including a stint as managing editor for Banana magazine. For the last 14 years, he has been a writer/performer with the critically acclaimed Asian-Canadian comedy troupe, Assaulted Fish. His play “Self-ish” recently debuted at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his partner who thinks he needs to put more stuff in his bio.
What’s Blood Makes Noise about?
It’s not quite a zombie apocalypse, more of a zombie annoyance. Across the country, a small number of corpses have mysteriously reanimated and quietly gone into hiding. But what happens when these “After-Lifers” try to step out of the shadows and join the rest of humanity? Is being dead a barrier to getting a life?
What inspired you to write this play?
I am fascinated with the idea of the self and what it means to be an autonomous individual. If a zombie inhabits the body of a dead person and has all of the memories of their former life, is it the same person or is it a different person? Also at what point does it stop being a person at all and start being a thing that we will happily take a flamethrower to? Also, not really being a horror movie aficionado, I naively thought that zombies were somewhat underrepresented in popular culture and I figured that writing about them would be like frolicking in fresh snow. Holy crap was I wrong about that.
What kind of theatre excites you?
I like theatre that pushes or challenges me and takes me out of my comfort zone, that explores new ideas or old ideas in a new way, theatre with an element of risk and danger. Unless it’s interactive. Then I become shy and start noticing interesting things on the floor.
What is your favorite genre to see onstage?
I’m kind of a theatre omnivore so I like to watch all kinds of theatre. As far as I am concerned there are only two genres of theatre: good theatre and awesome theatre. I prefer awesome theatre but will settle for good theatre in a pinch.
What or who inspires you?
The many, many people who are better writers than me. My family and friends from whom I steal dialogue. Otherwise, the same things that inspire all writers: love and fear … and deadlines.
What are your upcoming projects?
My previous play “Self-ish” debuted at the Toronto Fringe earlier this summer so I’m working on revisions with an eye to trying to mount a production in Vancouver. Also next year will be the 15th anniversary of my sketch comedy troupe, Assaulted Fish, so we’re talking about putting a show together. Stay tuned! (www.assaultedfish.com,www.twitter.com/assaultedfish)

Roger Tang (Dawn of the She-Devil of the China Sea)

Roger Tang takes off the producer hat forUnleashed and dons his author hat.  As a playwright, he’s written The Jade Con, Shadowed Intent, Truth and Lies, Third Generation Heritage and Mac n Dex. He has worked with Seattle’s 14/18 Festival, penned numerous sketches for the Pork Filled Players and several pieces for SIS Productions’ Revealed series of site-specific theatre work. Nationally, he serves on the board of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA), advocating for Asian American theatre everywhere.
What’s She-Devil about?
The true (cross our heart!) origin of China’s pirate queen, who commanded the world’s largest fleet—and the black forces that gather to oppose her.
What inspired you to write this play?
Ching Shih has one of the most kickass histories I’ve ever read…and no one has written a story about her. It has everything…rags to riches, women claiming power, sexy/intelligent/powerful protagonist and pirates…and no one’s wrote a story about her???? Hollywood you’re failing your job! You promised us at least a Maggie Q miniseries, but I got tired of waiting! I added a little Conan and a little Red Sonja and here we are!
What’re your favorite genres?
This follows my interests in theatre: strong characters, strong plot elements, high stakes. While I enjoy a little introspection and character heavy shows at time, I think theatre, like any other art, goes best when it embraces spectacle, adventure and more than a little fun in its storytelling.
What’s on tap for the future?
Currently working hard on the national level with CAATA, trying to organize the 2018 National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival, organize CAATA’s first membership program and initiate a CAATA Rolling World Premiere program for Asian American playwrights.

SAVE THE DATE! Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century! October 30th – November 4th!

Pork Filled Productions celebrates playwrights of color with Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century, a staged reading festival of seven new plays, produced in association with the Theatre Off Jackson, October 30 to November 4, 2017 at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S. in Seattle’s International District).

Top row: Lamar Legend, Celeste Mari Williams, Greg Lam, Darren Canady Bottom row: Kuan Foo, Roger Tang, Seayoung Yim

 

 

Special fundraiser screening of Attack The Block!

Pork Filled Productions presents a special fundraiser screening of ATTACK THE BLOCK at the Grand Illusion Cinema (1403 NE 50th St, Seattle) on Saturday, August 26 at 7pm. It’s one of our favorite genre-smashing, thrill-ride movies of all time, and we are so excited to bring this modern cult classic film back to the big screen for one night only!

Starring John Boyega, in his breakout role before he storm-troopered the universe in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Jodie Whittaker, who was recently announced to the world as the 13th Doctor, as well as a fierce and funny cast of diverse young actors!

ATTACK THE BLOCK is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen street gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing project into a sci-fi battleground, the low-income apartment complex into a fortress under siege. And it turns a crazy mix of tough street kids into a team of kick ass heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space and it’s going to explode.

Tickets are $15, and include unlimited popcorn! A portion of all ticket sales will help fund our upcoming play reading festival Unleashed: New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century, which will feature exciting new genre plays by playwrights of color. So come on out and ATTACK THE BLOCK with PFP!

Tickets – $15: http://attacktheblock.brownpapertickets.com/
For questions or more info, please email tix@porkfilled.com

The Wong Kids Save the Universe at Dragon Fest

Space dragons! Super-powered siblings! And the Imminent End of the Universe! Join PFP at Dragon Fest for a FREE storytelling staged reading of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! by Lloyd Suh. There’s only one performance at 2pm on Saturday, July 15, at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S. in Seattle’s Chinatown International District) so don’t miss this exciting and heartwarming tale that’s perfect for the whole family!
Violet and Bruce Wong just don¹t fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have superpowers, they’re just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to far reaches of outer space to stop it . . . if they can only stop bickering. Violet and Bruce ultimately realize that being different isn¹t just okay, it might just be the most important thing, like, ever.
Directed by Harry Todd Jamieson, The Wong Kids features the talents of PFP vets Brad Walker, Stephanie Kim-Bryan, Tadd Morgan and Kevin Lin, as well as newcomers Mi Kang and Rachel Guyer-Mafune!
“The Wong Kids” embeds its messages in fun, and its insistence on being extraordinary proves the upside of standing out. –NY Times
Dragon Fest is the largest pan-Asian celebration in the Northwest, held the weekend of July 15th and 16th in the heart of Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District. The Dragon Fest event will feature non-stop cultural performances including Dragon and Lion dances, Traditional Korean drumming, martial arts demonstrations, the Chinese Girls Drill Team, and much, much, more!
The Wong Kids was first commissioned and produced by
Children’s Theatre Company – Minneapolis
Developed in the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Ma-Yi Theater Company, NY
Produced by special arrangement with
Plays For Young Audiences

ThanksBIG to All of our GiveBIG Donors!

 A huge PFP roar of appreciation to everyone who supported us for the Seattle Foundation¹s GiveBIG campaign!
We raised over $2,000 on May 10, totally blowing away all of our expectations. With all of the hundreds of local non-profit organizations out there depending on community support, we truly appreciate the fact that so many of you chose to contribute to Pork Filled Productions.
Your donations help us stretch the boundaries of Asian American theatre by producing our unique brand of genre stories for diverse audiences. This fall, we are going further than ever with Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century, our staged reading festival of daring new works by playwrights of color!
Thank you again so much for your support!

This Fall, These Writers Will Be Unleashed!

PFP is pleased to announce the festival lineup for Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century!
These new play readings will embrace imagination and creativity beyond the tethers of our day-to-day world, including fantasy, science fiction, salty pirate tales, sword fights, zombie outbreaks, and so much more:
  • Mirror-Mirror by Lamar Legend (local Seattle writer)
  • Repossessed by Greg Lam
  • My Samurai, by Celeste Mari Williams (SIS Writers Group and Parley playwright)
  • Reparations, by Darren Canady
  • Blood Makes Noise, by Kuan Foo (head sketch writer for Assaulted Fish)
  • Dawn of the She Devil of the China Seas, by Roger Tang (yes, the Head Hawg!)
  • and Persimmon Nights, an original commissioned play by Seayoung Yim (Do it for Umma)
UNLEASHED will be at Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave S., Seattle) in Fall 2017! Look forward to more updates about the plays and the playwrights, as well as details on how you can purchase your tickets to the reading festival…coming soon!

Save the date to GiveBIG to PFP!

PFP and the Seattle Foundation team up on May 10, for GiveBIG, Seattle¹s day of giving where Seattle donors join with the area non-profits to do good.

For PFP,  the Seattle Foundation are collaborators on our mission to stretch the boundaries of Asian American theatre and to center Asian American theatre artists on stage, using genres like steampunk, science fiction, comic books, adventure stories and more!

For GiveBIG, PFP has lined up a pool of matching funds to double the impact of your gifts. The first $500 in gifts will be matched by our producers, so a $10 gift from you will turn into $20 for PFP!

We have a slew of projects coming up that could use your support. Help two young Asian American siblings save the universe in a staged reading of The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Coming up at DragonFest this summer!) Help develop new works and new writers for Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 20th Century! 

It¹s coming up quickly, so get ready for GiveBig! And give to PFP at http://www.givebigseattle.org/PorkFilledProductions!

PFP Seeks UNLEASHED Scripts: SUBMISSION DEADLINE NOW MARCH 31st!!

By popular demand, Pork Filled Productions will extend our script submission deadline to March 31st!  LAST CALL FOR SCRIPTS! 
Pork Filled Productions is calling for submissions for our new play reading festival Unleashed: New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century. The festival runs October 30, 2017 through November 4, 2017 at Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle, WA.

If you have a play (or are writing one) that tells a thrilling, larger-than-life tale, that uses recognizable genre tropes in inventive new ways, Pork Filled Productions might produce it. The goal of Unleashed: New Pulp Stories of the 21st Century is to give playwrights of color the opportunity to let loose their imaginations. We want to unleash stories that will make our audiences lean forward in their seats in anticipation, or send shivers up their spines in terror, or make their pulses pound with excitement. ​We want to make some fun theater! 

Plays are not required to have specifically diverse casts or racial themes; however, Pork Filled Productions is dedicated to casting all of our shows with at least 51% actors of color, so please keep that in mind when considering your submissions.
 
​Below is a brief list of key information followed by submission guidelines. If you ​have any questions, please email info@porkfilled.com. We are very excited to read your play! Thank you!
 
​Sincerely,
The Pork Filled Productions Producers!
 
Key info:
– Deadline for submissions – ​ NEW DEADLINE: MARCH 31st, 2017
– Send plays to – submissions@porkfilled.com
– Questions? – info@porkfilled.com
– Festival dates – Monday, October 30, 2017 through Saturday, November 4, 2017
– Festival location – Theatre Off Jackson, Seattle, WA

Submission guidelines:
​1 – ​We are looking for short plays (10-20 minutes), one acts (30-45 minutes), and full length plays (90+ minutes) by playwrights of color. Note: Partial scripts will be considered with submission of 10-15 completed pages and a detailed synopsis/outline of the play.
2 – ​We are specifically seeking bold,​ imaginative new work in genres such as noir, science fiction, fantasy, horror, exploration, action adventure, or any mashup in-between.
3 – ​All plays will receive workshop sessions, including dramaturgical support if so desired, as well as a public staged reading in our festival.
4 – ​All submitted plays will be considered for a full production by Pork Filled Productions.
5 – ​Deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2017. All submissions will receive a reply by April 30, 2017.
6 – ​Only emailed submissions will be considered. Please submit all materials as attachments in MS Word or PDF format to submissions@porkfilled.com.
7 – Playwrights may make multiple submissions, but plays must not have had a stage production at the time of submission. Readings and workshops are not considered productions.​
8 – While PFP is primarily an Asian American theatre company, this festival is open to all playwrights of color. 
9 – ​Local writers from the Pacific Northwest are strongly encouraged to submit.

PFP Snags Six Gypsy Nominations From Seattle Theatre Reviewers

Seattle theatre critics honor the best in local theatre with the annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards and Pork Filled Productions has received six nominations for 2016 from this alliance of print and on-line reviewers.

Jostling with the likes of both the Seattle Repertory and fellow fringe level groups like Theatre 22, PFP’s nominations span acting, writing and design, and include:

  • Excellence in Production of a Play (Small theatre):
    A Hand of Talons, Pork Filled Productions
  • Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor (Female): (Small theatre):
    Stephanie Kim-Bryan – A Hand of Talons (Pork Filled Productions)
  • Excellence in Set Design: (Small theatre)
    Brandon Estrella – A Hand of Talons (Pork Filled Productions)
  • Excellence in Costume Design: (Small theatre)
    Jocelyne Fowler – A Hand of Talons (Pork Filled Productions)
  • Excellence in Lighting Design: (Small theatre)
    Tess Malone – A Hand of Talons (Pork Filled Productions)
  • Excellence in Local Playwriting:
    Maggie Lee – A Hand of Talons (Pork Filled Productions)

Winners will be announced January  ​27 , 2017.

Jocelyne Fowler and PFP Wins Outstanding Costume Design for A Hand of Talons

Please join us in congratulating longtime PFP collaborator Jocelyne Fowler for winning the 2016 Gregory Award for Outstanding Costume Design for A Hand of Talons! This is the first Gregory win for a PFP show, and we are so thrilled that Jocelyne was recognized for her incredible steampunk design work!
Photo by Kyoko Matsumoto
The entire PFP team was out and about for the Eighth Annual Gregory Awards, held on October 24 at McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center. Sponsored by Theatre Puget Sound, the Gregorys celebrate excellence in local Puget Sound theatre, and we were honored to be nominated in two categories: Outstanding Costume Design for A Hand of Talons and Outstanding New Play for The Tumbleweed Zephyr. It was an amazing evening shared with the Seattle theatre community, and we feel so humbled and grateful to be included in among the many talented nominees.