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New Pulp Stories Unleashed On Stage by Pork Filled Productions

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).

From steamy nightclub noir, to sword and sorcery on the high seas, to imaginative science fiction exploring DNA technology and implanted memories, Unleashed helps give a voice to playwrights of color who want to break through the rigid norms and expectations of mainstream theater. With a diverse selection of Korean American, Chinese American, Chinese Canadian, and African American playwrights, Unleashed will showcase the wildly creative and outside-the-box stories that often get overlooked from writers of color.

“Playwrights of colors, like actors get typecast”, says Roger Tang, executive director of PFP. “They’re expected, almost demanded, to write about identity, oppression, and social issues. Many mainsream theatres confine them to the ethnic slot in their season.

“We have more stories in us than that. We want to have fun and tell crackling good tales. That’s the point of PFP doing Unleashed. We don’t avoid race if it comes up, but we want to give our writers free rein to let their full storytelling potential loose on stage. And while they’re staged readings now, we want to guide them to full productions eventually.”

The line up of plays for Unleashed include:

  • Mirror-Mirror, by Seattle actor/writer Lamar Legend: “”No one suspects a woman with a vacuum!” in this zany fractured fairy tale. Directed by Aaron Jin, presented on Monday, October 30, at 7:30 pm (along with teaser scenes from the rest of the festival as a part of our Opening Night Gala).
  • My Samurai, by Seattle’s Celeste Mari Williams, dramaturgy by Sonja Lowe, directed by Shana Bestock: Finding romance is hilarious and frustrating when watched over by a ghostly Samurai ancestor. Presented on Wednesday, November 1, at 7:30 pm.
  • Repossessed by Boston-based writer Greg Lam, dramaturgy by Daniel Rector, directed by David Gassner: Rich and Gretchen believe they have the perfect marriage, until they learn that it must be repossessed by the company that manufactured it. Presented on Thursday, November 2, at 7:30 pm.
  • Reparations, by Wisconsin writer Darren Canady: This innovative science fiction tale asks the question: if our histories are indelibly imprinted in our DNA, can reparations ever be enough to forget the ghosts of black history? Directed by Jay O’Leary, and presented on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 pm.
  • Blood Makes Noise, by Canadian writer Kuan Foo (performer/writer for the Vancouver sketch comedy group Assaulted Fish): An agitated patient is quarantined in a hospital room, while her flesh may or may not be turning undead. Directed by May Nguyen Lee, and presented on Saturday, November 4, at 2 pm.
  • Dawn of the She-Devil of the China Seas, by Roger Tang, dramaturgy by Kate Swenson, spins thetrue (we swear!) origin of China’s pirate queen, who commanded the world’s largest fleet, buckling her swash against the dark forces opposing her. Directed by Linnea Ingalls, and also presented on Saturday, November 4, at 2 pm.
  • Persimmon Nights, by Seattle writer Seayoung Yim (Do It For Umma), dramaturgy by Maggie Lee: A brash young Korean immigrant rises to great heights to risks it all, while balancing two lovers and many debts in the 1960s/70s. Directed by Sara Porkalob, and presented on Saturday, November 4, at 7:30 pm.

Individual tickets are $6 for General Admission. All-Festival Passes to see all readings are $20. Both are available at the door and in advance online at Brown Paper Tickets, at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/web/3061231. For more info, email PFP at info@porkfilled.com.

Spinning off from the long running sketch comedy group the Pork Filled Player, Pork Filled Productions stretches the boundaries of Asian American theatre. Reflecting the imagination and creativity of modern Asian American artists, Pork Filled Products redesigns traditional Asian American theatre to embrace the full spectrum of genres, from steampunk (The Clockwork Professor and The Tumbleweed Zephyr by Maggie Lee), to supernatural comedy (Big Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love by Prince Gomolvilas), to racial identity farce (Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang), to even Kung-fu zombie Shakespeare (Living Dead in Denmark by Qui Nguyen).

Unleashed is supported by 4Culture and the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and is an Associated Project of Shunpike. Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.

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).

Our Playwrights! Top (left to right): Lamar Legend, Celeste Mari Williams, Greg Lam. Bottom (left to right): 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.