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.

Vote PFP in the 2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Awards

But awards season has just begun! Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Seattle Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016. Voting will run through December 31, and winners will be announced in early January!
Please vote for the following PFP artists and alums!
  • Amy Poisson for Best Direction of a Play, A Hand of Talons
  • Maggie Lee for Best New Play, A Hand of Talons
  • Stephanie Kim-Bryan for Best Leading Actress in a Play, A Hand of Talons
  • Jocelyne Fowler for Best Costume Design, A Hand of Talons
  • Sara Porkalob for PERSON TO WATCH
  • Brad Walker for Best Leading Actor in a Musical, Little Shop of Horrors
  • Kevin Lin for Best Featured Actor in a Play, A Tale for the Time Being
  • Mariko Kita for Best Leading Actress in a Play, A Tale for the Time Being
Cast your vote here!

PFP Make Their Mark at Ashland and the National Asian American Theatre Conference/Festival

Earlier in October, PFP was proud to represent Seattle at the Fifth National Asian American Theater Conference/Festival, hosted by the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (CAATA) and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). PFP assumed a major role at the conference, bringing down one of the largest groups of any theatre company in the country! Actors Denny Le, May Nguyen, Maile Wong, and Brad Walker (directed by Amy Poisson and stage managed by Kendra Lee) brought steampunk action-adventure to OSF¹s Angus Bowmer Theatre in a showcased excerpt from Maggie Lee’s The Tumbleweed Zephyr, to the rapturous applause of their fellow Asian American artists (check out what OSF actor Jeena Yi said).
Later in the week, several PFP artists (like Denny Le and Eliza Wu) were featured in a number of staged readings at Con/Fest, taking advantage of the chance to work with prominent Asian American actors and directors currently working at major theatres and TV networks all across the country.
ReAct Director David Hsieh and Denny Le appear in a staged reading of Picnic.
The 2016 Con/Fest was a truly inspiring event for all Asian American theatre artists, and we can¹t wait for the next one! Thank you, CAATA and OSF!

Maggie’s nominated!!!

It’s about time!

We always knew it was only a matter of time before our very own MAGGIE LEE would get the wider recognition her work deserves. The Tumbleweed Zephyr has been nominated for Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play. And it’s not just Pork Filled Productions who knows about one of Seattle’s most creative treasures.

Maggie’s written plays for Seattle Public Theater (twice!), Live Girls! Theater (and again!), and Youth Theatre Northwest. Her work has also been produced in San Francisco. If anything, the Gregories had to catch up to her. Congratulations, Maggie. You have our vote!

And, make no mistake, she is in stellar company with the other nominees for Outstanding New Play. Find out more about the Gregories and we’ll see you at there!
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Talons’ Costume Designer Nominated

She makes us look so good!

Congratulations to JOCELYNE FOWLER for her Gregory Award nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for her work on A Hand of Talons!

Jocelyne has graced more than a couple PFP shows with her creative eye. Take in Jocelyne’s stellar work with the production photos from Fast Company and The Tumbleweed Zephyr.

Thank you for all you do, Jocelyne. You have our vote!

And congratulations to ALL the nominees! Find out more about the Gregories and we’ll see you there!

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Pork Filled Leads Seattle Contingent to 2016 National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival

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Hosted in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
October 1-9, 2016 in Ashland, Oregon
The Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA), dedicated to advancing the field of Asian American theater, announces the theme and program for the 2016 National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest) to be held October 1-9 in Ashland, Oregon.

 

This year’s theme, Seismic Shifts: Leading Change in the American Theater, will engage attendees and local communities in passionate dialogues about social injustice and inequity in American culture. Seattle Asian American theatre artists will play prominent roles as performers, producers and panelists, including Kathy Hsieh (actress and Executive Director, SIS Productions), Maggie Lee (playwright, Artistic Director, Pork Filled Productions) and Roger Tang (Executive Director, Pork Filled Productions and CAATA Board Member). Pork Filled Productions will be leading a sizable group of 10+ to Ashland, thanks to a grant from the Morgan Fund.

 

Tim Dang, Artistic Director Emeritus of East West Players and CAATA Board Member chairing the ConFest steering committee said, “CAATA has rallied Asian American theater artists and professionals to dive headfirst into the deep, challenging conversations that surround what it means to be engaged in American theater as a person of color. The 2016 ConFest will continue this vital work in the field inviting artists and arts leaders from other underrepresented groups, higher education, and larger institutions in building a more inclusive and accessible American theater.”

 

The 2016 ConFest will be hosted at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and represents a groundbreaking historic partnership with one of America’s largest theater companies. “OSF has a passionate commitment to be inclusive of the many voices that make up the American theater,” said Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch. “We are so honored and energized to be hosting the Fifth National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival. It’s thrilling to know that our productions of Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone and director Desdemona Chiang’s The Winter’s Tale partially set in China, along with our eight other plays in repertory, will be adding to the discussion.”

 

Over the course of nine days, the 2016 ConFest will bring contemporary theater productions, panel discussions, plenary sessions, new play readings, workshops and special events to Ashland, Oregon. ConFest provides a vital space for Asian American theatre practitioners and allies from across the country to connect, to build relationships, and to showcase the vibrant and necessary contemporary creative work and academic research being developed in this community.

This year’s ConFest is the fifth such national convening since the group’s first gathering in Los Angeles in 2006 and the first time the event will take place in Ashland in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The Conference, held for the first three days of ConFest, will include several notable plenary speakers and breakout sessions addressing topics including casting and union representation of Asian American performers, ending yellowface, immigrant and refugee community-based theater, expanding the classical canon through international collaborations, and building the next generation of professional leadership in the field. Pre-conferences will include a gathering of Western & Central Asian American theatre leaders and allies, as well as a “Beyond Orientalism” cohort.
The Festival, taking place throughout the nine days of ConFest, will feature six CAATA-presented fully-staged productions, five new play readings, and free community programming as part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Green Show series.

 

The six CAATA-presented productions include:
HOT ASIAN EVERYTHING: A SEISMIC EXTRAVAGANZA

Presented by CAATA

An evening of seismic proportions featuring steampunk cowboys, an exotic oriental murder mystery, an epic Cambodian ballet, and a ride through the lives of taxi drivers across the globe — all hosted by the illustrious Emi Macadangdang and Jasmine! Kick off ConFest 2016 in style with a collection of excerpts, special performances, and guest appearances by some of our closest CAATA friends, old and new. Lineup includes excerpts from:

 

The Tumbleweed Zephyr, Pork Filled Productions

Han Ong’s Chair and a Long Table, Ma-Yi Theater Company

Charles Francis Chan, Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, NAATCO

Global Taxi Driver, TeAda Productions

Cambodian Dream Ballet from Cambodian Agonites, Pan Asian Rep

Tot, the Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a Filipino) Hulk Hogan, 2G & Mu Performing Arts

Performance by Golda Supernova, Campo Santo and Youth Speaks

And a forthcoming selection from East West Players

 

ELEVEN REFLECTIONS ON SEPTEMBER

Written, Directed & Performed by Andrea Assaf

Art2Action, Inc

Collaborating Musicians:

Eylem Basaldi, Violinist; April Centrone, Percussionist; Lubana Al Quntar, Vocalist

Eleven Reflections on September is a spoken word and multimedia performance on the Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. The poems, accompanied by an all-women music ensemble and immersive media design, progress from lyrical to abstract and broken as they span the fall of the Twin Towers, the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the beginning of Arab Spring, and the revolutions and conflicts now sweeping through Western Asia. Eleven Reflections on September was originally commissioned by Pangea World Theater’s Alternate Visions Festival, with the generous support of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA; the New York premiere was produced by La MaMa.

 

EMPIRE OF THE SON

Written and performed by Tetsuro Shigematsu
Directed by Richard Wolfe

Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of broadcasters, and the radio silence between them. As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession– each of them communicating with millions of their listeners, but never with each other. Based on a series of audio interviews with his father, former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu combines cinematography with the raw immediacy of live performance to magically conjure entire worlds: from the ashes of Hiroshima to present-day Vancouver, marshaling the tiniest of objects to focus on life’s biggest questions.

 

MUTHALAND

Written and Performed by Minita Gandhi

Directed by Heidi Stillman

The life of a young woman is changed forever on a trip to India when she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. In this dark comedy inspired by true events, Minita Gandhi inhabits over twenty characters with great depth and charisma to guide us on a journey through time and place where the familiar and the foreign swap roles. Muthaland is a call to action to inspire love, laughter, hope, and introspection by bridges cultural and generational gaps.

 

THE WONG STREET JOURNAL

Written and performed by Kristina Wong

Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. In this new solo theater work, Kristina Wong tells the story of how she – a not-so-white savior – became a hip hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America’s impact on the rest of the world, set against a hand-sewn, felt background of the New York Stock Exchange.

 

PURPLE CLOUD

Written by Jessica Huang & Directed by Randy Reyes

Mu Performing Arts

In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the many facets of their multiracial identities as they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minneapolis and back again — accompanied by four Jade pieces along the way. Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family navigates through the messy and beautiful business of acculturation: Grandpa Lee immigrates from Shanghai to America during World War II; his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian American, taught to pass as white and unsure of his own blood; and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through a tattoo of a deer and the search for her true name.

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About the Coalition of Asian American Theaters & Artists (CAATA)
CAATA envisions a strong and sustainable Asian American theater community that is an integral presence in national culture—evocative of our past, declarative of our present, and innovative towards our future. Our mission is to advance the field of Asian American theater through a national network of organizations and artists. We collaborate to inspire learning and sharing of knowledge, and resources to promote a healthy, sustainable artistic ecology. As a collective of Asian American theater leaders and artists, CAATA brings together local and regional leaders to work nationally toward our shared values of social justice, artistic diversity, cultural equity and inclusion. CAATA holds national conferences and festivals biennially in different parts of the country, reaching as wide a range of Asian American populations and communities as possible.

 

About Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Since its founding by Angus Bowmer in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival has grown from a three-day festival of two plays to a major theatre arts organization that presents a nine-month season of 11 plays that represent a mix of Shakespeare’s canon, classics, musicals, and new works. Inspired by Shakespeare’s work and the cultural richness of the United States, OSF seeks to reveal our collective humanity through illuminating interpretations of new and classic plays, deepened by the kaleidoscope of rotating repertory.

 

 

About CultureFest

The 2016 ConFest will be hosted in partnership with CultureFest, Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s celebration of multi-ethnic heritage and diverse theatrical work which includes play readings by established and emerging playwrights, outdoor perforamances on the Green Show’s courtyard stage, and other bilingual and culturally-specific events. CultureFest will take place from October 6-9.

 

What: 2016 National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival

 

When: October 1-9, 2016. Earlybird Passes on sale beginning August 1.

 

Where: Hosted in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon

 

For additional information about the 2016 ConFest, including artist and speaker bios and ConFest passes, please visit www.caata.net.

 

Media Contact: Julia Malta-Weingard, marketing@caata.net

Only Three Shows Left for A Hand of Talons!

Closing weekend is already upon us for A Hand of Talons, and only three performances remain for the thrilling steampunk noir tale thatBroadwayWorld Seattle calls “sultry and gripping!”
“If you were lucky enough to catch her previous melodramatic serial plays The Clockwork Professor and The Tumbleweed Zephyr then you already know how much fun a visit to New Providence is and how much you need to catch the third installment, A Hand of Talons, currently playing at Theatre Off Jackson. Same fun, same gorgeous costumes, same suspense and intrigue. It’s just always a good time.
Our Talons audiences enthusiastically agree…and many have come back to see the show again and again!
“A very good play – action and violence, and a good deal of fun. With a wonderful, tough API woman lead!! Go see A Hand of Talons by Pork Filled Productions!”
“It’s no surprise at this point that the play was awesome (the writer & director & everyone else have this down to a [ahem] science!), but it’s worth saying anyway: the play was awesome! So intense–a bit different from the others, as we learn just why the often-mentioned but never seen Wilhemina Yao is considered so fearsome…Bravo!”
“It’s so good!! Sexy, enthralling and super high stakes. I was riveted!!
A Hand of Talons must close on May 21st, so don’t miss out on this dark tale of Wilhelmina Yao and her rise to power! We are kicking off our last weekend of shows this Thursday with our special $12 Thrifty Thursday pricing, so get your tickets NOW!

A Hand of Talons a Hit with Critics and Audience Alike

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Opening Weekend and made it a smashing success! A Hand of Talons is off to a great start, drawing raves from all sides!
Theater critic Michael Strangeways writes:
A Hand of Talons is a very clever play. Maggie Lee has done an exceptional job of creating a very layered, intricate and complex world.
…It’s also a handsome production with some very impressive design work including its only set, the Fortuna Mews office…It’s a superb design from Brandon Estrella and probably even more impressive considering Pork Filled Productions doesn’t have massive amounts of money to spend. (It’s the kind of set you’d like to live in.) Equally rich looking are the gorgeous steampunked fashions by Jocelyne Fowler. Not to mention the evocative lighting design by Tess Malone and sound design by Joseph Swartz.
…There’s also some strong acting talent on that stage led by Stephanie Kim-Bryan’s work as the central figure Wilhemina…It’s a very assured confident performance.
…If you like entering mysteriously clever new worlds, then A Hand of Talons is a must see event.
Read the whole review at Seattle Gay Scene here.
Wilhelmina (Stephanie Kim-Bryan) and Lin (Kenna Kettrick) pledge to uphold the honor of Yao clan.
Audience members were also enraptured with this thrilling new tale down the dark alleys of New Providence:
“Intrigue, family infighting, and a bit of unrequited love. You’ll be in for a terrific couple of hours at the edge of your seat. Oh, and those costumes once again – GORGEOUS!”
“SO GREAT and also so different in feeling and tone from the previous two (which I loved) but still playful and fun.”
 
“Hey, YOU! You like great theatre with strong direction and a fantastic cast, right? I heard you also enjoy slick and exciting crime dramas too. Then go see this show! Heck, I’d like to see it again; I’ll go with you!”
“DAMN. Y’all who are going to see this show – you are in for a TREAT.”
We are diving back into our second weekend of performances this Thursday, featuring our special Thrifty Thursday $12 tickets! Get yours now at Brown Paper Tickets!