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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)
  • She Devil of the China Seas, by Roger Tang (yes, the Head Hawg!)
  • and 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.

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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