Pan Asian Repertory celebrated its 35th anniversary with a Gala last night. The theme was “Legacy and Homecoming”. The “Homecoming Kings” and “Queens” included David Henry Hwang, Tina Chang and Daniel Dae Kim. Who knows the star of Hawaii Five-O and Lost was a Pan Asian alumnus? Well, he is! He performed in the company’s production of A Doll’s House in 1993. And look where that has lead him to!
Pan Asian is one of those scrappy off-Broadway companies that manage to put on shows season after season. I have fond memories of some of their productions. They have been performing in a theater that was converted from an old church. There is no flying capability. Lighting is usually limited. The stage is about the size of many Broadway theaters’ restrooms (which are never big!) But actors are always enthusiastic. Salute toTisa and all the actor, writers, musicians and staff connected to Pan Asian. Because of you, I am able to see stories that reflected my Asian experience enacted on stage!