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IAMA amplifies Asian American voices with
second annual ‘Pass the Mic’ festival
Streaming Saturday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET
Available on demand through Oct. 24
LOS ANGELES (Sept, 15, 2021) — IAMA Theatre Company will amplify Asian American and Pacific Islander voices with its second annual Pass the Mic virtual theater festival. IAMA company member Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic D’Lo will co-host the festival, which will stream live on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET, then remain available to view on demand through Sunday, Oct. 24. Tickets are on sale now at iamatheatre.com.
Five 10-minute short plays, each written and directed by AAPI artists, make up the heart of the event. The plays include: …I’ve No Regrets, written by Nicholas Pilapil and directed by IAMA associate artistic director Rodney To; Long by Charlie Oh, directed by Jully Lee; Hindi by Nandita Shenoy, directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III; Broken English by Nina Ki, directed by Gaven Trinidad; and For Us All by Jeanne Sakata, directed by Jennifer Chang.
The hybrid live/pre-recorded festival will also feature monologues, musical guests and video montages. A sampling of interludes includes Calm, a song written by Adam Gwon and performed by IAMA ensemble member Deborah S. Craig; Dishwasher Dreams, a monologue written and performed by Allaudin Ullah and directed by Chay Yew; Transfusion, a monologue written by Kit Yan, performed by Futaba Shioda and directed by Kat Yen; a song performed by Po’ai Lincoln; and a series of poems written and performed by Noa Gardner.
Founded in 2007, IAMA is a Los Angeles-based ensemble of artists committed to the creation and cultivation of new voices and artists that challenge boundaries and take risks, while fostering an inclusive community that inspires theater-makers of future generations.
Pass the Mic is produced by IAMA ensemble member Anna LaMadrid. Associate producers Adrian Gonzalez and Anisha Adusumilli are also members of the ensemble.
“The Pass The Mic festival was born out of a calling to share our platform, amplify voices, and provide a safe space for Black artists to create amidst the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020,” says LaMadrid. “This year, we wanted to pass the mic to the AAPI community, which has experienced violence and discrimination in the midst of a global pandemic. As IAMA continues our commitment to cultivate new voices and foster an inclusive theatre community, we are so excited to work with artists who are traditionally unproduced and not represented in the American Theatre, and hope to continue amplifying their voices for years to come.”
Tickets to Pass The Mic are $15 per household. For more information about Pass the Mic and to purchase tickets, go to www.iamatheatre.com.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, dedicated to advancing representation for Asian American and Pacific Islander creators and executives in Hollywood. Through industry-renowned programs such as the CAPE New Writers Fellowship, CAPE Leaders Fellowship, consulting and talent referral services, the CAPE Database and #GoldOpen, CAPE is breaking barriers to representation from the writers’ room to the boardroom to the living room. Learn more at www.capeusa.org and follow us @CAPEUSA on Instagram and Twitter.
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‘Pass the Mic’
IAMA Theatre Company’s Pass the Mic festival amplifies Asian American and Pacific Islander voices with five 10-minute short plays, each written and directed by AAPI artists. Company member Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic D’Lo co-host a hybrid live/pre-recorded online festival that features live monologues, musical guests and video montages
• Hosted by Parvesh Cheena (Outsourced, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comic D’Lo
• Playwrights: Adam Gwon, Nina Ki, Charlie Oh, Nicholas Pilapil, Jeanne Sakata, Nandita Shenoy, Alaudin Ullah, Kit Yan
• Directors: Jennifer Chang, Nelson T. Eusebio III, Jully Lee, Rodney To, Gaven Trinidad, Kat Yen, Chay Yew
• Additional performances by Deborah S. Craig, Alaudin Ullah, Noa Gardner, Po’ai Lincoln
• Associate producers: Adrian Gonzalez and Anisha Adusumilli
• Produced by Anna LaMadrid for IAMA Theatre Company
• Presented by IAMA Theatre Company, Stefanie Black, artistic director
• Live stream: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET
• Available to view on demand: Oct. 10 through Oct. 24
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, dedicated to advancing representation for Asian American and Pacific Islander creators and executives in Hollywood.
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