I really get off on “It takes a village.”
When someone does well, we all do well. And if you played some small role in someone else’s success? That’s one of the most fulfilling things a person can do.
Right after working on the Blacklava party, I dove into helping The Brahmin and the Tiger. Nominated for an Ovation Award, the hereandnow theater company production returns with new cast members for an October run at Inner City Arts.
I took the task on because I admire John Miyasaki. The founder of hereandnow and a man instrumental in the beginnings of TaikoProject, Miyasaki has impacted the Asian Pacific Islander arts community without much fanfare or grandstanding. But the results are clear. Hereandnow is 23 years old, producing new works consistently for L.A. and for nationwide touring. Miyasaki’s been a constant yet low-key component integral to the existence of the community.
When he needed help, I answered. Today, he still needs help in filling seats.
A common problem everyone in theater faces. I personally am usually not low-key, but do understand that there are many others built like that; being low-key has consequences as well as benefits.
So whichever way you’ll take this, I’m issuing a clarion call. I think the production’s success is important to hereandnow, to the survival of independent Asian Pacific Islander theater and arts, and to our common and unique villages. The production restores the tradition of cultural-folk-tale telling, often lost in many reimaginings and appropriations.
As someone who believes in what hereandnow is doing and in the production’s mission, I back it. I hope you will too.
THE BRAHMIN & THE TIGER opens October 5th and runs Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8 pm; and Sundays at 2 pm for the first two weekends. Starting October 20th performances run Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm.
All performances will be at The Rosenthal Theater, Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler Street, Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90021.
The Opening Night Gala will be October 5 with a pre-show wine and cheese reception and a post-show served-food reception with the cast. Tickets for the Opening Night Gala will be $40.
For performances Oct 6-28: General admission: $25, Seniors & Students $20, Children $8. Early Bird Tickets $14 (before Oct. 4th) and group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased online.
hereandnow theatre company is a not-for-profit organization comprised of artists of color. The mission is to entertain, educate, nurture, and strengthen our artists and communities by examining the similarities and differences between people and by summoning the power of storytelling and theatre.