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Tokens (Asian American Writers Worksh)

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ISBN 10: 1889876097 / ISBN 13: 9781889876092
Published by Temple University Press, 2000
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Title: Tokens (Asian American Writers Worksh)

Publisher: Temple University Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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This book is a companion piece to the Asian American Writers' Workshop's "The NuyorAsian Anthology: Asian American Writings on New York City". "Tokens? The NYC Asian American Experience on Stage" presents a vibrant portrait of a burgeoning theater scene. Alvin Eng, "Tokens?"'s editor and contributor, describes the ten plays and performance pieces included in the collection as offering 'a great viceral snapshot of what Asian American theater was like in New York City in the 1990s'. Other playwrights whose work is found here include David Henry Hwang, Jessica Hagedorn, and Han Ong. This book concludes with 'The Verbal Mural', a discussion of the history, current directions, and future prospects for Asian American theater in New York City, gathered from interviews with founders, leading members, and rising stars of the Asian American theater. Through their powerful words and passionate voices, "Tokens?" chronicles the struggles of Asian American artists to find a place in the off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater world. Author note: Alvin Eng is currently a Teaching Artist with the 'Young Playwrights Program' of the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY. He is an author, performer, lyricist, and journalist of many celebrated theatrical works including "The Flushing Cycle", an autobiographical one-man play, and "Mao Zedong: Jealous Son" (an Abstract Portrait), an opera.

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"A diverse collection of passionate, provocative, poetic and powerful plays from some of today's most remarkable Asian American playwrights. Defiantly unique in voice and universal in emotion, each work potently strikes the heart and mind. This wonderful volume is absolutely requisite reading for those who love the theater and Asian American literature." --Chay Yew, award-winning playwright of Red, Porcelain and A Language of Their Own, among others "The story of Asian American theatre in New York City is no neat three-act play. As it's been for theatre by any ethnic or cultural minority, it's been a struggle. In Tokens?...that history is well and candidly told. As for the plays that are included in this anthology: Each work proves that it's worth the struggle to give voice to an untold story. Tokens? is a valuable contribution to Asian American cultural history." --Ben Fong-Torres, former editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese American, Hickory Wind: The Life and Times of Gram Parsons, and Not Fade Away: A Backstage Pass to 200 Years of Rock and Roll

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