Living on the Hyphen@ Rollins Theater at The Long Center
Thursday, 3/31/16 at 8pm
Friday, 4/1/16 at 8pm
Saturday, 4/2/16 at 2pm and at 8pm
Sunday, 4/3/16 at 2pm and at 8pm
“Using the vehicle of humor and various performance art forms, I want to illuminate our commonality of being different.” -Leng Wong, Director
A co-production of Lucky Chaos Theater Productions and Austin Dance India set in a dream-like world, Living on the Hyphen is a quirky and poignant look at identity.
Directed by Leng Wong
Dance and choreography by Anuradha Naimpally.
Written and Performed by The Ensemble:
JooHee Ahn, Soumya Ashok, Purna Bajekal, Jay Byrd, Jeffery Da’Shade Johnson, Jesus Valles, Anu Naimpally and Leng Wong
Live music by Eddie Hsu (flute), Toshio Alan Mana (bass), Rishi Bajekal (doumbek) and Amie Macieszewski (sitar).
Producers – Anu Naimpally and Leng Wong
Associate Producer – Cindy Soo
Scene Element Technical Design and Build – Suny Ader
Stage Manager – Laura Khalil
Lighting Designer – Stephen Pruitt
Official Photographer – Steve Rogers Photography
Promotional Video videographer and editor – Steve Conn
Film Element director and editor – Jose Lozano
In this whimsical and poignant theatrical journey into the world of the Hyphen, various characters straddle dualities, cultural identities and question relationships. Drawing on the personal experiences of the cast and director, this oftentimes humorous, sometimes hard-hitting, tale of self-discovery incorporates theater, spoken word, live music, Bharata Natyam dance of India, a Chinese dragon, and more.
Based on the duality of the Asian-American experience, Living on the Hyphen touch on the universal truths that we all face as we straddle the hyphen of life. The residents of Hyphen address personal and social topics such as racial identities, health conditions, forms of communication, immigration, racism, reliance on social media, consumerism, women’s rights and ageism. Oh, did we mention a commissioned full-size Chinese dragon puppet has travelled across the world to its new home in Austin, and will see its debut as one of the main characters in Hyphen?