Royal Family Productions, a non-profit theatre company known for its innovative productions and development of new original work, is partnering with We So Hapa, a non-profit group founded to showcase multi-ethnic talent, for this diversity-centric, one-night-only cabaret event entitled Songs of Otherness on Friday, September 1, 2017 at Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor). Tickets for the cabaret start at $25 and can be purchased by clicking http://bit.ly/SongsofOtherness and you can find out more information by vising www.WeSoHapa.com and www.RoyalFamilyProductions.org.
Songs of Otherness will feature music by contemporary New York Theatre composers Emily Chiu, Ty Defoe & Tidtaya Sinutoke, Lisa Heffter, Kristen Lee, Melissa Li, Yan Li, Naomi Matlow, Kelly McIntyre, Christine Toy Johnson & Jason Ma, Matt Park, Andrew Sotomayor, Riley Thomas, and Jessica Wu. The cast will include the talents of Alison Lea Bender, Alex Chester, Marc De La Cruz, Ashley Matthews, Matt Park, Gen Parton Shin, Diane Phelan, Tami Swartz, Sam Tanabe, and Jeff Van Damme.
Royal Family Productions has produced more than 350 performances and created over 1,700 employment opportunities for performers and theatre professionals. Royal Family's productions have been reviewed by The New York Times, The Irish Times, Time Out, The Village Voice, Time Out London, The Boston Globe, The London Times, and was featured three years in a row in the esteemed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They have involved accomplished members of the theatre community, including John Cariani (Tony nominee Fiddler on the Roof; Something Rotten!), Kathleen Chalfant (Tony nominee Angels in America; Wit), Elizabeth A. Davis (Tony nominee, Once) Taye Diggs (Rent/Hedwig and the Angry Itch) JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock, Disaster) and Anthony Rapp (Rent, If/Then), among others.
In New York City, Royal Family has produced premieres of Rock and Roll Refugee with music and lyrics by Genya Ravan and a book by Chris Henry, LOVE/SICK (by John Cariani); Without You (by Anthony Rapp, co-produced with The New York Musical Theatre Festival), Four Last Things (by Lisa Tierney-Keogh), Dedalus Lounge (by Gary Duggan) and Safe Home (by Sean Cullen). At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Romeo/Juliet and 3D Hamlet: A Lost Generation (by The Fundamental Theatre Project, in association with The Irish Arts Center). In London: Without You (by Anthony Rapp, co-produced with London's Meiner Chocolate Factory). Workshops: The Water Dream (by Shawn Cody), Born Blue (by Caren Lyn Tackett), Nobody Suspects a Butterfly (by Chris Henry, with additional writing by Katie Avebe) and Louie, Red, and the Jazzman (book by Chris Henry, music and lyrics by Wycliffe Gordon). Emerging Artists' Work: Opal Ann Meets the Fabulous Kit Katt: a Play with Musical Fantasies (by Chris Henry with music and lyrics by Summer Hyde and Daniel A. Weiss). Don Pedro de la Cebolla (by Matthew Harrington), Selections from Walking the Volcano (by Jon Lipsky), and Fireside Theatre (adapted by Chris Henry).
We So Hapa was created to showcase multi-ethnic talent. Their mission is to make their unique voices heard and let it be known that neither side of their diverse make up should stereotype us as people or performers. We So Hapa strives to give Hapas a voice by challenging the perspective of what makes a person "White," "Black," "Asian," "Middle Eastern," "Latino" or other. Because the universal truth is that deep down we are all the same. We are human.
All tickets can be purchased by visiting www.royalfamilyproductions.org.
Royal Family Performing Arts Space is located at 145 West 46th Street, 3rd Floor
For more information about Royal Family Productions please visit www.royalfamilyproductions.org.