Adding Diversity to Shakespeare: An Asian Theatre Company takes on "Henry VI"

Adding Diversity to Shakespeare: An Asian Theatre Company takes on "Henry VI"

Diversity and Inclusion is something I am very passionate about. I believe creating new works that are intersectional in this political climate is a way we can fight for what is right and help heal the divide in our country. I also believe we can make shows of yore accessible to today’s public by giving a voice to groups of people normally not identified with such shows. 

This is exactly what National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) is doing with their latest production of Shakespeare’s Henry VI. Not only is it an all-Asian cast but it’s amazing how a play a few hundred of years old is still incredibly relevant today. 

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What do Diversity, an Ancient Chinese Folktale and Feminism Have in Common? "The Monkey King"

What do Diversity, an Ancient Chinese Folktale and Feminism Have in Common? "The Monkey King"

There’s a new king (or queen) of the jungle, and it’s a Monkey. Wife and Husband duo Kimbirdlee and Jonathan Fadner are bringing an ancient tale to life with a beautiful diverse cast. 

Directed by Steven Eng of NAAP (National Asian Artist Project), The Monkey King will be playing on Roosevelt Island this coming weekend and then for one day only at Queens Theatre. 

Kimbirdlee is a woman of many talents and she not only co-wrote this show, but she is also starring in it as well. She’s a busy boss lady and was awesome enough to take some time and answer a few of my questions about this new work. 

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