National Asian American Theater Festival to Run Oct. 13-18

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The 2nd National Asian-American Theater Festival will take place in New York City, Oct. 13-18, with productions presented at Theater for the New City (155 1st Ave., at E. 10th St.). More than 100 Asian-American theater artists from across the U.S. — playwrights, directors, actors, designers — will converge for a week of performances ranging from Chekhov to a musical about Imelda Marcos to new plays that demonstrate the emerging voices of a young generation of Asian-American writers.
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Highlights include:

Shishir Kurup’s play Sharif Don’t Like It, about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s dubious treatment of people of Asian and Middle Eastern descent, post-9/11.

Bahu-Beti-Biwi (Daughter-in-law, Daughter, Wife), Sheetal Gandhi’s contemporary dance-theater piece that blends traditional North Indian music with movement to depict the generational shift of contemporary Indian and Indian-American women in the 21st century.

20th Century Performance in the 21st Century: The Future of Asian American Theatre, a series of public forums that examine Asian-American theater past and present through a variety of performance art and interactive panels, presented by Asian Pacific Americans C*ntemporary Unilateral Neo-Theatre (APAC*NT), a collective comprised of playwrights and performers including Kristina Wong, Alice Tuan, Katie Pearl and Hatnim Lee.

Labfest III, readings of new plays by Asian-American writers presented by the Obie Award-winning Ma Yi Theater’s Writers Lab.

Don’t You Feel It, Too?, a new work about freeing one’s inner spirit by dancing your inner life in public spaces by Minneapolis-based theater artist Marcus Young.

The Seagull, the Obie-winning National Asian American Theatre Company’s uncommon revival — with an all Asian-American cast — of Anton Chekhov’s play.

Imelda, a new musical about Imelda Marcos, presented by the Obie-winning Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. (Please note: this NAATF production is being presented at Julia Miles Theater, 424 W. 55 St., www.panasianrep.org).

Tickets to National Asian American Theatre Festival productions range in price from $5 to $55. The performance schedule varies. For performance and ticket information, visit www.naatf.org or call 646-522-0931.