Purple Cloud By Jessica Huang | Directed by Sam Sagan '18
- STATIC | "It tells the story of a family lineage that finds itself in America, and the tribulations that each generation endures with regard to assimilation, heritage, and finding community in endlessly antagonistic spaces. The play is a collection of stories rarely told. It is reminiscent of struggles that run through bloodlines and the gestation of incomprehensible identities."
- The Stanford Daily | "Purple Cloud... slices and probes into every aspect of identity in order to discover what it means to be a "hapa"... as the characters conflict with ideas that their “parts” fail to make a complete whole, they develop a message of hope for any individual who has ever struggled with finding their own sense of belonging."
Caught By Christopher Chen | Directed By Daniel Cai '19
- Stanford Arts Review | "You are not sure if the play has started or even who is part of the play—is the “artist” an actor or a real artist? Is anyone in the audience an actor? Are you, unknowingly, an actor yourself? This is Stanford’s Asian American Theater Production’s Caught: an exploration of freedom and oppression, China and Western perceptions of China, and, first and foremost, the pursuit of truth—or lack thereof."
Durango by Julia Cho | Directed by Vineet Gupta '18
- The Stanford Daily | "Each individual’s commitment to the show, in conjunction with time-appropriate lighting and environment-appropriate sounds, allows us to believe that we travel with them everywhere. We feel the vibrations of the car on the way to Durango, Colorado."
- Stanford Arts Review | "Tian, Doan, and Zeng create a family that is funny, multi-faceted, unexpected, difficult, and real. This is what makes Durango stand out as a production. It may be filled with some heavy themes–death, racism, immigration, homosexuality, familial fragmentation. But it is not about these things; it is about the small moments, hard-hitting phrases, and expressions of emotion that break and build families."
YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang | Directed By Vineet Gupta '18
- Stanford Arts Review | "Yellow Face makes me uncomfortable. It makes me angry. But it’s supposed to. It’s supposed to make me want to scream in the faces of Swinton and Johansson and Emma Stone and Jake Gyllenhaal and Jim Sturgess and every other white actor who has ever taken a role meant for a person of color and ask them how they have the gall and the conscience to participate in this systemic and poisonous racism."
INTO THE WOODS BY SONDHEIM AND LAPINE | DIRECTED BY ARIANA JOHNSON '17
- The Stanford Daily | An interview with director Ariana Johnson '17 on the process and intent behind this production of Into the Woods.
- The Stanford Daily | "As a company, AATP aims to address the Asian American experience with theatre. In its production of Into The Woods, AATP make it clear... that they are 'wary to claim the production under a singular label of ‘Asian’' and instead aim to use 'Asian-inspired designs and a diverse cast [to] drive home the universality of the fairytales.'"
- Stanford Arts Review | "It’s a gorgeous production. From the beautifully designed set, hued with deep reds, bright oranges, and cool greys, to the near-professional command of comedic timing, the cast and crew of Into the Woods infuses this tale of desire and decision with a creative freshness that can be lost when performing such an influential piece of theater."
STOP KISS BY DIANA SON | DIRECTED BY ASIA CHIAO '15
- The Stanford Daily | "From the directing to the acting to the top-notch set and technical elements, “Stop Kiss” is one of the highlights of the Stanford Theater scene this year."
- Stanford Arts Review | "On paper or its Wikipedia page, Stop Kiss seems to be a story defined by violence—but in performance, especially in this production by the Asian American Theater Project, it does not allow itself to be defined by hate. Stop Kiss is a powerful exploration into sexuality, latent homophobia, acceptance, and, most of all, love."
CHING CHONG CHINAMAN BY LAUREN YEE | DIRECTED BY SAYA JENKS '16
- The Stanford Daily | An article about gender inequality in the field of directing and the rise of female directors at Stanford featuring Ching Chong Chinaman's director, Saya Jenks '16.
- Stanford Arts Review | A review of the production exploring the ways in which it negotiates whiteness and cultural identity.
- STATIC | A piece in Stanford's activist journal on satire and identity politics in Ching Chong Chinaman.
MY FAIR LADY BY LERNER AND LOEWE | DIRECTED BY KEN SAVAGE '14
Death of a salesman by arthur miller - may 2013
- The Stanford Daily | Stanford's newspaper interviews Death of a Salesman's creative team about their goals for the production: "[I want to] make sure this play sparks dialogue between the production, actors, and the audience about what the American dream means, especially among minority groups." - Producer Ken Savage '14
trying to find chinatown by david henry hwanG - january 2013
- STATIC | Producer and AATP board member Leow Hui Min Annabeth '16 discusses how the frustrations she experienced in regards to race as a Singaporean living in America lead her to produce Trying to Find Chinatown by David Henry Hwang "Only a causeway a whisker longer than a kilometre separates my native Singapore from neighboring Malaysia, but the social meaning of race changes markedly on either side... Either Either I am not Chinese enough, or my skin is indelibly stamped with Chineseness..."
The 25th annual putnam county spelling bee by rebecca feldman & william finn - november 2012
- Stanford Arts | Director Ken Savage '14 and Asia Chiao '15 discuss how the themes that Spelling Bee explore with both the Asian community and the larger Stanford community: Spelling Bee "speaks to the universal experience of competition but also the Asian American overachiever complex."
PAWN written, directed, and composed by karmia chan cao - 2011
- Stanford News | "Since selling out several shows to rave reviews on the Stanford campus, Cao and the all-student cast and crew of Pawn have spent the summer on a whirlwind international tour, performing for over 10,000 audience members in South Korea, China and Canada. Along the way, Pawn won the award for best original musical at the Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea and garnered a great deal of positive press."
- Stanford Daily | "I just wanted to explore terror in general, and talk about it. Terror long existed before we defined it as this kind of terror, and that normal, everyday terror still exists for lots of people who live in avid fear, constant fear - and that needs to be taken care of." - Director & writer Karmia Cao
- Stanford Daily | An review of an early draft of PAWN, then called Abraham Niu and the Friendly Fires: "I only saw a rough cut of the music, but I'm enchanted... It's an all-live ensemble of mostly folk, pop and rock, but includes throat singing from Mongolian tradition and, if you listen closely, undertones of Chinese influences twanging through Western sounds; even a Native American flute emerges."