Get your play on: A-Squared Theatre Workshop and The Wind Cries Mary

July 25, 2008

Check out all the info down below from the press release, and if you're
down in the area - make sure to get on out and support some Asian American

A-Squared Theatre Workshop, a new Asian-American stage
workshop, is producing Chicago’s premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's The Wind Cries
Mary, running from August 1-24, 2008 at City Lit Theatre.

Loosely adapted
from Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler, Gotanda's interpretation
tackles Asian American political and civil rights themes of the late 1960s. Set
in San Francisco, with a backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement
and the Women’s Liberation movement, the play takes place solely within the
protagonist’s (Eiko Hanabi) home and engages the audience with the character’s
inner struggle to break through her own gender and racial issues.

sought out this play because it represents what we struggle with today,” said
Max Chung, director of The Wind Cries Mary. “The experience of the Ibsen story
is universal, and the script is written so that Asian Americans could share our
experience, our viewpoint with a larger audience.”

Playwright Philip Kan
Gotanda is one of the most produced American playwrights, having worked with the
Asian American Theatre Company, Northwest Asian American Theater, Pan Asian
Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, New York
Shakespeare Festival and the Mark Taper Forum. Gotanda also works
internationally, recently staging a Japanese translation of other work and at
London's Gate Theatre in co-production with the Royal National

A-Squared Theatre Workshop is the only workshop in Chicago that
is focused on the Asian-American experience. The founders of A-Squared saw the
need to build a space that could span the range of ethnic groups in the Asian
American community and use it as a place “to work out new ideas.” A-Squared
hails some of the city’s well-known talent such as Mia Park, Dwight Sora and
Paul Yamada to bring culturally specific issues to Chicago’s

Audiences can catch “The Wind Cries Mary” from August 1 - 24 on
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. All performances are at City Lit
Theater, 1020 West Bryn Mawr, Chicago. For reservations call 773.353.5979.
General admission is $18, students and seniors $15 and groups of 10 or more at

About A-Squared Theatre:

, co-founder of A-Squared Theatre Workshop, has been a co-host of
the underground cable music show, Chic-A-Go-Go, for ten years. Mia is a member
of SAG, AEA, and AFTRA and has acted in independent movies, national commercials
and industrial films for over eight years. In addition to MCing for groups like
the Korean Consulate and the City of Chicago, Mia does voice-over work and
models. She's performed in the Asian American theater groups Tea Company and
Stir Friday Night and has also performed with Collaboraction as Jenny Chow in
The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and was most recently Fumiko in Hana's
Suitcase with the
Chicago Children's Theater Company. Mia graduated from the
Meisner Program at Act One Studios and has studied at Improv

Paul Yamada is a co-founder of A-Squared
Theatre Workshop and has been writing and researching American popular music and
culture for over 35 years. He has published numerous essays and reviews and has
made contributions to events produced by the Smithsonian Institute, the
Washington Performing Arts Society, and National Public Radio. More recently, he
has contributed profiles of Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Yasuhiro Ishimoto to the JACL
newsletter. He curated the music for the production of Seven Out and assisted
with the music for Trial By Water.

Cary Shoda is a
co-founder of A-Squared Theatre Workshop and a Chicago-based actor and graphic
designer. He played Khue in Trial By Water (co-produced with dueEast Theatre
Company) and will produce The Wind Cries Mary which opens in August 2008. Other
recent acting credits include The Laramie Project (James Downing Theatre
Company), Camino Real (Mom and Dad Productions), and video segments in Ceres
(Factory Theater). Graphic design credits include McKinsey & Company,
Spencer Stuart, and The Museum of Contemporary Art.

Allen Hope
, co-founder of A-Squared Theatre Workshop, is an
actor/director who has been in and around the off-loop theater scene for the
past 10 years. He has appeared and behind the scenes with such theaters as Wing
and Groove Theatre Company, TriArts, Inc., Chicago Dramatists, and others. As a
director, his work has been seen at Chicago Dramatists, Prop Theater, and
dueEast Theatre Company. Recently, he was seen in ICT’s jeff-recommended show
Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates.

Dwight Sora is a
native of River Forest and has been working professionally in Chicago since
2002’s The Rape of Nanking . . . According to Minnie (Stockyards Theatre
Project). Prior to that, he was actively involved with the community
performance/outreach group Scrap Mettle SOUL based in the Edgewater/Uptown
neighborhood, after graduating from the University of Chicago in 1995. Other
credits include A Thousand Cranes (Vittum Theater), The Normal Heart (Lincoln
Square Theatre), Again (II Roman Senators), and Warren Lemming’s cabaret Cold
Chicago. He understudied for After the Quake (Steppenwolf Theatre Company) and
Durango (Silk Road Theatre Project), and has fought onstage in Romeo et Juliet
(Lyric Opera Chicago) and Tribulation & the Demolition Squad (Chicago Dance
Crash). He has worked on several industrial films for corporations such as
McDonald’s and Bank of America, and spent three years with the Social Issues
Ensemble of Imagination Theater.

Ghuon "Max" Chung is
the director of The Wind Cries Mary after having choreographed the movement and
fights for Trial By Water. He has been seen on stage with Little Theatre on the
Square, Illinois Theatre Center, Marriott-Lincolnshire Theatre, Beef &
Boards Dinner Theatre, Pegasus Players, The Artistic Home, Light Opera Works and
Ravinia Festival. He graduated from Northwestern University and is a member of
Actors’ Equity Association. He voiced the character Chang Wong in the Left
Behind audio book series and premiered his one-man show, Secret Asian Man…a
Korean Kabaret in Chicago.




"the wind cries mary" is a trip. it's based on an ibsen play but the way gotanda sort of flipped things upside down for you is crazy. too bad i am not in chicago otherwise i'd definitely be there.