Steffi Lau

Asian American Theater's Next Act

Playwrights and performers are moving beyond stories about culture clash and identity politics.

AURORAE KHOO'S play Fayette-Nam is a story about a young black soldier who gets caught in a love triangle with a 40-year-old Asian American woman and her daughter. Afraid of going to Iraq, the soldier goes absent without leave and takes refuge in the doughnut shop run by the women in Fayetteville, NC. Both women fall in love with him, and at the same time, they harbor racist views toward black people and must deal with their conflicting emotions.