Artists at Play

May 22, 2016

Reggie_Lee2Since 2011, “a collective of Asian American creative professionals” have been telling ‘the stories of communities underrepresented in theatre.”

Artists at Play debut on the local theater scene was its production and the L. A. premiere of Lauren Yee’s “cheekily subversive comedy” Ching Chong Chinaman, which was followed in 2012 by Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. The 3rd year saw the addition of a reading series and another play, Cowboy Versus Samurai. Last year saw the West Coast premiere of In Love and Warcraft and in August 2016, Artists at Play presents the world premier of Carla Ching’s The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up.

On May 28, Artists at Play hosts its annual Summer Salon at the Armory. Start you weekend with a champagne brunch! This shall be followed by a presentation of Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies and directed by AAP founding member Peter J. Kuo. All proceeds benefit the 2016 AAP fall production.

Dinner with Friends opened on Off-Broadway in 1999 and in 2000 won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.




About Dinner with Friends (official text):
Ever since Karen and Gabe played matchmaker with their friends Beth and Tom, the two couples have been inseparable—going to the Vineyard every summer, raising their kids and enjoying countless dinners together. But when one marriage unexpectedly crumbles, the couples’ lives begin to veer in opposite directions. Can these four friends move on to the next chapter without moving apart … or have they changed beyond recognition? Wryly funny and richly layered, Dinner With Friends is a modern masterpiece about the path you choose, the millions you don’t and the detours that make it worth the ride.

AAP’s Dinner with Friends stars Melody Butiu (Broadway’s Doctor Zhivago), John Cho (American Beauty, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and Star Trek), Kerri Higuchi (Dr. Elizabeth Chen in Grey’s Anatomy), and Reggie Lee (NBC’s Grimm).


Melody Butiu

Melody Butiu



Artists at Play Summer Salon
Saturday, May 28th, 11 a.m.
The Armory, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91103
Cost: $70 per person
Make a reservation by emailing
For more info, visit

Photo, top right, Reggie Lee (NBC’s Grimm).


John Cho

John Cho





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