Tha Chink Mart [reading] by Ray Yamanouchi
Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City (2015)
DUKE – Al Patrick Jo
RICH – Matthew Louie
YOOJIN – Erica Murphy
EMI – Samantha Herrera
ROHIT – Gopal Lalwani
MR. CHAN – Wanning Jen
STAGE DIRECTIONS – Ethan Applegate
In a small, suburban town in Long Island, New York, five Asian American teenage friends battle through high school-where they’re marked as Asians-and their ethnic home fronts-where they’re too American. Finding solace only among each other, they attempt to define for themselves what it means to be an Asian in America… for better or for worse.
About the playwright:
Ray Yamanouchi was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and received a BA in film and theatre from Hunter College in Manhattan. His plays include It’s Our Kitchen (Semi-finalist, Iati Theater Cimientos 2017), Tha Chink-Mart (Semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award 2016), Impact (Semi-finalist, National Playwrights Conference 2017), and The American Tradition (Finalist, New Light New Voices Award 2017). He has developed work with WT Theatre, Mission to (dit)Mars, The Blank Theatre, Rising Circle Theater Collective, and Ars Nova. You can find him online @NotoriousYAMs and as the host of RE:, a talk show about theatre in NYC .