Use our downloadable 2016 ConFest Planning Guide to make CAATA and OSF show selections before purchasing your pass. You will need to select date/time for each show choice prior to completing your pass order.

10:00am-6:30pm
Beyond Orientalism
@ Hay Patton 1C

By invitation only.


12:00pm-6:30pm 
Pre-Conferences
@ Hay Patton 2A

By invitation only.


4:00pm-6:00pm 
Beyond Orientalism & West and Central Asian American Artists Keynote Address
@ Hay-Patton 2A

Keynote: ZEYBA RAHMANSenior Program Officer, Building Bridges Program
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Presented as part of the West and Central Asian American Artists and Beyond Orientalism Pre-Conferences, open to all ConFest attendees.

Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Building Bridges 2016-2017 Grants Program. The Building Bridges 2016-17 Grants Program will support planning and implementation of programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts and culture experiences that advance relationships and understanding. Through this approach, the program’s larger aim is to contribute toward a more just civil society and greater well-being among people.


6:45pm-7:30pm
Global Music for a Globalized World 
@ Green Show Stage

Art2Action presents a collection of artists with roots in Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and the United States offer a journey through West and Central Asian musical traditions, opera, and more.

8:30am-6:30pm
Pre-Conferences
@ Various

By invitation only.


2:00pm-6:00pm
CAATA ConFest Lounge & Registration
@ New Place

Pick up your pass and reserved tickets, and mix and mingle with other ConFest attendees.

8:30am – 5pm (ongoing)
CAATA ConFest Lounge
@ New Place

Pick up your pass and reserved tickets, and mix and mingle with other ConFest attendees.


8:30am-9:30am
Drop-in Breakfast
@ New Place

Executive Director Laura Penn will be available for informal conversations about the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Open to all.


9:30am – 11:00am       
Opening Plenary: Neutralizing Yellow Face 
Bowmer Theatre

Welcome by Randy Reyes and Bill Rauch
Keynote: ROBERTA UNO
Panel discussion with Zakiyyah Alexander, Karan Shimakawa, Lloyd Suh; facilitated by Mia Katigbak, Artistic Producing Director, NAATCO

From New WORLD Theater to the Ford Foundation to CalArts to CAATA ConFest, Roberta Uno, one of the most brilliant artistic thought-leaders in this country, addresses this plenary through the lens of aesthetics, arts practice, cultural equity, and social justice regarding the changing demographics of America.


11:30am – 1:00pm
Panel & Breakout Sessions
@ Hay Patton Various

Asian American Directors
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 1A

Often, the discussion of representation in our industry focuses on issues of whitewashed or Yellow Face casting, playwrights, and new works selections, and on developing new voices. Less discussed are the interpreters of artistic visions, the caretakers of authenticity and representation. Join us as six Asian American Directors consider the difficulties and trials of the industry, trends in diversity, exploring new platforms and what it takes to “make it” as an Asian American Director.

Panelists: Eric Ting, Artistic Director, CalShakes; Desdemona Chiang, A Winter’s Tale, Director; Jeff Liu, Freelance Director; Meena Natarajan, Executive and Literary Director, Pangea World Theater; Evren Odcikin, Director of New Plays and Marketing, Golden Thread Productions.

Facilitator: Andy Lowe, Director and Production Manager, East West Players

Asian American Theater in Other Spaces
Track: Tsunami Effects
@ Hay Patton 1B
Panelists will share their ambitions, challenges, successes and crazy tales of starting new Asian American theater groups in unexpected places. Join us for case studies and a lively, participatory discussion.

Presenters: Bi Ngo, Co-Founder, Philadelphia Asian Performing Arts; Cary Shoda, Artistic Director of A-Squared Theatre; Andi Meyer, Artistic Director of Tradewinds Arts; Dmae Roberts, Executive Producer of MediaRites’ Theatre Diaspora

Facilitator: Rick Shiomi, Co-Artistic Director Full Circle Theater

Workshop: Devising Outside the Box
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 2A
Learn what it’s like to devise experimental, off-off Broadway theater through this hands-on workshop focusing on establishing artistic collaborations, building community partnerships, and addressing ownership, copyright and collaborative agreements. Take away a framework and infrastructure for the creation of devised theater, in order to balance the creative generation of materials with the strategic planning necessary to support artistic collaborations. Open to all levels.

Facilitator: Kyoung Park, Artistic Director, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, Brooklyn, NY

Roundtable: Neutralizing Yellow Face
Track: Tsunami Effects
@ Hay Patton 2B
Continue the conversation from the opening plenary about the recent explosion of controversies surrounding Yellow Face casting and performance (La Jolla Playhouse’s The Nightingale, 2012; RSC’s Orphan of Zhao, 2012; Jesusa Rodriguez’s Juana La Larga, 2014; New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ scheduled Mikado, 2015; Clarion U’s proposed Jesus in India, 2015). Four scholars will provide a variety of case studies and facilitate a discussion that includes several vantage points from which to view these types of productions, including national and transnational contexts.

Presenters: Esther Kim Lee, Associate Professor University of Maryland; Josephine Lee, Professor University of Minnesota; Christine Mok, Assistant Professor University of Cincinnati

Facilitator: Sean Metzger, Associate Professor, UCLA


1:00pm – 2:30pm
Lunch Break

Lunch Discussion: Asian Bodies as Artistic Choices
@ Hay Patton 1C
Track: Tsunami Effects
As more theater companies seek to diversify casts, season offerings, staff, and audiences, racialized bodies are becoming increasingly sought after. How can Asian bodies affect artistic choices and what are both the dangerous pitfalls and wonderful potentials of color conscious art-making? Within this urgent yet dynamic and evolving cultural moment of racial awareness, how do or can bodies marked as Asian function and affect artistic choices? Dramaturg Gina Pisasale frames the conversation with theories of the racialized body signifier, commodity, and sight of renewal.

Panelists: Lauren Yee, Playwright; Desdemona Chiang, Freelance Director; and Eric Ting, Artistic Director, CalShakes

Facilitator: Gina Pisasale, People’s Light Theatre Company


2:30pm – 4:00pm
Panel & Sessions

Union E/D/I/A Initiatives
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 1A
Get up close and personal with Stage Director and Choreographer Society’s Executive Director, Laura Penn, as Tim Dang and she share their work on equity, diversity, inclusion and access initiatives and discuss the progress and challenges from their unique vantage points. Q&A to follow.

Facilitator: Tim Dang, Artistic Director Emeritus, East West Players

Producing Theatre in a Mixed World
Track: Tsunami Effects
@ Hay Patton 1B

As the demographics of American Theater audiences are rapidly changing, so too are the demographics of those on stage. Asian American actors from the OSF company discuss anecdotes and key moments from their careers and consider varying viewpoints of how we talk about actors of mixed race. Audience questions and participation will be encouraged.

Facilitators: Leah Anderson, OSF Company Actor; Alison Dela Cruz, Director of Performing Arts and Operations, Aratani Theatre

Doing the Impossible: Asian Americans in Commercial Theater
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 1C
Last year was a landmark season on Broadway, with diversity conversations on the tips of many tongues, and productions like Hamilton, Get On Your Feet, Shuffle Along and Allegiance: An American Musical leading the charge. But what did it take to get a musical about Japanese Internment, an all Asian American cast and creative team on a Broadway stage? What will be the next Allegiance or Hamilton?  And how can nonprofit and independent producers engage with commercial producers to make it happen? Consider these questions with OSF Producer Louise Gund and Jay Lorenzo (Sing Out Louise Productions) who has overseen shows from workshop and regional LORT runs to Broadway stages, including national tours of Catch Me If You Can, Green Day’s American Idiot, The Addams Family, and Allegiance: An American Musical.

Panelist: Lorenzo Thione, representing the producing team of Allegiance: An American Musical

Facilitator: Andy Lowe, Director and Production Manager, East West Players

Directing & Equity
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 2A
This experiential, practice-based session will engage our bodies, minds and spirits to explore the challenges of cultural and gender equity in the field of directing, using Asian American directors and ensemble practices as a jumping off point. An action-based, facilitated discussion that will also draw on the Directing and Ensemble Creation Institute launched as a collaboration between Pangea World Theater and Art2Action.

Facilitators: Meena Natarajan, Executive and Literary Director, Pangea World Theater; Andrea Assaf, Artistic Director and Founder, Art2Action

There Will Be Awkwardness: A Conversation About Race
Track: Tsunami Effects
@ Hay Patton 2B
This session will use the Long Table format as an engaging way for everyone in the room to be both performance and audience through the creation of a dinner table atmosphere as a public forum. This format encourages an unscripted, informal yet in-depth conversation about what racial equity might look like in theater, what’s preventing us from achieving it, and how we can work together as an Asian American theater community to change the current reality.

This session will be lightly facilitated by Kathy Hsieh, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, but ultimately offers a non-panel format that invites everyone in the room to be at the table and creates a space for equitable opportunity and everyone’s voice. Be a part of the change – try something new!


5:00pm – 7:00pm
CAATA Opening Reception
@ Grizzly Peak Winery

Join us for an opening reception and meet & greet with fellow ConFest attendees, generously hosted by Grizzly Peak Winery. Bus service will be provided from the OSF campus to the Winery beginning at 4:15pm.


8:00pm – 9:30pm
Hot Asian Everything: A Seismic Extravaganza (ticketed)
@ Bowmer Theatre


9:30pm – Closing
Unofficial CAATA After-Show Gathering
@ Hearsay Lounge

8:30am- ongoing
CAATA ConFest Lounge
@ New Place

Pick up your pass and reserved tickets, and mix and mingle with other ConFest attendees.


8:30am-9:30am
Drop-in Breakfast
@ New Place


10:00am – 11:30am
Panel & Breakout Sessions

 

Asian Designers Leading Change and Tools For Scaling Community Arts
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 1A
What are the ways cultural heritage informs us and how does it affect the aesthetics of our designs? Designers across disciplines and backgrounds talk about their experiences in a generation when diversity is becoming crucial and Asian American theatre is becoming more prominent.

Facilitators: Jojo Siu, Costume Design, UC Irvine Graduate Student; Manuel Prieto, Costume/Lighting Design, Executive Director at Los Angeles Music and Art School; Howard Ho, Sound Design, Freelance; with support from Patricia Garza, Artistic Development Program Manager, Center Theatre Group

Workshop: America Is In The Heart-Surgery
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 1B
An interactive community building workshop and presentation based on the life of Carolos Bulosan, a Filipino American poet, novelist, migrant farmworker and labor leader throughout the Northwest and California. This session will include brief performances from America Is In The Heart-Surgery and Allos, in remembrance of Bulosan, as well as interactive work utilizing the performing arts as a tool to seismically shift the silenced voice while sharing the history of an underserved population.

Facilitators: Giovanni Ortega, Professor of Theatre and Dance, Pomona Colleges; Jasmine Orpilla, world theatre vocal performance artist and composer, Paris, France and CA; Jennifer Chang, Head of Undergraduate Acting, University of California, San Diego

In Case Of Yellow Face, Break Glass!
Track: Tsunami Effects
@ Hay Patton 1C
Furthering the work of the Opening Plenary and the Long Table Discussion, this session is designed to bring participants to the stage of confidence and action when/if needed.  What do you do if Yellow Face hits your theater community? Learn what other groups have done, and discuss the practical steps to combat it. Definitely an audience participation session!

Facilitators: Roger Tang, Executive Director, Pork Filled Productions; Lily Tung Crystal, Ferocious Lotus; Leah Nanako Winkler, Playwright

Hear Our Voices/Sunrise Prayer
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 2A
A case study and interactive workshop focused around the development of the new musical, Sunrise Prayer. Mary Kathryn Nagle, Native American playwright and attorney, and Leslie Ishii, director and creative partner of Sunrise Prayer, share the intersections of their legacies and collaborative process in developing this new work. Discussion will include the representation of two communities, Asian American and Native American, that today constitute the most tokenized groups in the American theater (Yellow Face and Red Face). How do we come together and create art about both communities without replicating the harmful misrepresentations and appropriations that surround us?  What protocols do we implement to ensure we don’t repeat the practices that have harmed our communities?  What do we learn by working together?

Facilitators: Mary Kathryn Nagle, Playwright; Leslie Ishii, Freelance Director

Building the Next Asian American Leaders
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 2B
How can we engage the next generation of Asian American leaders at the university level? Explore the different strategies and models of community engagement and higher education through campus student groups, partnerships, and other case studies.

Facilitator: Dr. James Moy, Dean of the College of the Arts, University of South Florida;  and Emilya Cachapero, Director of Artistic and International Programs, TCG


11:30am -1:30pm
Lunch Break


1:30pm – 4:00pm
Vietgone (OSF ticketed)
@ Thomas Theatre

Presented by Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The waning days of the Vietnam War, refugees leaving their lives behind—it’s the stuff of sobering news stories, right? Not always. In this brash new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants make their way through the bewildering landscape of 1970s America, a land filled with incomprehensible language, awkward customs, and a canvas as big as a Hollywood movie. At turns hilarious, profane, exuberant, and unexpectedly touching, Vietgone uses audacious dialogue, pop culture and an action-packed road trip to breathe life into the stories of these strangers in a strange land.


4:30pm – 6:30pm
CAATA Happy Hour
@ Hearsay

An informal happy hour meetup to swap ideas and debrief between conference sessions and performances. All are welcome!


5:00pm – 6:30pm
Empire of the Son (ticketed)
@ Black Swan

By Tetsuro Shigematsu
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of broadcasters, and the radio silence between them. As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession– each of them communicating with millions of their listeners, but never with each other. Based on a series of audio interviews with his father, former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu combines cinematography with the raw immediacy of live performance to magically conjure entire worlds: from the ashes of Hiroshima to present-day Vancouver, marshaling the tiniest of objects to focus on life’s biggest questions.


6:45-7:15pm
Post-Show Discussion: Empire of the Son
@ New Place


6:45pm – 7:30pm
Golda Supernova
@ Green Show Stage
Free

Golda Supernova is a musician and writer born in the Philippines, raised in Alaska, living in Oakland, drumming up blood to find the heart for stories to spill into song. Through deep connection and honest expression we can make space for our true selves in the world— through a profoundly loving, heroic, scientific study of the soul and a truthful, humble presentation of the elements therein.


7:00pm – 8:30pm
Eleven Reflections on September (ticketed)
@ Thomas Theatre

Written, Directed & Performed by Andrea Assaf Art2Action, Inc

A theatrical staging of a poetry series initiated in 2001, Eleven Reflections on September is a meditation on the Arab American experience, the wars on/of terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. The poems, accompanied by an all-women music ensemble and immersive media design, progress from lyrical to abstract and broken as they span the fall of the Twin Towers, the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the beginning of Arab Spring, and the revolutions and conflicts now sweeping through Western Asia.


8:45pm-9:15pm
Post Show Discussion: Eleven Reflections on September
@ New Place


9:30pm – 11:00pm
Purple Cloud (ticketed)
@ Black Swan

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Randy Reyes Mu Performing Arts

In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the many facets of their multiracial identities as they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minneapolis and back again — accompanied by four Jade pieces along the way. Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family navigates through the messy and beautiful business of acculturation: Grandpa Lee immigrates from Shanghai to America during World War II; his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian American, taught to pass as white and unsure of his own blood; and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through a tattoo of a deer and the search for her true name.


9:30pm – 11:00pm
The Wong Street Journal (ticketed)
@ Thomas Theatre

Written and performed by Kristina Wong
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. In this new solo theater work, Kristina Wong tells the story of how she – a not-so-white savior – became a hip hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America’s impact on the rest of the world, set against a hand-sewn, felt background of the New York Stock Exchange.


10:00pm – close
AFTERSHOCKS: Open-Mic Night
(Open Mic starts at 11pm)
@ Oregon Cabaret

Hosted by Alison Dela Cruz, Director of Performing Arts and Community Engagement and Flordelino Lagundino, Freelance Director, Actor, Arts Educator and recently Associate Producer, La Jolla Playhouse

(Included with ConFest pass; all others, $10 cover)

8:30am-ongoing
CAATA ConFest Lounge
@ New Place

Pick up your pass and reserved tickets, and mix and mingle with other ConFest attendees. 


8:30am-9:30am
Drop-in Breakfast
@ New Place


8:00am – 10:00am
Affinity Meeting Spaces
@ Hay Patton 1A-2B

Self Organized. Sign-up at welcome table.


9:30am – 11:15am
Opening Plenary
Seismic Shifts: The Pan Asian and Pacific Islander Communities Moving The Needle

Keynote: KAREN NARASAKI
Obama appointed Commissioner on US Commission on Civil Rights, Civil rights attorney, and human rights activist

Seismic Shifts Awards: Tribute to Oregon Change Makers

As one of our most visible Asian American civil and human rights activists in the US, Karen Narasaki connects social justice activism to the power of theater and the arts and how together we move our communities and initiatives forward.  In this plenary, we also pay tribute to Change Makers of Oregon.


11:45am – 1:15pm
Panel & Breakout Sessions

Is Asian Diaspora Theatre an International Movement?
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 1B

It is often easy to think that the Asian American experience is unique and unlike any other population in the world.  The United States has branded itself as a “nation of immigrants” with its “melting pot” and “tossed salad’ metaphors for over 6 generations. But with immigrant and refugee communities settling around the world and the increased use of technology as a global connector, the Asian Diaspora has become an international topic, spawning artistic movements rooted in western theatre traditions around the globe.  A discussion of the similarities, differences, and unique challenges that theater artists from Canada, the UK, Australia, and the United States face and how we can build better support networks.

Panelists: Tetsuro Shigematsu, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre; Donna Yamamoto, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre; Teak Kim Pok, Performance 4a, Australia

Facilitator: Andy Lowe, Director and Production Manager, East West Players, US

Warming Up
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 1A
This workshop is a participatory demonstration of warm up exercises derived from qi-gong, principles of Afro-Brazilian dance, and the Feldenkrais Method that are meant to calm the nervous system and promote a sense of safety and personal power that enables working with emotionally demanding material. Joyce Lu has a background in theater and dance and is currently training in psychodrama. This workshop is relevant for individuals or groups who are creating work around topics that involve histories of trauma, racial and colonial violence.

Facilitator: Joyce Lu, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance, Pomona College

Expanding The Classical Canon and International Connections
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 2A
A conversation between directors, dramaturgs, and academics addressing contemporary American productions of classical Sanskrit drama. Sanskrit plays will be considered as case studies for a broader discussion on diversifying the classical performance canon. This conversation will also explore international connections and viewpoints.

Facilitators: Amanda Culp, PhD Candidate at Columbia University; Snehal Desai, Artistic Director, East West Players

Pan Asian Rituals, Traditions, and Appropriation
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 2B
This panel discussion explores theatrical aesthetics and the use of ethnic-specific rituals and traditions in the creative process and theatrical productions.  When does the use of ethnic rituals and traditions become appropriation, and who gets to utilize ethnic-specific rituals and traditions in playwriting, in rehearsal, and/or onstage?  What if we Asian Americans are directing or cast in a white-identified play?

Facilitators: Amrita Ramanan, Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy


1:15pm – 2:30pm
Lunch Break


1:30pm – 4:00pm
Vietgone (OSF ticketed)
@ Thomas Theatre

Presented by Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The waning days of the Vietnam War, refugees leaving their lives behind—it’s the stuff of sobering news stories, right? Not always. In this brash new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants make their way through the bewildering landscape of 1970s America, a land filled with incomprehensible language, awkward customs, and a canvas as big as a Hollywood movie. At turns hilarious, profane, exuberant, and unexpectedly touching, Vietgone uses audacious dialogue, pop culture and an action-packed road trip to breathe life into the stories of these strangers in a strange land.


2:30pm – 4:00pm
Panel & Breakout Sessions

Shifting Borders: Theater and Academia
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 1A
Professors of Asian American performance share their experiences unsettling boundaries between the theatrical and academic worlds in order to foster structural change. In this round table, Asian American theater scholar-practitioners will explore how their work traverses the stage, the study, and the classroom and will consider topics from dramaturgy to pedagogy.

Panelists: Dorine Kondo, Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and Anthropology, USC; Joyce Lu, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance, Pomona College

Facilitator:  Donatella Galella, Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside

CreAtive ChAnge Workshop
Track: Active Fissures
@ Hay Patton 1B
The TeAda Productions team shares best practices and methodologies developed while working in immigrant and refugee communities. Explore identity, community-based practice, mindfulness meditation, and learn how theater exercises can create artistic and social impact! Together we will practice theatre for collective mindfulness, and discuss how these tools can be used for community building processes.

Facilitators: Shruti Purkayastha, Community Organizer and Teaching Artist, TeAda Productions; Leilani Chan, Founder and Artistic Director, TeAda Productions; Ova Saopeng, Associate Producer, TeAda Productions

Establishing an AAPI New Play Network
Track: Seismic Pressure
@ Hay Patton 2A
Given the New Play Network’s recent model of rolling premieres and regional tours, can Asian American theater develop National buzz for AAPI Playwrights by co-developing new works? Could a similar model be adopted amongst Asian American producers across the country? This workshop kicks off a conversation that could lead to the establishment of such a program, and that will build active coordination and collaboration between artistic directors, literary managers, playwrights and new works programs across the nation.

Panelists:  Jennifer Chang, Director and Professor, Chalk Repertory Theatre and Head of Undergraduate Acting, UC San Diego; Jeff Liu, Freelance Director, O’Neill National Directors Fellow; Roger Tang, Artistic Director, Pork Filled Productions; Andrew Saito, Resident Playwright Emeritus, The Cutting Ball Theater

Facilitators: Prince Gomolvilas, Playwright, East West Players

Future(s) of Transnational AsAm Theatre
Track: Tsunami Effects
@ Hay Patton 2B
This panel of scholars explores shifts towards transnational conceptualizations and praxes of Asian American theater. In considering what constitutes transnational Asian American theater, we will examine the aesthetics and politics that might shape this kind of theatre and its resonance within US diasporic communities and with audiences abroad.

Panelists: Dr. Angela Pao, Indiana University, Department of Comparative Literature; Dr. Ju Yon Kim, Harvard University, Department of English; Dr. Daphne Lei, University of California, Irvine, Department of Drama

Facilitator: Dr. Elizabeth Son, Northwestern University, Department of Theatre


4:00pm – 5:30pm
CAATA Happy Hour
@ Hearsay Lounge

An informal happy hour meetup to swap ideas and debrief between conference sessions and performances. All are welcome!


5:30pm – 7:00pm
Purple Cloud (ticketed)
@ Black Swan Theatre

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Randy Reyes
Mu Performing Arts

In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the many facets of their multiracial identities as they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minneapolis and back again — accompanied by four Jade pieces along the way. Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family navigates through the messy and beautiful business of acculturation: Grandpa Lee immigrates from Shanghai to America during World War II; his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian American, taught to pass as white and unsure of his own blood; and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through a tattoo of a deer and the search for her true name.


7:15pm-7:45pm
Post Show Discussion: Purple Cloud
@ New Place


5:30pm – 7:00pm
Eleven Reflections on September (ticketed)
@ Thomas Theatre

Written, Directed & Performed by Andrea Assaf
Art2Action, Inc

A theatrical staging of a poetry series initiated in 2001, Eleven Reflections on September is a meditation on the Arab American experience, the wars on/of terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. The poems, accompanied by an all-women music ensemble and immersive media design, progress from lyrical to abstract and broken as they span the fall of the Twin Towers, the on-going wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the beginning of Arab Spring, and the revolutions and conflicts now sweeping through Western Asia.


9:00pm – 10:30pm
Muthaland (ticketed)
@ Black Swan

Written and Performed by Minita Gandhi
Directed by Heidi Stillman

The life of a young woman is changed forever on a trip to India when she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. In this dark comedy inspired by true events, Minita Gandhi inhabits over twenty characters with great depth and charisma to guide us on a journey through time and place where the familiar and the foreign swap roles. Muthaland is a call to action to inspire love, laughter, hope, and introspection by bridges cultural and generational gaps.



9:00pm – 10:30pm

The Wong Street Journal (ticketed)
@ Thomas Theatre

Written and performed by Kristina Wong
Directed by Emily Mendelsohn

Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. In this new solo theater work, Kristina Wong tells the story of how she – a not-so-white savior – became a hip hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America’s impact on the rest of the world, set against a hand-sewn, felt background of the New York Stock Exchange.


10:00pm – 12:00am
CAATA Late Night Party
@ Ashland Historic Armory

Join us for late night food, drinks, and a visiting guest DJ to be announced!

(Included with ConFest pass; all others, $10 cover)

8:30am- ongoing
CAATA Confest Lounge
@ New Place

Pick up your pass and reserved tickets, and mix and mingle with other ConFest attendees.


11:30am – 1:30pm
New Play Reading: Picnic (ticketed)
@ Hay Patton 2A

By Joned Suryatmoko (Indonesia)
Translated by Barbara Hatley
Presented by Boom Arts
Hilmar

Sobirin and Wid have come to Bali to be happy. Hilmar wants to see Tanah Lot with a pretty woman on his arm, like the cigarette ad he saw on a billboard. Wid wants to cure the pain of never having visited any beautiful places in his whole life. Sobirin has come to Bali because if his friend Hilmar is happy, he will be happy too. However, when they end up working as bathroom attendants in the lobby of a luxury hotel in Bali, they struggle to find what they’re looking for.


2:00pm – 4:00pm
New Play Reading: The Emperor’s Nightingale (ticketed)
@ Hay Patton 2A

By Damon Chua
Presented by Pan Asian Rep

This new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Nightingale,” set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. As a young man, however, the Prince was headstrong and easily distracted, and it took nothing less than a magical bird to show him the wonders of his land, and what he must do to be King.


2:00pm – 3:30pm
Muthaland (ticketed)
@ Black Swan

Written and Performed by Minita Gandhi
Directed by Heidi Stillman

The life of a young woman is changed forever on a trip to India when she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. In this dark comedy inspired by true events, Minita Gandhi inhabits over twenty characters with great depth and charisma to guide us on a journey through time and place where the familiar and the foreign swap roles. Muthaland is a call to action to inspire love, laughter, hope, and introspection by bridges cultural and generational gaps.


3:45pm-4:15pm
Post Show Discussion: Muthaland
@ New Place


4:30pm-6:00pm
CAATA Happy Hour
@ Hearsay Lounge

Join Greg Reiner, manager of grant making in theater and musical theater at the National Endowment for the Arts, for an informal Q&A over drinks.


5:00pm – 6:30pm
Empire of the Son (ticketed)
@ Black Swan Theatre

By Tetsuro Shigematsu
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of broadcasters, and the radio silence between them. As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession– each of them communicating with millions of their listeners, but never with each other. Based on a series of audio interviews with his father, former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu combines cinematography with the raw immediacy of live performance to magically conjure entire worlds: from the ashes of Hiroshima to present-day Vancouver, marshaling the tiniest of objects to focus on life’s biggest questions.


8:00pm – 10:30pm
The Wiz (OSF ticketed)
@ Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Presented by Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, a witch named Evillene and that charismatic huckster the Wiz will light up the stage in this uproarious, song-filled adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, told through the lens of the African-American experience. With its arch social commentary, journey of self-discovery and infectious songs like “Ease On Down the Road,” The Wiz won seven Tony Awards and had a triumphant four-year run on Broadway. OSF is thrilled to bring this cultural touchstone of the 1970s to our outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.


11:00pm – 12:00am
CAATA Lounge Crawl
@ Meet at Green Show Stage

A late night pay as you go lounge crawl through some of Ashland’s local favorites.

8:30am-5:00pm (ongoing)
CAATA ConFest Lounge
@ New Place

Pick up your pass and reserved tickets, and mix and mingle with other ConFest attendees.


11:30am-1:30pm
New Play Reading: Two Mile Hollow
@ Hay-Patton 2A

By Leah Nanako Winkler
Presented by Artists at Play/2g

A parody coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, Two Mile Hollow explores the dysfunctional family with brutality, awe and compassion. When the Donnellys gather for a weekend in the country to hash out belonging from their recently sold estate, an emotional storm breaks inside while a literal storm brews outside. As this family of famous, longing-to-be-famous, and kind-of-a-mess-but-totally-Caucasian characters come together with their personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really really really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed (over white wine).


2:00pm-4:00pm
New Play Reading: You Mean To Do Me No Harm
@ Hay Patton 2A

By Christopher Chen
Presented by East West Players

In this sharp and fantastical play, an innocuous comment at a dinner with two interracial couples leads to a surreal escalation of cold war-style paranoia. A psychological exploration of China-U.S. foreign relations and of the mysteries of the personal relationships we hold most dear.


2:00pm-3:30pm
Empire of the Son (ticketed)
@ Black Swan

By Tetsuro Shigematsu
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre

Empire of the Son is the story of two generations of broadcasters, and the radio silence between them. As father and son, Akira and Tetsuro Shigematsu shared the same profession– each of them communicating with millions of their listeners, but never with each other. Based on a series of audio interviews with his father, former CBC broadcaster Tetsuro Shigematsu combines cinematography with the raw immediacy of live performance to magically conjure entire worlds: from the ashes of Hiroshima to present-day Vancouver, marshaling the tiniest of objects to focus on life’s biggest questions.


5:00pm-7:00pm
CAATA Reception
@ Schneider Museum, Southern Oregon University (SOU)

Join us for a celebration of Oregon Change Makers with light fare. Trolley service will be provided to and from the OSF Campus (15 S Pioneer Street) to the Schneider Museum beginning at 4:15pm.


5:00pm – 6:30pm
Purple Cloud (ticketed)
@ Black Swan

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Randy Reyes
Mu Performing Arts

In Purple Cloud, three generations of Huangs deal with the many facets of their multiracial identities as they embark on a mythical journey from China to Minneapolis and back again — accompanied by four Jade pieces along the way. Through three intertwining stories, the Huang family navigates through the messy and beautiful business of acculturation: Grandpa Lee immigrates from Shanghai to America during World War II; his son Orville deals with his confusion as a first generation Asian American, taught to pass as white and unsure of his own blood; and his granddaughter fights for her Chinese-ness through a tattoo of a deer and the search for her true name.


8:00pm – 11:00pm
The Winter’s Tale (OSF ticketed)
@ Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Presented by Oregon Shakespeare Festival

King Leontes is blessed with a beautiful queen, a son and a baby daughter-to-be, but he loses them all when his mind becomes poisoned by jealousy. During the bleak spiritual winter that follows, faithful friends and a divine oracle slowly lead him back to sanity and a glorious reunion with those he lost. Director Desdemona Chiang will present The Winter’s Tale from an Asian and Asian-American perspective, setting it in dynastic China and America’s Old West.

8:30am-6:00pm (ongoing)
CAATA CONFEST LOUNGE
@ New Place

Mix and mingle with other ConFest attendees.


1:30pm – 4:00pm
Vietgone (OSF ticketed)
@ Thomas Theatre

Presented by Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The waning days of the Vietnam War, refugees leaving their lives behind—it’s the stuff of sobering news stories, right? Not always. In this brash new comedy, three young Vietnamese immigrants make their way through the bewildering landscape of 1970s America, a land filled with incomprehensible language, awkward customs, and a canvas as big as a Hollywood movie. At turns hilarious, profane, exuberant, and unexpectedly touching, Vietgone uses audacious dialogue, pop culture and an action-packed road trip to breathe life into the stories of these strangers in a strange land.


2:00pm – 4:00pm
New Play Reading: Oskar the Curiously Colorful Clash
@ Hay Patton 2A

By Matt Ackels Prince Gomolvilas
Presented by EastWest Players

The Oskar Plays are an acclaimed series of shows for young audiences that deal with relevant and challenging subject matter-bullying, resilience and grit, diversity, gender stereotypes-and feature outrageous costumes and props, colorful sets, heaps of humor, and wild theatrical imagination. In Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash, Ten-year-old Oskar loves his brilliantly orange hat. And why wouldn’t he? He’s had it all his life, it’s absolutely perfect, and all his friends have one too. But when a new kid named Billy moves to town,Oskar is shocked and confused-Billy wears a blue hat! For Oskar, this is not the way things are supposed to be. So he’ll stop at nothing to bring order to his perfectly orange and unassorted world-but he’ll soon find out that it sure isn’t going to be easy. Recommended for ages 5-10.


5:00pm – 6:30pm @ Black Swan
Muthaland

Written and Performed by Minita Gandhi
Directed by Heidi Stillman

The life of a young woman is changed forever on a trip to India when she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and discovers her voice within a culture of silence. In this dark comedy inspired by true events, Minita Gandhi inhabits over twenty characters with great depth and charisma to guide us on a journey through time and place where the familiar and the foreign swap roles. Muthaland is a call to action to inspire love, laughter, hope, and introspection by bridges cultural and generational gaps.


6:45pm – 7:30pm
Indian Dance Theatre: A Collaboration in Storytelling
@ Green Show Stage
Free

The Anjali School of Dance and Northwest Children’s Theater perform excerpts from their theatrical collaborations. Performance incorporates various Indian dance styles (including Bharatanatyam, Bhangra, and Bollywood) to portray a range of animal characters. Animals represented include elephants, peacocks, and monkeys.


7:00pm – 9:30pm
CAATA Closing Reception
@Hearsay Lounge

Celebrate a great week of CAATA ConFest and OSF CultureFest!

10:30am- 12:00pm
CultureFest: Think & Drink
(OSF Ticketed)
@ Carpenter Hall

Héctor Tobar, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of Deep Down Dark, in conversation with playwright and poet Luis Alfaro.


12:00pm-12:45pm
Edna Vazquez
@ Green Show Stage
Free


6:45pm-7:30pm
Supaman
@ Green Show Stage

Free