August 11-19, 2018 | Chicago
Thanks for joining us for the 6th National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival (ConFest) – an exciting week of theater performances, new play readings, workshops, breakout sessions, networking, parties and more!
The theme Revolutionary Acts engaged people in passionate dialogue about social injustice, inequity and active resistance in American culture and helped us consider what we, as theater practitioners, can do about it. ConFest 2018: Chicago was hosted in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater, Silk Road Rising, and The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Thanks to our partners, local hosts, and sponsors:
Alison Minami, ConFest 2018 | Chicago, IL, United States
Haunted by memories of his homeland and fearful of another war-driven imprisonment by the Cuban government, Hamada, an upstanding leader of the Japanese Cuban community, decides to uproot his family and return to Japan.
Preston Choi, ConFest 2018 | Chicago
This Is Not A True Story is a new play reckoning with the problematic history and impact of Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon, and Kumiko the Treasure Hunter.
Closing Plenary: David Henry Hwang & Jamil Khoury, Chicago | ConFest 2018
David Henry Hwang, celebrated Asian American playwright and Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, brings a wealth of experience to the revolutionary act of expanding the American story. In this candid conversation with Silk Road Rising’s Founding Artistic Director Jamil Khoury, Hwang will respond to questions about representation, yellowface, our evolving Asian American identity politics.
Kyoung's Pacific Beat, ConFest 2018 | Chicago
Set in Brooklyn 2017, Pillowtalk brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple.