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We're Not Your Cup of Tea

Saturday, May 11th

We’re Not Your Cup Of Tea

Producer: Pamela Najera-Michael

Co-Producers: Meg Lin, Marcel Licera, Evie Abat

Technical Director: David Johnson

Stage Manager: David Mingrino

Synopsis:

We are proud to be artist members of Theatre West.

Theatre West recognized the richness and diversity of the Asian community and wanted to shine a spotlight on it during Asian Heritage Month. We saw an opportunity to celebrate the different traditions, languages, and cuisines that make up Asian culture.

The development of WE'RE NOT YOUR CUP OF TEA started with a spark of cultural celebration and a commitment to diversity! In a bold move to amplify voices and promote cultural awareness, Theatre West and Asian American Drug Addiction Program joined forces.

By fusing the power of storytelling with advocacy, we aim to tackle critical issues and celebrate the vibrant diversity of the Asian American community. This collaboration isn't just about entertainment—it's about empowerment. We're stirring up vital conversations and fostering a more inclusive society. Together, we're breaking down barriers and paving the way for positive change. Join us on a cultural odyssey as we unravel the rich tapestry of solo stories. From dispelling stereotypes to heartwarming tales and thought-provoking narratives, our performances are a tribute to the resilience of the Asian American experience. We will be accompanied by various talented performance artists and esteemed guest speakers.

Let's come together, challenge misconceptions, embrace the heritage, and create unforgettable memories!


Evie Abat

EVIE ABAT @evieabat

A SAG-AFTRA member, FilAm actor, daughter of Filipino immigrants, and former Clinical Psychologist, Evie’s life has taken her from the psychotherapy office to the nude figure modeling stand to professional dog walking to performing Shakespeare and, finally, to writing, directing, and producing…none of which includes being the archetypal Filipino nurse! Her piece will regale her fun experiences and some lessons as a figure model and new divorcee. Evie is currently directing an educational play about the Holocaust that is touring West Coast schools and organizations. Her original short film and short script continue to make their way around the film festival circuit, winning accolades, such as Best Dramedy Short and Best Short Script, respectively. She has appeared on stages in the area, including Skylight Theater and Playwrights’ Arena, among many others, including the upcoming Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Cynthia Fukikawa

CYNDY FUJIKAWA

Cyndy Fujikawa's father was Japanese-American and was born in California. His parents were immigrants from Hiroshima-ken. Cindy was recently seen in The Spy Who Went Into Rehab at the PRT Co-op. Also, at Pacific Resident Theatre, she played Cassandra in their acclaimed production of Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. Regional theatre: San Jose Rep, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Sacramento Theatre Company; Off-Broadway: New Victory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Mabou Mines; San Francisco Bay Area: Marines’ Memorial Theatre; Encore Theatre Co. At Theatre West, she was Petra in A Little Night Music with Betty Garrett. Her one-person show, Old Man River, made its West Coast debut at Theatre West and was later adapted into a successful documentary film. An ACT alum, she is also a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. She dedicates this performance to her late husband, Dennis Murphy.

MARCEL LICERA @marcellicera

Marcel will be seen next in his 4th appearance at Hollywood Fringe Festival '24 in the musical NoMatterWatt. A native of the Philippines, with a tinge of Chinese and Spanish, he is most at home doing musicals-- Beauty & Beast (Cogsworth) Miss Saigon (Engineer) & King & I (King) to name a few. But also welcomes the challenge of dramatic plays as in West Coast Jewish Theater's FUGU (originated Capt. Matsuoka) & Theater Casa 0101's Remembering Boyle Heights 1 & 2 (originated Bruce & Profe Fong). When not performing, he's an USPS Postal worker & a LEGO enthusiast (former Nat'l Teen LEGO Champ Builder of the Philippines). His piece is about overcoming the limitations of his perceived walls, stemming from his secretive and isolating upbringing. Currently, he is in 3 short films; Too Late To Sing, Martial Law & Dad's Gone Wild, all making their film festival rounds. SAG/AFTRA/AEA member.

MEG LIN @iammeglin

The first in her family born in the U.S., Meg grew up in a traditional Taiwanese American household that emphasized education over entertainment. This led Meg to become a K-12 teacher and school principal before quitting her job to pursue her passion for acting and writing. Meg’s highlights on stage include Theatre West’s Love Stinks and Moose on the Loose, Storybook Theatre’s Aladdin, the Princess, and the Magic Lamp, and Hyperactive Studios’ Hamlet. On screen, Meg can be seen in the upcoming feature films, Barren and Neighbors Who Kill, and in over 15 short films, including Victoria’s Manor, which she co-wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in, and which won multiple film festival awards, including Best Indie Short Film and Best Horror Comedy Short. Her children’s book, Casper, the Rescue Dog!, can be found on Amazon under her married name, Dr. Meg Palisoc. In tonight’s performance, Meg breaks the tradition of "saving face” by sharing her darkest pain and deepest desires in this snapshot from her award-winning solo show What Am I, Chopped Suey?

PAMELA NAJERA

PAMELA NAJERA @pamelackn

Pamela’s previous life was a medical assistant for 15 years for a private practice of dermatologists. Since then she’s danced professionally for over 20 years and choreographed for other solo-playwrights. Pamela's childhood was shrouded in secrecy and deception. Despite her upbringing, her family immigrated from the Philippines to America in 1979, where she was expected to become a nurse. However, fate intervened, leading her into the captivating world of entertainment as a dancer and magician's assistant. Despite facing skepticism about her age, ethnicity, and stature, Pamela's career flourished. From performing with renowned magicians to touring as a cruise ship entertainer, Pamela defied expectations and embraced her journey of transformation. Join her as she navigates the ridiculous limitations of her upbringing and discovers her true passion in an excerpt of Too Old, Too Asian, Too Short, Pamela’s greatest personal achievement after becoming a professional dancer.

David Mingrino

David Mingrino: Stage Manager

In the last 45 years, David has been on stage in over 100 productions. They include, Walking In Space, The Man Who Saved Everything, The Petrified Forest, Thicker Than Water, Verdigris and Under The Shade Of The Old Oak at Theatre West, musicals including Motel, Fiddler On The Roof, and Jesus in Godspell. Other shows include Room Service (which received 6 Ovation nominations including best ensemble cast). He has been in three independent features, Under The Shade Of The Old Oak (now on Amazon Prime), Sweet and The Devil Within (Amazon). He has stage managed for Charles Durning, Charles Nelson Reilly (who became a good friend), Hal Linden, Joyce and Dick Van Patten, Carol Channing and Patti Page to name a few. His directing credits include The World Goes Round and the cabaret shows Vamping Till Ready and Desire which he also conceived.

David P. Johnson

David P. Johnson: Technical Director, Lighting Designer (SAG-AFTRA/AEA)

David’s works include (Film/TV) – The Rum Diary, Pandorum, multiple episodes of 1000 Ways to Die, The Muppets, Driving by Braille and others, (Theatre) Waiting in the Wings (With Betty Garrett), A Very Brady Musical, Bell, Book and Candle, Something for the Boys, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Biloxi Blues and Presidential Suite, (the last of which he also served as composer and contributing lyricist). His theatrical directing credits include, Stuck in Neutral, The Princess and the Frog, A Dose of Family, Sally Spectre the Musical, which enjoyed a terrific run here at Theatre West last year, The Emperor’s New Clothes

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