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Celebrate Asian American women writers this month!

SIS Productions presents a reading of
by Kimber Lee
a part of Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival
Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, July 22 at 5:30pm

A Contemporary Theatre

What does it take to be a fighter? Dani Perez is about to find out. On the run from the oppressive silence of her aunt's apartment, Dani starts training at the boxing gym where her estranged father once reigned supreme. Day after day she works to learn the sweet science of boxing, and finds that true victory comes not only through strength and speed, but having the heart to stand, face your own worst fears and never give up.

Featuring Dumi, Jose Abaoag, Daniel Arreola, Rebecca M. Davis, Khanh Doan, Peter Dylan O’Connor, Allen Galli, Kathy Hsieh, Margaret Savas, Ray Tagavilla and Amber Wolfe.

SIS Productions, with The Hansberry Project, eSe Teatro and Pratidhwani present
The Local Writers Showcase,
featuring ten-minute scenes written by six diverse writers including SIS Writers Group members Kathy Hsieh and Maggie Lee.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 7:30pm
Join the playwrights and casts for cookies and punch immediately following the readings.

by Kathy Hsieh
Macau: A young man. An ancient woman. A beautiful apparition . . . When the allure of dreams, memory, the past and present intermingle, the longing for love becomes palpable and the hunger for what might be, tangible. But it’s life that is ephemeral and loss that lingers . . .

Featuring: Daniel Arreola, Elizabeth Daruthayan, Shirley Oliver and Moses Yim.

The Tumbleweed Zephyr
by Maggie Lee
Two brothers set off from the city of New Providence for the Western Territories on the transcontinental train, the Tumbleweed Zephyr. But a simple journey by rail soon leads to adventure, romance, and long-lost echoes from the past, like a lonely train whistle through the deep desert sky. All aboard for a sci-fi Old West yarn with shiny brass steampunk trim!

Featuring: Daniel Arreola, Thomas Dang, Elizabeth Daruthayan, Henry Drew and Moses Yim.

Tickets are only $5 in advance and pay-what-you-can at the door on the day of performance at A Contemporary Theatre located at 700 Union Street in Downtown Seattle.

Kimber Lee received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin Playwriting Program in May of 2011. Acting credits include work with A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Seattle Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Previously, Kimber served as Associate Director for Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company in San Diego, and as the Literary Resident at Playwrights Horizons in NYC in 2009. She was chosen as a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis for 2010-2011. Her play TOPPER was selected for the 2009 Theatre Masters National MFA Playwriting Competition, and her full-length play FIGHT received the Holland New Voices Award as part of Mainstage selection to the 2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference. Kimber has been a two-time Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights' Festival (2010, 2012), and a Finalist for the 2010 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the 2011 Ruby Prize, the 2012 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and the 2013 PONY Fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center. Kimber is currently a 2011-2012 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and recently participated in the 2012 Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival. She lives in Brooklyn with her pal John Hazlewood.

Kathy Hsieh is an award-winning actor, writer and director. As an actor she has worked with ACT, Intiman, the Seattle Rep, Empty Space, Living Voices, Taproot, ReAct, Freehold, SIS Productions and Book-It where she can next be seen in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. As a writer her scripts have been produced by the Northwest Asian American Theatre, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, featured at the Seattle Fringe Theatre Festival, 14/48, and for the National Asian American Theatre Conference. Her script B4 has won several honors and awards and she was also featured in The Dramatist Magazine as “50 to Watch.” By day she works for the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Maggie Lee is the lead sketch writer, as well as a performer, tech director, and panda wrangler for the Pork Filled Players, Seattle’s Asian American sketch comedy group. She has also designed lights, props, and puppets for ReAct Theatre, Pratidhwani, SIS Productions, GreenStage, Macha Monkey, Open Circle Theater, and Theater Schmeater. Her plays reflect her love of comedy, fantastical science fiction, and horror. In 2006, she adapted H.P. Lovecraft’s "The Thing on the Doorstep" for OCT’s "The Colour Out of Space," and collaborated on OCT’s original Lovecraft show "Necronomicon." Other collaborations include writing for 14/48, and Balagan Theatre’s park shows, "Greetings from Styx" and "King Arthur and the Knights of the Playground." Her other plays include "Kindred Spirits" (produced by ReAct Theatre in 2010), and two steampunk-inspired plays, "The Clockwork Professor" and "The Tumbleweed Zephyr." Recently, her short play "The Sunshower Bride" was featured as part of Live Girls! Theater's "Quickies 13" festival. Next up is PFP's newest sketch comedy show "Porktacular!" in July, and a staged reading of her new full-length play "A Hand of Talons" at the Insatiable! Asian American Playwrights’ Festival in November 2012.

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SIS Productions
presents the Northwest premiere of
Year Zero
a play by Michael Golamco
directed by Miko Premo

September 30 – October 22, 2011
Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm

"A very smart, sweet, honest and uncommonly moving new play" - Chicago Tribune

Vuthy is a quirky 16-year-old who thinks it's a good day if he can make it home without getting beat up for being "too Cambodian for the black and Latin kids, and not Cambodian enough for the Cambodian kids.” Ra, his older sister is working towards the American dream of a higher education their immigrant mother never had. Layered with humor and heartbreak, Year Zero is an American story of young Asians trying to find their place in life while still dealing with the legacy their parents left behind.

Produced by Elizabeth Daruthayan, Lorna Chin, Kathy Hsieh, May Nguyen, Miko Premo & Roger Tang with support from Hayley Park & Annie Yoon

Featuring Elizabeth Daruthayan, Johnny Patchamatla, Christian Ver or David Hsieh, and Moses Yim!

Special thanks to Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture’s Hotel Lodging Tax for their sustained support.

Want to play a leading role for Year Zero? Be a Super Fan and invest in the show. Visit Kickstarter to find out more. Thanks!

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How Much?:
8pm shows - General Admission is $15; Student/Senior/Actors are $12
Get your tickets early and save money! Visit Brown Paper Ticket's website
Group rates for 8 or more are also available
Special Incentives for groups of 30+!

Do I Need To Make a Reservation?
Seating is limited, so advance ticket purchase or reservations are strongly encouraged.

Please call 206-323-9443 (please dial area code first)
or email

Let us know your name, your phone number, the date and time you would like to attend, and how many tickets you need. We will honor all reservations until fifteen minutes prior to curtain time, at which point, all unclaimed tickets will be released on a first-come, first served basis.

Tickets may be paid for at the box office with either cash or WA state check. (If you want to pay with a credit card, you need to buy your tickets in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.)

Please arrive early so that you can get the best choice in seats! All seating is first-come, first-served.

What If I Want To Get My Tickets Now?
Advance ticket sales will be available through Brown Paper Ticket's website. Brown Paper Tickets accepts credit cards. Please contact them for more information. SIS can only accept WA State checks or cash at the door, so if you'd like to use a credit card, please buy your tickets in advance.

Box Office Hours:
You can call and leave messages on the SIS Phone line 24-hours a day or email us at

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SIS Productions
presents the Northwest premiere of
Ching Chong Chinaman
written by Lauren Yee
directed by Desdemona Chiang
choreographed by Laura Catherine West

March 26 – April 24, 2010
Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

"The one-liners come fast and furiously in this rollicking sendup as playwright Lauren Lee sets out to mock all major stereotypes. The whole effect is very funny, but below the humor are poignant issues related to identity. . . . this is a smart and funny work designed for all Americans." - The Seattle Times

"This play was a delightful, refreshing, hilarious and touching approach to the issue of Asian American identity. The actors were incredibly talented and delivered the audience with laughs and tears." - The Loaded Gunn

"The show was hilarious. . . . Interwoven with the hilarity was a serious story with some very quiet moments that forced you to think of the subjects about which most of us don't want to think. This is an excellent show complete with comedy, cultural education, and depth of character. I highly recommend it." - New SIS Fan

"It was a surprise on several levels. I wasn't expecting it to be as amusing as it was nor did I think it would be as poignant as it was. And finally, the actors were uniformally excellent - which I actually hadn't really anticipated. I am so glad I went!" - New SIS Fan

"funny, irreverent, held unexpected plot lines/twists, and features an amazingly talented cast" - SIS Fan

"I loved this play! And I really enjoyed the after play actor discussion....I laughed and laughed and I hope everyone is able to see it!" - SIS Fan

Meet the Wong family: as all-American as apple pie. Ed likes to play golf, Grace wants another child, Desdemona is desperate to get into Princeton, and Upton is working towards gaming superstardom. When Upton gets an indentured Chinese servant to help him with his homework, life in the Wong household takes an interesting turn . . . Flipping every cliché about Asian American identity upside down, this award-winning play by Lauren Yee is an "exhilarating send-up" of the American dream.

Produced by: Lorna Chin, Kathy Hsieh, Jane Moon, & Miko Premo with support from Chris Monsos, Lisa Marie Nakamura, Serin Ngai & Roger Tang.

Featuring: Jose Abaoag, Stan Asis, Elizabeth Daruthayan, Kathy Hsieh, Kay Nahm and Christian Ver!

Special thanks to Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Theatre Puget Sound, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the United States Census Bureau for their support.

Fun Stuff!
Following the Wongs on Twitter yet?
EdOnPar – Dad
GraceMomWong - Mom
PrincetonBound - Big Sis
TheWoWChampion - Little Bro


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SIS Productions in residence at Richard Hugo House presents
The Theory of Everything
written by Prince Gomolvilas
directed by Manuel R. Cawaling

February 20 - March 15, 2009
Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 4 p.m.
plus Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m.

"A refreshing look at Asian-American issues of race, gender and identity, layered with deeper questions of life and death. Gomolvilas's writing is tight, intelligent and funny. . . likeable characters and sharply written dialogue . . . a play worth seeing for its humor and humanity." - The Business Times, Singapore

Seven Asian Americans gather atop a Las Vegas wedding chapel every week and discover a unique personal bond as they each search for their own life's meaning. This vibrant and insightful comedy won the International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Competition, the Julie Harris Playwright Award, and the PEN Center USA West Literary Award for Drama. A funny, moving, brilliantly written play about life and the meaning of existence by America's foremost Thai American writer.

Featuring Jose Abaoag, Stan Asis, Leilani Berinobis, Aya Hashiguchi Clark, Kathy Hsieh, Tiffany Koyano, Miko Premo & Sam Tsubota.

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