Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director Tisa Chang, will introduce the cast and creative team of Three Trees, a world premiere production that explores Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti's relationship with his muse, Japanese Existentialist Isaku Yanaihara. The special presentation will be at the residence of Ambassador François Barras, the Consul General of Switzerland in New York, from 6 to 8PM.
Remarks and presentation begin at 6:30PM, followed by a welcome from the Consul General and excerpt from the show performed by cast members. The evening will conclude with a reception.
Three Trees, written by Alvin Eng, and directed by Ernest Abuba is set in Paris in the 1950's and 1960's. In addition to the relationship of Giacometti and Yanaihara, the show introduces Giacometti's wife Annette and brother Diego over sculpting sessions in the artist's studio, and explores art and the creative process. The production will run March 23 - April 14, 2013 at the West End Theater (263 W 86th Street between Broadway and West End Ave).
The Three Trees cast includes French-American theater artist Jean-Pierre Stewart, currently based in Paris; Pan Asian veteran artists Marcus Ho (Rashomon, Shogun Macbeth), and Scott Klavan (The Joy Luck Club and recently the Broadway production of Irena's Vow, with Tovah Feldshuh); and introducing Leah Cogan. The creative team includes sets by Gian Marco Lo Forte (Ching Chong Chinaman), costumes by Carol Pelletier (The Joy Luck Club, Shogun Macbeth), lights by Marie Yokoyama (Baudelaire: La Mort); Stage Manager Elis C. Arroyo and ASM Miriam Hyfler.
Pan Asian's 36th season focuses on Japan, building on its production history including Kobo Abe's The Man Who Turned Into A Stick, Shogun Macbeth, Kunio Shimizu's The Dressing Room, to name a few. 2012/13 will also include Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell (May 18 - June 9 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row), a world premiere written by Ernest Abuba, with choreography by and in collaboration with Sachiyo Ito, and directed by Tisa Chang. Dojoji: The Man Inside the Bell embraces Eternal Love, Destiny and power of Transformation, and it is a classic tale, well known in Noh and Kabuki versions, reimagined for English speaking audiences as a dance-drama with ancient and contemporary elements. More information at Pan Asian's website: www.panasianrep.org.