East West Players, the nation’s longest-running professional theater of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, world premieres “Washer/Dryer,” written by Nandita Shenoy and directed by Peter J. Kuo.
Currently celebrating its golden anniversary, EWP is proud to support the next generation of artists with a rising playwright’s first production.
About “Washer/Dryer”: Why is Sonya so hesitant to introduce her new husband Michael to the people in her building? Why does the doorman keep calling her about a package in the lobby? Tempers and misunderstanding flare and mayhem ensues as the arrival of Michael’s mother, some nosy neighbors, and Sonya’s best friend Sam force Michael and Sonya to re-evaluate their relationship and decide whether all is fair in love and real estate.
The cast features Ewan Chung, Karen Huie (“Joy Luck Club,” “A Little Night Music” and “Steel Magnolias” at EWP), Rachna Khatau (“A Nice Indian Boy” at EWP), Nancy Stone (“American Pie 2”), and Corey Wright (“South Street” at Pasadena Playhouse).
“We are proud to be producing this quirky and hilarious new work by a feisty and refreshing new voice,” says Tim Dang, producing artistic director. “With this diverse cast of characters spilling secrets all over a tiny apartment, what better place to air their dirty laundry, in the melting pot of New York City?”
The design team includes: Arturo Betanzos, set design; Sara Ryung, costume design; Clement, Rebecca Bonebrake, lighting design; Howard Ho, composition and sound design; Sasha Monge, props. Stage manager is Michelle L. Martina.
All performances will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso St. in Little Tokyo.
Previews are Thursday, Feb. 12, through Saturday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. All preview seats are $23.
Opening night is Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. The performance will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 7 p.m. and followed by a reception with the cast and creative team. Call theater for availability.
“Pay-what-you-can” performance is on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. A special talkback with the cast and creative team is on Sunday, March 1, immediately following the performance. The production runs until March 15.
Regular performances run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.eastwestplayers.org or by calling (213) 625-7000. Regular tickets range from $28 to $38. Student and senior discounts available. Dates, prices and details are subject to change.