APAFT Honors Two Actors


From left: Honoree Francois Chau, host Ken Narasaki, honoree Jeanne Sakata. (Facebook)

Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theatre (APAFT) presented a special artist reception honoring acclaimed actors Jeanne Sakata and Francois Chau on Dec. 5 at Taipan Restaurant in Los Angeles.

Actor Ken Narasaki, whose recent stage credits include “No-No Boy” (as playwright) and “Ching Chong Chinaman,” served as moderator.

Sakata, who just finished performing in Julia Cho’s “The Language Archive” at East West Players, has also earned rave reviews in EWP’S “Po Boy Tango,” “Master Class,” and Chay Yew’s “Red,” for which she won the coveted L.A. Ovation Award for best lead actress.

She has also performed with the Public Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Northlight Theatre, ACT, Berkeley Rep, Intiman Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is a member of L.A.’s esteemed classical theater group  The Antaeus Company.

Her screen credits the upcoming feature film “The Baby Makers” (as Olivia Munn’s mom Wanda), “Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns,” “Desperate Housewives,” “ER,” “Threat Matrix,” “Line of Fire,” “Presidio Med,” “Numb3rs” and more.

Her solo play “Dawn’s Light: The Journey of Gordon Hirabayashi,” which premiered at EWP featuring her “Language Archive” co-star Ryun Yu, will have its 2012 New York premiere as “Hold These Truths” with the Epic Theatre Ensemble.

Follow her on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JeanneSakata

Born in Phnom Penh, Chau is a Cambodian American actor who has worked extensively in theater, film, and television. Although he started his career as a professional stage actor, he is currently best known as Dr. Pierre Chang in ABC’s “Lost.”

His other television credits include “Castle,” “Chuck,” “The Chicago Code,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Medium,” “24,” “Numb3rs,” “JAG,” “Gary Unmarried,” “Alias,” “Wild Palms,” “Stargate SG-1,” “MacGyver,” “China Beach,” and “Hill Street Blues.”

His numerous film credits include “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II,” “The Iron Triangle,” “Rapid Fire,” City of Industry,” “Point of No Return,” “The Lodger,” “Lethal Weapon 4,” “What’s Cooking?” (directed by Gurinder Chadha), and “Rescue Dawn” (directed by Werner Herzog).

Chau has continued to work in theater. His credits include “Extraordinary Chambers” (The Geffen Playhouse), “In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe” (Berkeley Rep), “The Caretaker” (San Jose Rep), “The Survivor: A Cambodian Odyssey” (Merrimack Rep), “The Woman Warrior” (Ahmanson/Doolittle), “The Ballad of Yachiyo” (The Public Theatre/NYC), “The L.A. Plays” (The Almeida Theatre/London), and “Art” (East West Players).

He was nominated for an Ovation Award this year for “Extraordinary Chambers,” which is about the Cambodian genocide.


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