EWP Adds Theater Mu’s ‘Today Is My Birthday’ to Virtual 55th Anniversary Season

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Katie Bradley plays Emily in Susan Soon He Stanton’s “Today Is My Birthday.” (Photo by Rich Ryan)

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running theatre of color and largest producer of Asian American work, is excited to support Minnesota’s only pan-Asian performing arts organization, Theater Mu, in its production of Susan Soon He Stanton’s comedy “Today Is My Birthday,” directed by Theater Mu Artistic Director Lily Tung Crystal.

The play stars Katie Bradley, China Brickey, Eric Sharp, and Jomar Tagatac, and features East West Players’ veteran actors Emily Kuroda and Greg Watanabe.

“Today Is My Birthday” follows the character of Emily, a 29-year-old would-be writer, who retreats home to Oahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. But trading one island for another doesn’t help. When she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she falls for her fake love interest and finds herself strangely determined to turn that fantasy into reality.

Told through a playful combination of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Stanton’s quirky show illustrates life with a thousand friends on Facebook, but no one to talk to on a Saturday night.

The play is presented virtually and will begin with a preview performance on Saturday, Feb. 5, followed by live broadcast performances Feb 6 to 14. Video-On-Demand of the show will be available Feb. 15 to 21. Single tickets are available now at www.theatermu.org (pay-as-you-are), or as a part of an East West Passport membership.

Purchase an East West Passport to view the entire upcoming collection of digital programming presented by East West Players and all season production partners, plus exclusive events and content including the December 2020 Daniel Ho concert filmed at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Little Tokyo. More information on memberships and ticketing at www.eastwestplayers.org, or by contacting the EWP Box Office at [email protected]

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