The Southern California Premiere of The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig, translated by David Tushingham, directed by Michael Michetti.
What starts out as a simple toothache evolves into a dizzying chain of events as a group of disparate people, played by a cast of five who assume many roles indiscriminate of age, gender, and race, struggle to make connections in an increasingly isolated world. At the center of the story is a Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, The Golden Dragon, where a young Chinese man suffering from an oversensitive incisor sparks a whacked and weird series of interconnected stories. A delicious mixture of epic theatre, bizarre comedy, poetry, and fable combine to create this fabulous pho.
Playing on the Main Stage through June 5th.
Featuring Susana Batres, Joseph Kamal, Justin H. Min, Theo Perkins, Ann Colby Stocking
Sara Ryung Clement, Scenic Design; Elizabeth Harper, Lighting Design; John Nobori, Sound DEsign; Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, Costume Design; Annie Yee, Choreography; Ryun Yu, Dialect Coach; Matthew Quinlan, Dramaturg; Nicole Arbusto, Casting Director; John Miyasaki, Assistant Director; Roxana Khan, Production Stage Manager; Ed Krieger, Production Photography
ILLUMINATIONS: On Theme - Sunday, May 29th at 1:15 with KPCC Producer, Fiona Ng. The topic is Chinese immigration in the United States.
This discussion is free and open to the public.
Click here to read a complete rundown of reviews for The Golden Dragon.
LA Times Critic's Choice "One sign of [Michael] Michetti’s masterly direction is the tonal control his actors maintain over the material. They work majestically in unison, transforming as effortless as figures in Ovid to reveal to us the fractured nature of a universe contained in a steaming hot little white carton."
Stage Raw Recommended "Sometimes a play registers as up front and personal; one’s immediately drawn into the experience of its characters, heartrending or comic or both as the case may be.... Other times you’ll view a drama from a palpable distance as events unfold, on an expansive terrain or canvas. It’s the latter experience you’re likely to have at the Theatre at Boston Court in its production of German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s The Golden Dragon, a collection of fanciful but compelling tales that poses fundamental questions about otherness and identity."