Northern Thailand's First English-language theater company
Almost, Maine, a mythical 'almost' town in Maine, a state where the people "live life the way it should be lived." Written by acclaimed actor and playwright John Cariani, Almost, Maine is a comedy made up of eleven short scenes that take a "whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance, with a touch of magical realism" (New York Times). A beautifully structured play with multiple surprise endings, Mr. Cariani describes it as a play not just about "falling in and out of love. It is just as much about the pain."
Executive Producer and Director Suman C. Tharan has assembled a talented team of associate directors and actors to bring this clever, quirky, and charming evening of entertainment. You won't want to miss it!
Tickets for Almost Maine will go on sale September 28 online and at the Information Desk, ground floor, Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex. Buy tickets online and save!
Can we get an amen??
The Back Gate Group produced James Baldwin's The Amen Corner on August 31. This adapted Reader's Theater production sold out! In fact, there was standing room only at the AUA auditorium and several folks were (most unfortunately!) turned away at the door. Audience reaction was so overwhelmingly positive that The Gate is bringing to life a fully-staged production December 20-23 at Kad Studio Theatre.
It wasn't only the reaction of our beloved audience members that was positive! Director Stephan Turner posted on Facebook the day after the performance:
We don't get many professional theater critics this far north in Thailand, but when we do it's a real pleasure. It's almost like being back in the US where I used to send out press packs to the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader hoping for a good performance when or if they sent a critic to review the show.
Back in the day, we'd wait with bated breath, sometimes on pins & needles after opening a new show for the review to come out in the newspaper. After it did, I'd be hesitant to read it because a negative review could really have a negative effect on the attendance for the rest of the run. Well, the review for The Amen Corner is out and we did pretty well according to this piece by Halona Black of Chiang Mai Citylife which is the most widely circulated magazine in Northern Thailand. We don't have to worry about the rest of the run because this was a one off performance. However, I will be thinking about staging a fully produced version of Mr. Baldwin's play in the not too distant future. There was a time when I'd cut this out of the news paper. Now, I just press a few keys and it's preserved on the world wide web for what may be eternity. My, how the world has changed. South East Asia will never be the same! They haven't seen the best to come yet over here!
Ahoy, Matey! coming February2019. . .
Pirates of Chemotherapyby Paul Schutte and directed by Toni Cacioppo, is scheduled to open February 2019. This dramatic comedy is about six breast cancer patients who band together to live life to the fullest while facing their illnesses and illustrates the relentless spirit of breast cancer survivors. The humor of the story can be found in how many of the members choose to cope with the illness. The Richmond Gay Times review said, "...we laugh, we cry, we empathize with those we know who have battled cancer. This cast of six isn’t just actors—pirates, to be correct—but representatives of diverse people who convince us that the curative powers of laughter and fortitude shouldn’t be discounted."
A portion of ticket sales for Pirates of Chemotherapy will go to benefit breast cancer outreach throughout Northern Thailand.
Listen to Stephan Turner, Managing Artistic Director and Founder of The Gate talk about his vision for The Gate in 2013. Join us in seeing this vision through.
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