Part cabaret, part objet d’art, part truth or dare. In a night of all new 5-minute-or-shorter “speed plays” asking and addressing the question of what Asian America wants, F. Omar Telan and a rotating cast from around the country throw their lives onto stage full tilt and take you on a roller coaster ride of comedy, drama, serious reflection, and pure theatrical entertainment.
No pretense. No characters. No lies. The Edge of the World is a great art experiment. We invited a dozen of the decade’s most inventive artists and dared them to go beyond the traditional identity piece while creating a show that’s grounded in personal experience. From the diverse and intersecting worlds of spoken word, comedy, writing and performance we’ve found unique ways to ponder: Are you what Asian America is looking for? So, what don’t you want people to know about you? What meaning do you find in a piece of bread? And, are you going to bother to vote?
Through a process involving chance meetings, telecommunications, and good old-fashioned time in a room together, the artists in the Edge of the World collaborate for an evening of performance art that will make you laugh, should make you mad, might make you proud, and that no matter what will challenge your expectations of Asian American theater.
Featuring Regie Cabico, John Castro, Royd Hatta, Robert Karimi, Traci Kiriyama, Dan Kim, Michelle Myers, Gary San Angel, Anula Shetty, Ryan Suda, F. Omar Telan, Kristina Wong. Conceived and directed by F. Omar Telan.
About the company
Founded in response to concerns about racial tension, the Asian Arts Initiative is a community arts center in Philadelphia that supports performances, exhibitions, workshops, and dialogue reflecting the diverse experiences of Asian Americans. We believe that all people have a right to creative expression, and we serve as a vital meeting place where artists and everyday people can build the political and cultural voice of our community.