MUTT: Let's All Talk About Race!

We were honored to co-produce the world premiere of MUTT from playwright Christopher Chen with Impact Theatre, directed by Evren Odcikin

The Republican Party finally —finally! — realizes it has a problem with race. So it decides its best chance for success in the 2016 presidential election is to back a candidate who's Hapa — of mixed Asian descent. They think they've found their man in Nick, a promising Congressmember. But when Nick doesn't conform to their expectations of who he should be, they turn to Len, a multiracial war hero who can check off every single box — and maybe a couple more boxes no one knows about. A blisteringly funny satire that skewers not only the elephants in the room but the donkeys too, Mutt burns down the entire house of racial cards.

Featuring Patricia Austin, Michael Uy Kelly, Matthew Lai, Marilet Martinez, Lawrence Radecker, and Michelle Talgarow

Crane

C Lee's play Luce was a sensation at Lincoln Center and his writing for Looking on HBO and How to Get Away With Murder on ABC has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. Now Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company premieres the latest stage work from this uniquely talented writer--CRANE.

When Sadako stumbles into a cabin in the mountains in the dead of winter, she meets Bradley, a young, hermitic artist who once created a great work but has since descended into mediocrity. He now risks being dropped by his pushy agent if he doesn’t produce another masterpiece. After taking in this mysterious woman, Bradley soon discovers that Sadako has her own secret talent that could potentially save him. But at what cost? 

In this wry, poignant story of love, forgetfulness and the nature of art, Lee blends dreams with reality. Ancient myths and rich poetic language merge with blunt contemporary humor. A magical world of flying houses and talking refrigerators collides with a greedy, materialistic status quo. And the artist must choose…between creative integrity and commercial success. 

Lee also weaves together two timeless Japanese myths— the memory of a young girl who folds 1,000 paper cranes to save herself after the Hiroshima bombing, and the tale of a crane who weaves her feathers into a stunning cloth to financially save the man she loves. 

eaturing Greg Ayers*, Lily Tung Crystal*, Leon Goertzen* and Monica Ho

* Actors are members of Actors’ Equity Association


 Photography by ADAM TOLBERT

Photography by ADAM TOLBERT

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REVIEWS

FEROCIOUS LOTUS unfolds a lovely CRANE - Chad Jones' Theatre Dogs
Crane - Victor Cordell, For All Events
Ferocious Lotus and a 'Crane' - Robert Hurwitt, SF Gate

FHERocious New Play Readings


   FAST COMPANY , by  Carla Ching    Nov. 12 | Saturday | 8p  Directed by  Keiko Shimosato Carreiro  In this comedy heist, a family of grifters is so busy double-crossing each other that they lose sight of the greatest grifter of them all. Fast, funny, dark and dangerous—this skewed look at family and ambition keeps us guessing about who’s winning and who's getting conned.  Featuring Lily Tung Crystal*, Monica Ho, Jomar Tagatac* and Phil Wong. 

FAST COMPANY, by Carla Ching
Nov. 12 | Saturday | 8p
Directed by Keiko Shimosato Carreiro
In this comedy heist, a family of grifters is so busy double-crossing each other that they lose sight of the greatest grifter of them all. Fast, funny, dark and dangerous—this skewed look at family and ambition keeps us guessing about who’s winning and who's getting conned.
Featuring Lily Tung Crystal*, Monica Ho, Jomar Tagatac* and Phil Wong. 


   LIKE ME , by Victoria Chong Der   Nov. 13 | Sunday | 2p  Directed by  May Liang  A bold new work on sex trafficking in Oakland and its youngest victims, told through the stories of four girls, their friendships, rivalries, and struggle for freedom.  Featuring Brit Frazier*, Charisse Loriaux, Grace Ng, Maryssa Wanlass* and Aaron Wilton*.

LIKE ME, by Victoria Chong Der
Nov. 13 | Sunday | 2p
Directed by May Liang
A bold new work on sex trafficking in Oakland and its youngest victims, told through the stories of four girls, their friendships, rivalries, and struggle for freedom.
Featuring Brit Frazier*, Charisse Loriaux, Grace Ng, Maryssa Wanlass* and Aaron Wilton*.


 When the Donnellys gather for a weekend in the country, both an internal storm and a literal storm brews. As this brood of famous, longing-to-be-famous, and kind-of-a-mess, but totally Caucasian family comes together, some hilarious, really complicated, and very unique secrets are revealed (over white wine). A parody coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity,  Two Mile Hollow  explores the dysfunctional family genre with brutality, awe and compassion.   Featuring Bonnie Akimoto*, Rinabeth Apostol*, Leon Goertzen*, Lisa Hori-Garcia* and Lee Robin Salazar. 

When the Donnellys gather for a weekend in the country, both an internal storm and a literal storm brews. As this brood of famous, longing-to-be-famous, and kind-of-a-mess, but totally Caucasian family comes together, some hilarious, really complicated, and very unique secrets are revealed (over white wine). A parody coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, Two Mile Hollow explores the dysfunctional family genre with brutality, awe and compassion. 
Featuring Bonnie Akimoto*, Rinabeth Apostol*, Leon Goertzen*, Lisa Hori-Garcia* and Lee Robin Salazar. 


   SAFE HOUSE , by  Geetha Reddy    Nov. 20 | Sunday | 1p  Directed by  Torange Yeghiazarian  Enter the isolation chamber of a stay-at-home mother raising a pair of profoundly different twins, June and July. As her world becomes smaller, she goes to extreme measures to survive the threats of the modern world. When real disaster strikes, will she be ready? On this anniversary of September 11th,  Safe House  asks how we’ve progressed as a country in the last 15 years and if we’ve evolved in our fears and perceptions of the "other."  Featuring Sofia Ahmad*, J Jha, Leyla Modirzadeh* and Wayne Lee*. 

SAFE HOUSE, by Geetha Reddy
Nov. 20 | Sunday | 1p
Directed by Torange Yeghiazarian
Enter the isolation chamber of a stay-at-home mother raising a pair of profoundly different twins, June and July. As her world becomes smaller, she goes to extreme measures to survive the threats of the modern world. When real disaster strikes, will she be ready? On this anniversary of September 11th, Safe House asks how we’ve progressed as a country in the last 15 years and if we’ve evolved in our fears and perceptions of the "other."
Featuring Sofia Ahmad*, J Jha, Leyla Modirzadeh* and Wayne Lee*. 


   HERCULINE AND LOLA , by  Dipika Guha    Nov. 20 | Sunday | 330p  Directed by  Desdemona Chiang  While vacationing in Amsterdam, American teenager Lola begins to hallucinate. A century earlier, frustrated and misunderstood, schoolteacher Herculine  retreats into a solitary white room.  Herculine and Lola  is a story about two people united by the power of their imagination and by love--inspired by the diary of the first "true hermaphrodite" Herculine Barbin.  Featuring Esperanza Catubig*, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro*, Rob Dario, Melissa Locsin*, Charisse Loriaux*,   Mohammad Shehata*,   Beverly Sotelo*, Ogie Zulueta*

HERCULINE AND LOLA, by Dipika Guha
Nov. 20 | Sunday | 330p
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
While vacationing in Amsterdam, American teenager Lola begins to hallucinate. A century earlier, frustrated and misunderstood, schoolteacher Herculine  retreats into a solitary white room. Herculine and Lola is a story about two people united by the power of their imagination and by love--inspired by the diary of the first "true hermaphrodite" Herculine Barbin.
Featuring Esperanza Catubig*, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro*, Rob Dario, Melissa Locsin*, Charisse Loriaux*, Mohammad Shehata*, Beverly Sotelo*, Ogie Zulueta*

* Actor appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association