Pork Filled Productions celebrates playwrights of color who want to set loose fun on stage, with Unleashed! New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century, staged readings of seven new plays, produced in association with the Theatre Off Jackson, October 30 to November 4, at the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S. in Seattles International District).
From nightclub noir to sword and sorcery on the high seas to exploring black reparations through blood DNA, Unleashed is the vehicle for Korean American, Chinese American, African American and Chinese Canadian playwrights to cut loose in genres they dont usually get to work in.
“Playwrights of colors, like actors get typecast,” says Roger Tang, executive director of PFP. Theyre expected, almost demanded, to write about pain, oppression and social issues. Many mainsream theatres confine them to the ethnic slot in their season.
“We have more stories in us than that. We want to have fun and tell crackling good tales. Thats the point of PFP doing Unleashed. We dont avoid race if it comes up, but we just want to let that storytelling energy loose and crackling on stage.”
The scripts for Unleashed include
Mirror, Mirror, by local actor/writer Lamar Legend. “No one suspects a woman with a vacuum.” presented on Monday, October 30, 7:30 pm (along with teaser scenes from the other festival plays), directed by Aaron Jin;
My Samurai, by Seattle writer Celeste Mari Williams, presented on Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 pm;
Dispossessed by Boston-based Greg Lam. Rich and Gretchen believe they have the perfect marriage, until they learn that it must be repossessed by the company that manufactured it and implanted it in their brains. Dispossessed is directed by David Gassner and will be presented on Thursday, November 2, 7:30 pm;
Reparations, by Wisconsin writer Darren Canady, presented Friday, November 3, 7:30 pm, directed by Jay OLeary;
Blood Makes Noise, by Vancouver, BCs Kuan Foo (performer and writer for our pals, Assaulted Fish), presented Saturday, November 4, 2 pm, directed by May Nguyen Lee;
Dawn of the She-Devil of the China Seas, by PFPs own Roger Tang, who spins the true (cross our heart!) origin of Chinas pirate queen, who commanded the worlds largest fleetand buckled her swash against the dark forces opposing her, also presented on November 4 at 2 pm, directed by Linnea Ingalls;
Persimmon Nights, a tale of Korean nightclub noir, by Seattle writer Seayoung Yim, presented Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 pm, directed by Sara Porkalob.
Monday, Oct. 30: 7:30 pm Mirror-Mirror, with previews from the other shows. No intermission.
Wednesday, November 1, 7:30 pm: My Samurai (will have intermission)
Thursday, November 2, 7:30 pm: Repossessed (will have intermission)
Friday, November 3, 7:30 pm: Reparations (will have intermission)
Saturday, November 4, 2 pm: Blood Will Burn and Dawn of the She Devil of the China Seas (will have intermission)
Saturday, November 4, 7:30 pm: Persimmon Nights (will have intermission)
Date/Time: See schedule in description.