In 1995, following the 1992 Los Angeles riots, veteran actor Soon-Tek Oh created the Society of Heritage Performers (SHP), a Korean American theatre ensemble. SHP evolved into Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in 1999, organized by original founders: actors Alexandra Bokyun Chun, Tim Lounibos and Chil Kong, and writer Philip W. Chung. Their new focus was embracing a broader Asian Pacific American identity. Chung and Kong remain as present co-artistic directors.
As they enter into their tenth (and final) season, they are presenting “Lodestone After Dark: The Beginning of the End,” a cabaret-style show which will feature comedy sketches and musical numbers this weekend. This show will celebrate Lodestone’s ten years and launch the company’s final season of shows before it closes its doors at the end of 2009.
These performances actually kicked off last night, Dec 11, with GEDDE WATANABE (Sixteen Candles’ Long Duk Dong) & ERIN QUILL (Avenue Q) hosting. But you can still catch the performances with ALEC MAPA (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) hosting tonight (Dec 12) through Sunday (Dec 14).
Lodestone also promises special celebrity guests who will be making appearances throughout the run of the show including:
*JOHN CHO (Harold and Kumar, Star Trek)
*JAMES KYSON LEE (Heroes)
*KELLY HU (X-Men 2)
*DAVID ONO (Anchor, KABC TV Eyewitness News)
*SANDRA OH (Grey’s Anatomy)
*GEORGE TAKEI (Star Trek)
*SUNG KANG (Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift)
*ROGER FAN (Better Luck Tomorrow)
*KABA MODERN’S YURI TAG & FYSH N’ CHICKS’ TAEKO COLLINS (America’s Top Dance Crew)
*Along with members of the Asian American comedy groups the 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS, OPM, COLD TOFU & many other surprises.
I’m planning to be there tonight; I can’t wait!
(More details after the jump)
LODESTONE AFTER DARK: THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Dates: December 11-14, 2008
General Admission: $15
Students/Seniors/Groups of 10+: $12
(Pay by cash or check only at the door)
1111-B W. Olive St.
Burbank, CA 91506
(inside George Izay Park, just west of S. Victory Blvd.)
FREE PARKING: Park near the jet plane in front of George Izay Park at 1111 W. Olive St. Walk into the park, past Olive Recreation Center. GTC Burbank is behind the Rec. Center, facing the softball fields.
RSVPs strongly recommended: (323) 993-7245
THERE WILL BE NO LATE ADMISSION!
Directed by Henry Chan, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Nic Cha Kim, Chil Kong & Erin Quill
Produced by Junko Goda, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Nic Cha Kim, Rosa Kwon & Amelia Worfolk
Written by Prince Gomovilas, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Charles Kim, Nic Cha Kim, Annette Lee, James Kyson Lee, Tim Lounibos, Alec Mapa, Erin Quill, Judy Soo Hoo & Peter J. Wong
With: Peggy Ahn, Ronald M. Banks, Steve Brady, Ray Chang, Cesar Cipriano, Deborah S. Craig, John Fukuda, Junko Goda, Howard Ho, Chil Kong, Jully Lee, Erin Quill, Greg Watanabe, Shannon Wong, Ryun Yu & special appearance by Xanadu’s original muse, Marilyn Tokuda