The Public Theater and NAATCO present Awake and Sing!


The Public Theater and NAATCO (The National Asian American Theatre Company) present Clifford Odets' drama Awake and Sing!, which will begin previews at The Public's Shiva Theater on 6 July 2015, before an official opening on 13 July, and continue its limited engagement through to 1 August 2015.

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis commented:

"NAATCO is a company that has pursued its beautiful mission with integrity, passion, and extraordinary talent. The Public is proud to host their luminous production of Awake and Sing."

NAATCO's Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak added:

"Being at the Public to celebrate NAATCO's 25th anniversary is such an important way to kick off our celebrations, and we are very thankful to Oskar for his generosity and for his support of Asian American representation on the American stage."

Synopsis: "This is the story of the Bergers, a lower middle class, three-generation Jewish family living in a Bronx apartment during the Depression. The play recalls that this country was founded as the land of opportunity for immigrants who came with an enduring belief in the American dream. Clifford Odets' characters are all the parents, grandparents, and children who sought refuge and forged new lives. Families like these from around the world continue to make their way here every day, making the piece as timely today as it was when it was first written."

Directed by Stephen Brown-Fried, the cast of Awake and Sing! includes Mia Katigbak, Sanjit De Silva, Mel Duane Gionson, Teresa Avia Lim, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, Alok Tewari, and Henry Yuk.

The creative team features scenic design by Anshuman Bhatia, lighting design by Gina Scherr, costume design by Alexae Visel, and sound design by Toby Jaguar Algya.

- by Tom Millward