A Play, An Opera, The Tango

Philip Kan Gotanda
Berkeley Book Chats
Photo of Philip Kan Gotanda
Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 | 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall
United States

Professor of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies Philip Kan Gotanda is a versatile artist working across the mediums of theater, music, and film. A seminal figure in the creation of Asian American Drama, Gotanda has been known for pushing the boundaries of what can be defined as the Asian American story. 

His play Remember the I-Hotel is a period story investigating the layered meaning of love between two elderly Filipino men. The opera Both Eyes Open tackles the psychic damage on the World War II internment camps, eschewing the usual tropes of realism for experimental forms of music, instrumentation, and performance of text. Chelsea & Rodney’s Tango is a video of a disabled and non-disabled couple interpreting the traditional form of the tango.

After an introduction by Catherine Cole (TDPS), Gotanda will speak briefly about his recent works and then open the floor for discussion.