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Coming in 2019:

Coming February for Year of the Pig


Discover why Year of the Pig deserves respect, in a parody TED TALK that includes live music and a re-imagined version of the classic tale, “Journey to the West." Real science. Real history. Real Funny.

The Fire in Me
(click the title for blog and specific performance information)

Late Spring at the Lyceum Theatre

What Are You??

Highlights from 2018:

There and Home Again

More Stories of the Sun Cafe


This production reprises several stories first developed in our full-length 2015 production STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE. THERE AND HOME AGAIN adds several all-new episodes focusing on the San Diego Japanese American lives turned upside down by their political incarceration during WWII. The broad politics of this dark episode remain painful and controversial. Less familiar are the practical considerations of San Diegans returning home from their political imprisonment. These are the personal stories of the children and families, returning to the neighborhoods and schools they never chose to leave. Teachers will have access to a wealth of background materials developed by both local and regional resources. Sponsored in part by the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and Arts for Learning.
TICKETS: San Diego International Fringe Festival

Recent shows:

Foo-Dog Fu



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Halo-Halo: Mixed Together Stories from San Diego's Filipino American Community on DVD (now available!)

A moving and eye-opening window into San Diego. Drawn from historical research and personal interviews, Halo-Halo tells stories that explore Filipino American's culture and traditions, along with the struggles and triumphs every audience shares with this fascinating and fast-growing community. Themes include pageants, politics, and celebrity, plus historical firsts, comedy, dance and some serious social issues! This original production was taped March 2017 at the Lyceum Theatre. 

Program information for this show.


Stories of the Sun Cafe on DVD

This remarkable 2015 performance is captured here, a timeless remembrance of San Diego in the last century.  From its origin as the Obayashi shooting gallery to the downtown institution it became under the Jeong family, the Sun Cafe watched generations of Japanese American and Chinese American families take their place in San Diego. 

Program information for this show.

Stories of the Sun Cafe DVD


Mixed-together stories of San Diego's Filipino American community. Sign up for the mailing list below to receive more information as this new show, scheduled to premiere in March 2017, evolves.

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Recent Projects (completed)


Year of the Chicken: Child of Dragons

Year of the Mobkey: Monkey in the Mirror

Last chance to see MONKEY IN THE MIRROR performed live was at the Asian Cultural Festival in Mira Mesa. However, a video of the performance will be available later this year. Be sure to sign onto our mailing list below to learn when--as well as to receive the announcement of our project coming up this summer in the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 25-July 2.

STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE is a collaborative project produced by Asian Story Theater in conjunction with leaders of San Diego's Japanese American and Chinese American communities, and co-presented with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) and the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM). STORIES OF THE SUN CAFE are curated by Gingerlily Lowe (Asian Story Theater), Andy Lowe (East West Players), Joyce Teague (JAHSSD and Buddhist Temple of San Diego), and Murray K. Lee (San Diego Chinese Historical Museum), and directed by Kent Brisby. Historical and behind-the-scenes photos are on Facebook. More info about this June 2015 event is here.




For early spring of 2015, Asian Story Theater and Moxie Theatre co-presented the world premiere of RAM-GIRL. Family matinees were March 7, at Noon and 2pm at the Moxie Theatre, 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Special preview excerpts were presented at the Chinese New Year and Tet New Year celebrations. RAM-GIRL begins with the Chinese story/parable about a sheep, a monkey, and a rooster who are competing with each other to win a race. However, RAM-GIRL is also about a girl discovering her own identity through some unusual talents.  It's a fun family show, with sly insights into gender identity and prejudice.  The traditional Chinese symbol associated with this year of the lunar calendar is the same for sheep AND goat, and RAM-GIRL explores that literal and metaphorical uncertainty.  And because the Year of the Ram (or Goat) is traditionally associated with individuals of unusual creativity, the performance incorporates visual art and a little music created live on stage.



A new chapter in the ongoing development of this musical will be presented in the 2016 San Diego Fringe Festival. Watch this page, or the project-specific Facebook page, for details as these become available. Click on the link in the history list (on the right) to view clips from the 2011 workshop presentation. More details about THE MUSICAL PAUL GAUGUIN are online here. Questions and comments are welcome at our Facebook page: Please check the Facebook page, or send email to Asian Story Theater to be notified as additional details are announced.

(revised 2/16/2016)


Stories of the Sun Cafe
Year of the Horse
Year of the Dragon
Gauguin musical
Year of the Rabbit (2011)

Return of the Monkey King (2010) Doctor Quynh (2009)

Sea Monster (2008)

Super Shave Ice (2007) Dear Miss Breed (2007) Shave Ice (2006) Then He Met a Woodcutter (2005) Return of the Monkey King, 2005 KAHUA (2003) Journey to the Buddha (2002) Asian Americas (2002)
SunDance (2001)
3 Dragons (2000) Trickster Tour (1999-2003) ( Real vs. Fake (1999) White Snake (1998) Myth, Magic & Mathem Tour (1997-1999) Hanuman & the Monkey King (1997) Fa Mu Lan (1996) Monkey King (1995) Tea Tour (1994) Candlewick Fairy (1994) Monkey King & the Spider Women, 1993 Monkey King & the Mountains of Fire, 1992 Tea Stories (1991) Monkey King: The Journey Begins, 1991 The White Snake, 1989-90   Contact us at for additional information, including photos, press, curricula, and video