End of Year Giving


Levels of Support

Maker
$1+
All donors will receive recognition online and in printed materials in 2018.

Creator
$100+
All of the above and special pricing for select events.

Innovator
$500+
All of the above and dinner with the Artists at Play producers and guest artists.

Originator
$1,000+
All of the above and two (2) tickets to Artists at Play … at Play in 2018 (date TBD) with specialty snacks and beverages to enjoy at the show.
We are passionate about theatre—the art and community. It is our tool for advocacy and activism, as we believe experiencing diverse perspectives can help bridge the differences that divide us.

Our body of work demonstrates our commitment as producers to telling compelling American stories that reflect the diverse communities we all live in. And with our growing efforts in new play development, Artists at Play is actively working towards bringing unique voices to Los Angeles—and American—theatre.

Artists at Play is dedicated to presenting diverse theatre in Los Angeles. If you believe in the work Artists at Play does, we hope you'll support AAP and our mission with a year-end tax-deductible donation.

Ticket sales only cover about 50 percent of our costs associated with producing in Los Angeles. In 2018, we are expecting an additional $7,000 in expenses as union rules over acting compensation now require us to pay higher wages.

Supporters like you help ensure that we have the resources available to continue producing plays that explore the varied experiences of being Asian American. We are honored that you believe in our mission and programming.

Click here to make a year-end tax-deductible donation.

AAP Supporter Testimonials



"Artists at Play is one of the smartest, fearless, supportive theatre companies I've ever had the pleasure of working with. They have had a tremendous impact on my career—especially with the success of my play Two Mile Hollow

In 2015-Julia emailed me and asked if I had any plays that could potentially be submitted to Artists At Play's annual reading series. I sent them an early draft of Two Mile Hollow—a satire of white people by the water plays (a genre where white people sit in a big house by the water and complain about their problems)—which was at the time did not cast actors of color playing white people on the central parts. This idea was sparked by Artists at Plays casting department and completely elevated the script's intention and made the satire more biting and nuanced. The next year, Artists at Play and Second Generation productions presented a reading of the play at CAATA and I got to meet and share the work so many amazing people. In 2017, Two Mile Hollow was on the 2017 Kilroys List and is currently receiving a simultaneous world premiere in four different cities. The play just closed in Chicago after receiving nothing but rave reviews. I'm so excited to present the play with Artists At Play—the very company who gave this play a chance in the first place and made me see the potential it had from a wider lens. It would probably still be an unopened document on my computer if it were not for the good folks at Artists at Play! 

Also everyone is amazing and a joy to he around and work with. If I were super rich I would give them all my money." 

Leah Nanako Winkler, playwright


"Post-college I had already hit a period of burnout as a stage manager. Between the transition to the 'real world' and a few bad experiences, I decided to take a step back from it. After helping out on their 2015 kick off event, Artists at Play asked me to stage manage In Love and Warcraft. I decided to give them a chance and was blown away. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It renewed my passion and reminded me of why I loved what I do.

Artists at Play is a group that helped me to find my community within the theatre world. They helped me be more in touch with the issues that underrepresented communities in the arts face and how I can have a voice in that discussion. Through Artists at Play I was able to build meaningful connections with other artists, which has been a huge benefactor to my consistent work after relocating to New York City. They gave me the opportunity to truly grow as a professional and were instrumental in my development as a stage manager.

Artists at Play is a special group that I consider an artistic home. Their commitment to the work they produce shines through from the big picture decisions down to simply making sure everyone is fed and taken care of. They are a vital organization that needs to continue to grow both in the Los Angeles area and nationally. I look forward to seeing what they do next and can’t help but feel slightly jealous that I won’t be a part of it directly!"

Jonathan Castanien, stage manager and publicist



"I support Artists at Play because of their mission to tell stories of communities underrepresented in theatre. I support them because they bring new works to life, by playwrights, especially Asian Americans, that have not had their stories told, and they provide opportunities for people of color in roles normally inaccessible. And I support AAP because they're bringing these new stories to the stage for the first time with such world premieres as The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up by Carla Ching, and Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler. They bring us new voices, new stories, and new storytellers."

Randy and Mari Tamura, Artists at Play Originator donors


"Artists at Play provides a vital platform to share stories from the perspectives of Asian American playwrights, artists, and actors in the greater Southern California theatre scene. More importantly, it is a significant voice for a community that is often overlooked and unheard. I can’t imagine the gaping hole that would be left if Artists at Play did not exist today."

Helen Ota, former Artistic Director of Cold Tofu Improv


"Artists At Play has proven to be an essential part of lifting up Asian American voices.  Their impeccable taste, dedication to the work, and support of artists makes them a wonderful playground for amazing work to develop, grow and launch into the world.  They are a small and mighty leadership team that understands artistry as well as the business side of producing.  That combination will ensure its sustainability and impact on the field both locally and nationally.  You must support this bold and brilliant organization as they continue to shape the Asian American voice one artist at a time."

Randy Reyes, President of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists



"Artists at Play is a group with its feet firmly planted in the 21st Century, with eyes focused on the future, both for its art and for its audience. As a theatre with artists of color in its leadership, Artists at Play has a keen eye for works that speak to these emerging new audiences, both in content and in form. Los Angeles (and indeed, the country as a whole) has need of innovators in subject matter and approach; Artists at Play fulfills them well. It is an urgent task to connect with these audiences to represent their concerns for their sakes and the sake of other audiences (who are traditionally more represented), and Artists at Play has been an exemplary ambassador for this task."

Roger Tang, Godfather of Asian American Theatre



"As an Asian American theater arts leader who has produced and directed Los Angeles theatre since the 1980s, I have seen first hand how the demographic landscape has changed. The stories about the Asian and Asian American experience have grown exponentially. Theatres and other performing organizations giving voice to these stories have become instrumental to make our community visible on such a large landscape. Artists at Play has embraced telling these stories from the perspective of a younger generation whose mission is to share a unique experience specific to the Asian American community but universal to all communities. Not an easy task. With a particular focus on diversity and inclusion, Artists at Play advances the American theatre in a way that courageously prepares our community for the future of all American theatres. We need to support this small but mighty theatre because Los Angeles will soon be a model city that displays a multitude of cultural hubs instead of a singular place to find the many voices of this vibrant City. Play a leading role in Artists at Play’s success."

Tim Dang, former Producing Artistic Director of East West Players

We couldn’t do the work that we do without them and supporters like you. Please consider making a year-end, tax deductible donation to Artists at Play. Your contribution will go toward 2018 programming, including our new play development program, fall main stage production, and special events like our upcoming 4th annual Artists at Play ... at Play!

2017 AAP Summer Salon


Join Artists at Play on Saturday, July 1 for the annual AAP Summer Salon fundraiser!

This year's AAP Summer Salon will feature a special presentation of Seminar by Theresa Rebeck with an exciting cast: Julia Cho ("This Is Us"), Ewan Chung (EWP's Chinglish), C.S. Lee ("Dexter"), Tess Paras ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend") and Vincent Rodriguez III ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"). Tim Dang will direct this reading.


The AAP Summer Salon is an opportunity to incorporate diverse casting for a popular play that does not require but is consistently cast with all white actors.

Saturday, July 1, 2017
11 a.m. Champagne Brunch
12 p.m. Reading of Seminar

$80 per person


To make a reservation, please e-mail AAP.BoxOffice@gmail.com


The AAP Salon will take place in a private home in Playa del Rey.

About the Play: Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy.

This event supports AAP’s upcoming world premiere production
of
Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler.

AAP Readings 2017




See a free performance of tot this May:

Mon., May 8 at 6pm
Mar Vista Branch Library

Sat., May 13 at 2pm
West Los Angeles Regional Library

Thur., May 18 at 6pm
Malabar Branch Library

tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan
by Victor Maog
directed by Rodney To

Continuing our mission to present stories of underrepresented communities, Artists at Play will develop and showcase Victor Maog’s tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan, followed by multiple readings in May across Los Angeles through a partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library LA Made series. 

tot follows an immigrant boy as he travels from the Ferdinand Marcos-ruled Philippines to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet his long lost parents. He journeys from a country full of strife and military rule only to find himself in his lonely American bedroom conjuring up pro wrestling fantasies to escape his new life.

The cast of tot includes Brendan Bradley (AAP's 99 Histories), Ramon De Ocampo (Antaeus Theatre Company), Golda Inquito (Playwrights' Arena's Dogeaters), Reuben Uy (EWP's La Cage aux Folles), Anne Yatco (Playwrights' Arena's Bloodletting) and Sandy Yu (Playwrights' Arena's Dallas Non Stop).


All performances are free. Get more info here.


2017 Season

Mainstage Production
Fall 2017

Two Mile Hollow
by Leah Nanako Winkler
World Premiere

After developing the play in the 2016 Artists at Play Reading Series and at the 5th annual CAATA ConFest at OSF, we are thrilled to present the world premiere of Two Mile Hollow by Leah Nanako Winkler. When the Donnelly’s gather for a weekend in the country to gather their belongings for their recently sold estate—both an internal storm and a literal storm brews. As this brood of famous, longing-to-be-famous and kind of a mess but totally Caucasian family comes together with their POC personal assistant, Charlotte, some really really really really really complicated and totally unique secrets are revealed over white wine. A parody coupled with moments of disorienting sincerity, Two Mile Hollow explores the White People By The Water (where affluent white people discover secrets and fight in a big house by the water) with brutality, awe and compassion.
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Artists at Play Readings

Question 27, Questions 28
by Chay Yew
directed by Alison De La Cruz
Sunday, February 26, 2017


Question 27, Questions 28 will be presented by AAP and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the unjust internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. The play is a collection of interviews and transcripts recounting the stories of actual women who lived through the removal of Japanese Americans, their internment and the painful aftermath. 


tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a filipino) Hulk Hogan
by Victor Maog
May 18, 13, 18, 2017

In partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library's L.A. Made series, AAP will present tot in multiple staged readings across Los Angeles. tot follows an immigrant boy as he travels from the Ferdinand Marcos-ruled Philippines to the San Francisco Bay Area to meet his long lost parents. He journeys from a country full of strife and military rule only to find himself in his lonely American bedroom conjuring up pro wrestling fantasies to escape his new life. Learn more.



Artists at Play Readings








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AAP Summer Salon
Saturday, July 1, 2016
To Be Announced

Artists at Play annual Summer Salon fundraiser is an opportunity to incorporate diverse casting for a popular play or musical that does not require but is consistently cast with all white actors. Last year's Summer Salon was Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies, starring John Cho.
Artists at Play Summer Salons

2016 Donors

Thank you to the individuals who have generously supported Artists at Play in 2016!

Aileen Kamoshita
Akemi Okamura
Albert Aubin
Alejandra Cisneros
Alma Martinez
Aly Mawji
Amy Tofte
Ana Rose O'Halloran
Anais Thomassian
Anjeanette Leboeuf
Ariel Estrada
Bart DeLorenzo
Becky Birdsong
Bonnie Lui
Cecil Lee
Cesar Ramos
Chantal Rodriguez
Chisa Hutchinson
Christina O'Connell
Christine Linnell
Christopher Miyasaki
Cons Pilapil
Daniel Mayeda
Danny Ho & Esther Lam
Daria Yudacufski
David Boito
David Maruyama
Deborah Warren
Denise Lum
Dennis Miyasaki
Don Nguyen
Dore Wong
Dustin Chinn
Ed Lin & Cindy Cheung
Elaine Loh
Elizabeth Sung
Ellen Choi
Ellen Thornton
Erin Wert
Esther Kim
Everett & Rona Lai
Gay Yuen
Gladys Chen
Greg Watanabe
Gyorgy Mezo-Gadia
Hector Catalan
Helen Ota & Mike Palma
Henry Chan
Henry Huang
Henry & Jamie Liu
Howard Ho & Jully Lee
Howard Yata
Isaac Ho
Jackie Chung
Jaime Barcelon
Jaime Unson
Janet Song
Jason Fong
Jean Lau & Bryan Lam
Jeanne Sakata
Jeffery Mio
Jeffrey Morris
Jen Cleary
Jennifer Kuo
Jennifer Soo
Jenny Yang
Jessica Andres
Jim & Eileen McClure
John Castro
John Lee
John & Rona Miyasaki
John & Stefanie Lau
Jonathan Hwang
Joseph Waechter
Joyce Tamanaha
Judy Soohoo
Junko Goda
Kathy Tokudomi
Katie May Porter
Kelly Miller
Kenneth Child
Kimberly Colburn
Lauren Worley
Leah Winkler
Leanne Stein
Leslie Ishii
Linda Lau
Lisa Okamoto
Lloyd Lee
Maciek Kołodziejczak
Madhuri Shekar
Magdalena Guillen
Mandy Ratliff
Margaret Dunlap
Mariano A. Velez
Marilynn Fong
Marissa Herrera
Martha Guiditta
Martha Rhodes
Matt & Nancy Gong
Matthew Mancuso
Maureen Sebastian
Meghan O'Dell
Melissa Barbour
Meropi Peponides
Michael Golamco
Michael Seel
Monica Lee
Monique Kim
Mrinalini Kamath
Nancy Yen
Nicole Callahan
Nora Chau
Norm Takeda
Paul Kikuchi
Paul & Vicki Shinto
Paula Cizmar
Philip Chinn
Phoebe Hyun
Qui Nguyen
Randall & Mari Tamura
Raymond Lee
Ricardo Figueroa
Robert & Kelly Jue
Roger Tang
Ryan & Jane Sands
Samuel Kim
Sandy Yu
Scott Summerfield
Scott Takeda
Shannon & Michelle Wong
Shelby Rabara
Socorro Robbins
Soomi Kim
Steven D. Wong
Suellen Chang & Munson Kwok
Teresa Huang
Tim Chiou
Tim Dang
Tom Child
TW Leshner
Victoria Wong
William & Angela Jay

2016 Publicity

Press Releases

8-23-16 Artists at Play’s The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up Must Close September 4
7-18-16 AAP Presents the World Premiere of Carla Ching’s The Two Kids that Blow Shit Up
5-3-16 Donald Marguiles’ ​Dinner with Friends​ featuring John Cho and Diverse Cast
3-14-16 Two Emerging Playwrights’ Diverse Stories in 2016 Spring Reading Series
2-23-16 AAP Forges Fifth Year of Diverse Representation in Los Angeles Theatre

Press Coverage
9-4-6 Joe Straw #9 (The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up - Review)
8-30-16 Los Angeles Times (Dynamic cast propels tale of two step-siblings across three decades - Review)
8-29-16 Kollaboration (Julia Cho and Artists at Play Blow Sh*t Up On Stage)
8-28-16 Stage Scene LA (WOW! The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up - Review)
8-26-16 BroadwayWorld (Dynamite Production of The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up - Review)
8-23-15 Talkin' Broadway (The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up Review)
8-22-16 Off and On Podcast (Episode 145: Julia Cho and Nicholas Pilapil from Artists at Play)
8-18-16 Stage and Candor (A Conversation with Carla Ching)
8-15-16 Angry Asian Man (Asian Americans Blow Shit Up)
8-15-16 @ This Stage Magazine (More Than Just An Asian Theatre Company)
8-8-16 The Subtext Podcast (Episode 15: Carla Ching)
7-22-16 Kore Asian Media (Asian American theater group to premiere new LA play)
7-18-16 BroadwayWorld (Carla Ching's The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up to Make World Premiere)
5-26-16 Los Angeles Times (Asian American theater group pushes for the day when it doesn't need #StarringJohnCho)
5-26-16 Pasadena Now (Have Brunch and then "A Dinner With Friends")
5-22-16 Hometown Pasadena (Talk of Our Town: Artists at Play)
5-3-16 Pasadena Now (Donald Marguiles' Dinner with Friends Featuring John Cho and Diverse Cast)
5-3-16 BroadwayWorld (John Cho and More to Lead Artists at Play's Dinner with Friends)