1- “A SLICE OF RICE, FRIJOLES AND GREENS” is a humorous, poignant and inspiring performance of original theater, poetry and music celebrating the richness of America’s diversity. As enlightening as it is entertaining, A SLICE OF RICE, FRIJOLES AND GREENS speaks to timely social issues including racism, living with physical disabilities, post-9/11 xenophobia, sexual identity, and classism.
SLICE features Great Leap’s critically acclaimed solo performers who take audiences across societal borders, giving voice to unheard stories and revealing the commonalities and connections between us all. This show has successfully toured hundreds of colleges nationally and internationally, and is seen yearly by UCLA’s medical students on their first day of orientation.
From her days as folk singer/troubadour to her environmental music videos, she continues to use the power of song as catalyst to activate, build community and realize our interconnectedness with each other and the Earth.
3- WHAT? NO PING-PONG BALLS?
A Mother’s story. An Asian American story. An Artist’s story
Dan teams up with world-reknowned taiko artist, Kenny Endo, in a moving, insightful and hilarious tribute to Kwong’s late mother, Momo Nagano. It’s the tale of a JA woman from “the greatest generation”, living life unapologetically as a single parent and artist, joyously defying society’s limitations, improvising as she goes.
With a steady compass for social justice, a keen eye for irony and a flair for the absurd, Kwong traces Nagano’s journey from all-American girlhood in Los Angeles to WWII internment camp; from defiant marriage with a Chinese immigrant to single divorcee with four young kids; from urban housewife to Venice Beach artist. As Nagano’s path traverses the terrain of the Civil Rights Movement, modern feminism and hippie counter-culture, we witness this woman’s stubborn determination and fierce motherly devotion.
Along the way Kwong shares his experiences as the only son, providing his signature comedy through puppetry, props and song – and, as Nagano herself has a sense of humor that shines throughout — demonstrating that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Running time: 100″
With humor and insight, MOTTAINAI, YO! takes a look at attitudes about recycling, reducing waste, and transforming the way we move through our city.
Nobuko portrays a trio of characters: Margaret, the conniving Goddess of Garbage; Baa-chan, her fretful eco-conscious sister; and The Bike Fairy, a cheery urban-cycling advocate. Dan appears as Mr. Mottainai, the fix-it guy who can’t bear to throw anything away, and Styro the plastic puppet who lives in a recycling bin.
Interspersed between live scenes and screenings of three of Great Leap’s Eco-Vids — B.Y.O CHOPSTIX, MOTTAINAI, and CYCLES OF CHANGE.
Running time: 40 minutes (approx.)
Audience age range: 6-12 yrs.