Not So Ancient
By Jonathan Castanien, Peter J. Kuo
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Hosted by theatre professionals, Jonathan Castanien and Peter J. Kuo, Not So Ancient is a podcast that looks back at the history of Asian American Drama. Every episode follows a conversation with the duo, joined by a guest, after having read a play written by an Asian American playwright that was first produced more than 10 years ago. Join our hosts on a deep dive into the not so ancient Asian American theatre canon as they discuss plots, themes, history, and community through a play each episode.
||CleanEP 8: Durango by Julia Cho; guest Carolina Do||Actress Carolina Do talks with Peter and Jonathan about "Durango" by Julia Cho. In the episode the trio digs into Cho's family drama and the revealing road trip her characters take. The sibling dynamics and immigrant parent ticks all resonate as they...||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7: Tea by Velina Hasu Houston; guests Chantel King & Joanne Pan||This time Not So Ancient looks at "Tea" by Velina Hasu Houston and not only has one, but TWO guests joining in on the discussion. Production manager, Chantel King, and stage manager, Joanne Pan, share their thoughts on Houston's drama about the...||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 6: Flipzoids by Ralph B. Peña; guest Sanaz Toossi||Playwright, Sanaz Toossi joins Jonathan and Peter as they all discuss Ralph B. Peña's "Flipzoids." A play about three Filipinx characters during 1985 navigating what it means to assimilate and be an American. The three Southern Californians delve...||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5: Fish Head Soup by Philip Kan Gotanda; guest Randy Reyes||Not So Ancient's second episode recorded in Chicago at the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists' Con/Fest 2018! Artistic Director, actor, director, and CAATA Board President Randy Reyes joins in the conversation around Philip Kan...||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 4: A Language of Their Own by Chay Yew; guest Nicholas Pilapil||Los Angeles Playwright and producer, Nicholas Pilapil, guest hosts while Not So Ancient takes a look at "A Language of Their Own" by Chay Yew. The trio delves deep into this queer story about the aftermath of a breakup during the 1980s. Meanwhile,...||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3: The Music Lessons by Wakako Yamauchi; guest Lauren Yee||Playwright, Lauren Yee joins Jonathan and Peter to talk about Wakako Yamauchi's "The Music Lessons." The trio explores Yamauchi's well crafted play about a widowed Japanese farmer who decides to allow a new drifter in town to live and work on her farm..||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEP 2: Satellites by Diana Son; guest Jesca Prudencio||Jonathan and Peter are joined by guest host, Jesca Prudencio! Diana Son's play about a young interracial couple that moves to Brooklyn with their newborn baby has the trio tackle themes of gentrification, intersectional race issues, and how trendy...||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1: Chickencoop Chinaman by Frank Chin||Jonathan and Peter discuss Frank Chin's Chickencoop Chinaman. Through Chin's play they discuss Asian American identity, the model minority myth, and what one of Peter's guilty pleasures is.||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 0: Intro||In the intro episode, meet Not So Ancient hosts Jonathan Castanien and Peter J. Kuo. Find out what spurred the creation of this podcast and how each episode will go down.||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|