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   "Weeping Sparrow,
   Make a nest of broken stalks, unborn dreams.
   What will grow in this?" 

                -Philip Gotanda, Both Eyes Open Libretto


Over the last three decades, playwright Philip Kan Gotanda has been a major influence in the broadening of our definition of theater in America. The creator of one of the largest canon of Asian American-themed works, he has been instrumental in bringing stories of Asians in the United States to mainstream American theater as well as to Europe and Asia. He is currently working with American Conservatory Theater, A Contemporary Theater in Seattle, and Theater Ubuntu in Oakland. 

Mr. Gotanda is the librettist for our latest project, BOTH EYES OPEN, an opera theatre hybrid in collaboration with our composer, Max Duykers, and renown tenor, John Duykers. Mr. Gotanda holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and studied pottery in Japan with the late Hiroshi Seto. He is also a respected independent filmmaker. His three films: Life Tastes Good, Drinking Tea, and The Kiss, have all presented at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. 

Mr. Gotanda is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as other honors and awards.  He is a Professor with the Department of Theater Dance Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. We are so incredibly fortunate to have him on board to work on this important piece. 

We still need your help to ensure that audiences will have the chance to see it. We ask that you take a look at our GoFundMe campaign and consider a donation of any size.

Help us make BOTH EYES OPEN a reality!


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