Fuck The LPGA

From Newsday.com:

rights and Asian-American groups said yesterday an LPGA decision to
require golfers to speak English is insulting and possibly illegal.

Several national news outlets reported that the reaction in the pro
golf community was more mixed, with some questioning the language
policy and others saying foreign-born players would benefit from
learning English.

But Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties
Union, said the LPGA could open itself up to a discrimination lawsuit
if it bars golfers from participating because of their national origin.

The language policy is expected to most affect the LPGA’s 45 South
Korean members. There are 121 international players from 26 countries
on the tour. “If they are targeting people based on language when
language is not essential to the job at hand, which is playing golf,
then it is discrimination,” Lieberman said.

Many South Korean players, including Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak,
acknowledge there is a problem on the tour and support the language
policy, according to reports. The LPGA has told players who have been
members for two years that they could face suspension if they do not
become competent in English by next year.

Richard Konda, executive director of the San Jose, Calif.-based Asian
Law Alliance, said the policy is “troubling” given golf’s checkered
history on race relations. He also said the LPGA could be guilty of
discrimination on the basis of national origin.

The Washington, D.C.-based Asian-American Justice Center called on the
LPGA to retract the policy, which it called “tantamount to national
origin discrimination.” Konda added: “They should be very careful in
terms of enacting a thing like this because it seems to me that they
are going backwards instead of forwards.”


Oh Mama

Those of you in New York this weekend (and LA on Sept 5), check out the new film “Momma’s Man.” My friend Eleanor Hutchins is in it and judging by the trailer it looks like a really wry, smart indie comedy. There’s also a good interview with the director at IndieWire.

MOMMA’S MAN starts this friday August 22nd at:

18 W. Houston St.
New York, NY 10012

Buy tickets here http://www.fandango.com/mommasman_113629/movieoverview

Below is the trailer:

Write Right

My good friend and amazing performer Scarlett Lam is offering a writing workshop for people who are interested in doing a solo show. Here are the deets:

Within YOU.
There is a STORY.
An Undiscovered Brilliance.
That is waiting to be TOLD.

WHO this is for: actors, writers and artists of all levels who want to discover their solo show, write their own monologues, uncover that script within, or just want to get those swirling words onto the paper and have fun doing it.

WHAT this is all about: an incredible 5-week, INTENSIVE workshop that will tap into your writer within, align with your inner-life, and discover the best way YOU can tell your story.  Each intensive will consist of free writing, reading of work, yoga, sense memory exploration, and ultimately… performance. 

WHEN the adventure begins: we meet every SATURDAY for 5 weeks starting AUGUST 16th, 23rd, (no class labor day wknd), SEPTEMBER 6th, 13th and 20th from 11am-5pm  (**invited guests only to a reading of your work on the evening of Sept. 20th)

WHERE the journey happens: at the Little Lotus Studio in Valley Village (an indoor/outdoor studio with chestnut trees and water fountains to guide you on your adventure!  It’s practically a retreat…)

WHY I love to teach writing:  the first time I saw a spoken word piece on stage, I was mesmerized.  The first time I saw a solo show performed, I was paralyzed.  The first time I saw a documentary, I was hypnotized.  These stories have such a profound impact on me due to the autobiographical source.  So I started writing.  The first time I performed my solo show, I was exhilarated.  I believe whole-heartedly that we each have a bold and unique story to tell.  And I want to facilitate a process to discover, uncover, and help tell those stories.

HOW to join: the cost of the five-week intensive is $275.  ($25 discount for early registration before the 13th of August.)  To book your spot in class or if you have any questions, please call Scarlett @ 917.693.3137 or email: planetscarlett@gmail.com.

CONFIRM EARLY… only 8 spots total for the 5 week intensive to give each artist ample time to work.

***Scarlett Lam has performed her stand-out solo show, WILD RICE, off-Broadway at the ONE festival in N.Y. (“the amazing genius of Lam can be seen here…. It’s a shame this play can not grace the stage for a longer run”- broadwayworld.com) L.A., and universities.  She has degrees in both, Theatre and Journalism, from USC, and recently completed her yoga teacher training @ City Yoga in L.A..  Her credits include the premier production of The Joy Luck Club off-Broadway and in various TV/ FILM projects (Grey’s Anatomy, Malcolm in the Middle, Law&Order, etc…).  Currently she is working on a project about her four-month journey through India.***

Being Bruce Lee

Attention New York actors/actresses. Just got this in the email box from my friend Derek Nguyen:

Casting for theatrical performance titled Lee/gendary: a deconstruction of Bruce Lee

For 3 week run at HERE Performance Space, Soho.  Performance dates will be October 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30.   Rehearsals will be in the evening beginning September 8, 2008. This show is a dynamic hybrid of martial arts, dance, music and text. All performers must be strong actors and excellent movers. Experience in Viewpoints training and or dance, martial arts ability a plus.

All actors will play multiple characters as well as act in the ensemble.  $100 stipend. Non-equity actors preferred.

1 Asian female: 20s-40s. Beautiful, strong voice and ethereal presence, to play: “Yin” a symbol of enlightenment and purity; a spiritual light. “Betty” a Chinese B actress, Bruce Lee’s lover (must have a Hong Kong/Chinese accent) and “Mother” Bruce’s mother.  Must have good movement and vocal abilities,
1 Caucasian female: 20s-40s. To play Linda Lee, Bruce Lee’s wife.  Tall, blonde, caring and soft spoken.  Must move very well.
1 Male any ethnicity 20s-40s. To play James Coburn, Pierre Berton and others. Must be able to change characters physically and vocally. Martial arts ability a plus.

Auditions will be held Saturday, August 16th by appointment, please contact director Suzi Takahashi by email at suzitakahashi@hotmail.com and include link to headshot and resume’ online or attach as a file. Sides will be provided; be prepared to move.