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Asian-American writer slated to share his works

April 5, 2011
The Maui News

KAHULUI - An Asian-American playwright, writer and filmmaker, who brings stories of Asians in the U.S. to light will be appearing at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater.

Philip Kan Gotanda's appearance is part of Kahului Hongwanji's Centennial Celebration this year.

He is considered one of the most prolific creators of Asian-American-themed works in the theater, a news release said.

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Asian-American playwright and filmmaker

His plays, which have been staged in U.S., European and Asian theaters, also are studied and performed in universities and schools across the country.

Gotanda's notable works in the theater include "Song for a Nisei Fisherman," "The Wash," "Yankee Dawg You Die," "Fish Head Soup," "Sisters Matsumoto" and "Love in American Times," his newest on the silver screen. His most recent film, "Life Tastes Good," was presented at the Sundance Film Festival. His current film project is "The Boy Who Fell Through Clouds."

At the gathering, Gotanda will speak about his projects, Maui actors will perform live readings, and excerpts from his films will be shown.

Gotanda, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his wife, Diane Takei, has a Hawaii connection; his father, Itsuo Gotanda, was born and raised on Kauai.

His appearance is presented by the MACC and Kahului Hongwanji.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $11 for children 12 years and younger. Kahului Hongwanji will be catering a preshow dinner in the McCoy Courtyard beginning at 5 p.m.

Tickets are available at the MACC Box Office in Kahului, by calling (808) 242-7469 or online at



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