Pan Asian Repertory Theatre celebrated its 35th anniversary on Monday, March 19th at the Edison Ballroom. The celebrated theater troupe honored those whose contributions have expanded our awareness of Asian Americans. Among the three honorees, Daniel Dae Kim, the actor known for his television roles in “Hawaii Five-O” and the Emmy nominated mini-series “The Andromeda Strain” as well as his portrayals in films such as “Crash,” began his career at Pan Asian Rep playing classical roles in plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, and Shakespeare.
Dr. Patricia E. Taylor, the noted research scientist, who was a violinist with the University of Queensland and University of California orchestras, spoke fondly of living and working around the world. Her experiences embracing a variety of cultures spoke to the evening’s theme about the need for diversity. Finally, the Red Socks Award went to Napua Davoy, an accomplished jazz performer, composer and playwright, whose new works are currently in development.
The evening, highlighted by appearances by David Henry Hwang and NY1 anchor Vivian Lee, was inspirational, lively, and entertaining.
By Isa Goldberg
Photography: Nanette Shaw