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Photos by Michael Brosilow
Research Materials

Edgerton, John and Ann Bleidt Edgerton. Southern Food: At Home, on the Road, in History. Knopf: New York, 1987. Photography by Al Clayton.

Rombauer, Irma S. and Marion Rombauer Becker. Joy of Cooking. The Bobbs-Merrill Company: Indianapolis, 1962. Illustrated by Ginnie Hofmann and Beverly Warner.

Washington, James M, editor. A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. New York: Harper Collins, 1986.

West, Cornel. Race Matters. Beacon Press: Boston, 1993.

Yan, Martin. Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking: The Companion Cookbook to the Public Television Series New York: Harper Collins, 2002.

Po Boy Tango

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Synopsis:

A celebration of the human spirit and the joy of cooking, Po Boy Tango tells the story of Richie Po - a Chinese immigrant who turns to his estranged friend Gloria B, a Soul Food genius to help him recreate his mother's "Great Banquet." As they reunite over a sizzling duck sandwich and share stories and recipes, they sort out what went wrong ten years ago, when a life was saved but a friendship was lost.

Video Interview:

Kenneth Lin discusses his play Po Boy Tango. Provided courtesy of Northlight Theatre and The Stage Channel.

Awards/Production History:

  • Commissioned by South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Workshop Production - South Coast Repertory Theatre Pacific Playwrights Festival, Costa Mesa, CA
  • World Premiere - Northlight Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
  • West Coast Premiere - East West Players, Los Angeles, CA
  • TCG Edgerton New Play Prize

Reviews:
"... the playwright has a very real gift for language, and some of the monologues here approach the evocative power of August Wilson ..."
- Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles
Click here to read the full Los Angeles Times's review of Po Boy Tango.
"... a true-to-the-recipe healthy does of brain food ..."
- Newcity Stage, Chicago
"... tackles a melting pot of cultures and cuisines ..."
- Chicago Tribune
"... bespeaks progress toward recognition of audiences often overlooked by theater marketers ..."
- Windy City Times
"... a crushingly quiet play ... food ameliorates the hurt ..."
- American Theatre Magazine

Notes:

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