City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this new musical explores love, family, community, tragedy, recovery, and renewal.
Color Arc Productions and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) are proud to virtually present the opening scene of Romeo and Katrina, a new musical set in post-Katrina New Orleans three years after the hurricane. Romeo and Katrina is a love story centered on Romeo Tran, a working-class Vietnamese American, and Katrina “Trina” Batiste, a Black upper class young woman. This musical explores love, family, community, tragedy, recovery, and renewal.
The virtual event will be held on October 10, 2020 at 7pm CST and registration is free. The 20-minute virtual presentation of Romeo and Katrina: Scene 1 (“Prelude -- Live It Up”) will be followed by a discussion and talkback with creators Christine Hoang and Tyler Mabry, director Ya’Ke Smith, the cast, and the virtual audience. Discussions will be moderated by the AARC and the George Washington Carver Museum and Genealogy Center.
For more information, visit the AARC website or follow @colorarcproductions on Instagram and Facebook.
About the Asian American Resource Center
The mission of the AARC is to provide spaces, services, resources, and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. The vision is to empower Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities. The AARC offers programs for youth, adult, senior citizens, ongoing exhibits, free community meeting rooms, library, computer lab and more. For more information, please visit the AARC website.
About Color Arc Productions
Formed in November 2015, Color Arc Productions’ mission is the shine light on diverse and inclusive stories through theatre, film, and music. For more information, find Color Arc Productions at colorarcproductions.com or @colorarcproductions on Instagram and Facebook.
Romeo and Katrina 2020 Workshop Production Credits
Christine Hoang - Writer & Producer
Tyler Mabry - Composer, Musical Director
Ya'Ke Smith - Director
Ahsjah Exume - Editor
Peter Ong'olo - Assistant Director
Simone Alexander - Dramaturg
James Cho - Romeo Tran
Mo McKynzie - Katrina "Trina" Batiste
Albert Qually - Ba
Christine Hoang - Ma/Diana Tran
Jeremy Rashad Brown - Barry Batiste
Allegra Jade Fox - Celiste Batiste
Steven Truong - Ben
Dwaylan Applewhite - Mercury
Sandy Lam - Mary
Natalie Joy - Roz
Sona Shah - Manager of the Asian American Resource Center
Carre Adams - Manager of the George Washington Carver Center
AARC Virtual Presentation Technical Team:
Lelia Grace Pandy - Culture & Arts Education Coordinator, Asian American Resource Center
Rashad Muhammad - Technical Support, Asian American Resource Center
Kristina Nguyen - Graphic Designer, Asian American Resource Center