Author: Awesome Theatre

Empress Yee and The Magical History of Chinatown

A Documentary by Marc Pomerleau

Premiering Online July 22, 7PM on YouTube

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This video will go live on July 22, 7PM PST

Awesome Theatre and Chinatown Historian Marc Pomerleau (The Fighting History of SF Chinatown) are teaming up again for EMPRESS YEE AND THE MAGICAL HISTORY OF CHINATOWN, a new documentary that tells the story of Cynthia Yee, a burlesque dancer, entertainer, educator, tour guide, all-around mover and shaker and bender of traditional norms, born, raised, and still creating magic in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Cynthia began dancing and touring with the famous Dorothy Toy Dance troupe at the age of 17 during the halcyon years of the Oriental-themed San Francisco NightClubs of the late 1950s and 60s. Today, Empress Yee and her wild band of former showgirls, artists, and dancing grandmas still perform today as the Grant Avenue Follies, delighting audiences with their amazing range of hula, burlesque, hip hop, and creative collaborations with exotic/erotic performers, drag queens, and anyone else who can try to keep up with their energy, sense of humor, and love of life.

Empress Yee and the Magical History of Chinatown is a chance to explore Chinatown’s alleys, experience stories of Chinatown’s past, and share in her dreams for Chinatown’s future.  Featuring interviews with the Rice Rockettes and the Grant Avenue Follies and stunning shots of Chinatown. This is chicken soup for the soul Chinatown-style with lots of chilies, chicken feet, and perhaps a few other things you’ve never tasted before


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Six Things God Hates

Beginning April 8

Directed by Jeunée Simon

Produced by Jess Thomas

According to Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things the Lord hates… haughty eyes, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift to rush into evil, one who sows discord among brethren and a false witness who speaks lies”. We asked 6 Bay Area writers to create an original radio play based on one of those things. Each writer uses their “thing” as a prompt, where they go from there, it’s anybody’s guess. Featuring a cast of 5 supplying the voices, and Directed by Jeunee Simon, you get a new play on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month starting April 8.


The Cast

Performed by Nic Sommerfeld, Renee Rogoff, Phil Wong, Neiry Rojo, and Alexandria Love

The Plays

GEND-O-FLUX

Written by Sean Owens

Prompt: A person who stirs up conflict in the community

“Let Professor Palanquin’s medical marvel set YOU free!”

A stranger pulls into Creve Coeur, Missouri, circa 1917, touting an invention that will revolutionize the citizenry— and wreak special havoc upon the denizens of the Trotter Residence. What will this mean for Suffrage? Arranged marriages? And the ever sacred Founders Day Dance?

Premieres on April 8


EPHRAIM THE URCHIN

Written by Rebecca Pierce 

Prompt: A Proud/Haughty Look

A murky tale of murder in the City by the Bay.

After a disturbing call to her late-night request show, DJ Sally Shabbaz hits the streets of 1960s San Francisco to solve the mysterious killing of local minor league baseball mascot, Ephraim the Urchin. Secrets rise to the surface as the intrepid DJ follows a trail of a murderer who is proud of their crime, and shameless about their tastes in music. Murder, conspiracy, and showbusiness come together as Sally gets to the bottom of who really killed Ephraim the Urchin.

Premieres on April 22


THE REVEALING ROLL

Written by Molly Olis Krost

Prompt: A false witness who pours out lies 

“That’s how the dice roll”

A top-notch private investigator is on the case to get the bottom of what happened at a local diner late last night. On their side is their trusted sidekick who has an…unconventional method for sussing out the truth. What happens when their only witness has the potential to unravel everything they’ve worked for?

Premieres on May 13


THE FAMILY JEWELS

Written by Alexandria Love

Prompt: A heart that devises wicked schemes

“Once the vault door opens, secrets begin to spill out…”

A fast-talking thief, a mousy hacker, and an unflappable mercenary pull off the biggest heist of their lives under the watchful eye of an aging crime matriarch. In their quest for diamonds, the ill-fated trio will discover that revenge is a family business — and business is booming.

Premieres on May 27


FEAT OF EVIL

Written By Drew Lucas

Prompt: Feet that are swift in running to evil

“Evil beckons when a young woman discovers she’s solely responsible for the murders and mutilations surrounding her.”

Murders and mutilated flesh haunt a young woman after befriending a dark-arts occultist. But when she discovers that her thoughts, in a moment of passionate hatred, are made real by a malevolent being, she realizes she can put a stop to them all. She must surrender to her dark nature and commit a feat of evil beyond compare in hopes to yield some good. Only then could all be rightfully restored to how things were…for the Devil himself. 

Premieres on June 10


MARS ONE

Written by Jess Thomas

Prompt: Hands that Shed Innocent Blood

“When you’re 127 million miles from Earth, there’s no one to save you.

Mars Colony One: the first successful human colony on another planet. A team of scientists and military personnel struggle to maintain sanity, and their very survival. When strange things begin happening, they must come together or perish on a desolate planet.

Premieres on June 24


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HOLY SH*T, THAT WAS SCARY Part 3: The Cloud

Available on-demand through April 1, 2021

PWYC ($10 Suggested)

Part Three of our found footage horror anthology series has gone virtual. Created and Curated by Artistic Director Colin Johnson and featuring three brand new horror shorts by local writers tied together by the story of a new and exclusive underground App that exploits your worst insecurities and fears.

Ever since Jules (Puja Tolton) became one of the first invited to join ReKomoZe, she’s become withdrawn. She thought it was just a game, but now her dreams are haunted by a dark figure that is creeping into her reality.  Her friends Eric (Marc Abrigo)  and Lacey (Sonia Sawkar) have to solve the mystery of the app before it’s too late.

THE FILMS

DOLORES

Written by Alexandria Love

Directed by Nikki Meñez

Kennedi (Yes, with an “I”) is an internet celebrity and lifestyle vlogger with the perfect life. She has a chic SF apartment, a hot surfer husband, and a dog named Sparkles. But when the ReKomoZe app asks her three questions, the answers could destroy everything.

Featuring: Sharon Shao and Edwin Jacobs


FOMO

Written by Tirumari Jothi

Directed by Sarah Coykendall

The ReKompoZe app made Dana and Trevor famous, now it may tear them apart. When Trevor leaves the app, he becomes distant and on the edge of sanity. While Dana tries to balance maintaining her fame and her relationship, she becomes a witness to his downward spiral.

Featuring: Ed Gonzalez Moreno, Kaylamay Paz Suarez, and Tasi Alabastro


THE CONVERGENCE

Written by Claire Rice

Directed by Alejandro Emmanuel Torres

He is reclusive, mysterious, and powerful. He is The Founder, the tech genius behind.  ReKompoZe. After a driven young journalist has tracked him down, he grants a rare interview. But The Founder has much bigger plans.

Featuring: Jennifer McNeal and Dan Kurtz





Awesome Theatre’s 2021 Theatrical Entertainment System.

We are proud to present our 2021 lineup of new digital and live (we hope) content! From January to August, we’ll be rolling out a new horror anthology, a podcast, and an exciting new documentary. In the Fall, we plan to make our return to live shows with the finale of “Your New Favorite Musical”, and two brand new plays. 


It started in the woods. It found its way to the city. Now… it’s everywhere.”

February 2021

Featuring short films written by Alexandria Love, Tirumari Jothi, Claire Rice, and Colin Johnson.

Directed by Sarah Coykendall, Nikki Meñez, Alejandro Torres, and Colin Johnson

Part Three of our found footage horror anthology series has gone virtual, with four brand new horror shorts contextualized into an unrelenting stream of horror entertainment. Imagine a new, underground App that chooses you as an inaugural participant. What starts out as spooky fun with friends soon turns sinister, exploiting your worst insecurities and fears and daring you to uninstall at your own risk.

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It turns out there’s a list.

April 2021

A New Podcast featuring 6 original radio plays

According to Proverbs 6:16-19, “There are six things the Lord hates… haughty eyes, hands that shed innocent blood,a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are swift to rush into evil, one who sows discord amoung brethren and a false witness who speaks lies”. We’re asking 6 Bay Area writers to create an original radio play based on one of those things.

Watch the trailer!

Chinatown at night will change the way you see the world in daylight. 

July 2021

A documentary featuring Marc Pomerleau and Cynthia Yee

Following up on the incredibly successful “Fighting History of SF Chinatown”, host Marc Pomerleau teams up with Cynthia Yee to present “The Haunted History SF Chinatown”. This new documentary introduces explorers to the fascinating ghost stories of San Francisco Chinatown, stories rooted in the actual, bizarre, chilling, and sometimes brutal events and conditions that brought these stories into being. Watch as they walk Chinatown’s alleyways connecting Chinese supernatural folklore going back thousands of years and the historical and cultural context of the Chinese immigrant experience.

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It’s time to pick a winner!

Late Summer, maybe Fall, ehh TBA

Featuring “Mommallia” by Jennifer Gallagher, “Pinball the Musical!” by Derek Lipkin, and “SINergy” by Liz Baker, Sang S. Kim and

After 3 rounds of online competition, our three finalists will have 15 minutes each to pitch their original musical LIVE to our panel of judges. The winner will get thier show produced by Awesome Theatre.


“When the hunger for justice means you’re on the menu.”

Fall 2021

Written By J. Elliot Mendez

Directed by Nikki Meñez

While trying to outrun the apocalypse, four strangers hunker down in an all-but-abandoned house for the night. As the world ends outside, the secrets of each, Dakota – a suburban mom, Argentina – a grassroots political activist, and Milwaukee – the group’s gun-toting self-proclaimed protector, come crawling out and pulling at the ties that bind them together. But one by one they realize that Cincinnati hides the most dangerous secret, and that it may come back to bite them. With time running out to make a final run for the safe zone, these unlikely allies will first have to answer the question that looms; “is it us or THEM?”


The devil’s in the details — and their house.

Fall 2021

Written by Allison Page
Directed by Jan Gilbert 

Abby and Norman Kristoff have impulsively moved away from their steady lives in Sacramento to a cabin in Moorestown, New Jersey, sight unseen. Thankfully, the quirky locals know everything there is to know: where to eat, what to do, and who’s had a run-in with the Jersey Devil, a centuries-old horse-headed beast with hooves, claws, bat wings, and a bad attitude. The Kristoff’s invested everything they have into their new home and they’ll fight for it, tooth and nail. And they’ll need everything they’ve got because when the devil comes knocking, he rarely comes alone.


2021 Artist-In-Residence

Alexandria Love

Alexandria is a stand-up comedian, writer, and performer from Oakland, California. She has been performing all over California since graduating from college in 2014. She’s performed at every major club in the Bay Area including SF Punchline, Cobb’s Comedy Club, and the San Jose Improv. She’s been a part of the following festivals: SF’s Comedy Day (2018), SF SketchFest (2018, 2019 and 2020), Out of Bounds in Austin, TX (2019), Silicon Valley Comic Con (2018, 2019), and South by Southwest (2019).

She’s been written about in the SF Chronicle multiple times, once referring to her as a “stand-out” for the Comedy Day Celebration. She was also voted as a “Comedian to Watch” by the SFist in 2019. Oakland residents might know her as the 19-time winner of Tourettes Without Regrets Haiku Battle. She has recently signed on to be a contributor for SF’s Awesome Theatre hour where she creates historical storytelling videos in a segment called Drunkaturgy. She has a M.A. in Communications from USF. You can see more of her writing at hereswhythatsfunny.com


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I Broke The Looking Glass

A Short Film written by Puja Tolton

Directed by Phil Wong  

Eddy is on an epic quest… to get her shit together.

Times are strange and Eddy is cracking up. She’s lost her job, her housemate is mad at her, and long avoided family issues have peaked their ugly head. After one bad day leads to an overdue breakdown, Eddy falls into a fantasy realm that looks suspiciously like our own. Will her quest through this fantastic world help her face her fears and go to therapy? Or will she give up and become the Dark Lord’s social media manager? Featuring catcalling dragons, wise goblins, hip half-orcs, and licensed therapists (who also happen to be elves). Written by Awesome theatre’s 2020 artist in residence, “I Broke the Looking Glass” is a funny and sincere love letter to Oakland, Nerd Culture, and Self Care. 


Featuring: Alicia Piemme Nelson, Charlie Gray, Puja Tolton, Sango Tajima, and Troy Rockett, 

Puppets created by Shadow Circus Creature Theatre

Soundtrack by Suits of Steel


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Awesome Theatre’s Socially Distanced Halloween Special and Fundraise-A-Thon

Wednesday, October 28, 7 PM
Awesome Theatre’s YouTube Channel

Join us for a special online event! “The Awesome Theatre Socially Distanced Halloween Special Fundraise-A-Thon” promises to be a hilarious and entertaining evening benefiting our 2021 lineup of online and live productions.  Watch the entire staff of Awesome Theatre attempt to put on a super-spooky telethon hosted by clown legend Sara “Toby” Moore and our 2019 Artist in Residence, Kaylamay Paz Suarez, loud punk rock by our “Haunted House Band”, THE CREEPY CRAWLIES, and a cavalcade of circus, music, poetry, burlesque, and comedy acts, a kickass online silent auction and the unveiling of our 2021 lineup! 





Marc Pomerleau (Fighting History of SF Chinatown) returns with Chinatown legend Cynthia Yee to regale you with true stories of grisly murders, hauntings, and terror on the streets and alleyways of Chinatown.

Bay Area Comedian Alexandria Love is back with a special and “Spooky AF” edition of DRUNKATURGY. This episode covers The Zodiac Killer, the SS Hornet, and other terrifying tales that go well with whiskey.

It would be illegal to call this a Halloween Special without Awesome Theatre’s beloved scream queen and TERROR-RAMA horror-host, MISS SINDIE CHOPPER. She’s rolling in with a coffin full of fun and a very special performance guaranteed to tickle your depraved fancies.

Why are two of the coolest people / playwrights in SF being interviewed by our casting director on a special that is also announcing our 2021 lineup of plays and digital content? We’re sure those things have nothing to do with eachother, but tune in just in case.

JUSTICE NEVER SLEEPS, unless it’s naptime or after 9PM. Direct from AwesomeTown, “Judge Judy Blume: Distance Learning Edition” brings law and order to the virtual playground. Featuring Nora Doane.

One of the coolest people we know, DeMarcello Funes, is rising from the grave to give a bone-chilling performance featuring freaky finger magic and hambone. WARNING: This performance may scare your dog.

Rob Ready goes on a search for the legendary PianoFight Theatre Ghost.

Joyce Lee is an award winning poet, writer, and storyteller from Oakland, Ca. She has performed all over the world, toured with NPR’s Snap Judgement, and for some incredible reason, is willing to perform on our show. We’re pretty excited about it.


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You New Favorite Musical Part 3

Thursday, August 27, 2020, at 8 pm
On the Awesome Theatre YouTube Channel

The Awesome Theatre Hour presents YOUR NEW FAVORITE MUSICAL! It’s a musical competition in which two writing teams pitch their original musical to our panel of celebrity judges (think the Voice meets Shark Tank). The winner goes on to fight for a chance to get their show produced by us! Entertainment for you, opportunities for writers, and a show for us. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN scenario!

On our penultimate episode of Your New Favorite Musical you’re going to want to grab a drink, because our musical contestants will have you sipping your cocktail and downing shots all in the same night (please drink responsibly). SINergy, The Musical walks us through the dangers and hilarity of working for a demonic corporation, literally. On the flip side, Yer Darn Tootin will take us on a soothing cruise sipping our martini’s, while we listen to the jazzy tunes inspired by the musical stylings of the 1930s. Tune in at 8pm, August 27rd to find out who will join the ranks of our fabulous finalists.


THE PITCHES

SINERGY

Music and Lyrics by Mike Osgood and Liz Baker, Book by Sang S. Kim

In SINergy, the Musical, we follow our naive new hire, Liz, and jaded re-hire, Mike, as they quest to get from the bottom to top of the secretive and sinisterly demonic corporation, Exicorp Inc. Together, this business duo will sacrifice for their goals, perservere for their dreams, and maybe do some murder to travel through the Seven Floors of Business and escape the dangerous trials set in place for them, all while trying not to spill their morning cup of joe. Exicorp is here to cause turmoil for our heroes BUT wants to make sure we play it all by the book, because the book is GOD/important so please sign off these NDAs because it’s all about being transparent you know?

SINergy – “You should have quit while you had the chance.”


YER DARN TOOTIN

By Dennis Finnegan and Johny Blood

Singer/guitarist/composer Dennis Finnegan and poet/tuba player Johny Blood met while working at a classical music festival in Wyoming. They formed a song-writing partnership in the Tin Pan Alley and Brill Building traditions. Their Americana band Along Came Jones performed throughout the Bay Area and released two albums.  They began performing songs mixed with monologues as The Book of Jones at cafés and bookstores around the Bay Area.  Joined by performers Juliana Sorem and Kathy Sparling, they presented a full-length piece called “Adam & Eve on a Raft” at the Fringe Festival in 2018, which was awarded best of the SF Fringe for that year.  However, their dream has long been to create a 30s style musical which is set, like so many great musicals, on a ship.  “Yer Darn Tootin’” is their tribute to Preston Sturges, George S. Kaufman, Cole Porter and the Gershwin Brothers.


YOUR HOSTS

Wonder Dave is a comedian, writer, pro-wrestling commentator, and all-around swell human. His favorite musical is “Hair”. You can find him online at wonderdave.org and on social media @teamwonderdave

Tirumari Jothi is a geeky stand-up comedian, improviser, sketch comedian, and actor based in the Bay Area and has performed at a variety of venues around California and the country. His favorite musical is “The Music Man.”


YOUR JUDGES

Nikki Meñez– Director, YouthAware Program Director for NCTC. Casting Director for Awesome Theatre
Leslie Waggoner-Choreographer and Director (Ray of Light, Custom Made Theatre, BAM.)
Dave Moschler– Conductor and Artistic Director at Awesöme Orchestra Collective


Your New Favorite Musical Part 3

Hosted by Wonder Dave and Tirumari Jothi

Celebrity Judges: Nikki Menez, Dave Moeschler, and Leslie Waggoner

Contestants: “Yer Darn Tootin” by Dennis Finnegan and Johny Blood , and SINERGY by Liz Baker, Mike Osgood, and Sang S. Kim

Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 8pm on Awesome Theatre’s YouTube Channel


WATCH IT HERE!


Did you miss the Round 2? Watch it here!

Your New Favorite Musical PART 2

Thursday, August 13, 2020, at 8 pm
On the Awesome Theatre YouTube Channel

The Awesome Theatre Hour presents YOUR NEW FAVORITE MUSICAL! It’s a musical competition in which two writing teams pitch their original musical to our panel of celebrity judges (think the Voice meets Shark Tank). The winner goes on to fight for a chance to get their show produced by us! Entertainment for you, opportunities for writers, and a show for us. It’s a WIN-WIN-WIN scenario!

Next up on Your New Favorite Musical is an episode filled with mothers, babies and…weasels? Well…yup,, that’s right. Tune in on July 14th at 8pm PST to find whether these babies will “pop goes the weasel.” One thing’s for sure is you don’t want to nap on this episode filled with hilarious hijinks, touching moments, and dare we say…DRAMA.


THE PITCHES

MOMMALIA

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jennifer Gallagher

From the mandolin player and vocalist for the nationally acclaimed Americana band “Run Boy Run” comes a brand new musical, “MOMMALLIA”. This all original comedy/drama tells the story of three new mothers whose lives intertwine when they decide to form a “nanny share”. Filled with relatable moments of connection and hilarity, this musical will have you rolling from start to finish as you witness the women navigate the early days of sleep deprivation and longing for some “alone time.” Though the story draws you in with its comedic timing, you’ll stay for the more contemplative exploration of race, class, and privilege as it pertains to motherhood. Whether or not you are a mother, have a mother, or know a mother, this musical is enjoyable for all. 


Weasels

Book, Music, and Lyrics by David G. Smith

Weasels is a musical romp through the violent world of being a weasel. A competition for the year’s best weasel is hastily interrupted by Adoreselle, a young curious weasel who wants nothing else but to find magic in their measly world.

‘Better than it should be” – World Weasel News.


YOUR HOSTS

Wonder Dave is a comedian, writer, pro-wrestling commentator, and all-around swell human. His favorite musical is “Hair”. You can find him online at wonderdave.org and on social media @teamwonderdave

Tirumari Jothi is a geeky stand-up comedian, improviser, sketch comedian, and actor based in the Bay Area and has performed at a variety of venues around California and the country. His favorite musical is “The Music Man.”


Your Judges

Nikki Meñez– Director, YouthAware Program Director for NCTC. Casting Director for Awesome Theatre
Leslie Waggoner-Choreographer and Director (Ray of Light, Custom Made Theatre, BAM.)
Dave Moschler– Conductor and Artistic Director at Awesöme Orchestra Collective


Your New Favorite Musical Part 2

Hosted by Wonder Dave and Tirumari Jothi

Celebrity Judges: Nikki Menez, Dave Moeschler, and Leslie Waggoner

Contestants: Weasels by David G. Smith, and MOMMALIA by Jennifer Sandoval

Thursday, Augusrt 13, 2020 at 8pm on Awesome Theatre’s YouTube Channel


WATCH IT HERE

Your New Favorite Musical Part 1

The Awesome Theatre Hour returns July 23 with Part 1 of YOUR NEW FAVORITE MUSICAL! It’s a musical competition in which two writing teams pitch their original musical to our panel of celebrity judges. The winner goes on to fight for a chance to get their show produced. Hosted by the hilarious duo of Wonder Dave and Tirumari Jothi. 


Your Writers:

“Color Your World” 

Music and Lyrics by Christian Cantrell, Book by Terry Amara Borero

“Young Natalia faces adversity and overcomes it with help of the Colors and Gigi. She learns several truths: friendship matters, imagination can overcome, and keeping a happy thought is an act of courage. Act 2 takes place 25 years later and Natalia is a college grad, struggling to put her life together. Are the lessons she learned from Gigi and the Colors still applicable or was it child’s play?”




“Pinball The Musical” 

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Derek Lipkin.

“You may have played pinball, but have you ever wondered what life is like “under the glass”? Now, you can! Experience the thrilling sights and sounds of a pinball adventure with Pinball! The Musical, a new Broadway-style show about one pinball trying to save the day. You will simply flip for this show! Just don’t tilt!”




Your Judges:

Nikki Meñez– Director, YouthAware Program Director for NCTC. Casting Director for Awesome Theatre
Leslie Waggoner-Choreographer and Director (Ray of Light, Custom Made Theatre, BAM.)
Dave Moschler– Conductor and Artistic Director at Awesöme Orchestra Collective


Your Hosts:

Wonder Dave is a comedian, writer, pro-wrestling commentator, and all-around swell human. His favorite musical is “Hair”. You can find him online at wonderdave.org and on social media @teamwonderdave

Tirumari Jothi is a geeky stand-up comedian, improviser, sketch comedian, and actor based in the Bay Area and has performed at a variety of venues around California and the country. His favorite musical is “The Music Man.”



The Awesome Theatre Hour Presents: Your New Favorite Musical Part 1 (of 3)

Hosted by Wonder Dave and Tirumari Jothi

Celebrity Judges: Dave Moschler, Leslie Waggoner, and Nikki Meñez

Featuring: “Color Your World” by Christian Cantrell and Terry Amara Borero and “Pinball The Musical” by Derek Lipkin

Premieres July 23, 8 PM PST


WATCH IT HERE

The Awesome Theatre Hour Presents: The Fighting History of Chinatown

Stunning Stories of Audacious Resilience

Thursday, July 9, 8 PM PST

Facebook Live and YouTube

This summer, “The Awesome Theatre Hour” RETURNS with six brand spanking new episodes, featuring ALL NEW CONTENT! Starting in June, on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 8PM, tune in to Facebook for a wonderfully weird time. Hosted by Awesome Theatre’s Artistic Director, Colin Johnson.

Our next episode takes one of the most popular and notorious tours in San Francisco and brings it into your home. “The Fighting History of San Francisco’s Chinatown- Stunning Stories of Audacious Resilience” starring local writer and lecturer, Marc Pomerleau is a fascinating virtual tour of Chinatown like you’ve never seen. Based on his award-winning Airbnb experience, The Fighting History of SF Chinatown takes you back to the birth of the first and largest Chinatown in the United States and tours you through stories of brutality, beauty, resilience, and sheer audacity and creativity that have enabled the Chinese to survive and thrive against the odds. From the Tong Wars of the 1800s, The Chinese Exclusion Act and relentless racism, to Bruce Lee’s battles in the bay area, and the gang wars and Triad presence of modern-day, this tour promises to transform the way you see San Francisco and the Chinese immigrant experience forever. 


The Awesome Theatre Hour

Hosted by Colin Johnson
Featuring “The Fighting History of SF Chinatown: Stunning Stories of Audacious Resilience” Written and performed by Marc Pomerleau
Thursday, July 9, 8 PM PST
Facebook Live and YouTube


WATCH IT HERE