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Theatre Rice

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Theatre Rice!
FoundedFall 1998
FounderDuy Nguyen
Michael David Cheng
TypeModern Asian-American Theatre Group
OriginsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Area served
Dedicated shows in UC Berkeley
External performances throughout the Bay Area
On-tour shows throughout California
24 (Fall 2014)
Key people
Delaney Woo, Producer

Alex Lee, Assistant Producer

Janae Spinato, Artistic Director
Ticket Sales, Merchandise

Theatre Rice is an ASUC sponsored theater group that conducts dedicated shows on the University of California, Berkeley campus regularly, performs externally throughout the San Francisco Bay area, and tours throughout California. Shows traditionally include improvisation, sketch comedy, drama, films, live music, adaptations, musicals, dances, and duologues. Other forms of performance have been featured as well.


Theatre Rice, the first modern Asian American theatre group at Berkeley, was started in the autumn of 1998. Since its conception, Theatre Rice has grown considerably, both artistically and physically. In the past several years, the group has begun to attract an increasingly larger audience and a greater membership. Theatre Rice has emerged from a relatively unknown group to a group whose performances have become an anticipated community event.


Theatre Rice was conceived to provide people (particularly, but not exclusively, Asian Americans) who might not otherwise have a chance to participate in theatrical arts the opportunity to act, write, sing, direct, dance, and learn behind-the-stage techniques. What sets Theatre Rice apart from other dramatic groups is its open and unintimidating environment, and the basic ethic that effort and commitment are more important than experience or innate talent. Because the group contains both seasoned and fledgling actors, there exists a healthy dynamic within which members can share their experiences and learn from each other.

The Asian American aspect of Theatre Rice is important because it is a step towards combating the misrepresentation, as well as the lack of representation, of the Asian American community in popular culture. By its mere existence, Theatre Rice is fulfilling its purpose of putting forth ideas that stem from the minds of Asian Americans, and therefore addressing the Asian American population as well as the greater community within Berkeley and beyond.

Charity work[edit]

A percentage of every show's profits goes to a charity or nonprofit organization, selected out of a pool of organizations usually submitted by the cast and alumni.[1] Organizations have traditionally been associated with Asian American and performing arts communities, such as the Asian American Theater Company, the API Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership, Youth For Asian Theatre, and the National Asian Women's Health Organization. More recent donations include Theatre Rhinoceros, the Japanese Red Cross in the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Direct Relief to help Hurricane Sandy survivors, and St. Baldrick's Foundation.

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Theatre Rice was voted Best On-Campus Acting Group by the Daily Cal's Best of Berkeley 2009 and Best Performance Group in the Best of Berkeley 2011.

Show history[edit]

Fall 2014 Showcase Show - Adventure Awaits

  • "Seven Deadly Sinprov" directed by Diego Marquez
  • No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, directed by Alex Liu, assistant directed by Christopher Yiu
  • "Kick Ass Canada (CT) directed by Alex Lee
  • "General Management directed by Erin Stoll

Fall 2014 Midsemester Show - Rated TR

  • Plenty of Emotional Tales (PE) directed by Isiah Regacho and Delaney Woo
  • Asian American One Acts directed by Alex Liu and Eric Zhao
  • Wrinkled Little Lambs (Duologues) directed by Nicco Marcus and Alex Lee
- "Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal" by Christopher Moore
- "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle
- "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • GM Joes directed by Christopher Yiu

Spring 2014 Showcase Show - What If

  • "McDonald's Breakfast Club Stand Up" directed by Mark Lee
  • "Becoming Adult" directed by Sara Sellami
- "It's All About Understanding" by Ka Kei Hon
- "Tears on Memory Lane" by Angie Warstler
- "Prison Break" by Clifton Ng
- "What I No Longer Feel" by Eric Zhao
- "A Day in the Life of" by Shivek Behl
  • "Beatrice" written and directed by Nicco Marcus
  • Graduating Members plus Janae (Tech and Transitions) directed by Diego Marquez

Spring 2014 Midsemester Show - Questionable Life Choices

  • "Live Long and Improv" directed by Isaac Long and Jessie Yen
  • "Banana Looniversahl" Adaptation directed by Janae Spinato and Alexander Wong
- "Words, Words, Words" by David Ives
- "The Universal Language" by David Ives
  • "Charismatic Troubadours (CT) directed by Alex Lee and Sameer Nayak
  • Gangsta Money (Tech & Transitions) directed by Alex Liu and Sara Sellami

Fall 2013 Showcase Show - Fancy That

  • "Scratch and Win-prov" directed by Jonathan Lee and Sam Lew
  • Neil Gaiman Adaptation directed by Ian Fun and Alex Liu
- "Don't Ask Jack" directed by Chris Lam, adapted by Jaimie Park
- "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" directed by André Adricula and Alex Liu, adapted by Ian Fun
- "Snow, Glass, Apples" directed by Nicco Marcus and Kyo Yohena, adapted by Nicco Marcus
  • Sketched Out (SCV) directed by William Tran and Amy Ma
  • To the Moon Adaptation directed by Clifton Ng, assistant directed by Delaney Woo
  • Girl with the Mango Tattoo (Tech & Transitions) directed by Alexander Wong

Fall 2013 Midsemester Show - License Revoked

  • "The Improvables" directed by Xiaohan Zhang
  • Final Drafts (OAT) directed by Alex Lee and Jess Ju
- "Burmese Restaurant" by Alexander Wong
- "Chinatown" by Simon Chen
- "Shopping Incident" by Alex Liu
- "The Relationship" by Jocelyn Chiou
- "Good Girls" by Rachel Yuen
- "Same Coin" by Nicco Marcus
  • "The Darkness Sings" written and directed by Ian Fun, assistant directed by Erin Stoll
  • Chicken Tea Party (CT) directed by Diego Marquez, assistant directed by Delaney Woo
  • Great Moose Lake (Tech & Transitions) directed by Ian Lin

Spring 2013 Showcase Show - Seal of Approval

  • "Shrimprov Poppers" directed by Jonathan Lee
  • "Hella Surreal" directed by Hærang Lee, assistant directed by Uriel Mendoza
- "Orange" by Duy Nguyen
- "Egalia's Astronauts" by Hærang Lee
- "Devil Deeds" by Uriel Mendoza
  • "The Merchant of Wall Street" directed by Alex Lee, assistant directed by Anne Chen, adapted from The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • "Fitton" directed by Erin Stoll and Ashley Gau, adapted from episode 6 of Cabin Pressure
  • Galaxy Molecules (Tech & Transitions) directed by Jose Gaspar

Spring 2013 Midsemester Show - Uncommon Sense

  • "How To Say I Love You" directed by Anne Chen, adapted from L'epreuve by Marivaux
  • "Love Lockdown" directed by Ian Fun and Irene Tu
- "Taylor & Dani"
- "Seth & Roxie"
- "Iris & Henry"
  • "trRecords" directed by Alexander Wong and Delia Zhao
  • "The IlluminaCT" directed by Diego Marquez
  • Gone Mad (Tech & Transitions) directed by Alex Liu and Chris Lam

Fall 2012 Showcase - Error 404

  • Physical Experimentation directed by José Gaspar and William Tran
  • "Save to Drafts" written and directed by Anne Chen and Justin Nguyen
  • "Good Game" directed by Ian Fun and Isaac Long
  • "Almost Maine" directed by Tiffany Sebastian
- "They Fell" by John Cariani
- "This Hurts" by John Cariani
- "Hear Heart" by John Cariani
  • Glorious Motherboard (Tech & Transitions) directed by Delaney Woo

Fall 2012 Midsemester Show - High Voltage

  • Improv directed by Xiaohan Zhang, assistant directed by Janae Spinato
  • Duologues directed by Christian Ting, assistant directed by Rosa Ma
- "Mulan" based on the Disney film
- "Mean Girls" based on the screenplay by Tina Fey
- "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" based on the film directed by Michel Gondry
  • "Double Murder" directed by Jess Ju, assistant directed by Tiffany Sebastian
- "Ron Bobby Had Too Big a Heart" by Rolin Jones
- "Double Murder" by Scott Klavan
- "Kitty the Waitress" by Christopher Durang
  • "Sex and the CT" directed by Kelly Ngai
  • Kimchi Burger (Tech & Transitions) directed by Lindsey Tee

Spring 2012 Showcase Show - Challenge Accepted

  • Experimental Pain Troupe directed Jonathan Villaluz, assistant directed by Hærang Lee
  • "Fairly Stupid Tales" directed by Tiffany Chiao and Jose Gaspar
  • "That's So Sketch" directed by Jason Keovichit and William Tran
  • "The Last Five Years" directed by Kim Do and Kelly Ngai
  • Grand Masters (Tech & Transitions) directed by Abby Panares

Spring 2012 Midsemester Show - Occupie

  • Improv directed by Mark Lee, assistant directed by Alex Ramirez
  • "Synchronized" directed by Isaac Long and Tiffany Chiao
  • "Cinemagic" directed by Charlie Nguyen and Christian Ting
  • "CT-For-Hire" directed by Jose Gaspar
  • Com-pie-licated (Tech & Transitions) directed by Delaney Woo and Gek Yong Keng

Fall 2011 Showcase Show

Fall 2011 Midsemester Show - Spellcheck

  • "Shaboomba!" directed by Paul Huang
  • Duologues directed by Abby Panares and Chris Tong
- "Peter & Wendy" based on the novel by J.M. Barrie
- "White Oleander" based on the novel by Janet Finch
- "The Last Days of Judas Iscariot" by Stephen Adly Guirgis
  • "The Art of Theatre Rice: A Docu-ART-ary" directed by Aileen Ma and William Tran
  • "For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls" by Christopher Durang directed by Isaac Long, assistant directed by Jess Ju
  • General Meeting (Tech & Transitions) directed by Tiffany Chiao and Lindsey Tee

Spring 2011 Showcase - Don't Touch That!

  • "Murder Mystery" Troupe directed by Mark Lee and Aileen Ma
  • "Awesome Troupe" (Monologues & One-Act) directed by Joy Regullano and Alan Uy
  • One-Act Troupe directed by Kelly Ngai
- 4AM (Open All Night) by Bob Krakower
- Devil in the Details
  • Short-Form Comedy Troupe directed by Rosa Ma
  • General Meeting (Tech & Transitions) directed by Anne Chen and Chihiro Hirai

Spring 2011 Midsemester Show - Instant Gratification!

  • Musical Improv directed by Mark Lee and Jordy Rose
  • David Ives Troupe directed by Jonathan Gu and Chihiro Hirai
English Made Simple
Sure Thing
  • Music Video Troupe directed by Jerry Lee and Jonathan Lee
  • American Born Chinese: based on the graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang directed by Jess Ju and Tom Liu
  • General Meeting (Tech & Transitions) directed by Alan Uy

Fall 2010 Showcase - Checkmate!

  • Duologues directed by Patricia Nguyen
- Captive Audience by David Ives
- Because I Wanted to Say by Sean O'Donnell
- Big Fish, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace
  • Stage Combat Troupe directed by Jonathan Lee
  • Musical Guest - Kenneth Ronquillo
  • Sketch Comedy Film Troupe directed by Alex Ramirez
  • From Rejection to Inception directed by Christian Ting and Abigail Panares
  • General Meeting (Tech & Transitions) directed by Natalie Friess and Paul Huang

Fall 2010 Midsemester Show - Right Angle

  • Ba-Bimprov-Bap Improv Troupe directed by Jonathan Lee and Rosa Ma
  • Wind-Up (film) directed by Jordy Rose
  • Experimental One-Act Troupe directed by Natalie Friess and Ching Ching Liu
- What Lies Beneath (original piece)
- Nighthawks (original piece)
  • Long-Form Comedy Troupe directed by Anne Chen and Kelly Ngai
  • General Meeting (Tech Transitions) directed by Paul Huang

Spring 2010 Showcase - Aged to Perfection

  • One-Act Troupe directed by Joy Regullano and Amanda Owyang
  • Music Video/Musical Stage Troupe directed by Jonathan Villaluz and Tom Liu
  • Strange Territories by Jim Chin directed by Jerry Lee and Ching Ching Liu
  • Short-Form Comedy Troupe directed by Jacek Wnuk and Jack Wang
  • General Meeting (Tech and Transition) directed by Jonathan Lee

Spring 2010 Midsemester Show - Spacebar

  • Improv Troupe directed by Jonathan Lee and Jerry Lee
  • One-Act Troupe directed by Chihiro Hirai and Sanket Alekar
- Monster (original piece)
- Isolation (original piece)
  • Variations on the Death of Trotsky by David Ives directed by Jonathan Villaluz and Ching Ching Liu
  • Long-Form Comedy Troupe directed by Kathleen Mendoza
  • General Meeting (Tech & Transitions) directed by Amanda Owyoung

Fall 2009 Showcase - Apocalypse: Later
Fall 2009 Midsemester Show - Local Warming
Spring 2009 Showcase - Lucky You
Spring 2009 Midsemester Show - Stimulus Package

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