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East West Players publicly acknowledges the pain that is coursing through the veins of this country and welling up in our hearts. Today, we stand in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters as they have stood by us and acknowledge that for them this threat of violence is, and has been, unrelenting and constant.

Let us grieve together, let us speak out together, and let us lift each other up. Let us do so safely, however let us not be distracted from the issue at hand – the injustice and the violence that is inflicted daily on Black lives in this country.

Though the cycle of oppression of communities of color in this country did not start with us, our hope is that it ends with us.


Snehal Desai
Producing Artistic Director

Watch: #EWPGala! Dress up from the waist up, sing along, and enjoy the full show .

Celebrating our 54th season in times of social distancing, East West Players proudly presents the fist virtual edition of our Visionary Awards and Gala, saluting the work of longtime EWP board member Daniel Mayeda, screenwriter and producer Adele Lim, and the generous support of The Aratani Foundation.

Keep us going, until we meet again.

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#WashTheHate – Campaign launched March 18, aims to “combat the rising tide of hatred.” Formed by IW Group, an Asian American communications agency, and Asian American artists, leaders, and influencers, the hashtag campaign gives victims a voice, raises awareness, and presents a united front against racism related to the coronavirus.