For our end-of-year giving campaign, East West Players (EWP) presents stories from our diverse community of supporters, who share about their involvement and why they give to support EWP.
Doing the classics at East West Players
by Amy Hill
I had been trained in classical theater at ACT in San Francisco and also throughout my high school years. Outside of high school productions, I was never given an opportunity to play much besides the stereotypical people of color roles like a housekeeper or nursemaid. I was heavily involved with both the Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle (formerly the Asian Exclusion Act) and the Asian American Theatre Company (formerly the Asian American Theater Workshop) in San Francisco.
My first stop after arriving in Los Angeles in 1987 was East West Players. EWP has always afforded me opportunities to explore, expand and challenge myself as a playwright, actor, and director. My solo performances all premiered there and went on the further acclaim elsewhere. EWP supports new plays by Asian Pacific Islander playwrights, but also gives actors an opportunity to do classics by established playwrights.
My first EWP production was Tennessee Williams’ Hello From Bertha—a one act I was sure to NEVER have a chance to be cast in—for the role of a southern prostitute stricken with syphilis. Right? This was exciting stuff. I hope there is no archival evidence because I shudder to think how over the top I was. I did, however, thoroughly enjoy myself.
I credit EWP for always supporting me while keeping grounded to what I love—being an artist. The industry can be rewarding but often numbing to artistic expression. Thank goodness we have a home like EWP to do what we love. We have to support them in return. Please consider them in your end-of-year giving.
Amy Hill’s television and film credits number over 150. She is recently recurring on “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”, “UnReal”, “The Great Indoors”, and “MOM”. She’s a regular on “Just Add Magic” on Amazon Prime, which is currently streaming the first season and is set to release seasons 2 and 3 in early 2017.