East West Players
invites you to
One Night Only: EWP Night Market
Celebrating Gedde Watanabe and Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas

Saturday, September 15, 2018

5:30PM VIP Night Market – EARLY ACCESS
6:00PM General Admission to Night Market
7:30PM Performances Begin

One Night Only is our season kick-off event. The theme is “EWP Night Market” and will include tasting stations with dishes from our favorite local restaurants,
followed by an evening of performances featuring stellar Asian American talent!

One Night Only is a benefit performance. All proceeds support East West Players’ Mainstage and educational programs.

Online sales are closed for this event. A limited quantity of balcony tickets ($125) are available at registration beginning at 5:00 p.m. today Saturday 9/15. All forms of payment are accepted.



$5,000 Package – SOLD OUT
–      VIP theatre seating for 10 in premium orchestra section
–      VIP early access to Night Market, a glass of champagne per guest and hosted drinks at the bar
–      A thank-you from the stage during ONO
–      Recognition in our event program card
–      A special gift for all 10 guests in your party

$3,500 Package – SOLD OUT
–      VIP theatre seating for 8 in premium orchestra section
–      VIP early access to Night Market, a glass of champagne per guest and hosted drinks at the bar
–      A thank-you from the stage during ONO
–      Recognition in our event program card

$1,200 Package – SOLD OUT
–      VIP theatre seating for 4 in premium orchestra section
–      VIP early access to Night Market, a glass of champagne per guest and hosted drinks at the bar
–      Recognition in our event program card


$250 VIP ticket – SOLD OUT
–      VIP theatre seating in premium orchestra section
–      VIP early access to Night Market, a glass of champagne per guest and hosted drinks at the bar

$200 Orchestra ticket – SOLD OUT
–      Seating in orchestra section
–      Hosted drinks at the bar

$125 Balcony ticket
–      Seating in the balcony
–      2 drink tickets per guest

I cannot attend, but wish to make a tax-deductible donation – CLICK HERE

Gold Sponsors
Aratani Family Foundation
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

Silver Sponsors
Randall & Mari Tamura

Bronze Sponsors
Blackwell, Gonzales, Palomo
Blackwell, Ballaret, Sanchez
Suellen Cheng & Munson A. Kwok
Kai & Maria Chorng
Marilynn Fong
Carmen Smith
Tenor By Night | The Musical tenorbynight.com
Lynn Waggoner
Jeff Yang

Tasting Stations include signature dishes from our favorite local restaurants/vendors, including:

Restaurant Sponsors
AFC Soy Foods
Angel City Brewery
Buttery Popcorn Co.
Cafe Dulce
Cafe Demitasse
Far Bar
Hakata Ikkousha Ramen
The Park’s Finest
Prime Pizza
Sake Dojo
Twinkle Brown Sugar

BAE Little Tokyo
IW Group
Mark Jue
Rose & Warren Loui
Daniel M. Mayeda
Shakas Hawaiian Bar and Grill
Starry Kitchen
Peter Shimamoto
Visual Communications
Jeff Yang


Gedde Watanabe, who has been acting since 1974, is a member of the original Broadway cast of Pacific Overtures (1976), originating the roles of Priest, Girl, and The Boy. He has since appeared in a number of films and television series, and is known for playing Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles (1984), playing Hiroshi in Sesame Street (1988 to 1991), voicing Ling in the Disney animated film Mulan (1998), and having a recurring role as Yoshi Takata on NBC’s ER (1998 to 2002). Most recently, he played Zaza in East West Players’ production of La Cage aux Folles (2015).



Hon. Mark Ridley Thomas has been re-elected twice to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors since being elected in 2008. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas previously served the 26th District in the California State Senate, where he chaired the Senate’s Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development; served as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus (2008); and led the Caucus in unprecedented levels of cooperation and collaboration with counterparts in the Latino and Asian-Pacific Islander Legislative Caucuses. He has served with distinction on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly a dozen years and has served two terms in the California State Assembly. His extensive career and legislative work has addressed economic and workforce development, healthcare, public safety, education, budget accountability, consumer protection, and civic participation.




Mouzam Makkar can be seen playing the series regular role of Loni Kampoor in the new ABC drama The Fix, co-written by Marcia Clark, premiering in 2019. She was last seen in the series regular role of Britney in the NBC comedy Champions, created by Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy. Other TV credits include recurring roles in The Exorcist (Fox), The Vampire Diaries (CW), The Following (Fox), and Chicago Fire (NBC). Film credits include She’s in Portland and Freelancers Anonymous, both premiering in 2018.



Rachna Khatau is currently recurring on Bizaardvark (Disney), and recently appeared on The Big Bang Theory and a comedy pilot, both for CBS. Previously, she was seen recurring as Sondra on Baby Daddy (Freeform). At East West Players, Rachna was in the world premieres of A Nice Indian Boy and Washer/Dryer. She was published in “Good Girls Marry Doctors,” a book of essays by South Asian American women. Her 2-woman sketch comedy show, MR. (with the period), has performed to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago.



Tess Paras is a Los Angeles-based writer and actress. She currently recurs as “Jayma Chan” on the CW’s Crazy-Ex Girlfriend (featuring the first Filipino American family on TV) and is most recognized for her role as “Dana Tomas” on NBC’s hit drama, Grimm (introducing the first Filipino American storyline on primetime television). Tess also starred in the ABC Digital sketch comedy series, “The Gaggle” and recurs on “Take My Wife” on Seeso. She wrote and produced for Fusion Comedy, the digital comedy pod of the Fusion cable network.




Deedee Magno Hall is an Ovation Award winner for lead actress in a musical for the role of Diana in East West Players’ Next to Normal. She is currently the voice of Pearl on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. Theater credits: If/Then (Broadway & US National Tour), Kim in Miss Saigon (Broadway, 2nd US National Tour & Asian Tour), Nessarose in Wicked (1st US National Tour), Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy (East West Players). TV & Film credits: Original cast of Disney Channel’s New Mickey Mouse Club, Third Watch, Dellaventura, Rear Window, Face, Sister Act 2. Recordings: Original member of Hollywood Records’ pop group, The Party, and co-founder of mommy singing group, Mama Bares.
Twitter: @DeedeeMagnoHall & @Mama_Bares
Instagram: @deedeemagnohallofficial

Los Angeles based, British born, Paulette Ivory originated the role of Nala in London’s The Lion King, played the title role of Aida in Elton John and Disney’s Aida on the National US tour. She was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for best lead actress and winner of a Carbonell Award. Paulette performed at the Kennedy Center after being nominated for her role as Aida. Other theatre credits: Fela (Broadway, National Theater UK and world tour) playing Sandra Izsadore, produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay Z; Purlie (NAACP nomination for best lead actress); Ragtime Sarah (LA); Blues in the Night (US & London); A Woman of No Importance (Royal Shakespeare Co); Baby It’s You; Smokey Joe’s Café; The Hot Mikado. TV/film credits include: Criminal Minds, The Young And The Restless, Numb3rs, Girlfriends, Strong Medicine, Doctors, Eastenders, Lords Of Dogtown. Paulette wrote and starred in her first short film, In Destiny’s hands, and has a web series called My life lesson. She was honored with the key to the City Of Birmingham Alabama while performing as Aida. www.Pauletteivory.com Instagram & Twitter: @pauletteivory

Marcel Licera is a former Nat’l Teen LEGO Brickbuilder Champion of the Philippines. He recently performed in Joseph and Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob/Potiphar). Prior to that, in Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth). Last year, he was in two Stage Raw top 10 picks: Pacific Overtures (Lord Abe) and FUGU (originated role of Capt. Matsuoka). Selected notable roles: Lion (Wizard of Oz), King (King and I) and Engineer (Miss Saigon). Offstage, he’s a USPS mailman and on hiatus as MFT intern.



Anthea Neri is an Actress, Singer, Human Empowerment Ambassador, and the cohost of “Pretty Rich Podcast.” She is honored to have been a part of East West Players Ovation Award- winning musical Next to Normal! Recently, she has appeared in VOTE at The Rockwell; Iceland at the Ford Amphitheater; a reading of the new rock musical Tiananmen, directed by Stafford Arima; the award-winning Calico Buffalo; and the off-Broadway comedy Discenchanted. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and is proud to have worked with David Byrne, Fatboy Slim, Tony Award-winning Alex Timbers, and Broadway legend Baayork Lee. Instagram: @officialanthea


Araceli Prasarttongosoth made her broadcast TV debut last year on the season one finale of “Lethal Weapon” on FOX. This year, you may have seen her with George Takei in the short film “American” or as Ngana in the McCoy/Rigby production of “South Pacific” at the La Mirada Theatre. This fall, she will recur as Kim on the animated series “Super Wings” on Universal Kids. Araceli is always happy to be back at East West Players, her theater home since “The Who’s Tommy.” She attends a Mandarin dual language immersion school and she is working toward her black belt in the Korean martial art hapkido.


At the age of seven, Forrest Wheeler turned his attention to the world of making people laugh in one of his earliest acting jobs, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” playing opposite Steve Buscemi. He performed on commercials and TV/web series “Community,” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II,” “Disney Jr. Sophia the First,” etc., before landing a role as a series regular on the ABC hit comedy series “Fresh Off The Boat.” He plays Emery, the cool, sportive, romantic, and lovable middle child of the Huang family, along with his TV parents Randall Park and Constance Wu. In 2015, Forrest was nominated for “The Best Child Actor of the Year” by Vulture TV Awards. In the same year, Entertainment Weekly included Forrest in the “12 Under 12: The Best Child Actors of 2015.” Recently, The Hollywood Reporter named him among “Hollywood’s Top 30 Stars Under Age 18”. When Forrest is not filming and studying, he loves to participate and advocate for charity events benefiting children in need.
Twitter & Instagram: @wheeler_forrest
Facebook: ForrestWheelerPage

Kristina Wong is a performance artist, writer, comedian, and with your vote, a future disgraced politician. After touring the world with original stage and guerrilla performances, she realized her artful spectacles could no longer compete with the shock of real life. Therefore, Kristina has decided to move her performances onto the political stage and run for public office before 2030 or when the country implodes (whichever comes first). This is Kristina Wong for Public Office.



Hudson Yang has named by Variety, The Wrap and other publications as a rising star to watch in young Hollywood. Yang was cast as Henry in the independent feature The Sisterhood of Night (2014,) and then tried out for Fresh Off the Boat, leading to Yang’s unexpected big break playing the irrepressible protagonist, Eddie. Over the course of four seasons to date, Yang’s performance has garnered him multiple NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Youth, and Teen Choice Awards nominations as Choice Scene Stealer in 2016 and Outstanding TV Comedy Actor in 2017 and 2018. Yang has also appeared on Family Guy; Disney’s Sophia the First, Liv and Maddie, and The Lion Guard; and PBS’s Cyberchase. He starred in indie rapper Jason Chu’s acclaimed music video Marvels as Chu’s younger self, and was cast in Orange Is the New Black co-executive producer Lauren Morelli’s directorial debut, Hum, opposite Samira Wiley (Poussey on OITNB).

Grace Yoo was last seen on the EWP stage as ‘Nan Goto’ in the Los Angeles premiere of Allegiance at JACCC’s Aratani Theatre, and has gone to appear in its East Coast Regional Premiere as ‘Kei Kimura’ on the SpeakEasy Stage. Other EWP credits include La Cage aux Folles (with the wonderful Gedde Watanabe being honored) and Takarazuka!!! www.graceyoo.info



If you are unable to attend, but would still like to support East West Players’ artistic and educational programs, consider making a tax-deductible donation online.

EWP Night Market
Photos and video by Steven Lam.


CLICK HERE to see more photos from EWP Night Market, held on September 15, 2018.