As the first Asian American theater founded in 1965, East West Players and its history provide valuable account of Asian Pacific
American experience. The collection spans 1965 to 1992 and includes administrative files, financial records, and production
related files consisting of scripts, photographic material, programs, publicity, sound recordings and videos.
The East West Players theater company (EWP), located in Los Angeles, CA, was founded in 1965. EWP provides Asian Pacific actors,
writers, directors, and producers a forum for presenting their unique works from an Asian-Pacific-American perspective, with
productions ranging from traditional Asian theater forms to the Asian American experience to mainstream drama and musical
theater. The founders of EWP include artistic directors Mako, Rae Creevey, James Hong, June K. Lu, Guy Lee, Pat Li, Yet Lock,
Soon-Tek Oh, and Beulah Quo. EWP's second artistic director, Nobu McCarthy, who served from 1989 to 1993, encourged the participation
and inclusion of non-Asian actors in the theater group. The third and current artistic director, Tim Dang, started his appointment
113 boxes and 11 flat boxes (56 linear ft.)
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