Wednesday, December 18, 2013

OSF FAIR Assistant Directorship

Kicking off 2014, I'll be at Oregon Shakepseare Festival fulfilling an Assistant Directorship for The Sign in Sidney Brunstein's Window as part of their FAIR program.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

By Lorraine Hansberry 
directed by Juliette Carrillo
assistant director Peter J. Kuo
Angus Bowmer Theatre

February 15 - July 3, 2014 

More info on OSF's website.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Ivy + Bean The Musical

Ivy + Bean The Musicalbook, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen
based on the books by Annie Barrows
illustrated by Sophie Blackall
directed by Marya Mazor
assistant director Peter J. Kuo
Julianne Argyros Stage
November 9, 2013 - November 25, 2013

Ivy and Bean Logo

Ivy is all about ideas; she loves to read. Bean is all about action; she loves to be the center of attention. How could these two second-graders become inseparable friends? Just wait! When they get together, the result is mischief, occasional chaos and non-stop laughter. Along the way, hidden within their plotting and planning, are wonderful lessons about friendship and family.

More info on SCR's website.

Elia Saldana and Sammi Smith in Ivy + Bean The Musical

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Audiences & Reviewers Responses to Cowboy Versus Samurai

"... charming and unexpectedly moving comedy... bolstered by a deft cast (Feodor Chin, Julia Cho, Daniel Vincent Gordh, and West Liang) and thoughtful direction by Peter J. Kuo, whose sound design elements (credited to Felix Lau) add layers to the text and make it uniquely theatrical." (full blog post)
- Prince Gomovillas, Bamboo Nation
"Don't miss your chance to see Artists at Play's marvelous production of Michael Golamco's Cowboy Versus Samurai... the play is a clever and poignant re-telling of Cyrano de Bergerac with an Asian American twist." (full blog post)
- Angry Asian Man
"... many comic moments, some poignant moments and some seriously introspective scenes... A wonderfully crafted study of the universal need for acceptance, understanding and love." (full review)

- Jose Ruiz,

"The play was REALLY funny, and really well done; the monologues blended well with the story and it really made you think about your own 'preferences,' and how you see yourself in the world." (full blog post)
- Starchaserxoxo, Tumblr
"Just saw 's production of Cowboy Versus Samurai. LOVED IT. " (original tweet)
- @AngryAsianMan, Twitter
   "COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI : Heartfelt, Hilarous, Hella Entertaining. Kudos to Artists at Play."
- Trieu T., Facebook
"Awesome opening night for 's COWBOY VS SAMURAI: Superb cast, lots of laughs and surprises! People, if you're in LA, check it out!" (original tweet
- @MichaelGolamco, Twitter

"I loved the show.  It was both funny and moving."
- Greg W., Facebook
"Congrats ! This is definitely a winner. " (original tweet)
- @jullylee, Twitter

"Love this play and you guys did a GREAT job with it!"
- Ken N., Facebook

Daniel Vincent Gordh and West Liang in Cowboy Versus Samurai
"As an Asian American woman who married a Caucasian man, I can empathize w Veronica Lee. was great last night. " (original tweet
- @MarvelGee, Twitter
"A dream cast that seemed to perform together seamlessly."
- Rodney K., Facebook
"140 characters cannot properly convey how much I loved 's production of Cowboy Vs Samurai. Hilarious and poignant. " (original tweet)
- @bubblegirljulz, Twitter
"COWBOY VERSUS SAMURAI was excellent. Refreshing, funny, compelling, and relevant..."
- Charles K., Facebook
" was wonderful. The script is funny, and , , , & were awesome. You should go see it!" (original tweet)
- @Ardentadmirer, Twitter
- @TimothyTau, Twitter
"Loved #AACvsS !! Super well written and touching story!!! Thank you for the amazing night @AAPlay :)" (original tweet)
- @MAO0525, Twitter
"I really enjoyed tonight's preview. Congratulations and have a great opening!"
- Rona M., Facebook
Julia Cho and Feodor Chin in Cowboy Versus Samurai

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Peter J. Kuo Directs Cowboy Versus Samurai

Artists at Play presents

Cowboy Versus Samurai

You can hide from love for so long before it smacks you across the face.


NOW - Oct. 20

Fridays/Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Rosenthal Theater at Inner-City Arts

720 Kohler St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021 (map)

TICKETS $15 - $25 ~ To purchase online:

In this modern re-imagining of Cyrano de Bergerac, Travis Park is a high school English teacher and L.A. transplant enjoying small-town life in Breakneck, Wyoming. He attends meetings for a two-member Asian American Alliance led by militant friend Chester. He hangs out with Caucasian friend Del who is trying to move out of his dad's house. Travis is content escaping big-city life ... until whip-smart, attractive Veronica Lee arrives from New York with her own dating preferences, which include guys like Del. Through irony and humor, Cowboy Versus Samurai exposes the social struggle of Asian Americans to find their place in the vast American landscape and with each other.
Watch the Cowboy Versus Samurai promo video!      

Cowboy Versus Samurai  
by Michael Golamco
Directed by Peter J. Kuo

Feodor Chin, Julia Cho, Daniel Vincent Gordh and West Liang

Set Design by Art Betanzos
Costume Design by Rachel Stivers
Lighting Design by Christopher Singleton
Sound Design by Felix Lau
Property Master Naomi Kasahara
Stage Manager Jennifer Perez

Production Manager Darlene Miyakawa
Assistant Director Julien Tan
Assistant Set Designer Sasha Monge
Fight Choreographer Tripp Pickell
Assistant Stage Manager Cat Betco 

Photo Credit: Feodor Chin, Julia Cho, Daniel Vincent Gordh and West Liang
in Cowboy Versus Samurai. Photos by Michael C. Palma.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Directing Reel

Here is a demo reel of my directing work:

Peter J. Kuo's Directing Reel

Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon
Produced by Yes, and ... Productions. (2012)

Featuring Julia Cho, Helen H. Ota, Michael C. Palma and Scott Keiji Takeda

Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren Yee
Produced by Artists at Play (2011)

Featuring Julia Cho, Elizabeth Ho, Stephen Hu, Ken Narasaki, Helen H. Ota and Scott Keiji Takeda

re:MiX'T by Kate Rigg
Produced by East West Players (2013)
A Youth Tour

Featuring Stephen Chang and Katy Tang

Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown
Produced by Yes, and ... Productions (2009)

Featuring Randy Guiaya, Myra Ocenar, Helen H. Ota and Michael C. Palma

Letters to a Student Revolutionary by Elizabeth Wong
Produced by Addword Productions (2009)

Featuring Carin Chea, Julia Cho, Edward Gunawan, Joon Lee, Nghia Lu, Ruffy Lundayan, Tina Tong and Sheila Tejada