making tracks
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concert of excellence
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In The Works Reading
In Association with Asian American International Film Festival
KILGORE by Eric Lin
Directed by Welly Yang
Wed June 25 @ 7 pm
The Rose Hall at the Asia Society

The Karaoke Show
Now through August!
Grand Karaoke Finals - June 26

Little Known Fact

How are Ang Lee and Welly Yang related?
They are both from Tainan, Taiwan. Ang Lee directed The Wedding Banquet-the film and Welly is producing The Wedding Banquet-the musical, which will be showing in Taiwan this August!

In The Works Reading Series - Now accepting submissions
Second Generation is accepting script submissions for their ongoing In The Works Reading Series. Scripts can be one-acts or full-length plays (NOT screenplays). Please send scripts as a word document to . Please limit submissions to one full-length script or two one-acts per author. If you have submitted your script before to 2g, please do not resubmit.
Submission deadline for 2003 is 2 weeks away: July 7, 2003.

Volunteer for the Concert of Excellence
Want to be involved in the Concert of Excellence at Lincoln Center on Dec. 1st? This highly anticipated follow-up event to last year's sold-out Carnegie Hall Concert with stars from Broadway and the screen needs key volunteers (marketing, production, community outreach, VIP handling and more!). Please contact Angela Lee () if you want to join this exciting production!

2g is looking for interns for the summer and fall. Please contact for more information.

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From the Editor's Desk
I hope you got a chance to catch Julie Danao's Something More at this year's first 2g After Dark at The Cutting Room. Julie charmed everyone with her powerful voice and even gave us a sample of her work on the guitar! Up ahead, we have our first In the Works Reading this year, Kilgore by Eric Lin, directed by Welly Yang. And of course, the Karaoke Idol Grand Finals at The Karaoke Show on June 26. Come cheer on the amazing contestants for the grand prize of 2 overseas Continental Airlines tickets this Thursday! Over in Asia, there is much excitement for our long anticipated new musical The Wedding Banquet. Ticketing information is available at ! Thanks to those who have e-mailed me already asking about them! Stay tuned for details! Spread the word!

Grace Leung, editor

Lyricist Brian Yorkey and composer Woody Pak (with Woody's son) at a Wedding Banquet reading in New York earlier this year.
  Behind the Scenes: The Wedding Banquet - Writing the Songs

Composing a musical is a long journey that involves many people. Leading the process for Second Generation's long anticipated new musical The Wedding Banquet are long-time collaborators composer Woody Pak and lyricist Brian Yorkey. They first worked together on Second Generation's hit musical Making Tracks. Learn how this duo create songs, and hear their latest one: Wei Wei's "Somewhere Inside." []

Meet the Artist: John Tillinger

He has 23 Broadway shows and 36 years on the Great White Way under his belt. He is a three-time Tony-nominated director, and a two-time Outer Critics Circle Award winner. He has won a Drama Desk Award, and worked with the biggest stars in theater. And now, John Tillinger will be adding The Wedding Banquet to his list of directorial accomplishments, hoping to duplicate Ang Lee's big-screen success on the stage, complete with song and dance. "What I loved was the cross-cultural aspect of the musical," says Tillinger, himself born in Iran before being sent to England for school. "I just felt that it's something that needs to be explored." [].

Q: What is a dramaturge?
Many have struggled to define the role of a dramaturge. According to Susan Jonas, author of Dramaturgy in American Theater, A Source Book, the primary job of a theater's production dramaturge is to focus his or her energies and those of the artistic director on long-range research and development and on artistic planning. A dramaturge's job could include reading plays (old and new)-helping to choose the best for your theatre to make an interesting season; translating or re-translating plays, adapting a piece for other media (novel for a stage; stage play into a radio play etc.); analyzing a chosen play, looking closely at the text as a structure and its meanings, to help you to develop your conception of the production before you start rehearsing; editing and cutting to help shape the drama that is to be staged; research to provide you background information needed for successful rehearsals advice to help co-ordinate rehearsals and to balance the different facets of the play (space, time, text etc.); assisting in keeping sight of the concept of the play throughout the rehearsal process, preserving the core ideas of the theme and the writer's aims. 2g uses dramaturges to develop works during its In The Works reading process, and on the current production: The Wedding Banquet - The Musical.

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