Kelly’s play “SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO” opens at HERE Arts Center in NYC

Join us in NYC for SAY YOU HEARD MY ECHO’s 6-show premiere run (Wed. Sept. 12-Sun. Sept. 16) during Asian American Arts Alliance’s Locating the Sacred Festival!

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6 PERFORMANCES ONLY (Wed. 9/12-Sat. 9/16). All Performances at HERE Arts Center, 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick St.), NYC.(C/E- Spring, 1-Houston, N/R-Prince).

$18 General / $15 Students. Use discount code: FESTIVAL for $15 tickets.

WED. 9/12: 7 pm sharp
THURS. 9/13: 7 pm sharp + Audience Talk-Back w/ Cast & Moderator: Dan Balcazo (NYU, Peeling)
FRI. 9/14: 7 pm sharp + Audience Talk-Back w/ Cast & Nico Daswani (Asian Am. Arts Alliance) Moderator: playwright & screenwriter Kia Corthron (The Wire, Light Raise the Roof) – SOLD OUT
SAT. 9/15: 2 pm sharp
SAT. 9/15: 7 pm sharp – SOLD OUT
SUN. 9/16: 2 pm sharp + Audience Talk-Back w/ Cast & Moderator: Kamilah Forbes (Hip Hop Theater Festival, HBO Def Poetry) – SOLD OUT


What connects a Catholic burlesque dancer who survived the Twin Towers, a Buddhist Iraq war veteran and hip hop emcee who returns home, and a Muslim librarian whose family suffers detention and interrogation?

An evening-length spoken-word poetry theater project written by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai (500 performances worldwide including the White House & three seasons of the award-winning Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry), Say You Heard My Echo explores the lives of three fictional Asian American women in New York City a decade after 9/11. With choral poems, prayers, activist folk songs, and raps, the play weaves together the characters’ struggles with survivorship and faith and their intimate relationships with Mary Magdalene, Guan Yin, and Aisha.

Performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, YaliniDream, and Adeeba Rana with stage direction by Jesse Jou.

Costumes: Valérie Thérèse Bart / Lighting: Alan Edwards / Set: Chien-Yu Peng / Sound: Mike Skinner / Producers: Nancy Kim, Ying Le / Associate Producer: Rising Circle Theater Collective / Stage Management: John Nehlich / Associate Director: Devin Brain

The creation of “Say You Heard My Echo” was supported, in part, through a commission for Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai from Asian American Arts Alliance with major support from Asian Women’s Giving Circle and additional support from Flushing Council on the Arts and New York University’s A / P / A Institute. Presented by Moving Earth Productions in association with Rising Circle Theater Collective.

This production is a part of HEREstay, HERE’s curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

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