Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Target Free Thursdays @ Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Free admission every Thursday, 11 am - 9 pm

Come to MOCA's Target Free Thursday on August 6th!

11 am; 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm; 3:30 pm; 5:00 pm; 6:30 pm: Screenings of Chinatown Film Project (Rotating Gallery)

11 am - 9 pm: MOCA Core Portraits (Lobby)
Core Portraits videos (each 3-minute in length) present first-person voices of Chinese Americans whose lives expemplify a particular historical period, including Yung Wing, the first Chinese to graduate from an American University; Tung Funn Hom, Paper son and laundryman; Anna May Wong, international film star; Hazel Ying Lee, Woman Airforce Service Pilot.

8 pm - 9 pm

Thursday Night Fight! The Art of Stage Combat Choreography

From Shakepeare to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon to The Matrix, stage combat has been a staple feature in theater and film. Chester Poon, Jesus Martinez, Adelina Amosco and Jose Esquea from Teatro LA TEA's spring production of Romeo and Juliet show you how it's done.


CHESTER POON was born and raised in western Massachusetts. He was most recently seen as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Teatro La Tea directed by Jose Esquea. Fight Choreography credit include Macbeth 2029, Lanford Wilson's Burn This, and Othello in which he is a recipient of the 2007 HOLA award for his work as co-fight director/choreographer along with co-choreographer Jesus Martinez. Theater credits include Macbeth (Banquo), Othello (Cassio), and Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days/365 Plays with Ma-Yi Theater Co./Public Theater. He has martial arts experience is primarily in Sanshou Chinese kickboxing, Hung-gar Kung Fu, and Capoeira Angola.

JESUS E. MARTINEZ is a stage actor, voice-over artist and certified actor combatant and hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. Jesús acquired his B.A. in Drama Studies at SUNY Purchase College. He then traveled to Italy where he studied and performed classical and contemporary theatre. He is currently member of Repertorio Español\Spanish Repertory Theatre and SEA (Society of Educational Arts) all based in New York City, and is a Voice-Over artist for the English and Spanish-language markets. A few of Jesús’ stage & screen credits include: The Encounter of Juan Bobo and Pedro Animal (SEA), Martina the little roach (SEA), El Quijote (Repertorio Español), Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliette (Teatro La TEA), P.S. I Love You (Warner Bros.), The Unusuals (ABC), Notorious (20th Century Fox), among many others.

ADELINA AMOSCO was born in the Philippines and raised in the Bronx. She recently completed a run with Teatro La Tea's Spring production of Romeo and Juliet. Her credits include, Between the Lines’ productions of From Auction Block to Hiphop and Platanos and Collard Greens; Medea; The House of Bernarda Alba; Becoming Memories; and I Ought to be in Pictures. Adelina is also a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Fordham University with a degree in Psychology.

JOSE A. ESQUEA is currently the artistic director of Teatro LA-TEA. He is a life long practitioner of Martial Arts. Like most Americans born in the and raised in the early seventies he was inspired to take up the martial arts after seeing his first Bruce Lee movie Return of Dragon. His studies in the Martial Arts began during a 3 year stay in the Dominican Republic where he studied Shorin-Ryu Karate. This was followed by Tae-kwan-do studies in Florida, full contact karate again the DR, JKD concepts, when he returned to New York for high school, Kempo and Tai-chi while in college in Saratoga springs, Capoeira Angola, and most recently Chung Do Kwan.

Upcoming Performances:

August 13: Spoken word performance by Kelly Tsai
August 27: Stone Forest Ensemble (hip-hop/classical/afro-beat)

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