Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) has been “dark” since 2020, due to the pandemic. We were looking forward to finally producing Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club at the Nevada Theatre this April and May, and had to postpone it yet again for another year! What to do in the meantime – we were asking? After some thought, we are finally jumping on the Zoom bandwagon with virtual cultural enrichment programs consisting of cooking classes and workshops. We are emerging from the “dark”!
To kick off this virtual reality, CATS will present an Asian-inspired cooking class with Artistic Director, Lisa Moon, on Saturday, April 24, at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. We invite the public to join us for a live “CATS Can Cook” fun afternoon, as Lisa shares her tips and secrets on some of her favorite Asian “comfort” food. On the menu is a simple-to-make fish, spinach and rice dish, especially designed for busy people. She will also make a popular side dish of savory steamed egg custard with Chinese sausage (lop cheung) and other suggested garnishes. We will finish with a steamed sponge cake, a popular dessert from Malaysia. Lisa loves to cook and bake and looks forward to sharing her talents. She has won many ribbons and accolades for her entries at the Nevada County Fair. Spaces are limited for her class on Zoom. Send an email to email@example.com to register, and we will send registrants the Zoom link a few days before the class. Recipes will be uploaded on the CATS website at www.catsweb.org about a week before April 24, so that folks may download. Although our virtual cultural enrichment programs are free, we would like to suggest a donation of $15-$20 through our website to support CATS. More classes are being planned this spring and summer, including a cooking class by David Wong, an arts watercolor tutorial of an origami crane by Allison Chan, and an origami workshop by Patty Lum-Ohmann.
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra (CATS) wishes to issue a formal statement regarding the rise in hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We, the Board as individuals, and as an organization, deplore any violence! Although violence is not new historically against Asians, unfortunately, the rhetoric since the onset of the pandemic last year has escalated it to an unprecedented proportion throughout our nation.
Since 1994, the mission of CATS has been to promote cultural diversity, cultural enrichment, Asian and Asian American history, and to highlight the roles and contributions of Asians in building this great nation of ours. We achieve these objectives through the lens of live theatre, events, and workshops. We feel that it is ignorance that fuels fear, discrimination, and violence, and that through knowledge, awareness, and understanding, we can continue to effect change and build bridges. Nevada County, historically rich in Chinese history (gold mining and building the Transcontinental Railroad), is now one of the least ethnically diverse counties in California. CATS has been pleased to provide cultural enrichment and cultural education over the years to create an impact and to fill a much-needed void. Let’s Stop the Hate and Begin Healing Now!
The Board of Directors
Community Asian Theatre of the Sierra
March 22, 2021
In consultation with the Nevada Theatre, it probably comes as no surprise that CATS would not be able to present The Joy Luck Club in April and May 2021, which was postponed from 2020, due to the pandemic. Current government mandates continue to
restrict the opening of performing arts venues. While vaccines are available now, their rollouts have been challenging, and at the time of this decision (January 2021), there is no assurance as to when the majority of the population would be protected and when it would be safe to gather again in large groups in enclosed quarters. The Nevada Theatre, as in all performing arts venues, does not have the go ahead from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reopen any time soon, at least probably not until after summer. Our hands are literally tied. We hope you will understand.
Hence, new dates for The Joy Luck Club is April – May 2022! We will advise on the exact dates later in 2021. Tickets will be on sale beginning in January 2022 at www.catsweb.org and at Briar Patch Co-op in Grass Valley. Thank you for your patience and continued support! CATS will be back soon!
Photos by David Wong