CATS Statement on Violence against Asians Americans

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

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The Joy Luck Club is Postponed again — this time to April/May 2022!

Bernadette Garcia as Ying-Ying, Patty Lum-Ohmann as An-Mei, Olivia Pritchett as Lindo, and Lisa Moon as Suyuan

Bernadette Garcia as Ying-Ying, Patty Lum-Ohmann as An-Mei, Olivia Pritchett as Lindo, and Lisa Moon as Suyuan

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

Olivia Pritchett as Lindo and Michele Nesbit as Waverly

Olivia Pritchett as Lindo and Michele Nesbit as Waverly

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.

Ariel Elliott as Rose

Ariel Elliott as Rose

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

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