San Francisco-Northern California Local and LaborFest 2016 Present: A Staged Reading of Gold Mountain, by Jason Ma and Directed by Alan Muraoka, A Benefit for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

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San Francisco-Northern California Local and LaborFest 2016 Present: A Staged Reading of Gold Mountain, by Jason Ma and Directed by Alan Muraoka, A Benefit for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation
07/12/2016 2:00am

The SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local presents a staged reading of selected scenes and songs from the new musical, Gold Mountain, by critically acclaimed SAG-AFTRA actor, composer and playwright Jason Ma. Gold Mountain is directed by nationally renowned director (and SAG-AFTRA member) Alan Muraoka. Proceeds from the reading will benefit The SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The reading features local SAG-AFTRA actors Michael Ching, Brian Rivera and Colin Thomson. 

On display at the theater will also be the traveling exhibit, The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental, on loan from the Chinese Historical Society of America. A reception will follow the reading. 

Gold Mountain is a love story set against the backdrop of a pivotal event in America’s history – the construction of the first transcontinental railroad – and celebrates the striving immigrant spirit, the redemptive power of love and the ultimate nobility of self-sacrifice. The 2016 ASCAP/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop selected Gold Mountain for a performance at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills last February, directed by Muraoka. The play was recently named a finalist by the East West Players (EWP) and New Musicals Inc. (NMI) for their joint initiative to develop a new musical.

When: 7 p.m., Monday, July 11

Where: Aurora Theatre
2081 Addison Street,
Berkeley, CA

Donation: $10 (tax-deductible, no one turned away for lack of funds)

Reservations: To make a reservation, please contact David Conover at (415) 391-7510, ext. 4966 or via email at

Walk-ins welcome but reservations encouraged.

About Jason Ma
Jason Ma is a composer, lyricist, filmmaker and theater artist.  He has provided theater music for The Old Globe, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Leviathan Lab, and Ugly Rhino. In addition to authoring the music/lyrics and book for Gold Mountain, he collaborated with playwright Christine Toy Johnson on the musical Barcelona, for which he wrote music and lyrics. Barcelona was developed and presented at CAP21 in New York City, and was produced at Village Theatre (Everett, WA) in their Festival of New Musicals, 2015. Ma wrote the score for the short film Yield and, as a principal at Red Phone Productions, produced, provided story, film scores and song for The Barrelman Caper and the award-winning Ins & Outs. His latest film, Mildred, Daughter of Venus, is currently in post-production.

About Alan Muraoka
Alan Muraoka has directed extensively in New York for theatres such as National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO), NY Fringe Festival, Signature Theatre, Triad Theatre, 54 Below, and Joe's Pub; and regionally for The Kennedy Center and Olney Theatre (Washington, DC), Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, The Muny (St. Louis), Casa Manana (Ft. Worth), Harbor Lights Theatre (NY), and many others. He also directed for the television show Sesame Street and choreographed for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Muraoka is also an accomplished actor and has spent 18 seasons as a regular on Sesame Street, and is a veteran of Broadway, national tours, regional theatres, film and television.

About LaborFest
LaborFest, now in its 22nd year, is an annual cultural arts festival held every July to commemorate the legacy of Harry Bridges and the San Francisco 1934 general strike. It celebrates the history of working people and honors the role of all working people and unions in our society.

About The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. CHSA pursues this mission through exhibitions, publications, and educational and public programs in the CHSA Museum and Learning Center, a landmark Julia Morgan-designed building (formerly the Chinatown YWCA) at 965 Clay Street, San Francisco.