Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Multi-ethnic Performance in NYC

Photos from We So Hapa

Back in September, my best friend, Kalen Sakima put on an incredible multi-ethnic performance in NYC called We So Hapa (WSH) at The Triad NYC. WSH is a cabaret performance created and produced by Kalen Sakima, Alex Chester and Rebecca Lee Lerman to showcase multi-ethnic performers in NYC.

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

This project had been a huge labor of love for my friend Kalen over the past year and I know that he and his team put a lot of time and energy into make this happen. From fundraising, script writing, casting, rehearsals, music selection, promotion and everything in between; this team worked hard to create an opportunity for their fellow multi-ethnic performers to showcase their talents in NYC.

On the day of the show I had a shoot, so I had my camera with me and decided to capture the performance. I knew that We So Hapa didn’t have a photographer and I wanted to make sure I was able to get some photos to document this incredible performance!

Sam Tanabe performs in NYC

Sam Tanabe and Alex Chester perform in NYC

Carol Wynn, Alison Bender and Alex Chester perform in NYC

Multi-ethnic Performance in NYC

We’ve seen a great deal of exclusion in Hollywood; many film & TV roles that have been cast to white actors when the roles were originally non-white (hello the Aloha movie with Emma Stone). We So Hapa’s mission is: “We So Hapa is giving Hapa’s a voice by challenging the perspective of what makes a person “white”, “black”, “Asian”, “Middle Eastern”, “Latino”, etc. because deep down we are all the same. We are human.”

The performance was filled with many talented actors who have had years of experience on national tours, Broadway shows, film & TV. It was directed by Viet Vo and Musical Direction by Adam Wiggins.

Here are some of my favorite moments from the performance!

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Tam Young performs in Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Adam Hyndman performs in NYC multi-ethnic cabaret

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

Multi-ethnic cabaret in NYC

 

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