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Masters of the Currents

  • Brava Theater Center 2781 24th Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Brava presents the Asian Pacific Islander Performance Series &
Continental US Premiere of TeAda Productions'

Masters of the Currents

The first nationally touring play about Micronesians in the U.S.
Created by Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng

Friday, October 19 at 8pm - Performance & After Party
Saturday, October 20 at 3pm - Performance

Calling upon the shared histories of refugees in Hawai'i, Masters of the Currents follows the story of recent newcomers from Micronesia who have fled their island nations due to environmental and economic pressures. The play centers around three Micronesian youth who must overcome conflicts of identity to be accepted by their peers while still holding on to the history and rich cultural traditions of their ancestral islands of Micronesia. Masters of the Currents takes audiences from remote island nations to urban cities, from ocean water passageways to paved asphalt highways. 


$12 children and students
$17 adults

10% discount for groups of 10 or more. Please contact Annette Muller at (415) 641-7657 x3 or at to arrange for group tickets.

Walk up sales are pay what you can. (No one turned away for lack of funds, subject to availability.)

Brava presents
Asian Pacific Islander Performance Series: Stories centering around Micronesians' experiences in the U.S.

All events take place at Brava Theater Center


Sunday, October 7 at 3pm
Island Soldier

Join Brava and our presenting partners when we screen the documentary film Island Soldier, followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Nathan Fitch and Masters of the Currents creators Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng. The screening will open with the two shorts, Anointed by Daniel Lin, and Crossing Spaces by Lola Quan Bautista and Shirley Thompson.



Wednesday, October 10, 7-9pm
TeADA Master Class: Activating Performance from a Borderless Perspective

Led by Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng and the cast of Masters of the Currents

This workshop is for those who call more than one nation home or those who have had to leave a country or culture behind to assimilate into the mainstream. Specifically artists, performers, teachers or community activists who are themselves working with, or would like to work with, immigrant, refugee, migrant or indigenous communities. The workshop will be interactive and will include theater games, movement exercises and group story sharing. The facilitators will share strategies they have developed over the last decade for working with refugee, immigrant and indigenous communities. 

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Thu, Oct 18 & Fri, Oct 19 at 1pm

Student Matinees

Teachers and principals interested in bringing a group of students to a matinee performance may contact Brava's Education Director Melvign Badiola at or (415) 641-7657 x5 to arrange for tickets.

Friday, October 19 at 8pm
Opening Night Performance & After Party

Saturday, October 20 at 3pm
Performance and post-show Q&A with creators and actors


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Masters of the Currents was made possible by the California Arts Council, MAP Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, and The Zellerbach Family Foundation.

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