Video Preview: First Scene of Christine Hoang's Romeo and Katrina, October 10, 2020


Color Arc Productions and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Asian American Resource Center (AARC) are proud to present a virtual presentation of the opening scene of Romeo and Katrina, a new musical set in post-Katrina New Orleans three years after the hurricane. Romeo and Katrina is a love story centered on Romeo Tran, a working-class Vietnamese American, and Katrina “Trina” Batiste, a Black upper class young woman. This musical explores love, family, community, tragedy, recovery, and renewal. The virtual event will be held on October 10, 2020 at 7pm CST. Registration is free at (case sensitive).  

The 20-minute virtual presentation of Romeo and Katrina: Scene 1 (“Prelude -- Live It Up”) will be followed by a discussion and talkback with creators Christine Hoang and Tyler Mabry, director Ya’Ke Smith, the cast, and the virtual audience. Discussions will be moderated by the AARC and the George Washington Carver Museum and Genealogy Center.

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About the Asian American Resource Center

The mission of the AARC is to provide spaces, services, resources, and programs through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective. The vision is to empower Austin's diverse communities through cultural understanding and life-enhancing opportunities. The AARC offers programs for youth, adult, senior citizens, ongoing exhibits, free community meeting rooms, library, computer lab and more. For more information, visit

About Color Arc Productions

Formed in November 2015, Color Arc Productions’ mission is the shine light on diverse and inclusive stories through theatre, film, and music. For more information, find Color Arc Productions at or @colorarcproductions on Instagram and Facebook.

Romeo and Katrina 2020 Workshop Production Credits

Production Team:

Christine Hoang - Writer & Producer

Tyler Mabry - Composer, Musical Director

Ya'Ke Smith - Director

Ahsjah Exume - Editor

Peter Ong'olo - Assistant Director 

Simone Alexander - Dramaturg



James Cho - Romeo Tran

Mo McKynzie - Katrina "Trina" Batiste

Albert Qually - Ba

Christine Hoang - Ma/Diana Tran

Jeremy Rashad Brown - Barry Batiste

Allegra Jade Fox - Celiste Batiste

Steven Truong - Ben

Dwaylan Applewhite - Mercury

Sandy Lam - Mary

Natalie Joy - Roz


Talkback Moderators:

Sona Shah - Manager of the Asian American Resource Center

Carre Adams - Manager of the George Washington Carver Center


AARC Virtual Presentation Technical Team:

Lelia Grace Pandy - Culture & Arts Education Coordinator, Asian American Resource Center

Rashad Muhammad - Technical Support, Asian American Resource Center

Kristina Nguyen - Graphic Designer, Asian American Resource Center


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


Romeo & Katrina
by Christine Hoang
Color Arc Productions

August 07 - August 15, 2020
Vortex Repertory Theatre
2307 Manor Road
Austin, TX, 78722

No advice of cancellation as of June 16.

Worshop production at the Vortex, August 7 - 15, 2020.

More forthcoming from Color Arc Productions.