global taxi driver



This energetic play takes audience members on a ride through the lives and untold experiences of taxi drivers across the globe. Inspired by the real life experiences of taxi drivers from L.A. to Minneapolis, Bangkok to Gualajara, Global Taxi Driver uncovers a unique view of the planet - from behind the wheel of a cab. Throughout the world, taxi driving is a gateway profession for immigrants, often taken on by people who were once farmers, soldiers, doctors, or lawyers. With the growth of ride-sharing services threatening this occupation, these stories become even more urgent to tell.

Director/Playwright Leilani Chan and TeAda Ensemble members Ova Saopeng (Assistant Director) and Shyamala Moorty (Choreographer), have been traveling the country collecting taxi driver stories.  Global Taxi Driver is a high energy devised theater play developed through interviews, workshops, story circles and residencies. Global Taxi Driver’s World premiere took place at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis in September 2014 and was performed by an ensemble of local artists and TeAda ensemble members.

Global Taxi Driver in association with East West Players premiered at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles. 



March 21-29, 2015

David Henry Hwang Theater

20 Judge John Aiso Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cast Members 

Elyse Dinh 

Joshua R. Lamont 

Kenesha Hemmings 

Marcos Najera 

Shaan Dasani  

Ova Saopeng 

EVENTS for the los Angeles community

3/21, Sat at 8 PM – Opening Night Reception - $30, VIP $50

3/22, Sun @ 2 PM – Matinee** & Taxi Townhall

3/26, Thu @8 PM - $10 Tix & Artist Q & A with special guest moderator

3/27, Fri @ 8PM – Workers Connect Post Show Discussion

3/28, Sat @ 2PM – Matinee & Children’s TeAda Workshop*

3/28, Sat @ 8PM – Show

3/29, Sun @ 2PM  - Closing Matinee**

Por favor preguntanos sobrelas noches de taducción en español

General $25, Student/Senior $20, Taxi Drivers $10 (ID Required)

*Family Pass $60 includes 2 adult tix & up to 2 children can participate in theater workshop during the show and perform on stage after.

**Inquire about childcare during matinees 

Special Community Events:
Community Matinee with Taxi Driver Townhall--Are you a TAXI DRIVER in L.A.? Do you know a TAXI DRIVER in L.A.? Join us for a post-show Theater of the Oppressed workshop to celebrate Taxi Workers in our L.A. communities! Play games, discuss the ways taxicab work has changed, and share taxicab stories with friends! In partnership with the UCLA Labor Center
Sunday, March 22nd Matinee at 2pm; Post-show Townhall at 3:30pm
Spanish translation and Childcare provided! Traduccion y cuidado de ninos disponsible!

Community Night with Workers Connect: Interweaving Stories and Struggles-- A community night connecting workers in Los Angeles! What do taxi drivers and restaurant workers have in common? What are ways that our local unsung heros are fighting for the dignity of workers, often immigrants, in under-regulated industries? Join us for a stirring pre-show discussion to give political context to this play! In partnership with the UCLA Labor Center
Friday, March 27th Pre-show discussion at 6pm, Show at 8pm
Spanish translation and Childcare provided! Traduccion y cuidado de ninos disponsible!

Theater and Arts Industry Night-- $10 ticket offer-- Join a community artists conversation! What is devised theater, and why is it important to the theater industry at large? What role does community organizing play in our art-making process?
Thursday, March 26th Show at 8pm, Post-Show discussion at 9:30pm

world premiere

September 11-14 & 18-21

Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Ensemble includes Nicole M. Smith, Blake Williams, Ifrah Mansour, Pedro Bayon, Gaosong Vang, Ova Saopeng
Past Ensemble members include: Saymoukda Vongsay, Robert Karimi, Kevin Kaoz Moore, Issac Cruz, Joseph Ocón, Amery Khao, Corky Dominguez, and Sofia Barrett-Ibarria. 

Photos by Sean Smuda