EWP Night Market to Honor Ridley-Thomas, Watanabe

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theater of color and the largest producer of Asian American theatrical work, is pleased to announce that its signature EWP Night Market season kick-off event on Saturday, Sept. 15, will honor Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (2nd District) and actor Gedde Watanabe.


Mark Ridley-Thomas and Gedde Watanabe


Co-hosted by actress Mouzam Makkar, EWP Night Market will feature tasting stations hosted by local restaurants, followed by an evening of performances. Proceeds support EWP’s artistic and educational programs.

“As we usher in our exciting 53rd Anniversary Season, ‘Culture Shock,’ it felt fitting to honor these two incredible leaders who have been trailblazers in their careers,” says Snehal Desai, EWP producing artistic director. “Every step along the way, they have fought to give visibility to communities of color and shifted the narrative and the lens by which we have been perceived. They have been incredible allies, leaders, and activists in both their work and personal lives, and we dedicate this year’s EWP Night Market to them.