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peeling adj : having the paint loose and peeling away; "a dilapidated house with peeling paint"; "peeling row houses" n : loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales [syn: desquamation, shedding]

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  1. The act of removing the outer surface in strips.
    Peeling a hard-boiled egg takes practice.
  2. Strips of an outer rind or surface that has been removed.
    She flavored the broth with vegetable peelings.


  1. present participle of peel

Extensive Definition

PEELING was an Asian American theater troupe based in New York City from 1995 to 2005. Dan Bacalzo was its most recent artistic director.


In 1995, Van Lier-winning director Gary San Angel founded the group as Peeling the Banana at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York -- as an artistic collective of writers, performers, and directors who collaborated in developing original theater-based performance pieces exploring Asian American contemporary identity. Many pieces were developed through physical theater and improv work, and later transcribed; others were written, and further developed through workshopping with the group. From these wide-ranging and, often, autobiographical journeys, Peeling created memorable theater experiences that were both fantastic and familiar - shaped by the imagination and personal struggle, and always coming from the heart.
The group was originally founded as an all-men's group, similar to a Los Angeles-based group (founded by performance artist Dan Kwong) from which San Angel emerged. But soon it opened itself to women; and due to popular demand, ad-hoc gay/lesbian and South Asian subgroups developed additional shows. Some individual pieces and shows were directed by different members, with San Angel remaining as artistic director.
PEELING presented its poignant blend of poetry, theater, dance, and music to audiences from coast to coast. At the time, no other similar groups on the East Coast existed, and the group was in high demand, with sold out performances at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Second Stage, Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, the Desh Pardesh festival in Toronto, and numerous colleges and universities.
Peeling the Banana re-invented itself in 2000 after San Angel's move to Philadelphia, as a true collective, and simply became known as PEELING. It became a theater group with shows being fully written, with clear directing and producing roles solidified. More of its members were professional actors. The group continued with sold out performances at the Kraine, Puffin Room, colleges/universities, and other venues. The group decided to go on hiatus shortly after realizing the height of its collective expression by creating a seamless one-act play ending in a musical number and, finally, a three-week festival of one-act plays, Under the Skin in 2003.

Timeline of Performances and Projects

work in progress


  • Sins



  • Under the Skin


Members of the PEELING collective have included:
  • Margarita Alcantera
  • Roger An
  • Farhad Asgar
  • Dan Bacalzo
  • Regie Cabico
  • J.P. Chan
  • Don Chao
  • Nora Chau
  • Carla Ching
  • Dustin Chinn
  • Aileen Cho
  • Celena Cipriaso
  • Tamina Davar
  • Alvin Eng
  • Erwin Falcon
  • Charu Gupta
  • Ray Hsia
  • Steve Huang
  • Lara Jayasanker
  • Mike Kang
  • Parag Khandar
  • Sarita Khurana
  • Rich Kiamco
  • John Ko
  • Dan Kwong
  • Puja Lamalani
  • Ed Lin
  • Hugo Mahabir
  • Barbara Malaran
  • Fitz Mangubat
  • Michel Ng
  • Ngô Thanh Nhàn
  • Ching Ching Ni
  • Gita Reddy
  • Gary San Angel
  • Peter Ong
  • Bert Wang
  • Chris Wang

External links

  • PEELING at MySpace.
  • Alvin Eng, editor and compiler, Tokens: The NYC Asian American Experience on Stage. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000. ISBN 1889876100 ISBN 978-1889876108


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