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Fresh off an official selection at the 29th Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival and winning Pick of the Fringe at Hollywood Fringe, Actors Repertory Theater of Simi Valley presents Tanya Thomas’ award-winning play at the ARTSpace Black Box Theater in Simi Valley, CA, for a 3 show run! 
Naturally Tan is a one-woman seriocomic play written and performed by Tanya Thomas, with direction and development by Jessica Lynn Johnson. Told through the bold perspective of a vivacious drag queen named Tanvi, Naturally Tan follows Tanya Thomas’ desperation to fit in as a minority in Singapore and her search for acceptance in America. 
Fueled by assimilation pains, Tanya delves into the heart of colorism that plagues the Asian diaspora, the complexities of racial identity, and the consequences of damaging beauty standards. 
Will Tanya hide behind her insecurities forever or will she embody her worth as a woman of color, mother, and artist?
Experience a powerful amalgamation of seriocomic elements, music, dance, and compelling visuals through 35 multicultural characters as Tanya guides the audience through her transcendent cross cultural path to self-worth. Naturally Tan adds a distinct voice to the full range and diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) stories.
“Best bet for weekend culture.” – Los Angeles Times
“Tanya Thomas is totally and astoundingly brilliant in her solo show… keeping the audience enchanted from start to finish in this tour-de-force performance. This girl is a star!”  – Shari Barrett, Broadway World & Culver City News
“Watching Naturally Tan, I was reminded of the magic and necessity of sharing world dialogues onstage. Multifaceted and multicultural theatre is essentially human and reminds us all of our similarities rather than our differences.” – Constance Strickland, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative
“Naturally Tan is a dynamic, terrific, one woman show. Tanya Thomas is a very polished actress well versed at comedy and drama, and an excellent storyteller. She seamlessly performed over 35 characters and reminded me of an exotic Sandra Bullock.” – Harrison Held, Discover Hollywood
“Naturally Tan is so relevant… funny and entertaining, but also very deep, authentic and real…. Her story is cunningly told.” – Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NOHO Arts
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NATURALLY TAN is coming to Actors Repertory Theater of Simi Valley!