A coming-of-age tale by first-time director Michael Kang opens Aug. 18 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
In, "The Motel," Kang tells the story of 13-year-old Ernest Chin, a first-generation son in a family of Chinese immigrants. Chin lives in a sleazy motel run by his mother, who discourages his interests in writing and girls. She believes that Chin should follow in her footsteps and learn to appreciate what he has at home and give up dreams that threaten nothing but heartache.
Chin forms an unlikely bond with Sam, a brash, hard-drinking, womanizing Korean man who moves into the hotel. Each finds something in the other he desperately needs. Sam seeks out the fatherless boy, sensing a need for guidance and companionship that mirrors his own.
Also playing at the Ross is "Strangers with Candy" (Rated R), Aug. 18-31.