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    At age 7, Anzu's love for acting was first ignited opposite Mako (Academy Award-nominated actor) in her first screen test playing his granddaughter, in an indie film. As a child, Anzu was so riveted by Al Pacino's performance after watching SCARFACE that she knew exactly what she wanted to do with her life and has never looked back. On March 6th 2020, Anzu found herself on stage opposite her muse, Al Pacino, playing his Vietnamese hooker "Yen" in a revival staged reading of "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" benefiting Al's charity for War Veterans. This was the Broadway role that landed Al Pacino his Tony Award in 1977 on Broadway. https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-Al-Pacino-Headlines-Staged-Reading-Of-THE-BASIC-TRAINING-OF-PAVLO-HUMMEL-20200311?utm_source=newsletterregional&utm_medium=email

     

    She got her first break in America when she was cast in HBO's "American Yakuza", starring opposite Viggo Mortensen as his love interest by casting director Don Phillips. Don Phillips is known for giving such talents as Forest Whitaker, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen & Matthew McConaughey their first film roles. That film's director, Frank Cappello, commissioned her to write a song for his next movie "No Way Back" starring Russell Crowe and then cast her again, playing Christian Slater's neighbor in the indie Showtime movie, "He Was A Quiet Man" years later. They collaborated again in 2020 on Frank's new movie called "The Womb," currently in post production.

    Anzu received her certificate in screenwriting at UCLA in 2010 after decades of being frustrated with the lack of Asian stories and Asian roles. She optioned her first script, “The Seed Between the Stones” a “Lost In Translation-esque” coming-of-age story inspired by her time with Mick Jagger. Then, In 2011, Forest Whitaker’s dramaturge asked Anzu if she had ever considered playing “Yoko Ono?” ("HOW IT BEGAN" INTERVIEW )
    Not only did Anzu go on to write http://www.dearjohnwhyyokomusical.com/ but she began to proudly embrace her Asian heritage because of it.
    Anzu Lawson received her first Best Actress nomination in her portrayal as "Yoko Ono" in the 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Anzu's One Woman Show called DEAR YOKO has been selling out every Los Angeles performance and has been an official selection at the 2019 BFF FESTIVAL and SOLOFEST 2020 Festival.
     

    DEAR YOKO - NOHO ARTS REVIEW - SANTA MONICA PLAYHOUSE SOLO SHOW FESTIVAL

     

    WHITEFIRE THEATRE SOLOFEST PRESENTS "DEAR YOKO" REVIEW

     

     

    www.DearYoko.com        

    DEAR YOKO is a highly charged, hilarious yet deeply revealing one-woman show

    that interweaves the lives of actress​/playwright​ Anzu Lawson​

    and​ her late tiger mother​,​ Keiko

    ​with​ the​ wisdom and​ legendary ​life of ​Yoko Ono…

    as they navigate xenophobia, self-worth, and identity through multiple eras

     

     

    Anzu's production company HappyHapaFilms.com is focused on edgy screenplays that focus on challenging the stereotypes and bringing to light the untold stories of Asian American & diverse women throughout history.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Womb - Sophia (post production status)

     

    No one says it better than Nicole Force of - The Examiner when she wrote:

    "Anzu Lawson is a consummate and multi-talented performer who represents the new triple threat in Hollywood-singer, actress and stand-up comedian. Anzu Lawson is an entertainment force who consistently delivers, regardless of the genre.”

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    Anzu Lawson Guest Stars as Miyoshi on KING OF QUEENS (click image to watch clip)

     

     

    The Viking & The Pendulum - Isi (click image to watch clip)

    CSI; Cyber - Judge Loring  (click image to watch clip)

    The Young & The Restless - Dr. Lang (click image to watch clip)

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