Plays by Rajiv Joseph, Carla Ching, Qui Nguyen, A. Rey Pamatmat, Madhuri Shekar, Lloyd Suh, Jessica Huang, Leah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park Showcased in Atlantic Theater’s Asian American MixFest, August 9-17

Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

Atlantic Theater Company in partnership with producers Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen are presenting Asian American MixFest at Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St in New York from August 9-17. The MixFest will feature readings of full-length plays by Carla Ching, Qui Nguyen, A. Rey Pamatmat, Madhuri Shekar and Lloyd Suh, short one-acts by playwrights Jessica Huang, Leah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park and a short play by Rajiv Joseph. 

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email

moderated by Lloyd Suh

Wednesday, August 9 | 5pm

Asian American MixFest will kick-off with a group panel moderated by Lloyd Suh. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process and what inspires their work.

by Madhuri Shekar
directed by Saheem Ali

Thursday, August 10 | 3pm

Cast: Melis Aker, Karen Huie, Mahira Kakkar, Layla Khosh, Hubert Point-du-Jour, Debargo Sanyal, Ayana Workman, and Rasha Zamamiri.

Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.

by Jessica Huang, Rajiv Joseph, Jiehae Park and Leah Nanako Winkler
directed by Seonjae Kim and David Mendizábal

Friday, August 11 | 3pm

Cast: Eboni Booth, Dave Thomas Brown, Allison Buck, Harriett D. Foy, Emma Kikue Munson, Alison Rogers, Jenny Seastone Stern, Ricardo Vasquez, and Tiffany Villarin

Readings of three commissioned one-acts and a short play by Rajiv Joseph.

by Carla Ching
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Monday, August 14 | 7pm

Cast: Molly Griggs, Alex Hernandez, Christopher Larkin, Ken Leung, and Heidi Schreck

Alex lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers, scrambling to make weekly rent. Mason lives comfortably in a grand, empty house while his father runs jobs for the Hong Kong Triad. Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration. Mason and Alex develop an unlikely friendship, struggling to survive, and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks? A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty.

by Lloyd Suh
directed by Ralph B. Peña

Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm

Cast: Brad Bellamy, Sasha Diamond, William Jackson Harper, and Daniel K. Isaac

The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses, and in his spare time, the United States of America.

by Qui Nguyen
directed by Robert Ross Parker

Wednesday, August 16 | 7pm

Cast: Sheldon Best, William Jackson Harper, Jon Hoche, Margaret Odette, Nicky Schmidlein, Paco Tolson, Temar Underwood, and Emily Williams

A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with immortality.

by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by May Adrales

Thursday, August 17 | 7pm

Cast: Ethan Dubin, Will Hochman, Teresa Lim, Sarah Nealis, Maulik Pancholy, Mirirai Sithole, Luis Vega, and Rocky Vega

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

 along with all of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Time Warner Foundation, and the Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the John Golden Fund and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in  Jade Magazine and

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