I am delighted to be appearing inThe Late Shift, a new short play by Willow Martin with Virginia Wing, Patricia Cancio, and Karl Josef Co, on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:00PM in the All About Eve Festival of the Arts Theatre Brut Session 6, presented by New Jersey Repertory Company at West End Arts Center, 132 West End Avenue, Long Branch, NJ. Nick Corley directs.
Synopsis: Three women condemned to work the late shift in a toy factory in Shenzhen, China, bemoan their fate. The youngest of whom arrives late because she attended a protest rally picketing against inhumane labor conditions. When she arrives, excited and enthusiastic about the prospects for change, she is confronted by their tyrannical boss, and the three band together in an act of defiance.
Willow Martin is a senior Creative Writing Major at Red Bank Regional High School. She lives in Little Silver, NJ. In addition to plays, she enjoys writing poetry and short stories, many of which have earned regional and national accolades from Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (the highest of which being a National Silver Medal). The Late Shift is the first play Martin has written to be produced by a professional company. Martin’s writing style has been influenced by both her studies and extracurricular activities. But most importantly, the brilliant Dr. Gretna Wilkinson is to thank for igniting and kindling Martin’s passion for the arts.
The other short plays in Theatre Brut’s Session 6 bill include Michael Tucker’s Pittsburgh, directed by Jill Eikenberry and starring Eleanor Handley and Michael Satow; Nancy Cooper Frank’s Eviction, directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga and starring Wendy Peace, Cara Ganski, and Hunter Hoffman; and Marisa Smith’s Cubs Win!, directed by Melody Brooks and starring Carol Todd, Susan Barrett, Anja Lee, and Amie Bermowitz.
The week-long fundraising festival includes 28 short plays (performed Oct 1, 6, 7, 8), refreshments, live music, art and photography exhibits, and poetry readings. Prices vary depending on the event. A Festival Pass can be purchased to attend all the events. For additional information call 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org.
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 Playbill.com.