Production Photos: Ron Domingo, Anna Ishida, Christina Pumariega, Dominique Brillon and Polly Lee in Leviathan Lab’s Production of Sam Chanse’s TRIGGER 

Leviathan Lab (Artistic Director, Flordelino Lagundino) is presenting TRIGGER, a new play by New Dramatists playwright Sam Chanse. TRIGGER runs at IATI Theatre (64 East 4th Street) through Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Anna Ishida and Ron Domingo. Photo by Mireya Acierto
Anna Ishida and Ron Domingo. Photo by Mireya Acierto

The cast of TRIGGER features Anna Ishida (Lee), Polly Lee (Allie), Dominque Brillon (Grace), Christina Pumariega (Gods/Eunice/Server), and Ron Domingo (Koji).

Ron Domingo and Anna Ishida. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino
Ron Domingo and Anna Ishida. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino

Tickets for TRIGGER are available at www.leviathanlab.com and by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. The performance schedule is Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

Christina Pumariego and Anna Ishida. Photo by Mireya Acierto
Christina Pumariego and Anna Ishida. Photo by Mireya Acierto

When a childhood friend’s racist rant goes viral, Lee wrestles with the rage inside herself and in others. On top of that, she has to deal with a deteriorating domestic situation and a sudden xenophobic attack on a family member. What can she do? Lee seeks refuge in studies of ignorance and the science of emotions. As ancient goddesses and not-so-ancient house flies hover over her lecture notes, she comes to learn what little she really knows. In this topical and mythic dramedy, TRIGGER asks how we can connect people in a time of heightened fear and anger.

Polly Lee and Anna Ishida. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino
Polly Lee and Anna Ishida. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino

TRIGGER features scenic and properties design by Deb O; costume design by Nikki Delhomme; sound design by Matt Otto; and lighting design by Christina Watanabe; and will be stage managed by Emma Ruopp.

Dominique Brillon. Photo by Mireya Acierto
Dominique Brillon. Photo by Mireya Acierto
Polly Lee, Anna Ishida and Christina Pumariego. Photo by Mireya Acierto
Polly Lee, Anna Ishida and Christina Pumariego. Photo by Mireya Acierto
Anna Ishida. Photo by Mireya Acierto
Anna Ishida. Photo by Mireya Acierto
8-Christina Pumariega. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino
Christina Pumariega. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Sam Chanse (Playwright) Sam Chanse’s plays include The Opportunities of Extinction, The Other InstinctFruiting BodiesWhat you are now, and Lydia’s Funeral Video. She is a resident of New Dramatists, a Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, and a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. A former Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Millay, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Tofte Lake Center, and the Lark. Her work has been recognized by The Kilroys (Opportunities of Extinction: 2017 List; Fruiting Bodies: 2015 List; The Other Instinct: 2017 & 2016 Honorable Mention). Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She is an alumna of the Lark’s New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat, Meeting of the Minds, and Playground, and of the Civilians R&D Group; her work has also been developed with The Yale Institute for Music Theatre, The Claque, Labyrinth Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Stage Left, Bindlestiff Studio, Asian American Theater Company, and the New York International Fringe Festival. MFA playwriting: Columbia University; MFA musical theater writing: NYU.

Flordelino Lagundino (Director) is the artistic director of Leviathan Lab, and is a 2017 Drama League NY Directing Fellow. His directing credites include: FOB (Drama League DirectorFest); Sweeney Todd, Doubt, Yellowman, Cedar House, and Animals Out of Paper (Perseverance Theatre); Flipzoids, True West, and Shakespeare’s R&J (Generator Theater Company); Sweeney Todd (Juneau Symphony); In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Much Ado About Nothing, Stone Cold Dead Serious, In the Blood at (Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company). As an actor, Flordelino’s credits include: Vietgone (Mixed Blood Theatre); Measure for Measure (The Old Globe); Camino Real (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); Willy Wonka (The Kennedy Center); The Long Season, Yeast Nation, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hair, The Who’s Tommy, Noises Off (Perseverance Theatre). Flordelino is a company member of Theater Akimbo and a graduate of the MFA directing program at Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company and the MFA acting program at University of Texas at Austin.

ABOUT LEVIATHAN LAB
Founded in 2009, Leviathan Lab is an award-winning not-for-profit creative studio whose mission is the advancement of Asian and Asian American (A/AA) performing artists and their work. www.leviathanlab.com

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