Primary Stages is presenting God Said This, written by Leah Nanako Winkler (Two Mile Hollow) and directed by Morgan Gould (Kentucky). Performances begin at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014) on January 16, 2019 with opening night set for Tuesday, January 29, for a run through February 15, 2019. Tickets are on sale now and are available at primarystages.org.
Proudly developed during award-winning playwright Leah Nanako Winkler’s tenure as part of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, God Said This is a provocative and surprisingly funny new drama about five Kentuckians facing mortality in very different ways. With her mom undergoing chemotherapy, Hiro, a NYC transplant, returns home to Kentucky after years away, struggling to let go of the demons she inherited. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, confronts her faith while tackling inevitable adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters. And John, an old classmate and thirty-something single dad, worries about leaving a lasting legacy for his only son. Wry and bittersweet, God Said This is a portrait of five Godless and God-loving people finding that their struggles bring them together in unexpected ways.
The cast of God Said This will include Ako (Sayonara), Satomi Blair (Kentucky), Tom Coiner (“The Night Of”), Emma Kikue (“The Sinner”), and Jay Patterson (Inherit the Wind).
God Said This will feature scenic design by Arnulfo Maldonado (Dance Nation), costume design by Jessica Pabst (Marvin’s Room), lighting design by Ryan Seelig (Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf), and sound design by M.L. Dogg (Downstairs).
The performance schedule for God Said This is as follows: Tuesday-Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Saturday, January 26 at 2pm; Tuesday, January 29; and Tuesday, February 5. There will be an additional performance on Wednesday, January 23 at 2pm.
Single tickets for God Said This start at $80, with additional premium seating options offered. All tickets are available at primarystages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available by contacting 212-840-9705.
AKO (Masako). Theater: ATL, OSF, WTF, ACT Seattle, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arena Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, TUTS, 5th Ave. Theatre. CATF, Alley Theatre, ESIPA. EST, Prospect Theater, Pan Asian Rep., Urban Stage, Gotham Stage. Film: Snow Falling on Cedars, No Reservations, Prisoners in Time (BBC), Too Tired to Die, I Origin. TV: “30 Rock,” “Mercy.” JAPAN: Takarazuka Revue Company. www.ako-actress.com, www.amaterasuza.org.
SATOMI BLAIR (Hiro). Off-Broadway: Kentucky (Ensemble Studio Theatre), She Kills Monsters (Vampire Cowboys), Solstice Party (ART-LiveSource), Land O’Fire (JCTC) These Seven Sicknesses, and American Sexy (Flea Theater-former company member). Regional Theatre: Gloria (Woolly Mammoth), I Now Pronounce, God Said This (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival); Gloria at The Dallas Theater Center; Seminar (WHAT); Good Men Wanted (Arena Stage). Television: “Madam Secretary” (CBS), “The Village” (NBC), “Rescue Me” (FX). Satomi attended Fordham University and is a member of Morgan Gould & Friends. 4Hawk Productions (Founder): Starring Austin Pendleton, Postcards from Miss Universe, “The Last Great American Webseries.” 4hawkproductions.com satomiblair.com.
TOM COINER (John). Primary Stages debut. Recent Theater: God Said This, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival; The Invisible Hand, Milwaukee Rep; Good Men Wanted, NY Stage & Film; Silent Sky, Merrimack Rep; Both Your Houses, The Little Foxes, The Great Society, Our Betters, Asolo Rep. Screen: “Law & Order SVU,” “Person of Interest,” “The Night Of,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Red Dead Redemption 2.” MFA National Theatre Conservatory.
EMMA KIKUE (Sophie). Primary Stages/Off Broadway debut. Regional: God Said This (Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival World Premiere,) Up the Hill (O’Neill Theater Center,) Vrooommm! (Triad Stage.). TV: “The Sinner,” “Elementary,” “The Code,” “Instinct,” “Madam Secretary,” “Braindead.” Feature Film: Josie and Jack. Workshops and Readings: Sundance Lab, Writers Guild/New York Television Festival, New Dramatists, Atlantic Theater Co, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ma-Yi, and Clubbed Thumb. Education: BFA UNCSA.
JAY PATTERSON (James). Broadway: K2 (Outer Critics Circle nom.), Inherit the Wind. Off Broadway: Roundabout, McGinn-Cazale, NYTW, CSC, Mint, EST. Regional: Guthrie, Arena Stage, McCarter, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center-Stage, ASOLO Rep. Alliance, Cincinnati Playhouse. NY Stage and Film. TV: all “Law & Order,” “BrainDead,” “Crisis in Six Scenes,” “Blue Bloods,” etc…. Film: more than 40 films including Places In The Heart, Nobody’s Fool, Love Ludlow (Sundance selection), Ted 2, Nine Lives, Norman.
ARNULFO MALDONADO (Scenic Designer). Recent credits include: The Carpenter (Alley Theater); Fireflies (Atlantic Theatre); India Pale Ale, Sugar In Our Wounds (MTC); Charm, School Girls… (MCC Theater); I Was Most Alive With You, Dance Nation, Men On Boats (Playwrights Horizons); Usual Girls, Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout Theater Company); 42nd Humana Festival (ATL); Parable of the Sower (UTR/International tour); The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (International tour). Mr. Maldonado is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, and a multiple Henry Hewes design nominee. MFA: NYU Tisch. www.arnulfomaldonado.com.
M.L. DOGG (Sound Designer) has designed for such companies as Second Stage Theatre, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Women’s Project, Signature Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, American Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre Company, Royal National Theatre, Ars Nova, Pearl Theatre, and Nicholas Ward Productions. Broadway: Straight White Men; Oh, Hello On Broadway; The Pee-wee Herman Show. Lortel award for Here Lies Love.
ANDREW DIAZ (Props Supervisor) has previously worked on the Primary Stages productions of The Tribute Artist, Daniel’s Husband, Final Follies, and Downstairs. Andrew is a Brooklyn based set and props designer previously worked with: Walt Disney Entertainment, Roundabout Theatre Company, MCC Theatre, The Flea Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Signature theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Carnegie hall, Classic Stage Company, Primary Stages, The Public, Theater for a New Audience, Cherry Lane Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, among others. BFA University of Arizona School of Theater Arts.
RYAN SEELIG (Lighting Designer) Select credits include: EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF (Elevator Repair Service), THE REHEARSAL ARTIST(Michelle Ellsworth); THEY THEMSELF AND SCHMERM (Becca Blackwell); LIFE DOES NOT LIVE(James Sprang); THE B-SIDES(The Wooster Group); KENTUCKY(Ensemble Studio Theatre) and LOSING TOM PECINKA(Morgan Gould and Friends). Ryan is a 2009 graduate of Fordham University. www.ryanseelig.com
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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.
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