Daniel K. Isaac, John D. Haggerty, Kenneth Lee, Jennifer Lim, Julyana Soelistyo and Holly Chou Open in Clubbed Thumb’s Production of YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT by Zhu Yi at The Wild Project; Performances through June 13

SUMMERWORKS, Clubbed Thumb’s annual series of new plays is presenting YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT by Zhu Yi at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd Street) in Manhattan, June 3 through June 13.Opening night is tonight at 8:00 p.m.

John D. Haggerty, Kenneth Lee, Daniel K. Isaac, Jennifer Lim, Holly Chou and Julyana Soelistyo. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Ken Rus Schmoll, YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT features Holly Chou, John D. Haggerty (“Gotham,” NAATCO’s Henry VI), Daniel K. Isaac (“Billions,” The Chinese Lady), Kenneth Lee (“Search Party”, The Machine), Jennifer Lim (Chinglish, Clubbed Thumb’s Tumacho), Julyana Soelistyo (Tony Award Nominee, Golden Child).

John D. Haggerty, Daniel K. Isaac, Holly Chou, Kenneth Lee, Playwright Zhu Yi, Jennifer Lim and Julyana Soelistyo. Photo by Lia Chang

The creative team includes Andrew Moerdyk (scenic design), Heather McDevitt Barton (costume design), Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), Brendan Aanes (sound design), Raphael Mishler (prop design), Melanie Aponte (stage manager).

Lia Chang, John D. Haggerty, Rajesh Bose, Zhu Yi, Mahira Kakkar, Julyana Soelistyo, Kenneth Lee, Jennifer Lim, Cindy Cheung, Jon Norman Schneider, Daniel K. Isaac, Vanessa Kai and Holly Chou. Photo by Garth Kravits

The Li family would be enjoying their new lake-view luxury villa outside of the city, were they not surrounded by the gardeners, maids, and security guards who had once owned the land–not to mention the Gods, ghosts and unnamed spirits there for thousands of years before them. A play about economic transformation, the dreams it enables and those it crushes.

YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT features set design by Andrew Moerdyk, costume design by Heather McDevitt Barton, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang and sound design by Brendan Aanes. Melanie Aponte is the production stage manager.

Festival passes are on sale now for $65, with discounted preview passes on sale for $55, at https://www.artful.ly/clubbedthumb/store/passes. Single tickets are on sale for $25 ($20 for students) here.

This play was developed as part of a long term project for playwrights in China with the Royal Court Theatre and the British Council from 2016-2018.

Lia Chang
Lia Chang

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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