Daniel K. Isaac, Julyana Soelistyo, Jennifer Lim, John D. Haggerty and More Celebrate YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT Opening Night

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

Zhu Yi’s YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT opened at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd Street) in Manhattan on June 6 as part of SUMMERWORKS, Clubbed Thumb’s annual series of new plays. The limited run ends on Thursday, June 13 and due to popular demand, an additional 3:00 p.m. matinee has been added on June 13. Single tickets are on sale for $25 ($20 for students) here.

Playwright Zhu Yi and Director Ken Rus Schmoll. 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, Julyana Soelistyo, Jennifer Lim. 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).

John Haggerty, Daniel K. Isaac, Director Ken Rus Schmoll, Holly Chou, Kenneth Lee, Julyana Soelistyo, Producing Artistic Director Maria Striar, Playwright Zhu Yi and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

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.

Playwright Zhu Yi. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Zhu Yi. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwright Zhu Yi. Photo by Lia Chang
Ida Chavoshan, Daniel K. Isaac, Esther Lee and Chad Reed .Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac and his mother, Esther Lee. Photo by Lia Chang
Clubbed Thumb Producing Artistic Director Maria Striar, Associate Artistic Director Michael Bulger and Advancement Director Quinn Metal Corbin. Photo by Lia Chang
John D. Haggerty, Playwright Zhu Yi, Kenneth Lee and Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Zhu Yi, Daniel K. Isaac, Lia Chang and Esther Lee. Photo by Sarah Einspanier
Sarah Einspanier and Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Kenneth Lee and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Lim, Gary Wilmes and Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes. Photo by Lia Chang
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar and Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
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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