Leviathan Lab’s Ariel Estrada Stars in Self-penned FULL CONTACT at The Tank as Part of Pridefest 2019 through June 27

Ariel Estrada. Photo by Lia Chang

Leviathan Lab is presenting a workshop production of FULL CONTACT, a new solo performance work written and performed by Ariel Estrada (Producing Artistic Director, Leviathan Lab; 2019 New York Foundation for the Arts, Arts Leadership Cohort; 2018 Theatre Communications Group, Rising Leader of Color).

Ariel Estrada. Photo by Lia Chang

FULL CONTACT runs for two performances at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, June 26 and 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 27 as part of PrideFest 2019 at The Tank, 312 West 36th Street, 1st floor. PrideFest is The Tank’s annual festival of new works by LGBTQIA+ playwrights in celebration of National Pride Month.

Ariel Estrada and Sheila Bandyopadhyay. Photo by Lia Chang
Ariel Estrada and Sheila Bandyopadhyay. Photo by Lia Chang

Co-directed by Sheila Bandyopadhyay (Head of Movement, American Academy of Dramatic Arts) and Andrew Borthwick Leslie (Co-Artistic Director, The Humanist Project; Faculty, Shakespeare and Company), FULL CONTACT features dramaturgy by Lynde Rosario (Literary Manager, Denver Center for the Performing Arts); production dramaturgy by Gaven Trinidad (Director, National Queer Theatre’s Criminal Queerness Festival production of Yilong Liu’s JOKER); with Danitra Faithe serving as Production Stage Manager.

Tickets for Leviathan Lab’s workshop production of FULL CONTACT are $12, and available here and by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1.800.838.3006.

Ariel Estrada. Photo by Lia Chang

What does it mean to have a body? Ariel Estrada investigates his experiences as a 20-year survivor of a brutal martial arts cult, interweaving his Filipino fathers immigrant story with his own coming-of-age as a gay man at the height of the AIDS crisis. Through these histories, he brings to life the emotional battle between father and son, and his ongoing battle to take pride in himself as a gay Filipino American man against all odds.

Ariel Estrada. Photo by Lia Chang

Ariel Estrada (Writer/Performer) is an actor, singer, arts advocate, producer, and Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American film and theatre artists. As an actor and singer, Ariel has performed on television, film, commercials, industrials, new media, and Off, and Off-Off Broadway. As an arts advocate, he is the current Communications and Membership Coordinator of Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists, and Communications Associate for New York Innovative Theatre Awards Foundation. He was the past 2 of 2 Communications Manager at The Tank, and the past Manager of Communications and Community Engagement for the Asian American Arts Alliance. He recently was appointed to the 2019 cohort of the New York Foundation of the Arts Emerging Arts Leaders Boot Camp, a year-long career development program for arts leaders of extraordinary promise. In 2018, he was designated as a Rising Leader of Color by Theatre Communications Group, and also completed a year-long training with the New York Community Trust’s Race Forward Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab. He is also a graduate of The Broadway League’s Commercial Theater Institute Emerging Producer Program, as well as a graduate of the MFA in Acting Program from the University of Washington. As a freelance grant writer, he has raised over $500K in funding for small, not-forprofit arts groups. Ariel is also an accomplished Fortune 500 and Inc. 5000-level communications designer and social media strategist. www.arielestrada.com

Ariel Estrada and Sheila Bandyopadhyay. Photo by Lia Chang
Ariel Estrada and Sheila Bandyopadhyay. Photo by Lia Chang
Ariel Estrada and Sheila Bandyopadhyay. Photo by Lia Chang

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. Through the speaking of A/AA artists’ words, and the presentation of A/AA bodies, presence, and gestures on stage and film, Leviathan works to open spaces that promote social justice, bridge communities, and assert the power of art to change the world. We function as a lab where earlycareer and established A/AA artists can be courageous, experiment, and thrive as they create works that captivate the audiences we serve. www.leviathanlab.org

Life Imitates Art for THE CULT PLAY’s Ariel Estrada

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits. Photo by 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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