Pride Plays’ Reading : Vichet Chum, Alton Alburo, Jon Norman Schneider and Will Seefried in Chay Yew’s A LANGUAGE OF THEIR OWN at Rattlestick

Doug Nevin and Michael Urie, in partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presented a reading of Chay Yew’s A Language of Their Own on June 23rd as part of Pride Plays, a festival of play readings commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. Nick Mayo serves as Festival Director.

Festival Producer Doug Nevin, Director Mei Ann Teo and Festival Producer Michael Urie. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Mei Ann Teo, the cast featured Vichet Chum, Alton Alburo, Jon Norman Schneider, and Will Seefried.

Will Seefried, Vichet Chum, Jon Norman Schneider and Alton Alburo. Photo by Lia Chang

Chay Yew’s A Language of Their Own is a lyrical and dramatic meditation on the nature of desire and sexuality as four men—three Asian and one white—come together and drift apart in a series of interconnection stories. A Language of Their Own focuses on Oscar and Ming who had been together for four years. They break up after Oscar is diagnosed with AIDS, however, neither is able to let the other go completely. Both begin relationships with new boyfriends and find navigating these relationships just as complicated as when they were together – like learning and creating the nuances of a new language.

Will Seefried, Alton Alburo, Jon Norman Schneider and Vichet Chum. Photo by Lia Chang

A Language of Their Own premiered at L.A.’s Celebration Theatre in 1994 and went on to be staged at the Public Theater in 1995 starring BD Wong, Francis Jue, Alec Mapa and David Drake. A critical and popular success at New York’s Public Theater, it won both the George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award and the GLAAD Media Award for Best Play.

Stage Manager Caitlyn Annelise Dominguez, Will Seefried, Alton Alburo, Jon Norman Schneider, Director Mei Ann Teo, Vichet Chum and Gaven Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang

More than a dozen play readings from celebrated LBTQIA voices were  presented from June 20 -24 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, capturing the prideful spirit of the LGBTQIA community and celebrating 50 years of theatrical voices.

Jon Norman Schneider, Alton Alburo and Edward Chin-Lyn. Photo by Lia Chang

Set against the backdrop of World Pride and the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, Pride Plays hopes to be a reflection of the queer experience the community has braved in the years since its heroes took their stand. Click here for more information on the Pride Plays.

Vichet Chum, Alton Alburo, Jon Norman Schneider, Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Edward Chin-Lyn

The advisory committee for Pride Plays is Chay Yew, Moises Kaufman, Lucy Thurber, Sam Hunter, Lisa Scheps, Michael Sheppard, Miranda Haymon, and Ted Snowdon.

Stage Manager Caitlyn Annelise Dominguez, Will Seefried, Alton Alburo, Director Mei Ann Teo, Jon Norman Schneider, Vichet Chum and Gaven Trinidad. Photo by Lia Chang
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

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