VIDEO: Lillian Castillo Performs 2020 Guggenheim Fellow Lloyd Suh’s ‘Middleton’ Monologue in Milwaukee Rep’s OUR HOME TO YOUR HOME Series

2020 Guggenheim Fellow Lloyd Suh. Photo Credit: Karin Shook
2020 Guggenheim Fellow Lloyd Suh. Photo Credit: Karin Shook

Congratulations to Lloyd Suh, who recently received a 2020 Guggeheim Fellowship in the field of Drama and Performance Art.

In 2019, Milwaukee Rep presented Suh’s critically acclaimed The Chinese Lady starring Lisa Helmi Johanson (Avenue Q tour) as Afong Moy and Jon Norman Schneider (House Rules, Ma-Yi Theater Company) as Atung, helmed by Rep Associate Artistic Director May Adrales.

Lisa Helmi Johanson, Jon Norman Schneider in THE CHINESE LADY. Photo by Michael Brosilow
Lisa Helmi Johanson, Jon Norman Schneider in THE CHINESE LADY. Photo by Michael Brosilow

While the stages remain dark during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Milwaukee Rep is rallying its creative resources to bring the world-class theater audiences have come to know and love directly into homes.

Milwaukee Rep devised several ways to not only serve its audience during these unprecedented times, but to thrive as a cultural community of artists.

In keeping with its mission to create new plays through the John (Jack) D. Lewis New Play Development program, Milwaukee Rep commissioned 10 playwrights to write 3-5 minute monologues centered on the themes of connectivity, hope and the need of community.

Milwaukee Rep’s latest commission features Lloyd Suh’s original monologue ‘Middleton,’ performed by Lillian Castillo.

Other playwrights included in the series include Dael Orlandersmith (Until the Flood), Rick Cleveland (Five Presidents), BreakBeat Poet Idris Goodwin, Marie Kohler (Boswell), Catherine Trieschmann (One House Over), Joanna Murray Smith (American Song), A. Rey Pamatmat (after all the terrible things I do) and more. Performed by Milwaukee Rep’s favorite artists both locally and nationally, the monologue videos will post on Wednesdays and Sundays on Milwaukee Rep’s website and social media channels.

Lloyd Suh is the author of plays including The Chinese LadyCharles Francis Chan Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder MysteryAmerican Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Franklinland, and others, which have been produced at theaters across the country including Ma-Yi, Magic, EST, NAATCO, Milwaukee Rep, Children’s Theatre Company, PlayCo, ArtsEmerson, Denver Center, and more, including internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He is a resident playwright of New Dramatists, a Lifetime Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Actors Studio, an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a graduate of Indiana University and The New School. He was a recipient of a 2016 Helen Merrill Award from the New York Community Trust and the 2019 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and a 2020 Guggeheim Fellowship in the field of Drama and Performance Art. He has served since 2015 as a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

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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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. 

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