On Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 1:30pm, NAATCO is presenting a virtual first read of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and translated by Hansol Jung. Helmed by Chay Yew, the cast features featuring Jin Ha, John D. Haggerty, Stephanie Hsu, Paul Juhn, Vanessa Kai, Mia Katigbak, Peter Kim, K.K. Moggie, Luis Moreno, Jon Norman Schneider and Thom Sesma.
NAATCO is taking a page from PLAY ON SHAKESPEARE’s First Read Series, replicating the first day of rehearsal when the company gathers around the table and reads the play together for the first time. While these extraordinary times require that they do this via Zoom, NAATCO promises to bring extraordinary vigor and excitement to this reading.
Originally commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of Play on! 36 playwrights translate Shakespeare. This is made possible with generous support from PLAY ON SHAKESPEARE
There will be two 10-minute intermissions
- European and American classics as written with all Asian American casts;
- Adaptations of these classics by Asian American playwrights; and
- New plays – preferably world premieres – written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but realized by an all Asian American cast.
- Development and production of new plays by Asian American playwrights that incorporate other performative arts and media.
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 films Wolf, 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. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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