Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) and Flushing Town Hall are presenting a virtual reading of Marcus Yi’s musical Lucky 88, the first musical to be set in a Flushing food court. The show will be streamed online on October 4, 2020 from 2-4pm.
Written and directed by Marcus Yi. The cast features Ariel Estrada, Ya Han Chang, Xiaoqing Zhang, Charles Pang, Kaitlin Obien, Kennedy Kanagawa, Isabella Dawis, Michelle Cabinian, Andy Danh, DeAnna Choi, and Paulina Yeung. Video Editing by Shubhra Prakash. Music Direction by Sobina Chi.
Inspired by all of the food courts in Flushing, Lucky 88 uses the food court environment to explore the multi faceted lives of people that the average American might not otherwise get a chance to know. The show focuses on 3 food stalls and the people that work there: 60 year old Shen Zha Wang at the hand pulled noodle stall struggling to put his son through law school; 50 year old widow Mei Ling Fu at the dumpling stall who is ready to start dating again; and 50 year old Si Ling Xiu at the boba tea stall hiding her cancer diagnosis from her daughter.
Lucky 88 was originally scheduled to be performed at Flushing Town Hall as an immersive experience this September, but because of COVID-19, the production has been postponed. The upcoming virtual reading will showcase original songs, individual performances by actors, and elements native to the digital sphere.
The show was selected by local Flushing community members, or “art commissioners,” as part of QCA’s Artist Commissioning Program. Queens Council on the Arts (QCA)’s Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. The program enables local community members, or “Art Commissioners” to fill gaps in American culture by awarding $10,000 commissions to choreographers, playwrights, and composers that tell untold stories highlighting underrepresented protagonists. Every year, the ACP focuses on two Queens neighborhoods: the 2019-2020 cycle highlights the communities of Flushing and Maspeth/Ridgewood. By commissioning artists to materials works resonate with these communities, the ACP aims to create a cultural sector more reflective of the diversity of Queens and the nation.
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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 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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