On Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m., The Berkeley Carroll School Theater Department is presenting the world premiere of The Hope Project, a new collaboration with playwright and artivist Daniel K. Isaac.
“When WT McRae heard that my fall playwriting plans (a production & a writers residency) were postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic, they approached me to be the guest artist for the high school ensemble at The Berkeley Carroll School,”shared Playwright Daniel K. Isaac. “Rather than do The Crucible over Zoom, WT wanted to create an original theatrical piece for their students. And they pitched me the working title: “The Hope Project.” After brainstorming and devising at the beginning of the semester, we asked the students to interview dozens of adults from all different backgrounds across the country about their varied experiences of 2020. In the months leading up to the election, each interview ended with the questions: What do you fear? What do you hope for? Then during election week, I was on deadline to finish writing the play rather than doom-scroll. This is my first time working with high school students! And I’ve never met this ensemble in person. I have no idea how tall any of them are! But I have fallen in love with each and every one of them. The future is brighter because they exist. And a special shout-out to WT who gave me the gift of experiencing the creation of a world-premiere full-length play from page to digital-stage.”
Daniel K. Isaac was born and raised in sunny Southern California. When he was in fifth grade, his mother heard a mortifying story about a preacher who went numb with stage fright and had to be escorted off the stage. Isaac was promptly signed up for Grace Korean Church’s theatre troupe and he’s been an actor ever since. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Theatre from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Isaac moved to not-always-sunny New York City where he’s been seen on large and small screens and stages. Some Film/TV Credits include: “Foshay” on The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV LAND), MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts), “Virgil” on Person of Interest (CBS, recurring), The Following (FOX), Believe (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO) and “Ben Kim” on SHOWTIME’s Billions (with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis). Some upcoming projects include: Search Party (TBS), Crashing (HBO), Shades of Blue (NBC) and Drew (CBS, pilot). www.danielkisaac.com
Barrington Stage Company Presents $2,500 Spark Grants to Daniel K. Isaac, Keelay Gipson, Camille A. Brown, Joe Calarco, Sara Cooper, Jenny Giering, Donja R. Love, Grace McLean, Jeffrey Page,Joël René Scoville and Niko Tsakalakos
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 andWhen the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.