Jan. 30-31: Leviathan Lab Streams Workshop Presentation of Ariel Estrada’s FULL CONTACT; Talkback to Follow

Ariel Estrada
Ariel Estrada

Leviathan Lab is presenting a workshop presentation of Full Contact, written and performed by Ariel Estrada on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday January 31, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Remotely directed and edited for film by Cary Patrick Martin (Film: Coffee and a Donut), Full Contact features original animation by Scott Lilly and dramaturgy by Gaven Trinidad.

Ariel Estrada investigates his experiences as a 20-year survivor of a brutal martial arts cult, and his coming-of-age in the AIDS crisis.

What does it mean to have a body? Leviathan Lab’s online workshop presentation of the solo work FULL CONTACT investigates writer/performer Ariel Estrada’s experiences as a 20-year survivor of a brutal martial arts cult. This filmed performance interweaves the story of his father’s immigration from the Philippines with his own coming-of-age as a gay man at the height of the AIDS crisis. Through these histories, Estrada brings to life the emotional battle between father and son, and his ongoing battle to take pride in himself as a gay Filipino American man against all odds. 

Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5. Each 45m workshop showing will be followed by a Liz Lerman Critical Response talkback. The talkback on Saturday will be led by Claro de los Reyes of Atlantic Pacific Theatre and Sunday by Lynde Rosario, Literary Manager for Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to RSVP.

Original direction for stage by Sheila Bandyopadhyay with Andrew Borthwick Leslie, and original dramaturgy by Gaven Trinidad with Lynde Rosario.

Ariel Estrada (Writer/Performer) is an actor, singer, arts advocate, producer, and Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American film and theatre artists. As an actor and singer, Ariel has performed on television, film, commercials, industrials, new media, and Off, and Off-Off Broadway. As an arts advocate, he is the current Communications and Membership Coordinator of Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists, and Communications Associate for New York Innovative Theatre Awards Foundation. He was the past Communications Manager at The Tank, and the past Manager of Communications and Community Engagement for the Asian American Arts Alliance. He recently was appointed to the 2019 cohort of the New York Foundation of the Arts Emerging Arts Leaders Boot Camp, a year-long career development program for arts leaders of extraordinary promise. In 2018, he was designated as a Rising Leader of Color by Theatre Communications Group, and also completed a year-long training with the New York Community Trust’s Race Forward Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab. He is also a graduate of The Broadway League’s Commercial Theater Institute Emerging Producer Program, as well as a graduate of the MFA in Acting Program from the University of Washington. As a freelance grant writer, he has raised over $500K in funding for small, not-forprofit arts groups. Ariel is also an accomplished Fortune 500 and Inc. 5000-level communications designer and social media strategist. www.arielestrada.com

Lia Chang
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 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. All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2021 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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