Watch: The Lucille Lortel Foundation is Presenting an IG Live Chat with Jaygee Macapugay and Viet Vo in Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As part of the ongoing celebration of AAPI Month, The Lortel Foundation continues to use its social media platforms to help elevate and honor AAPI community members , Please join Viet Vo on the Lortel Foundation Instagram account, “IG LIVE WITH” on Friday, May 21 as he chat with the phenomenal Jaygee Macapugay. Please follow @lorteltheatre to tune in. 

https://www.instagram.com/lorteltheatre/live/

Jaygee Macapugay is a proud Filipino & Broadway actress, currently living in Brooklyn, NYC. Broadway: SCHOOL OF ROCK (OBC, cast album). Selected Off-Broadway: Public Theater- SOFT POWER (nominee for 2020 Grammy & Pulitzer Prize), Imelda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE, WILD GOOSE DREAMS. National Asian Artists Project: Irene Molloy, HELLO, DOLLY!, and Gabrielle, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA.

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in the Off- Broadway production of HERE LIES LOVE at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang
Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino and Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang
Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino and Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda Marcos in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Selected Regional: Seattle Repertory Theater, 5th Avenue, Casa Manana, MUNY, KC Starlight, North Carolina Theater, Maltz Jupiter Theater, Riverside Theater, Berkshire Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theater, Curran Theater, East West Players.

Jon Hoche; Daniel May (facing away); Kendyl Ito; Kristen Faith Oei; Maria-Christina Oliveras (obscured); Raymond J. Lee; Jaygee Macapugay and Geena Quintos. Photo Credit: Craig Schwartz
L-R: Raymond J. Lee, Jaygee Macapugay, Austin Ku, Kendyl Ito and Jon Hoche in the world premiere of David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s “Soft Power” at Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz

Jaygee has a mission for storytelling as a means for change, particularly for amplifying the stories of Asian Americans. Most recently, Jaygee performed excerpts from Paulo Tirol’s Filipino immigrant song cycle ON THIS SIDE OF THE WORLD with Musical Theater West & the National Alliance of Musical Theatre.

Michael Protacio, Jaygee Macapugay, Albert Guerzon, Kevin Schuering, Diane Phelan and Joanne Javien. Photo by Lia Chang

Bev’s Girl Films latest release is The Language Lesson starring Jaygee Macapugay as Jenny and Deven Kolluri as Professor Nadal.  Executive Produced by Lia Chang and Garth Kravits (co-founders of Bev’s Girl Films), The Language Lesson was directed by Mr. Kravits (Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Drowsy Chaperone) and features choreography by Karla Puno Garcia (Hamilton).

Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Deven Kolluri,Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang

According to Macapugay, “Working on Paulo’s music has been one of the greatest privileges of my career.  I wasn’t sure if I should release the film because I didn’t want to be insensitive to the coronavirus crisis affecting the world.  But this film, shot on location in New York City, celebrates diversity in the arts right now- a Filipino American story written by a Filipino American composer and featuring a FilAm choreographer, Asian American leads, and fourteen gorgeously diverse actor/dancers.  Even our producer, band, hair/make-up team, and craft service are comprised mainly of artists of color.

Jaygee Macapugay, Garth Kravits and Paulo K Tirol on the set of THE LANGUAGE LESSON 

She is a proud member of Broadway Barkada, a collective of Filipino artists who support each other through their programs & performance.  Next month, she’ll be singing in BROADWAY STRIPPED with Broadway Barkada for Philippine Independence Day in Las Vegas.  Jaygee recently assisted in writing the “Filipinos on Broadway” entry for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Filipina/x/o American Studies.

Jaygee Macapugay with her sister Libery Belles and John Voight, performing for the USO.
Jaygee Macapugay with her sister Libery Belles and John Voight, performing for the USO.

She also sang for our troops with the USO, as a member of The Liberty Belles.  Before the pandemic, she shot a scene for the upcoming film FALSE POSITIVE with Ilana Glazer. Lastly, she has a passion for developing new works, and has participated in early workshops of new musicals, including Alan Menken’s HERCULES and Steven Sater’s LA RONDE.

Originally from Hawaii, Viet Vo thought moving from that island to the island of Manhattan was going to be the same. Until he realized there were no beaches, just a lot of pavement. However, he has had many a great opportunity to work with amazing as well as well known people. For that, he is living beyond his dreams. Theatre: ROMEO AND BERNADETTE, CAROUSEL, FISHING FOR WIVES, MISS SAIGON, MIKADO. TV/FILM: THE BLACKLIST, A CRIME TO REMEMBER, TALES OF THE CITY, LOST.

The Lucille Lortel Foundation was created by Lucille Lortel to foster excellence and diversity in the theatre, as well as to faithfully preserve the rich history and support the continued prosperity of Off-Broadway.

The Foundation has several major programs, including its General Operating Support Program that has provided millions of dollars to New York City theatre companies. Companies outside of New York City are ineligible for funding. Only companies that receive a request for proposal are eligible for the General Operating Support Program.

 

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