Leviathan Lab’s National Filipino American History Month Reading Series to Feature PEDICAB, PAPER SWAG, and LOLA LUNING’s FIRST STEPS

Leviathan Lab is presenting its reading series featuring three evenings of new plays by Filipino American Playwrights, presented in celebration of National Filipino American History Month. The plays examine urgent issues facing Filipino Americans today. The playwrights interrogate what it means to be Filipino American now, in an America and world ravaged by COVID, anti-Asian hate, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy. The series’ featured playwrights include Claro de los Reyes (Founder & Director, Atlantic Pacific Theatre), Cherry Lou Sy (Finalist, Emerging Writers Group, The Public), and Kristine M. Reyes (Semi-Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference).

The readings and their creative teams include:

Pedicab By Claro de los Reyes (Founder & Director, Atlantic Pacific Theatre)

Directed by Aureen Almario (Artistic Director, Bindlestiff Studio)

Featuring nic feliciano, Roy Koshy, Anthony Vaughn Merchant, Jamie Nallas, Ren Dara Santiago, and Trevor Swann.

Paper Swag By Cherry Lou Sy (Finalist, Emerging Writers Group, The Public) Directed by Ifa Bayeza (Inaugural Humanist-in-Residence, National Endowment for the Humanities) Featuring Johnathan Dougan, Dame Jasmine Hughes, Kim Jones, Laura Mercedes, Tony Aidan Vo, and Jen Yip.

Lola Luning’s First Steps By Kristine M. Reyes (Semi-Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference)

Directed by Andrea Andresakis (Nominee, Best Director, BroadwayWorld)

Featuring Ching Valdes Aran, Lydia Gaston, Kristi Donna Ng, and Precious Sipin. Stage management will be provided by Mars Neri. Ariel Estrada (Producing Artistic Director, Leviathan Lab) serves as producer.


Tuesday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Pedicab by Claro de los Reyes RSVP: This reading is by invite only. Please inquire at ariel@leviathanlab.com.

Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Paper Swag by Cherry Lou Sy TICKETS

Tuesday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Lola Luning’s First Steps by Kristine M. Reyes TICKETS.

FREE with suggested donation of $15. All shows online.


A portion of the proceeds will benefit The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.

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 (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. Click here for Cre8sianproject.com’s latest profile on Lia.

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