Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Jeena Yi, Atra Asdou, Gabriel Brown and Chivas Michael Set for Yale Rep’s Production of Susan Soon He Stanton’s TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY through Feb. 19; On-Demand Stream Will Be Available from Feb. 20-Mar. 5

Susan Soon He Stanton

Yale Repertory Theatre opens its 2022 Season with Today is My Birthday by Susan Soon He Stanton, directed by Mina Morita. The critically-acclaimed comedy about loneliness in the age of connectivity will be performed January 28-February 19 at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street). The first performance on January 28 is one day later than previously announced. Opening Night remains scheduled for Thursday, February 3.

The cast includes Atra Asdou, Gabriel Brown, Francis Jue, Emily Kuroda, Chivas Michael, and Jeena Yi.

The creative team for Today is My Birthday includes Bridget Lindsay (Set Designer), David Mitsch (Costume Designer), Nicole E. Lang (Lighting Designer), Noel Nichols, UptownWorks (Sound Designer), Matthew Armentrout (Hair Designer), Jisun Kim (Production Dramaturg), Dani Mader (Technical Director), Cynthia Santos DeCure (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Erica Fae (Movement Coach), Tara Rubin, C.S.A. and Sujotta Pace, C.S.A. (Casting Directors), and Kevin Jinghong Zhu (Stage Manager).

“It has been a singular joy to watch Susan Soon He Stanton, Mina Morita, and the entire company of visiting and resident artists, technicians, and managers make a play at Yale Rep for the first time in nearly two years,” said Artistic Director James Bundy. “The extraordinary zest and commitment with which they have embraced the work of bringing this wonderfully funny and wise play to life is truly inspiring. And that our first performances are within sight feels nothing less than miraculous.”

Emily Chang’s life is falling apart. A nasty breakup and a stalled writing career send her packing from Manhattan back to O’ahu. But her fantasy of a picture-perfect homecoming collides with reality as she begins to discover how little she really knows about those she loves most­­-and how difficult it is to let her true self be known to others. Susan Soon He Stanton’s critically-acclaimed play, Today is My Birthday, is a wise and witty comedy about loneliness in the age of connectivity.

Attendance Policies and On-Demand Streaming

Yale Rep is thrilled to welcome all audience members who are vaccinated and boosted to Today is My Birthday, and the rest of its 2022 season, beginning Friday, February 11.

In recognition of substantial improvement in numbers of hospitalizations and rates of COVID-19 infections in Connecticut and in the Yale campus community compared to the beginning of the year, Yale University has moved the campus alert level from Orange (moderate risk) to Yellow (low to moderate risk). The University’s visitors policy, suspended at the top of the semester, will be restored effective Friday, February 11.

Patrons whose tickets for performances January 28–February 10 could not be honored may exchange or purchase new tickets for any performance February 11–19 at the cost of their original ticket, even if the new performance is more expensive. Please contact the Audience Services Department at (203) 432-1234 to rebook.

Yale Rep’s vaccination policy now requires proof of a booster shot for all ticketholders who are eligible to receive it, in addition to the initial one- or two-shot vaccine regimen. Yale community ticketholders must also present their university ID card. ASTM, 3-ply, N95, or KN95 masks must be worn at all times while inside the theater; cloth masks are acceptable only when double-masking in combination with one of these approved masks.

Yale Rep will be making a video recording of the production that will be available to stream on-demand by audience members in New Haven, and well beyond, who will be unable to attend the show in-person, February 20-March 5. Yale Rep will underwrite the $15 cost of the video ticket for each audience member whose previous ticket purchase for Today is My Birthday is affected by the current audience restrictions. More information will be announced soon.

“All of us at Yale Rep are deeply disappointed that we are unable to share Susan Soon He Stanton’s play with more people in-person, but our theater remains committed to sharing our work with the largest possible audience,” said Managing Director Florie Seery. “We are excited by the opportunities that the on-demand stream will provide for theater lovers anywhere in the world-and we look forward to welcoming back many more of our friends in the months ahead.”

Student tickets are $10 for all performances. Faculty and staff tickets are $10 and $25 (all previews), $10 and $45 (weeknights), and $10 and $65 (weekends and matinees). Tickets are available online at yalerep.org, where a CAS login will confirm current Yale status. The box office staff will confirm eligibility before completing in-person and phone orders.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker 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. Her short film, When the World Was Young, written and directed by Garth Kravits, recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. 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. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

As an actor, Lia made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, directed by Geraldine Fitzgerald, and was featured as Joy in Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1965 Obie award winning play, Chicago directed by Joseph Chaikin at the Public Theater. Off Broadway credits include: Once Upon A (korean) Time (EST), Jeff Weiss’ Obie Award winning Hot Keys (Naked Angels), Raunchy Asian Women (Ohio Theatre), The Confirmation (The Vineyard), Behind Closed Doors (MCC), Power Play (Billie Holiday Theatre), Two Gentlemen of Verona, Underground Soap, and Famine Plays (Cucaracha Theatre), Derek Walcott’s Marie Laveau at the Castillo Theatre (New Federal Theatre).

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