Village Theatre’s NewWorks Program to Stage Cheeyang Ng and Khiyon Hursey’s EASTBOUND Starring Kennedy Kanagawa, Jonny Lee Jr., Cristin J. Hubbard, Shuyan Yang, Ya Han Chang, and Derek Hoyden, Jun. 4-12

Village Theatre is presenting the Village Originals Beta Production of Eastbound, a new bilingual musical about the unexpected meeting of two brothers from opposite sides of the world, featuring Book & Music by Cheeyang Ng and Book & Lyrics by Khiyon Hursey. Desdemona Chiang (Seattle Rep: The Winter’s Tale) directs.

The cast features Kennedy Kanagawa as Calvin, Jonny Lee Jr. as Yum, Cristin J. Hubbard as Caroline, Shuyan Yang as Tian, Ya Han Chang as Qing, and Derek Hoyden as Alec.

R.J. Tancioco (Village Theatre: Hairspray, Newsies) is the Music Director & Conductor and this this is a fully-produced developmental production with choreography by Kathryn Van Meter, scenic design by Timothy Mackabee, costume design by Johanna Pan, lighting design by Robert J. Aguilar, sound design by Natalie Kinsaul. Rachel Miller is the Stage Manager and Leila Cheung is the Assistant Stage Manager.

Performing at Village Theatre’s First Stage Theatre in Issaquah from June 4-12, 2022, tickets are available now through the Village Theatre Box Office at (425) 392-2202 or online at VillageTheatre.org. Eastbound has been supported and developed through Village Theatre’s Village Originals program. This show is in English and Mandarin with English supertitles.

Told through the soundscape of a contemporary score fused with traditional Chinese folk music and Mandopop, Eastbound is performed in English and Mandarin, following the story of two men, centering on the quest for identity. After 21-year-old Calvin has been diagnosed with a deadly illness and travels to China to connect with his birthplace. At the same time, Yun travels to the U.S. in hopes of breaking free of stifling family traditions. The pair are forced to evaluate the true meaning of family, both alone and together. Eastbound is an emotional story of what it means to balance family, tradition, and independence.

Audiences are invited to provide feedback through post-show talkbacks with the authors or through online surveys, becoming part of a new musical in development. Associate Artistic Director Brandon Ivie said: “Eastbound is the perfect example of why this step in the process is so important. Audiences will see that Eastbound does not live on the page, it lives on its feet and in space. And those audiences will give so much input on how to best tell this story. I think the show is going to make some huge strides because of this process.”

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