Brittany Bellizeare, Harvy Blanks, Brian D. Coats, Elain Graham, Charlie Hudson III and Blake Morris in KING HEDLEY II at Two River Theater through December 16 

Charlie Hudson III (Mister) and Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson

Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias, Managing Director Michael Hurst) presents August Wilson’s King Hedley II, directed by Brandon J. Dirden. The extended five-week run opens tonight at 7pm and continues through Sunday, December 16 in Two River’s Marion Huber Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. Tickets are available from 732.345.1400 or tworivertheater.org.

This production marks the halfway point in Two River Theater’s commitment to present all 10 plays of August Wilson’s American Century Cycle. For the first time, the theater will be presenting one of Wilson’s plays in its intimate 110-seat Marion Huber Theater.

The cast of King Hedley II includes Brittany Bellizeare (Tonya), Harvy Blanks (Elmore), Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon), Elain Graham(Ruby), Charlie Hudson III (Mister), and Blake Morris (King Hedley II).

The creative team includes scenic designer Michael Carnahan, costume designer Karen Perry, lighting designer Kathy A. Perkins, sound designer Kay Richardson, and hair & wig designer Erin Hicks. The fight direction is by UnkleDave’s Fight-House, the casting is by Heidi Griffiths & Kate Murray, and the stage manager is Laura Wilson.

Elain Graham (Ruby) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Elain Graham (Ruby) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Charlie Hudson III (Mister) and Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Charlie Hudson III (Mister) and Brian D. Coats (Stool Pigeon) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
 Brittany Bellizeare (Tonya) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Brittany Bellizeare (Tonya) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
 Blake Morris (King Hedley II) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Blake Morris (King Hedley II) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
 Blake Morris (King Hedley II) and Harvy Blanks (Elmore) in August Wilson's King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Blake Morris (King Hedley II) and Harvy Blanks (Elmore) in August Wilson’s King Hedley II at Two River Theater. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
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Production Photos: Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Amber Gray, Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page and More in HADESTOWN at National Theatre

André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown opens at the National Theatre on November 13.

André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust in each other is put to a final test.

André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes and the company in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

The cast includes Sharif Afifi, Reeve Carney, André De Shields, Rosie Fletcher, Amber Gray, Beth Hinton-Lever, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Eva Noblezada, Seyi Omooba, Gloria Onitiri, Patrick Page, Aiesha Pease, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw and Shaq Taylor.

André De Shields as Hermes and Patrick Page as Hades in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks
André De Shields as Hermes and Patrick Page as Hades in HADESTOWN. Photo by Helen Maybanks

Directed by Rachel Chavkin, with set design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, choreography by David Neumann, musical direction and vocal arrangements by Liam Robinson, orchestrations and arrangements by Michael Chorneyand Todd Sickafoose, with Ken Cerniglia as dramaturg.

Eva Noblezada. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray and Nathaniel Cross. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray and Nathaniel Cross. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada and Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, Jim Dale and Arthur Levine to be Honored at New-York Historical Society’s Annual History Makers Gala on November 6

The New-York Historical Society will present the 2018 History Makers Award to world-renowned entertainer and celebrated Harry Potter audiobook voice actor Jim Dale at its annual History Makers Gala, in recognition of the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, now on view at New-York Historical. The gala will take place on November 6, 2018, at 583 Park. Harry Potter editor Arthur A. Levine will receive the New-York Historical Society Distinguished Service Award, and New-York Historical Trustee Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang will receive the New-York Historical Society Medal of Merit for Public Engagement.


“This is truly a magical year at New-York Historical, and it is an honor to recognize this trio of honorees who have been so instrumental in the world of Harry Potter as well as to the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical. “Jim Dale’s outstanding international career, including voicing all the Harry Potter audiobooks, has delighted generations of fans. The course of children’s literature was forever altered when Arthur A. Levine single-handedly introduced J.K. Rowling to American audiences. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang’s impact on New-York Historical—as a member of our board and as a supporter of our exhibitions—is immeasurable, along with her scholarship and guidance regarding the ancient oracle bones that are featured in Harry Potter: A History of Magic.”

The funds raised at the History Makers Gala benefit education programs at New-York Historical that serve more than 200,000 New York City public school students. Past recipients of the History Makers Award include William J. Bratton and Rikki Klieman (2017), Ken Burns and Ric Burns (2016), Ron Chernow and Lin-Manuel Miranda (2015), Hillary Clinton (2014), David Petraeus (2013), Wynton Marsalis and Walter Isaacson (2012), and Henry Kissinger (2011), among others.

What Annual History Makers Gala
When Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Cocktails: 6 pm | Dinner and Program: 7 pm
Where Annual History Makers Gala
Tickets $1,250 Illusionist Ticket
$2,500 Professor Ticket
$5,000 Oracle Ticket
$12,500 Sorcerer’s Table
$25,000 Vice Chair Table
$50,000 Co-Chair Table
$100,000 Chairman’s Table

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact: 212-744-0799 or barbi@barbizakinevents.com.

2018 Honorees
As an actor, singer, dancer, author, lyricist, comedian, narrator, and raconteur, Jim Dale is one of the world’s great stage entertainers. He has recorded all seven Harry Potter books for the U.S. and Canadian market, creating more than 200 different character voices and winning two Grammy Awards. For his stage work, he earned a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role in Barnum, and he was honored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Member of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to education.

Children’s book editor and founder of Arthur A. Levine Books, Arthur A. Levine’s determination to bring a diverse selection of “The Best of the World’s Literature for Young People” to American readers has been the guiding principle of his career. He famously took a chance on an author named Joanne Rowling in 1997. It was through Arthur A. Levine Books that Scholastic purchased the U.S. publication rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone20 years ago.

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang. Photo by Lia Chang
Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang. Photo by Lia Chang

H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang chairs New-York Historical’s Exhibitions Committee and serves as a member of its Board of Trustees. She is an archaeologist and an acting faculty director at Columbia University and an international cultural heritage policy advisor, having conducted fieldwork in Central Asia, including three UNESCO missions to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Western China. Dr. Hsu-Tang has provided critical research and guidance on the oldest artifacts on view in the exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic—Chinese oracle bones that are more than 3,000 years old, on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gala chairs include Anonymous, Helen and Robert Appel, Diana and Joe DiMenna, Pam and Scott Schafler, Bernard L. Schwartz, Oscar Tang, and Leah and Michael Weisberg. Co-chairs include Norman S. Benzaquen, Ravenel B. Curry III, Elizabeth B. Dater, Buzzy Geduld, Ahuva and Martin J. Gross, Susan and Roger Hertog, Helen and Edward R. Hintz, Patricia D. Klingenstein, Paula and Tom McInerney, Suzanne Peck and Brian Friedman, Jean Margo Reid, Richard Reiss, Michelle Smith, Laurie and Sy Sternberg, Ann and Andrew Tisch, Sue Ann Weinberg, and Barbara and David Zalaznick. Vice chairs include Judy and Howard Berkowitz, Franci Blassberg and Joseph Rice, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Lois Chiles and Richard Gilder, Betsy and Ed Cohen/Arete Foundation, Shelley and Steven Einhorn, Leslie Himmel and Alan Shuch, Ruth and Sid Lapidus, Leni and Peter W. May, Joseph C. McNay, Jennifer and John Monsky, Abby and Jonathan Moses, Joan and Joel I. Picket, Donna and Marvin Schwartz, Paul E. Singer, Daria and Eric Wallach, and Anita and Byron Wien.

About the New-York Historical Society
Founded in 1804, the New-York Historical Society has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City, state, and the country, as well as to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nueva York; The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution; Chinese American: Exclusion/InclusionSuperheroes in GothamThe Vietnam War: 1945 – 1975; and Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York. New-York Historical is also home to one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

This fall, New-York Historical presents Harry Potter: A History of Magic (through January 27, 2019), a British Library exhibition that captures the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories with centuries-old treasures including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the British Library and New-York Historical Society collections as well as original material from Harry Potter publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archive; and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow (through March 3, 2019), exploring the struggle for citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the years after the Civil War.

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Roundabout Extends Ming Peiffer’s USUAL GIRLS Through December 16

Ming Peiffer
Ming Peiffer
Ming Peiffer

Due to popular demand, Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) has just announced a one-week extension to the Roundabout Underground production of Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, now through December 16, 2018.

The cast includes Sofia Black-D’Elia as “Sasha, Older Girl 2, KKG Sister,” Abby Corrigan as “Anna,” Ali Rose Dachis as “Marina, Older Girl #3, KKG Sister,” Midori Francis as “Kyeoung,” Karl Kenzler as “Father,” Jennifer Lim as “Woman,” Ryann Redmond as “Older Girl, KKG Sister,” Nicole Rodenburg as “Lindsay” and Raviv Ullman as “Rory.”

Usual Girls opens officially on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, December 16, 2018.

How do girls grow up? Quickly, painfully, wondrously. On an elementary school playground, a boy threatens to tell on the girls for swearing – unless one of them kisses him. But just before lips can touch, Kyeoung tackles the boy to the ground. The victory is short-lived. Over the coming years, Kyeoung’s stories get stranger, funnier, more harrowing – and more familiar. This hilarious, explicit gut-punch of a play bursts with playwright Ming Peiffer’s bold, explosive voice.

The creative team includes: Arnulfo Maldonado (Sets), Ásta Hostetter (Costumes), Jen Schriever (Lighting) and Tei Blow (Sound).

All tickets for Usual Girls are $25. General Admission tickets and are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or emailgroupsales@roundabouttheatre.org.

Usual Girls plays Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday matinees at 1:30PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

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SOFIA BLACK-D’ELIA (Sasha, Older Girl 2, KKG Sister) is thrilled to be making her New York stage debut with Roundabout Theatre Company. Recent TV credits include: FOX’S comedy “The Mick” and HBO’s Emmy-nominated mini-series “The Night Of.” Other TV credits include: “Gossip Girl” and “Skins.” Film credits include: Paramount’s Ben Hur and Project Almanac, and Blumhouse’s Viral. Thank you Tyne and Ming!

ABBY CORRIGAN (Anna) is thrilled to make her off Broadway debut with the Usual Girls family. Stage: Medium Alison, in Fun Home (Broadway National Tour, Helen Hayes Award), Apostle/Ensemble in Jesus Christ Superstar LIVE!, Emcee in Cabaret, Cassie in A Chorus Line(TCS); Fiona in Shrek (2014 Blumey Award), Daniela in In the Heights, Peter in Peter Pan, Maureen in Rent (NWSA); Natalie in Next to Normal (QCTC); Sally in The Day They Shot John Lennon(C.A.S.T.). Film/TV: Headed South for Christmas (Painted Horse); A Smile as Big as the Moon (Hallmark); The Ultimate Life (Reelworks); “Homeland” (HBO); “Rectify” (Sundance); “Banshee” (Cinemax).
ALI ROSE DACHIS (Marina/Older Girl #3) is so pleased to be making her Roundabout debut! Most recently she was seen in Anna Zeigler’s world premiere of The Wanderers at The Old Globe. Ali has appeared on Broadway in Larry David’s Fish In The Dark. New York and off-Broadway credits include: The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre), Hamlet (The Factory), Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, As You Like It (Backroom Shakespeare), The Awesome 80s Prom, and Exit 27. Ali has appeared regionally in The Edge Of Our Bodies, Circle Mirror Transformation, Vanya &Sonia &Masha &Spike, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Gatsby, and others (the Guthrie theater), Leveling Up (Cincinnati Playhouse), Gaslight (Barrington Stage), Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage), Romeo And Juliet (Southwest Shakespeare). Her film and Television credits include: Unicornland, Match Perfect, The Magnificent Eve, The Last Breath and Fatal Encounters. Ali received her B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota Guthrie Actor Training Program. Ali is a proud volunteer with Artist’s Striving To End Poverty.
MIDORI FRANCIS (Kyeoung). At age 6, Midori Francis dreamed of playing “Annie” on Broadway. That didn’t happen but the seed was planted. Midori joined the local community theatre scene in New Jersey and when cast in a production of Titanic at 10 years old, she realized that acting was something more than an after-school activity. Since earning her BFA in Theatre from Rutgers, Francis has earned accolades for her roles in the award-winning play, The Wolves (LCT), directed by Lila Neuberger, which garnered her Obie and Drama Desk Awards for Best Ensemble, and Connected (59E59), for which she won NYIT Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress. This fall Midori stars as “Kyeoung” in the Roundabout Underground world premiere production of Ming Peiffer’s Usual Girls, directed by Tyne Rafaeli. The new drama, which follows the story of Kyeoung—from a schoolyard tackle and beyond—is billed as a “hilarious, explicit gut-punch of a play.” Midori is currently shooting the Universal Pictures comedy, Good Boys, produced by Seth Rogen and directed by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, to be released in 2019. Earlier this year, Midori appeared in the epically female-centric, Ocean’s Eight. Midori’s TV resume includes episodes of “Gotham,” “Divorced,” and “Younger.” Her regional theatre work encompasses roles ranging from “Molly” in Peter and the Starcatcher (Virginia Stage Co.) to “Nina” in Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Syracuse Stage). Midori lives in Brooklyn and runs daily.
KARL KENZLER (Father). Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, You Can’t Take It with You, Mary Poppins, Twelve Angry Men, The Caretaker, Dinner at Eight, The Heiress. NY Theatre: Three Wise Guys and Beyond Therapy (TACT), Clinton: The Musical! (NYMF), Peter & The Starcatcher(NYTW), Hamlet and The Tempest (CSC), Spinning Into Butter (LCT), Back From The Front(Working Theater). Regional theater includes: Williamstown, Barrington Stage, Guthrie, Shakespeare Theater, Old Globe. TV includes: “Madam Secretary,” “Suits,” “Mister Robot,” “House of Cards” (recurring), “Law & Order: SVU” (recurring), “Person of Interest,” “Made in Jersey,” “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Rescue Me,” Law & Order” and “Darwin” (DarwinTheSeries.com). Training: UE (BFA), NYU (MFA). KarlKenzler.com
JENNIFER LIM (Woman). BWAY: Chinglish (Theater World Award, IASNY Trophy for Excellence & Drama Desk Nom). NYC: Caught (PlayCo), Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb), The World Of Extreme Happiness (MTC), The Urban Retreat (Public), The Most Deserving (Women’s Project), Golden Child (Signature), Vengeance Can Wait (P.S.122), and YJLee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying to Heaven (HERE Arts & European Tour). TV/FILM: Jessica JonesInstinct, High Maintenance, Hell on Wheels, Person of Interest, Elementary, Good WifeBlue Bloods, Law & Order (original/SVU and Criminal Intent), The Savages, and 27 Dresses. Upcoming: Impossible Monsters. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Jenniferlimonline.com
RYANN REDMOND (Older Girl/KKG Sister). Broadway: Escape to Margaritaville, If/ThenBring It On. TV: “Younger.” Film: “Double Exposure.” Off-Broadway: GiganticMarvelous Wonderettes. National Tour: Escape to Margaritaville, Bring It On. Regional: How to Succeed (TUTS), Hairspray (MUNY), Kiss Me Kate (Bay Street Theatre). Love to Mom, Dad, John, KMR, Kyle, Annette, Andrew, Craig and the Berlins. Proud faculty member of the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Thank you to Tyne, Ming, and the entire Roundabout team for bringing me along! NYU (CAP21). Twitter/Instagram: @ryannreds www.ryannredmond.com
NICOLE RODENBURG (Lindsay). Off-Broadway: Annie Baker’s The Antipodes (Signature Theatre) and The Flick (Barrow Street); The Winter’s Tale (TFANA). Multiple regional credits including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse); Venus in Fur (Alley Theatre); Cherie in Bus Stop (Huntington), and the world premieres of The Whale (Denver Center) and Slasher (Humana). TV/Film: “Inside Amy Schumer”, “The Shivering Truth” (Comedy Central); “Amish Witches” (Lifetime); What Children Do, Good News for Modern Man, Tic. Nicole is directing her first feature film Glob Lessons, which she also co-wrote, this winter in her home state of North Dakota. BFA: University of MN/Guthrie Theatre Actor Training Program.
RAVIV ULLMAN (Rory) is honored to be making his Roundabout debut at his favorite underground theater. Theater: Sticks & Bones, Russian Transport (New Group), Loneliness of The Long Distance Runner (Atlantic Theater), Bad Guys (Second Stage), Dead End (Ahmanson), Bad Jews (Geffen), Choice (Huntington), Deathtrap (Bucks County). TV credits include “Broad City,” “Phil of The Future,” “Strangers,” “Rita Rocks,” “Law & Order SVU/CI,” “Criminal Minds,” “Cold Case,” “Big Love,” “House.” His directorial documentary film debut Standing Ground is currently in post production.
MING PEIFFER (Playwright) is a playwright and screenwriter from Columbus, Ohio and a member of the Obie Award-winning playwriting group Youngblood. Her play Usual Girls will be produced at the Roundabout Underground and her work has been developed and/or presented by New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theater, HERE Arts Center, The Flea, The Wild Project, New Ohio, Soho Playhouse, The Gene Frankel Theater, C.O.W., Theater for the New City, FringeNYC, Horsetrade Theater, Yangtze Repertory, among others. Awards/fellowships include: NYTW 2050 Fellowship, The Kennedy Center’s Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award Recipient (i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it), The Relentless Award Honorable Mention (Usual Girls), The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center NPC Finalist (Usual Girls), Playwright’s Realm Fellowship Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist (i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it), Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award Finalist. Ming was a Guest Artist at The Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and a 2012-2013 Member of NPTC’s Women’s Work Project. She has training from both the Stella Adler School of Acting and the Shanghai Theatre Academy where she lived abroad studying Traditional Peking Opera. She studied poetry at The New School and holds a BA with Honors in both Theater Arts and Mandarin Chinese from Colgate University. MFA: Columbia University (’16). In TV/Film, Ming is a staff writer on the Hulu Series “Locke & Key,” and is currently developing her own series with Color Force and F/X. Additionally, she is adapting Weike Wang’s Chemistry into a film for Amazon.
TYNE RAFAELI (Director) is a New York based director of new plays, classics and musicals. Recent productions include the world premiere of Michael Yates Crowley’s The Rape of the Sabine WomenBy Grace B. Matthias with Playwright’s Realm, the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Actually at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles (Ovation nominated), and the New York premiere of In a Word by Lauren Yee. Her work has also been seen at: Classic Stage Company, The Geffen Playhouse, Playwright’s Realm, Cal Shakes, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Atlantic Theatre, Two River, PlayMakers Rep, New York Stage & Film, Goodspeed, Juilliard, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Great Lakes Shakespeare, American Players Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference among others. Upcoming productions include Ironbound by Martyna Majok at The Geffen Playhouse and The Heart of Robin Hood by David Farr at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Tyne is a 2016-18 Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theatre and received the 2014 SDC Sir John Gielgud Fellowship for Classic Direction. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Columbia University.

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Kate Baldwin, Bryce Pinkham, Thom Sesma, Julia Abueva and More Set for John Logan and Tom Kitt’s SUPERHERO at Second Stage

Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang
Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang
Thom Sesma. Photo by Lia Chang

Continuing its 40th Anniversary Season, Second Stage Theater has announced complete casting for the world premiere musical, Superhero. Directed by Jason Moore, the production features a book by John Logan and music and lyrics by Tom Kitt.

Julia Abueva (Rachel), JAKE LEVY (Dwayne), Salena Qureshi (Vee), Thom Sesma (Vic) and Nathaniel Stampley (Dean Fulton) will join previously announced stars Kate Baldwin (Charlotte), Bryce Pinkham (Jim) and newcomer Kyle McArthur (Simon).

SUPERHERO will begin previews January 31, 2019 at the Tony Kiser Theater (305 West 43rd Street) and will officially open on February 28, 2019. Subscriptions are available now starting at $255 by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422.

Before we can save the world, we have to save each other. From the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Next to Normal and the Tony Award-winning writer of Red comes a deeply human new musical about a fractured family, the mysterious stranger in apartment 4-B, and the unexpected hero who just might save the day.

BIOGRAPHIES

Julia Abueva (Rachel) made her New York stage debut in the critically acclaimed production of KPOP at Ars Nova. West End: Miss Saigon (Kim u/s). Other stage credits include: Cinderella (Newport Performing Arts Theater); Singapore premieres of Next to Normal(Natalie) and Spring Awakening (Wendla); Manila premieres of Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood) and Aspects of Love (Young Jenny); and Philippine Repertory’s production of The Fantasticks (Luisa). Julia co-starred in the Amazon comedy pilot “Making Friends.” Upcoming film: Stella’s Last Weekend (opp. Nat Wolff).

Kate Baldwin (Charlotte) recently appeared in the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! for which she received Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. Other Broadway credits include Finian’s Rainbow (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Award nominations), Big Fish, Wonderful Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Full Monty. Off-Broadway, she received Drama Desk nominations for her work in The Keen Company’s production of John & Jen and The Public Theatre’s production of Michael John LaChuisa’s Giant. Also off-Broadway: Songbird at 59E59 Street Theaters. Film: Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best. TV: “Law & Order: SVU”. PBS: “First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb” and “Live From Lincoln Center: Stephen Sondheim’s Passion.” Concerts: Chicago Humanities Festival, NSO, PSO and the American Songbook Series. Recording: Let’s See What Happens and She Loves Him: Live at Feinstein’s (PS Classics).

JAKE LEVY (Dwayne) is thrilled to make his Second Stage Theater debut. He earned his BA from the UCLA Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program in 2018. Favorites: Carrie (Tommy Ross), Carousel (Jigger), Pippin (Pippin) and Dogfight (Fector). Regional: 13 The Musical, Rent, Les Misérables and Hairspray. @Jlevy31

Kyle McArthur (Simon) will be making his professional theatrical debut with this production after playing Simon in the O’Neill NMTC reading of Superhero. Other readings include Disney’s Freaky Friday (Adam), Rapture (Andy), Stuck (Rayce), and The America Project (Cam).

Bryce Pinkham (Jim) is most widely known for originating the role of ‘Monty Navarro’ in the Tony Winning Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, for which he was nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Drama Desk awards. He soon after appeared in the Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance in 2015. His other Broadway credits include Holiday Inn, Ghost the Musical, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He most recently starred in Benny and Joon, a new musical adaptation of the 1993 movie starring Johnny Depp at The Old Globe Theater. His latest onscreen appearances include Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series The Get Down, Robert De Niro’s The Comedian, and as a series regular on PBS’s Civil War drama series Mercy Street. His other TV credits include Blindspot, The Good Wife and Person of Interest.

Salena Qureshi (Vee). Second Stage debut! Film: Draupadi Unleashed, My Cousin Sister’s Wedding, All These Small Moments (Tribeca FF), Friends and Romans. TV: Recurring on “Madam Secretary” (CBS). Also seen on “The Brave” (NBC), “The Path” (Hulu), “Girls” (HBO). Theater: Evita (Mistress, Maine State).

Thom Sesma (Vic) recently appeared as Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the off-Broadway revival at Barrow Street Theatre. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of roles in John Doyle’s acclaimed 2017 revival of another Sondheim classic, Pacific Overtures. Broadway credits include The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search and Destroy, Chu Chem, and national tours of The Lion King, Miss Saigon and Titanic. Other appearances off-Broadway: Discord (Primary Stages), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theatre), Othello (Public Theatre), Cymbeline (NYSF). Regional credits include the McCarter, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Centre Stage, Music Theatre Wichita and more. Television guest appearances include “Instinct,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” “Jessica Jones,” “Person of Interest” and others. Previous credits at Second Stage: Eric Overmyer’s In a Pig’s Valise and Baba Goya by Steve Tesich, both in 1989. Instagram @thsesma; Twitter @ThomSesmaNYC.

Nathaniel Stampley (Dean Fulton). Broadway: Cats, The Color Purple (original and revival), The Lion King, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Off-Broadway: Big Love, Signature Theatre; Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, NY City Center’s Encores!; The First Noel, Classical Theatre of Harlem. Regional: Lempicka, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Man of La Mancha (Jeff Award), The Bridges of Madison County (Jeff nomination), Ragtime, Marriott Theatre; Hatuey: Memory of Fire, Music-Theatre Group. Concerts: Candide(Carnegie Hall); West Side Story, Bernstein’s MASS (Philadelphia Orchestra). Ten Chimneys Fellow, UW-Madison alum.nathanielstampley.com

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LEVIATHAN LAB PRESENTS THE WALL: IMMIGRATION IN THE TIME OF 45, October 26-27

Leviathan Lab (Ariel Estrada, Producing Artistic Director) will present THE WALL: IMMIGRATION IN THE TIME OF 45, featuring new short plays on the immigration crisis by Asian American playwrights at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) on Friday, October 26 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 PM. Tickets ($12 in advance, $15 at door) are available for advance purchase at http://www.thetanknyc.org. The performance will run approximately 75 minutes with no intermission. Liquor sales from the evening will benefit Immigrant Families Together, a network of Americans committed to rapid response unification of families separated by the ‘zero tolerance’ policy.

The evening’s playwrights include Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Kaela Garvin, Daniel K. Isaac (THE CHINESE LADY; Billions), Cherry Lou Sy, and Sanaz Toosi. The evening will also feature a screening of a new short film American Immigrant by The Film Lab (Jennifer Betit Yen, Writer and Director). The performances are presented as part of Leviathan Lab’s annual Living Room series of new short plays by Asian American playwrights performed by Asian American actors and directors.

The featured plays include:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S WALL
By Daniel K. Isaac
Directed by Carlos Armesto
Starring Kathleen Choe*, Philip Estrera*, and Neil D’astolfo*

SAUDADE
By Kaela Garvin
Directed by Nina Zoie Lam
Starring Alton Alburo and Carolina Do

WHAT IS A CONTRIBUTION?
By Sanaz Toosi in collaboration with Shadi Ghaheri
Directed by Shadi Ghaheri
Starring Bahar Beihaghi, Abraham Makany*, and Madelyn Robinson

THE WALL
By Cherry Lou Sy
Directed by Eugene Ma
Starring Brian J. Gabriel and Josh Tyson*

Excerpt from RISE/FALL
By Sheila Bandyopadhyay
Music by Portraiture (James Pingenot and Nathan Siler)
Starring Jeff Alkins, GJ Dowding, Karen Johal, Kane Parker, Nico Piccardo, and Madison Youch

Tickets for THE WALL: IMMIGRATION IN THE TIME OF 45 are available at http://www.thetanknyc.org and by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006.

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association. THE WALL: IMMIGRATION IN THE TIME OF 45 is an AEA approved showcase production.

ABOUT LEVIATHAN LAB
Founded in 2009, Leviathan Lab is an award-winning not-for-profit creative studio whose mission is the advancement of Asian and Asian American (A/AA) performing artists and their work. Through the speaking of A/AA artists’ words, and the presentation of A/AA bodies, presence, and gestures on stage and film, Leviathan works to open spaces that promote social justice, bridge communities, and assert the power of art to change the world. We function as a lab where early- career and established A/AA artists can be courageous, experiment, and thrive as they create works that captivate the audiences we serve. www.leviathanlab.org.

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David Zayas, Hilary Bettis and Shirley Rumierk will be honored at Barefoot Theatre Company’s Third Annual Vassallo Awards on November 17

David Zayas
David Zayas

On Saturday, November 17th, Barefoot Theatre Company celebrates the third annual Vassallo Awards with a Fall Gala beginning at 8pm at the SVA THEATRE in NYC on 333 W 23rd Street in Manhattan. Actor David Zayas (Showtime’s DEXTER, FOX’s Gotham, OZ on HBO); acclaimed writer, Hilary Bettis (FX’s Emmy Award winning, The Americans), Actress Shirley Rumierk (NBC’s RISE) are among those honored for artistic achievements. The ceremony, hosted by Actor and founder of Barefoot Theatre Co., Francisco Solorzano and ensemble member, Christopher Whalen, also honors mentorship and educational outreach to a younger generation of artists in memory of Ed Vassallo, whose artistic career spanned 20 years and included work producing for the LAByrinth Theater Company and volunteering with the 52nd Street Project.

RED-CARPET CELEBRATION VIP TICKETS: $150 (tax deductible) includes VIP COCKTAIL HOUR – 6:30pm. -7:30 pm. General Admission: $75 – 7:30 pm (includes drinks & presentation). CURTAIN: 8pm. Running Time (presentation & awards ceremony) – 75 mins. For tickets and further information please click here or call 212-802-8305.

The one-night only event features Live Music from Mexican-American singer-songwriter and activist, Renee Goust (Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center) and Performances by Special guest artists from Broadway, Film and Television. Accepting the award for Educational Outreach will be Jill DeArmon (LAByrinth Theater Co., Vineyard Theater) and Jinn S. Kim (LAByrinth Theater Co., Hi-Arts) for their work with DEVELOPING ARTISTS. Past recipients included Kamilah Forbes with Hi-ARTS and the Stella Adler Educational Outreach Program, Anna Chlumsky (EMMY Nominee, VEEP), Lynn Cohen (Spielberg’s MUNICH, Sex and the City), Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis and Daniel Talbott.

Barefoot founded the awards after Vassallo lost a two-year battle with cancer in 2014. The company was inspired to recognize Vassallo’s dedication to the arts, which included work producing the TENN99 and NYNY festivals for the LAByrinth Theatre Company as well as feature films which saw release at the Tribeca Film Festival and IFC/Sundance Selects. Vassallo’s passion extended to work as a mentor with the 52nd Street Project, which pairs New York City children and teens with professional theatre artists. For this reason, the awards acknowledge not only artistic achievements but also educational outreach and mentorship that engages the next generation of artists.

BAREFOOT THEATRE COMPANY / BAREFOOT STUDIO PICTURES is an award winning, critically acclaimed multicultural collective of actors and filmmakers specializing in the development and incubation of new work and the cultivation of new attention for lesser-known works by well-established authors, with a vital, thought-provoking eye toward themes of diversity and inclusion. Barefoot Theatre Company’s most notable production includes the first ever Off-Broadway stage adaptation of the Academy award winning film, Dog Day Afternoon. The company has developed and produced over 150 new plays staged at INTAR; RATTLESTICK; THE FLEA; Cherry Lane Theatre; IRT THEATER; HERE Arts Center; THE BRICK; LABYRINTH THEATER CO., The Actors Studio, THEATRE ROW THEATRES, THE NEW OHIO THEATRE among others. Recent Barefoot Theatre Company collaborations with award-winning writers include Jose Rivera, Dominique Morisseau, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristoffer Diaz, Mando Alvarado, Ed. Cardona Jr., Mike Reiss, Daniel Talbott, Hilary Bettis and with actors Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Bobby Cannavale, Gina Gershon, Richard Kind, Mickey Sumner, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Annabella Sciorra, and Michael Stuhlbarg to name a few. In film, Barefoot Studio Pictures’ work has been recognized with the Barcelona International Best Short Film Award, World-Fest Film Festival Best Short FIlm, at Hollyshorts Film Festival and many others. Barefoot Theatre Company was founded by actor, Francisco Solorzano in 1999, who is currently Producing Artistic Director with Christopher Whalen as Producing Director.

David Zayas is best known for his role as Angel Batista on the Golden Globe-nominated psychological drama “Dexter.” David was recently seen as “Sal Maroni” on the Fox series Gotham, “Sheriff Aguirre” on the Netflix series Bloodline and “Eduardo Magana” on the Hulu series Shut Eye. His other recent television credits include Saint George (FX), Seven Seconds (Netflix), Blue Bloods (CBS), Quantico (ABC), and The Guest Book (TBS). While working on the crime drama The Beat, Zayas met Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer Tom Fontana, who went on to create the role of “Enrique Morales” on HBO’s Oz especially for him. On film, he has starred in The Expendables, Skyline, 13, Michael Clayton, Sixteen Blocks, The Savages, Bringing Out the Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Wit, Angel, and The Interpreter. David also starred opposite Helen Hunt in the indie feature Ride, starred opposite Ellen Page and Allison Janney in the feature Tallulah, and appeared in the film remake of the 1982 movie musical Annie opposite Jamie Foxx and Cameron Diaz. David stars in the upcoming feature Shine. A former New York police officer, Zayas began his acting career with LAByrinth Theater Company in 1992. He has starred in more than thirty theater productions, most with The LAByrinth Theater Company, including: “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” “In Arabia We’d All Be Kings,” “Our Lady of 121 St.,” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Anna in the Tropics” on Broadway.

Shirley Rumierk played the series regular role of “Vanessa Suarez” on RISE for NBC. Last year she starred in the independent film, 11:55 as well as the film COLLATERAL BEAUTY starring Will Smith. She recently completed guest star roles on ELEMENTARY and BLUE BLOODS for CBS and POWER for Starz. She also starred in LATINOLOGUES at the Helen Hayes theater on Broadway. Shirley is a proud board member of The 52nd Street Project in New York City which teaches kids in Hell’s Kitchen the importance of theater and arts education while working alongside professional working actors (a program she was a member of as a child). Shirley is also on the Alumni Council of Oliver Scholars, an organization that unlocks doors of opportunity for high achieving Black and Latino students in New York City by helping them gain admission to top independent high schools. As an Oliver Scholar she attended Trinity School. Shirley is a graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Hispanic Studies.

HILARY BETTIS is a Brooklyn-based writer who works in TV, film, and theater. She was nominated for a 2018 Writer’s Guild of America Award for her work on the Emmy nominated series “The Americans” on FX, which she wrote on for the final two seasons. She is an alum of the highly competitive Sundance Episodic TV lab. She is a 2015 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Bettis has received fellowships, workshops, and residencies at the Roundabout, Alley All New Festival, Orlando Shakes PlayFest, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, John N. Wall Fellow at Sewanee Writers’ Conference, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Writer-In-Residence at Cape Cod Theatre Project, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Playwrights’ Week at The Lark, NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays, Audrey Residency at New Georges, Two River Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, WildWind Lab at Texas Tech, The Kennedy Center/ NNPN MFA Workshop, and a Sloan/EST Commission. She has had plays recognized by The Kilroys every year since its inception. She has been a Runner-Up for the ALLIANCE THEATRE’s Kendeda Award, Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award, New America Fellowship, and the Leah Ryan Prize. Bettis is a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theater, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, and an Affiliated Artist at New Georges. The Ghosts of Lote Bravo received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO, Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona. Her play, Alligator, was produced Off-Broadway with New Georges and The Sol Project, and was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk for Outstanding Music in a Play. Queen of Basel, a bilingual adaptation of Miss Julie commissioned by Miami New Drama, was produced at Miami New Drama in April 2018 to critical acclaim, and will receive its world premiere at Studio Theatre in D.C. March 2019. Her play, 72 miles to go… will receive a workshop production at the Alley in Houston January 2019. As a screenwriter, Bettis has written and produced two short films, B’Hurst and The Iron Warehouse, which have screened at film festivals across the globe. She wrote and produced her directorial debut short, Amarillo by Morning, currently in post-production. She has developed TV projects with NBCUniversal, FOX 21 and Citizen Media. She is currently adapting the Colombian hit-series “La Niña” for FX with Propgate (“Jane the Virgin”, “Ugly Betty”) producing. She is represented by CAA and Grandview. www.HilaryBettisWriter.com

DEVELOPING ARTISTS MISSION
Developing Artists is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1999 dedicated to providing opportunities for underdog (underserved) teens to reach their full potential through a practical application of the performing arts. We help students find their place and their connection to their community through participation in the arts. Developing Artists offer top-notch training for students from culturally diverse and socioeconomically underserved backgrounds to proclaim themselves as artists and to create a supportive young artist community through our innovative signature program REBEL VERSES Arts Festival. Developing Artists bridges the disparity of arts education for students from underserved communities by providing youth between the ages of 13 through 19 who attend High Schools in New York metropolitan area the opportunities to study performing arts at the highest level. We impact students by creating a forum to navigate life’s increasing challenges; to find their voice in dealing with issues like rage, fear or frustration; and channel that energy into self-expression and self-confidence. Over 95% of our students go on to graduate college. Jill DeArmon (Artistic Director/Board) / Jinn S. Kim (Executive Director/Board).

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BD Wong to Revisit Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater, March 6 – March 31

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang
BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

Following rave reviews and audience acclaim at off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this past spring, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon announced that Tony Award winner and San Francisco native BD Wong will reprise his role as ‘Wen Chang’ in award-winning Bay Area playwright Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, performing at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater (415 Geary St., San Francisco) from Wednesday, March 6, through Sunday, March 31, 2019. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Says Wong: “I’m always looking for the rare work that’s as moving as it is funny, that has characters who are people you’ve never met before but whom you somehow immediately feel familiar with. This play, kind of miraculously, gives me all of it. I love Lauren Yee’s insightful vantage point that looks over family relationships and the unsettled scores such relationships keep, all wrapped up in a fresh athletic metaphor. It’s a play that is so specifically Chinese American, yet somehow all-embracing-and that isn’t an easy feat for a playwright. It is a gift of an opportunity to perform Lauren’s play on one of the great regional stages in the country.”

Lauren Yee, BD Wong, Lisa Peterson, Pam MacKinnon. Photo by Lia Chang
Lauren Yee, BD Wong, Lisa Peterson, Pam MacKinnon. Photo by Lia Chang

Adds MacKinnon: “The Great Leap was already going to be a celebration of San Francisco-a story set here, by a playwright from here, about a sport vital to here. We now add to that a homecoming for San Francisco’s own BD Wong. I cannot wait!”

When a college basketball team from San Francisco is invited to China for an exhibition game in 1989, a smack-talking American coach prepares to take on his protégé-now grown and bent on crushing the Westerners. But after a public high school star from Chinatown joins the American team, his actions in Beijing become the accidental focus of attention, escalating the fractured history between the coaches. Funny, urgent, and contemporary, this slam dunk of a sports drama from Yee-developed at A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival in 2017-explores cultural identity, global politics, and the collision of cultures and generations. Under the direction of two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson, The Great Leap soars through time and leaps across continents from the hardball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown to a Beijing on the brink of a revolution, building tension right up to the buzzer.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Wong is the only actor ever to have received all five major New York Theater awards for a single role-namely his performance in M. Butterfly (his Broadway debut): the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Theater World Award, the Clarence Derwent Award, and the Tony Award.

Wong gained notice on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Oz” as the resilient prison priest (Father Ray) for the show’s six-season run. Then, for 11 seasons on the top-rated NBC series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” he played George Huang, an FBI forensic psychiatrist and expert on the criminal mind. Other television credits include NBC’s “Awake,” ABC’s “All-American Girl,” HBO’s telefilms And the Band Played On and The Normal Heart, as well as guest-starring roles on “Sesame Street,” “The X-Files,” “Madam Secretary,” “Nurse Jackie,” and “NCIS: New Orleans.” He most recently has been seen in two drastically different television roles simultaneously: as the nefarious Hugo Strange on “Gotham” and as the mysterious trans-female hacker Whiterose on “Mr. Robot.” For his work on the latter, he received an Emmy, Gold Derby, and a Critic’s Choice Award nominations.

Wong has appeared in more than 20 feature films, including Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Jurassic World, Focus, The Space Between Us, Stay, The Salton Sea, Executive Decision, Seven Years in Tibet, Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride (1 & 2), and The Freshman. He can also be heard as the voice of Shang in the Disney animated films Mulan and Mulan II. He will next be seen in Birdbox.

Wong’s additional New York theater credits include The Great Leap at The Atlantic Theater Company, The Tempest, A Language of Their Own, As Thousands Cheer, Shanghai Moon, and the Broadway revivals of the musicals You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures (the latter for which he received a Drama League nomination for distinguished performance). He recently starred regionally in The Orphan of Zhao at La Jolla Playhouse and San Francisco’s A.C.T. In addition, he has starred in five productions of the one-man musical Herringbone, a project dear to his heart.

Wong holds an honorary M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theater.

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BD Wong, Ned Eisenberg, Ali Ahn and Tony Aidan Vo Celebrate Opening Night of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP 

The Rise of Playwright Lauren Yee

Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Michelle Krusiec, Jaygee Macapugay, Joél Pérez, Kendyl Ito, Lulu Fall and More in Rehearsal for WILD GOOSE DREAMS at The Public, Extended through December 16

Michelle Krusiec and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Public is presenting the New York premiere of WILD GOOSE DREAMS, written by Hansol Jung and directed by Leigh Silverman. WILD GOOSE DREAMS has been extended through Sunday, December 16, with an official press opening on Wednesday, November 14. Click here for tickets.

Lulu Fall, Michelle Krusiec, Peter Kim, and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Lulu Fall, Michelle Krusiec, Peter Kim, and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of WILD GOOSE DREAMS includes Dan Domingues (Chorus), Lulu Fall (Digital Nanhee/Chorus), Kendyl Ito (Heejin/Chorus),Francis Jue (Father), Peter Kim (Guk Minsung), Michelle Krusiec (Yoo Nanhee), Jaygee Macapugay(Wife/Chorus), Joél Pérez (Digital Minsung/Chorus), Jamar Williams (Chorus), and Katrina Yaukey (Chorus).

Lulu Fall and Michelle Krusiec. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Lulu Fall and Michelle Krusiec. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

WILD GOOSE DREAMS returns to The Public after its initial run in Public Studio in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season. Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs this strikingly original play with music, about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom.

Michelle Krusiec and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michelle Krusiec and Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

WILD GOOSE DREAMS features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Keith Parham, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, composition by Paul Castles, Korean music composition by Jongbin Jung, movement direction by Yasmine Lee, and music supervision by Charity Wicks.

Francis Jue, director Leigh Silverman, and playwright Hansol Jung. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Francis Jue, director Leigh Silverman, and playwright Hansol Jung. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Director Leigh Silverman and playwright Hansol Jung. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Director Leigh Silverman and playwright Hansol Jung. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michelle Krusiec and Peter Kim. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michelle Krusiec and Peter Kim. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Director Leigh Silverman and playwright Hansol Jung. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Director Leigh Silverman and playwright Hansol Jung. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Francis Jue. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Dan Domingues, Jamar Williams, and Katrina Yaukey. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Dan Domingues, Jamar Williams, and Katrina Yaukey. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kendyl Ito and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kendyl Ito and Jaygee Macapugay. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Joel Perez and Peter Kim. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Joel Perez and Peter Kim. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Starring Ryun Yu Set for The Old Globe’s New Voices In The Community Series at Mira Mesa Public Library on October 20

Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi in “Hold These Truths”. Photo credit: Patrick Weishampel/Courtesy Portland Center Stage

The Old Globe is presenting its inaugural New Voices in the Community series: free public performances at libraries across San Diego County, followed by conversations with the playwrights and experts in the community. The first New Voices in the Community features three solo shows by women: Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, “A” Train by Anne Torsiglieri, and Unveiled: A One-Woman Play by Rohina Malik.

Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi in “Hold These Truths”. Photo credit: Patrick Weishampel/Courtesy Portland Center Stage
Ryun Yu as Gordon Hirabayashi in “Hold These Truths”. Photo credit: Patrick Weishampel/Courtesy Portland Center Stage

New Voices in the Community builds on the success of The Old Globe’s annual Powers New Voices Festival, which brings new work to the Globe’s stages every January. The Old Globe believes that theatre matters, and our work each day is to make theatre matter to more people. With the New Voices in the Community series, the Globe brings exciting contemporary playwrights to San Diego’s neighborhoods, collaborating with the San Diego library system to broaden the city’s access to new plays.

The Old Globe, in partnership with the Mira Mesa Public Library, kicks off the series on Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. with Hold These Truths, written by Jeanne Sakata, directed by Jessica Kubzansky, and performed by Ryun Yu. The Mira Mesa Public Library is located at 8405 New Salem St., San Diego, 92126.

The performance is FREE to the public. Click here to RSVP.

During World War II, in Seattle, University of Washington student Gordon Hirabayashi fights the U.S. government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass-incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the U.S. Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs-and a confrontation with its failures. New York Theatre Review calls it “a play where one man’s singular story, so full of heart and heartbreak, can speak to the struggles of an entire nation.”

Jeanne Sakata (Playwright, Hold These Truths ) is a renowned actor and playwright known for using her passion, versatility, talent, and wit to provoke public conversation about culturally significant topics. Ms. Sakata’s talents span theatre, film, television, and voice-over, with productions in 2017-2018 of her nationally acclaimed solo play Hold These Truths (2013 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance) at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Hang A Tale/Sheen Center in New York City, The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and Arena Stage in Washington DC. She has had guest and recurring roles on “Big Hero 6 The Series,” “Dr. Ken,” and Bravo’s “True Fiction.” She has also had acclaimed comic turns onstage in the 2015 Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice Figaro at A Noise Within, and A Single Shard at People’s Light & Theatre Company. Ms. Sakata can also be heard as Soon Yang in Jennifer Phang’s acclaimed indie sci-fi film Advantageous, streaming exclusively on Netflix (2015 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision, 2016 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination).

Jessica Kubzansky (Director) has been an Artistic Director of Boston Court Pasadena since its inception, and she is an award-winning director working nationally. She was privileged to develop and direct the world premiere of Hold These Truths at East West Players in 2007, and she has directed many subsequent productions, including at A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, and most recently Arena Stage. For Boston Court, Ms. Kubzansky has directed Luis Alfaro’s Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles at Getty Villa and Sheila Callaghan’s Everything You Touch at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/Cherry Lane Theatre. At Boston Court, her directing credits include the upcoming world premiere of Sarah B. Mantell’s Everything That Never Happened, the West Coast premiere of Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ, Camino Real, Mother Courage and Her Children, and the world premieres of Stefanie Zadravec’s Colony Collapse, Everything You Touch, Ms. Kubzansky’s R II (a three-person adaptation of Richard II), Michael Elyanow’s The Children, Jordan Harrison’s Futura, Laura Schellhardt’s Courting Vampires, Nick Salamone and Maury McIntyre’s Gulls, Mickey Birnbaum’s Bleed Rail, Carlos Murillo’s Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32, Jean Claude Van Itallie’s Light, and Cody Henderson’s Cold/Tender. Her other credits include Sofia Alvarez’s Amos & Boris and Aditi Kapil’s Orange (South Coast Repertory), Stupid F***ing Bird (A Contemporary Theatre), Pygmalion and Mauritius (Pasadena Playhouse), and Hamlet with Leo Marks (Theatre 150). Ms. Kubzansky has received many awards and honors, among them the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre.

Ryun Yu (Performer, Hold These Truths ) plays the recurring character of Pastor Daniel Kwon in the FX show “Baskets” starring Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson. He has done two pilots for NBC and one for CBS, working with James Burrows, John Wells, Henry Winkler, Sissy Spacek, Janeane Garofalo, and others. He has also played characters on “Fuller House,” TBS’s “Animal Kingdom,” and the new Amazon series “Forever” with Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen. In film, he played Mark in the film adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s Bondage, and DHH in Yellow Face, which was the first adaptation of a major play for YouTube, where it can still be viewed. In theatre, Mr. Yu originated the role of Gordon Hirabayashi in Hold These Truths at East West Players in 2007 and has since performed it to sold-out houses at A Contemporary Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, and most recently Arena Stage in Washington DC. He also originated the lead role of Takeshi in the world premiere of Kimber Lee’s tokyo fish story at South Coast Repertory. Mr. Yu’s other theatre credits include the West Coast premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out (Geffen Playhouse), the world premiere of Lloyd Suh’s American Hwangap (Magic Theatre), and Art and the Los Angeles premiere of Julia Cho’s The Language Archive (East West Players). As a writer and director, Mr. Yu directed and co-wrote the feature film The Last Tour , which won the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and was also selected for the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and the Korean American Film Festival New York. He is the first Korean American to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He also has the first theatre degree ever awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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