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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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.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

André De Shields, Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Amber Gray, Patrick Page and More in Rehearsal for HADESTOWN at the National Theatre

Following record-breaking runs at New York Theatre Workshop and Canada’s Citadel Theatre, Hadestown comes to the National Theatre prior to Broadway.

André De Shields and Rachel Chavkin. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
André De Shields and Rachel Chavkin. Photo Credit: 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.

Eva Noblezada. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

Celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin have transformed Mitchell’s acclaimed concept album into a genre-defying new musical that mixes modern American folk music with vintage New Orleans jazz to reimagine a sweeping ancient tale.

Patrick Page and Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Patrick Page and Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

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

André De Shields, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
André De Shields, Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

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

Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
André De Shields. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
André De Shields. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Company. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Company. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Liam Robinson, Rachel Chavkin. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Liam Robinson, Rachel Chavkin. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Liam Robinson and company Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Liam Robinson and company Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Anais Mitchell. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Anais Mitchell. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray, Anais Mitchell, and Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray, Anais Mitchell, and Reeve Carney. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Company. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Company. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Rosie Fletcher, David Neumann, Eva Noblezada, Carly Mercedes Dyer. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Rosie Fletcher, David Neumann, Eva Noblezada, Carly Mercedes Dyer. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Rachel Chavkin. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Rachel Chavkin. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Eva Noblezada and Patrick Page. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Amber Gray. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Patrick Page. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Patrick Page. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
David Neumann. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
David Neumann. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Liam Robinson with Sharif Afifi, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw, Aiesha Pease, and Beth Hinton-Lever. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Liam Robinson with Sharif Afifi, Joseph Prouse, Jordan Shaw, Aiesha Pease, and Beth Hinton-Lever. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Shaq Taylor and Beth Hinton-Lever. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Shaq Taylor and Beth Hinton-Lever. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, and Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Carly Mercedes Dyer, Gloria Onitiri, and Rosie Fletcher. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Sharif Afifi with David Neumann. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks
Sharif Afifi with David Neumann. Photo Credit: Helen Maybanks

Jennifer Lim, Midori Francis, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Abby Corrigan, Ali Rose Dachis, Karl Kenzler, Ryann Redmond, Nicole Rodenburg and Raviv Ullman Set For Roundabout’s World Premiere of Ming Peiffer’s USUAL GIRLS, October 11 – December 9

Ming Peiffer

Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the world premiere production of Usual Girls by Ming Peiffer, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, October 11 – December 9.

Ming Peiffer
Ming Peiffer

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,” 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 begins preview performances Off-Broadway on Thursday, October 11, 2018 and 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 9, 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.

TheatreWorks SV’s Production of Jeanne Sakata’s HOLD THESE TRUTHS Nominated for 3 2018 TBA Awards including Outstanding Production of a Play, Star Joel de la Fuente and Director Lisa Rothe

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Kevin Berne
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

San Francisco’s Theatre Bay Area has announced the nominees for their 5th Annual TBA Awards which will be handed out on Monday, November 5 at 7 pm at The Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102. For more information, email awards@theatrebayarea.org.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Kevin Berne
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Kevin Berne
Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata and Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang
Lisa Rothe, Jeanne Sakata and Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s critically-acclaimed production of Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, an inspiring true story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II, snagged three 2018 TBA Award nominations including Outstanding Performance in a Play- Tier 1 for Joel de la Fuente; Outstanding Direction of a Play – Tier 1 for Lisa Rothe and Outstanding Production of a Play – Tier 1.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Hold These Truths celebrates the human spirit as it chronicles Hirabayashi’s journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually to a Congressional Medal of Freedom. Hold These Truths shares the story of a young man who passionately defends his Constitutional rights against an unexpected adversary: his own country.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

The TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process of artists and productions from companies who are members of Theatre Bay Area and pay an awards registration fee.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang
Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi. Photo by Lia Chang

Over 120 theatre companies from all around the Bay participate in the TBA Awards program each year.

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A PLAY – TIER 1
Joy Carlin​ for ​Marjorie Prime​ at Marin Theatre Company
Joel de la Fuente​ for ​Hold These Truths​ at TheatreWorks
Emilio Delgado​ for ​Quixote Nuevo​ at California Shakespeare Theater
Santoya Fields​ for ​White​ at Shotgun Players
Margo Hall​ for ​Skeleton Crew​ at Marin Theatre Company & Theatreworks
Randy Harrison​ for ​Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Jeremy Kahn​ for ​The Liar​ at Center Repertory Company
Kerri Shawn​ for ​Shirley Valentine​ at Center Repertory Company
Stephen Spinella​ for ​Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Calvin M. Thompson​ for ​The Royale​ at Aurora Theatre Company
Zoe Winters​ for ​Reel to Reel​ at Magic Theatre

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Tier 1
Michael Butler​ for ​The Liar​ at Center Repertory Company
Rachel Chavkin ​for ​Small Mouth Sounds​ at American Conservatory Theater
Josh Costello​ for ​Eureka Day​ at Aurora Theatre Company
Lisa Rothe​ for ​Hold These Truths​ at TheatreWorks
Tony Taccone​ for ​Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at Berkeley Repertory Theatre

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Tier 1
Angels in America, Parts One and Two​ at ​Berkeley Repertory Theatre Eureka Day​ at ​Aurora Theatre Company
Hold These Truths​ at ​TheatreWorks
Our Great Tchaikovsky​ at ​TheatreWorks
Reel to Reel​ at ​Magic Theatre
The Liar​ at ​Center Repertory Company

Complete listings of nominees can be found at www.theatrebayarea.org

Hold These Truths made its world premiere in 2007 at East West Players in Los Angeles. In 2012, the solo play made its Off Broadway premiere at Epic Theatre Company starring Joel de la Fuente, and received a 2013 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. Since its world premiere, it has gone on to play throughout the nation including theatres in Boston, Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Portland, and many others. Critics have lauded the period piece as “a top-notch production” (The New York Times), “particularly impactful” (TheaterMania), and a show which “gives hope that the arc of the moral universe does indeed eventually bend toward justice” (Los Angeles Times).

The production team includes Sound Designer/Composer Daniel Kluger, Scenic Designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, Scenic Design Assistant Joo Hyun Kim, Costume Designer:Margaret E. Weedon, Lighting Designer: Cat Tate Starmer, Casting Director Jeffrey Lo and Stage Manager Randall K. Lum.

kqed.org: ‘Hold These Truths’ Remembers One Man’s Refusal to Cede His Civil Rights During WWII

The Rafu Shimpo: ‘HOLD THESE TRUTHS’ AT LUCIE STERN THEATRE

sfexaminer.com: July 11-12: Hold These Truths

mercurynews.com: Now playing on SF Bay Area stage: 1 man’s fight against the Japanese internment camps

metroactive.com: ‘Hold These Truths’ Remembers Japanese Internment

register-pajaronian: Watsonville native celebrates Bay Area premiere of play

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
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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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Raul Esparza, Thom Sesma, George Abud, Christopher Gurr, Mahira Kakkar, Eddie Cooper, Elizabeth A. Davis and Omozé Idehenre Set for Classic Stage Company’s THE RESISTABLE RISE OF ARTURO UI, October 30 – December 22

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

Classic Stage Company is presenting The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Bertolt Brecht’s unsettlingly timeless work, which kicks off CSC’s 2018-2019 season on October 30, with rehearsals beginning this week. Directed by John Doyle, this comical yet disturbing play from one of the greatest political satirists of all time follows a Depression-era Chicago mobster, Arturo Ui, who, with the help of his henchmen, manipulates and murders his way to totalitarian rule of the cauliflower trade. Society, of course, fails to act upon his “resistible rise.”

Four-time Tony Award nominee and “Law and Order: SVU” alum Raúl Esparza plays the Al Capone-like, Hitler-paralleling Arturo Ui in this production. Joining him is a talented cast that includes George Abud (CSC: Nathan The Wise, Peer Gynt, Allegro; Broadway: The Band’s Visit), Eddie Cooper (Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater Company’s This Ain’t No Disco; TV: “Forever,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Banshee,” “The Night Of”),Tony nominee Elizabeth A. Davis (CSC: Caucasian Chalk Circle, Allegro; Broadway: Once; TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Blue Bloods,”), Christopher Gurr (Broadway: Cats, Tuck Everlasting, Kinky Boots, Amazing Grace, All the Way; National Tours: Memphis, Monty Python’s Spamalot), Omozé Idehenre (Her Portmanteau at the Boston Court Theater, Good Grief at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Caucasian Chalk Circle at ACT; Film: On the Road), Mahira Kakkar (Henry VI at NAATCO and The Winter’s Tale at TFANA, TV: “Friends From College,” “Blacklist,” “The Big C”),and Thom Sesma (CSC: Pacific Overtures; Broadway: The Times They are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha; TV: “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary,” “Jessica Jones”).

Lucille Lortel Nominee Thom Sesma Talks Asian American Representation in the Performing Arts and all things Sondheim 

The creative team includes Anne Hould-Ward (Costume Design), Jane Cox and Tess James (Lighting Design), Matt Stine (Sound Design), Bernita Robinson (Production Stage Manager) and Jessica Fleischman (Assistant Stage Manager).

John Doyle says of Arturo Ui, “Everyday I read the play, I think, ‘I hear these words on CNN as I read them on the page.’ The play will be falling right around the midterm elections, and it’s fitting that it reminds us of the choices that are available to us in relation to the way the world can go. That really is at the foundation of what classical theater says. Classic plays have politics at their heart-you take a play like Richard III or the Scottish Play-they’re warnings. And there’s a warning in Arturo Ui. This is a time for theater to say something; if we’re not screaming and shouting now, when are we ever going to do it?”

Brecht wrote Arturo Ui in 1941, while in exile from Nazi Germany, in Finland. During that time, he was awaiting his U.S. visa, and thereby imagined a vision of totalitarianism fit for America, and the American stage. (Though the play, ultimately, was never performed until 1958 in Germany, after Brecht’s death.) In Arturo Ui, Brecht recast and reframed the fascism whose roots he had experienced firsthand, before leaving Germany for fear of persecution for his politically scalding works in 1933. Within a make-believe, vaudevillian portrayal of American mafia culture, the narrative of Arturo Ui is written to meticulously parallel events and individuals that brought the Third Reich to power, and led them to overtake their neighbors.

Though this is a highly contemporary work in the vast history of theater canon, Arturo Ui has a classical air, its “epic theatre” style emblematic of Classic Stage Company’s work. Written largely in verse, Brecht’s play nods to Richard III, speaking to the ubiquity of violent authority through time-while foreshadowing its potential for reemergence any time in the present and future. Before directing Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle in 2010, Doyle’s acclaimed style-often minimal and anti-naturalist, highlighting ensemble casts, making visible the act of performance-was noted for having already deeply incorporated Brechtian qualities. With the democratic ethos and introspection-inducing nature of Brecht’s and Doyle’s theater-making, the production takes to heart our ability to resist violent power structures.

Performances of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui take place at Classic Stage Company (136 E 13th St, New York), with previews beginning Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The production opens Wednesday, November 14, 2018, and closes Saturday, December 22. Performance times are Tues.-Thurs. at 7pm, Fri.-Sat. at 8pm, and Sat.-Sun. at 2pm.

There will be no Saturday matinee on the first Saturday, November 3, 2018. A student matinee scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2018. There will be no performances on Thursday, November 22, 2018 or Friday, November 23, 2018 due to Thanksgiving.

Tickets are currently on sale to members. Members receive the best prices, flexibility, exclusive benefits, and invitations to special events throughout the season. Memberships begin at $50 ($25 for Students). For more information visit classicstage.org or call 212.677.4210.

Single tickets ($75 previews, $80 post opening, $125 prime) are currently on sale, and can be purchased at classicstage.org or 212-352-3101(or toll free 866-811-411).

About the Cast
George Abud (Clark) is a proud Arab-American actor. CSC: Nathan The Wise (opposite F. Murray Abraham), Peer Gynt (opposite Gabriel Ebert), Allegro (dir. John Doyle). Broadway: The Band’s Visit starring Katrina Lenk & Tony Shalhoub (OBC Recording), The Visit starring Chita Rivera & Roger Rees (OBC Recording). Off-Broadway: The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company, dir. David Cromer). International: The New Prince with Barbara Walsh, Marc Kudisch & Paulo Szot (Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam). Regional: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Geva Theatre Center), Fiddler on the Roof (Human Race Theatre). Please consider joining George in supporting these incredible organizations: anera.org, sams-usa.net, maketheroadny.org.

Eddie Cooper (Roma) Atlantic Theater Company: This Ain’t No Disco (The D.A.). Bucks County Playhouse: The New World (Miles Standish). Encores! Off Center: Assassins; God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (Jerome); and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II); Two Rivers: All-male A Funny Thing Happened… (Domina). TV: “Delco Proper”, “Forever”, “Mozart In The Jungle”, recurring on Cinemax’s “Banshee” as Fat Au and HBO’s Emmy nominated “The Night Of”. Proud graduate of Laguardia High School & Ithaca College. Big thanks to my family, and the team at Judy Boals Inc, and Ivy Rock Management. @MrEddieCooper

Elizabeth A. Davis (Giri) CSC: Caucasian Chalk Circle, Allegro (Drama Desk Nom; Dir John Doyle). Broadway: Once (Tony Award Nom; Dir John Tiffany). Select Off-Broadway: My Name’s Not Indian Joe (Book, Music, Lyrics; Director Don Scardino), King Lear, Zorba! (City Center Encores), Four Last Things (American Globe Theatre), Dust Can’t Kill Me (NYMF Award; Dir. Srda Vasiljevic) 39 Steps (New World Stages). Select Regional: Rain (The Old Globe), The Devil’s Disciple, The Misanthrope (STNJ), Once (American Repertory Theatre) Streetcar Named Desire (The Cleveland Playhouse). Film: Wisdom Tooth, Trauma Is A Time Machine, Blur Circle. TV: “L&O SVU,” “Blue Bloods,” “Jim Gaffigan Show, ” “Fringe.” BFA, MFA.

Raúl Esparza (Arturo Ui) is a Cuban-American actor, who has received Tony nominations for his performances in Broadway productions of Taboo, Company, Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, and David Mamet’s Speed The Plow. Other Broadway credits include the revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He recently served as an actor and creative consultant for Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s second Main Stage Powerhouse production of The Waves, a musical adaptation of the novel by Virginia Woolf. He is known for his roles in TV series such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Hannibal,” “Bojack Horseman,” and “The Path,” and in film as a voice artist in the Oscar-nominated Twentieth Century Fox animated feature Ferdinand, as well as the 2010 horror thriller, My Soul to Take.

Christopher Gurr (Dogsborough) Broadway: Cats (dir. Trevor Nunn, chor. Andy Blankenbuehler), Tuck Everlasting, Kinky Boots, Amazing Grace, and All The Way with Bryan Cranston. National Tours: Memphis (dir. Christopher Ashley), Monty Python’s Spamalot (dir. Mike Nichols). Regional: The Sting (Paper Mill), Titanic (Pittsburgh CLO), Copenhagen, 1776, Twelve Angry Men (Geva), Tommy, Oklahoma! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Lion in Winter (Indiana Rep), The Drowsy Chaperone (Human Race). Television: “Madame Secretary.” Guest Artist/Educator at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Webster University, St. Louis, and Geva Theatre, Rochester, NY. Proud union member: Actors’ Equity, SAG/AFTRA, and Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. ChristopherGurr.com

Omozé Idehenre (Mrs. Dullfleet) Her Portmanteau (Boston Court Theater), Good Grief (Kirk Douglas), Runboyrun (Magic Theatre), Gem of the Ocean, The Convert, Seven Guitars(Marin Theatre Company), The Comedy of Errors and Richard III (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The Winter’s Tale, Spunk, Macbeth (California Shakespeare Company), Clybourne Park, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Scorched, A Doll’s House, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (American Conservatory Theater). Film: On the Road. Education: MFA, The American Conservatory Theater and The Groundlings.

Mahira Kakkar (Flake / Dockdaisy) was born in Kolkata, India. Selected theater: Henry VI (NAATCO), The Winter’s Tale (TFANA), The Importance of Being Earnest (Two River), Monsoon Wedding with Mira Nair, Miss Witherspoon and Vanya, Sonia… with Christopher Durang, Clive with Ethan Hawke. Film/TV: Hank and Asha (Slamdance favorite, Best Actress Napa Film Festival, Best Actress Wild Rose Film Festival), Hechki, Bite Me, “Friends From College”, “Law and Order”, “Louie”, “Odd Mom Out”, “Blacklist”, “Blue Bloods”, “The Big C.” Training: Juilliard. Website: mahirakakkar.com

Thom Sesma (Givola) CSC: Pacific Overtures (Lortel nom., Featured Actor, Musical). Broadway/National Tours: The Times They Are-A Changin’, Lion King, Miss Saigon, Titanic, Man of La Mancha (2002 revival), Face Value, Search and Destroy, Nick & Nora. Off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatre), Discord (Primary Stages), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theatre), Othello (Public Theatre/NYSF), Cymbeline (NYSF). Regional: McCarter Theatre, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Centre Stage, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and more. Recent television: “Instinct,” “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary,” “Person of Interest,” “Jessica Jones,” “Gotham.” Connect with Thom via Twitter: @ThomSesmaNYC, Instagram: @thsesma.

About the Creative Team
John Doyle (Director) first joined CSC in 2013 as Associate Director, and became Artistic Director in 2016. He has directed productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Pacific Overtures (2017) and Passion (2013, Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro (2014, Drama League Nomination, Best Revival of a Musical), as well as Dead Poets Society (2016), Peer Gynt (2016), and As You Like It (2017).

Additional theater in the U.S. includes: The Color Purple (Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical; Drama Desk Award, Best Director of a Musical), Sweeney Todd (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Best Director of a Musical; Drama Desk Nomination Outstanding Set Design of a Musical), Company (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Awards Best Musical Revival; Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, Outstanding Director of a Musical), A Catered Affair (Drama League Award, Best Musical Production; Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), The Visit (Tony Nomination, Best Musical; Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Ten Cents a Dance (Williamstown/ McCarter), The Exorcist (The Geffen, LA), Road Show (Public Theater/Menier Chocolate Factory), Where’s Charlie? and Irma La Douce (Encores!), Wings (Second Stage), A Bed and a Chair (City Center), Kiss Me Kate (Stratford), Caucasian Chalk Circle (ACT), Merrily We Roll Along and Three Sisters (Cincinnati).

In the U.K., John Doyle has been Artistic Director of four regional theaters: The Worcester Swan, The Cheltenham Everyman, The Liverpool Everyman, The York Theatre Royal, and was also Associate Director of the Watermill Theatre, Newbury. During these residencies, he directed numerous productions of new and classic works. Notable credits include: Female Parts, Sweeney Todd, Gondoliers, Mack and Mabel (West End), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Oklahoma! (Chichester), Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Millenium Cylce of Mystery Plays (London), Carmen, Fiddler on the Roof (Watermill), The War of the Roses, The Madness of George III (York), The White Devil, Othello, Candide (Liverpool). He is co-author of Shakespeare For Dummies.

Ann Hould-Ward (Costume Designer) CSC: Passion, Allegro, Peer Gynt, Dead Poets Society, Pacific Overtures, As You Like It, Fire and Air. Select Broadway: The Color Purple, The Visit, The People in the Picture, A Free Man of Color (Drama Desk nom.), A Catered Affair (Drama Desk nom.), Beauty and the Beast (Tony Award), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk noms), Falsettos, Sunday in the Park With George (Tony and Drama Desk noms), Saint Joan, Little Me. Other Off-Broadway: Notes from the Field, The Blue Flower, Russian Transport, Road Show, Lobster Alice, Cymbeline. Ms. Hould-Ward’s work can be seen in over 35 international companies of Beauty and the Beast, and her other designs are featured in shows all over the world. More than 100 regional theater credits. Recipient of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Patricia Zipprodt Award.

Jane Cox (Lighting Designer) CSC: Pacific Overtures, Peer Gynt, Allegro, Passion and Winter’s Tale. Broadway: Jitney (Tony nom.); Amelie, Color Purple (Drama Desk nom.); Machinal (Tony and Drama Desk nom); All the Way; Come Back, Little Sheba; Picnic. Jane is a member of theMonica Bill Barnes Dance Company, has a long collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and is the director of the theater program at Princeton University.

Tess James (Lighting Designer) is a freelance Lighting Designer and Associate based in New York. Her recent projects as a designer include Roe at Asolo Rep and as an associate designer include Soft Power at The Curran Theatre and The Public Theatre’s Othello; Throughout her career she has working with a array of amazing intuitions including BAM, New York City Center and the Sydney Opera House. She is currently an artist in residence at Princeton University.

Matt Stine (Sound Designer) Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: Sweeney Todd (Sound Design, Barrow Street Theatre), The Liar (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company ), A Christmas Carol (Music Producer, McCarter Theater), Dead Poets Society (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company), The Clearing (Sound Designer, 59E59), The Black Crook (Sound Design, Abrons Art Center), Nathan The Wise (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company), Misery (Music Producer, Broadway), Mother Courage And Her Children (Sound Design, Classic Stage Company), The Tempest (Music Producer, Delacorte Theater), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Music Supervisor, Delacorte Theater) 27sound.com

Bernita Robinson (Production Stage Manager) is very happy to return to CSC with this wonderful production. Previous CSC Productions: PSM for Carmen Jones. Broadway credits include Ragtime(original) Thurgood, Man of La Mancha (revival), A Moon for the Misbegotten (revival), Aida, Beauty and the Beast among others. Regional theatre credits include Alabama Shakespeare, Pioneer Theater, Kansas City Rep and Casa Manana – productions of Ring of Fire, A Few Good Men, Evita and the world premiere of Roof of the World. Off-Broadway productions at Signature, Playwrights Horizons, The York, among others. Member of AEA National Council.

Jessica Fleischman (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to return to Classic Stage Company after working on Fire and Air this past winter! National Tours: Jersey Boys (2nd Nat’l). Off-Broadway: Jersey Boys (New World Stages), Little Rock (Sheen Center), King Liz, The Other Thing (2ST), Red Eye of Love (Amas Musical Theatre), Normativity (NYMF). Regional: Where Storms Are Born (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Opera: Piramo e Tisbe (LOTNY). Jessica is a proud graduate of Penn State University. http://www.Jessica-Fleischman.com

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Ann Harada, Raymond J. Lee, Cindy Cheung, Jason Ma, David Shih,Virginia Wing and More Set for NAAP’s INTO THE WOODS on October 20

National Asian Artists Project (NAAP) and Prospect Theater Company are proud to partner for a third year to present a special one-night-only concert reading of Into the Woods on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at The TimesCenter (242 W. 41st Street).

The cast of Into The Woods features Viveca C. (Miss Saigon, Broadway) as Cinderella; Alex Chester (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, MSG) as Little Red Riding Hood; Cindy Cheung (“Thirteen Reasons Why,” High Maintenance) as the Baker’s Wife; Karl Josef Co (CSC’s Pacific Overtures) as Cinderella’s Prince; Daniel J. Edwards (Anything Goes, Broadway) as Rapunzel’s Prince; Lydia Gaston (The King and I, Broadway) as Jack’s Mother; Ann Harada (Broadway: Avenue Q, Cinderella) as the Witch; Kennedy Kanagawa (Dinner with Georgette, NYTW) as Jack; Raymond J. Lee (Broadway: Groundhog Day, Honeymoon in Vegas) as The Baker; and Jason Ma (writer / composer, Gold Mountain) as the Mysterious Man. Other cast members include: Rona Figueroa, Kimbirdlee Fadner, Rebecca Lee Lerman, Colin Miyamoto, David Shih, Laura Yen Solito, Virginia Wing, and Xiaoqing Zhang. The Associate Director is Cassey Kivnick, and the Assistant Musical Director is Griffin Strout. Julie Miller is the line producer.

Directed by Steven Eng and music directed by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, NAAP brings a new and unique voice to interpret a modern classic. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning book and score interweave favorite storybook characters, creating a timeless yet relevant piece on the power of story and the nature of family.

This event is part of NAAP’s annual Rediscover Series, which explores classic musicals with professional artists of Asian descent, proving that great works of theater speak to all communities. The event is also part of Prospect’s ongoing IGNITE concert series.

“NAAP is excited to bring together a remarkable ensemble of some of NYC’s finest actors — joining with the celebrated NAAP Broadway Community Chorus and the award-winning NAAP Kids — for a single night, to perform this rich, poignant, and very fun piece of theater,” said director Steven Eng. “Prospect is honored to continue our fruitful partnership with NAAP, bringing to life one of the great modern classics of American musical theater,” said Prospect’s Producing Artistic Director, Cara Reichel.

For tickets ($25 – $55) and more information, please visit http://www.NAAProject.org or www.ProspectTheater.org or call 212-352-3101.

 

Pamela Bob, Garth Kravits, Evan Daves and More Attend “Livin’ on a Prairie” World Premiere at 2nd Tribeca TV Festival’s Fall Pilot Season

Paul Moon, Matt W. Doyle, Mary Theresa Archbold, Evan Davies, Pamela Bob, Susan G. Bob, Alex Altomonte, Garth Kravits and Lucas Van Engen. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night, “Livin’ On A Prairie,” a six episode series created by and starring Broadway’s Pamela Bob (Hand to God, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder), screened to a sold-out house at Spring Studios as an official selection of the 2nd Tribeca TV Festival’s Fall Pilot Season. The world premieres of five indie comedy pilots showcasing new voices in episodic storytelling ranged from conventions of adulthood, sex and…William Shakespeare. The cast and the creative team of “Livin’ on a Prairie” had a blast at The Festival.

Zelda Williams, Stefan Georgiou, Garth Kravits, Pip Swallow and Pamela Bob. Photo by Lia Chang
Zelda Williams, Stefan Georgiou, Garth Kravits, Pip Swallow and Pamela Bob. Photo by Lia Chang

Synopsis: Meet Pamela. A 30 something single woman in the city, who longs for the simple things in life: connection, the spirit of community of family. Of being unconditionally loved. All of these values have been instilled in her since childhood from the single most important influence of her life-The 1970’s NBC classic, “Little House on the Prairie”. But, is Pamela getting more out of this show then she is out of her real life?

Paul Moon, Matt W. Doyle, Mary Theresa Archbold, Evan Davies, Pamela Bob, Susan G. Bob, Alex Altomonte, Garth Kravits and Lucas Van Engen. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Moon, Matt W. Doyle, Mary Theresa Archbold, Evan Davies, Pamela Bob, Susan G. Bob, Alex Altomonte, Garth Kravits and Lucas Van Engen. Photo by Lia Chang

Original “Little House” cast including Alison Arngrim (“Little House on the Prairie”) and Charlotte Stewart (“Little House on the Prairie,” “Twin Peaks”) guest star and the series also features current Broadway and TV performers: Taurean Everett (MISS SAIGON), Aaron Ramey (THE VISIT), Matt Bogart (JERSEY BOYS), Jim Ferris (THE LION KING), Justin Sams (“When We Rise”), Carlos Gonzales (ON YOUR FEET) Dave T. Koenig (“Nurse Jackie”),  Paul Moon (TAINTED DREAMS), Matt Cody, Mary Theresa Archbold, Susan G. Bob and Alex Altomonte.

Lucas Van Engen, Matt W. Cody, Paul Moon, Evan Davies, Alex Altomonte, Pamela Bob, Susan G. Bob, Gilbert Bob, Garth Kravits and Mary Theresa Archbold pose for a portrait during the 2018 Tribeca TV Festival on September 22, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang
Lucas Van Engen, Matt W. Cody, Paul Moon, Evan Davies, Alex Altomonte, Pamela Bob, Susan G. Bob, Gilbert M. Bob, Garth Kravits and Mary Theresa Archbold pose for a portrait during the 2018 Tribeca TV Festival on September 22, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Lia Chang

“Livin’ On A Prairie” is directed and produced by Cut&Dry Films’ Garth Kravits and Evan Daves with Executive Producer Roy Goderstad. cutanddryfilms.com

Other pilots on the slate having their world premieres included “Great Expectations,” created by Pip Swallow and executive produced by Stefan Georgiou; “I Was a Teenage Pillow Queen,” executive produced by Bridget Moloney and Claire Coffee; “My Friend Will,” executive produced by Elijah Guo; and “Shrimp,” created by/executive produced by Zelda Williams and EP Joshua Thurston.

Zelda Williams, Stefan Georgiou, Pip Swallow, Pamela Bob, Garth Kravits, Esteban Uribe, Elijah Goh, Claire Coffee, Bridget Maloney, Kristin Slaysman. Photo by Lia Chang
Zelda Williams, Stefan Georgiou, Pip Swallow, Pamela Bob, Garth Kravits, Esteban Uribe, Elijah Goh, Claire Coffee, Bridget Maloney, Kristin Slaysman. Photo by Lia Chang

The screenings were followed by a Q & A, with all of the creators and directors in attendance.

Claire Coffee, Pamela Bob, Pip Swallow, Stefan Georgiou, Garth Kravits and Evan Daves. Photo by Lia Chang
Claire Coffee, Pamela Bob, Pip Swallow, Stefan Georgiou, Garth Kravits and Evan Daves. Photo by Lia Chang
Zelda Williams and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Zelda Williams and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Matt W. Cody, Pamela Bob and Paul Moon. Photo by Lia Chang
Matt W. Cody, Pamela Bob and Paul Moon. Photo by Lia Chang
Lucas Van Engen, Evan Davies Pamela Bob, Garth Kravits, Paul Moon, Alex Altomonte. Photo by Lia Chang
Lucas Van Engen, Evan Davies Pamela Bob, Garth Kravits, Paul Moon, Alex Altomonte. Photo by Lia Chang

BroadwayWorld Photo Flash: Pamela Bob’s ‘Livin’ On A Prairie’ Premieres In 2nd Tribeca TV Festival’s Fall Pilot Season

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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 is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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 and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Michelle Krusiec, Jaygee Macapugay, Joél Pérez, Kendyl Ito, Lulu Fall and More Set for WILD GOOSE DREAMS at The Public, October 30 – December 9

The Public Theater is presenting the New York premiere of Wild Goose Dreams, written by Hansol Jung and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman. After its initial run in Public Studio, and in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, this fascinating and unforgettable new play with music, will begin previews with a Free First Preview in The Public’s Martinson Hall on Tuesday, October 30. Wild Goose Dreams runs through Sunday, December 9, with an official press opening on Wednesday, November 14.

The complete cast of Wild Goose Dreams features 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).

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.

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.

Hansol Jung (Playwright). Productions include Cardboard Piano (Actors Theater of Louisville), Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theater), and No More Sad Things (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions include National Theatre (UK); La Jolla Playhouse; Playwrights Horizons; Seattle Repertory; Ma-Yi Theater Company; Artists Repertory; and Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Fellowships and residencies include Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory, MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Theater Center, Victory Gardens, and Page 73 Productions. Jung received a Whiting Award and Helen Merrill Award. Jung received her MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Usual Suspects at NYTW.

Leigh Silverman (Director). Public Theater credits include The Outer Space, No Place to Go, In the Wake (also CTG/Berkeley, Obie Award, Lortel nomination), Yellow Face, and Well. Silverman’s Broadway credits include Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54), Violet (Roundabout, Tony nomination), Chinglish, and Well. Recent credits include Soft Power by Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang (Ahmanson Theater/Curran Theater) and Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre/Minetta Lane, Lortel nomination). Other credits include Sweet Charity (New Group); On the Exhale (Roundabout); All The Ways to Say I Love You (MCC); The Way We Get By (Second Stage); Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb); American Hero (Williamstown Theater Festival/Second Stage); Kung Fu and Golden Child (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, The Call, and Go Back to Where You Are (Obie Award, Playwrights Horizons); and The Madrid (MTC). Encores credits include Really Rosie, The Wild Party, and Violet.

Dan Domingues (Chorus) has performed at The Public in Fidelis, The Great Immensity, and Let Me Ascertain You (Joe’s Pub). Off-Broadway credits include Rattlestick, Abingdon, BAM, 59E59, INTAR, Atlantic, and Cherry Lane. Select regional credits include Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie, Goodman, NY Stage & Film, Hangar Theatre, Studio Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Florida Stage, Portland Stage, and George Street. His film credits include Run All Night, Future ’38, and In Stereo, and television credits include “West40s,” “Blacklist,” “Royal Pains,” and “Law & Order.” He received his MFA from A.R.T. and is an Associate Artist with The Civilians.

Lulu Fall (Digital Nanhee/Chorus). Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Hair. Off-Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Pretty Filthy; Hadestown; and This Ain’t No Disco. She appeared in the national tour of Hair. Regional credits include The Who’s Tommy, Acid Queen (Denver Center); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Capital Repertory Theatre); and Passing Strange (Studio Theatre). Select workshops include August Rush, 15 Minutes, and Annie Golden Bounty Hunter. Television credits include “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO). Her featured music performances include Jazz Re:freshed (London) and American Songbook Program.

Kendyl Ito (Heejin/Chorus) performed in the national tour of Matilda. Regional credits include Soft Power (world premiere), A Chorus Line, Grease, Rent, Seussical, American Idiot, and Oliver. His concerts include 54 Sings Little Women, Music and Laughter, Samantha Spade, and Hatched.

Francis Jue (Father) has performed at The Public in Yellow Face, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Pericles, King Lear, A Winter’s Tale, A Language of Their Own, and Richard II. Broadway credits include Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly. Off-Broadway credits include Kung Fu, Coraline, and Falsettoland. Regional credits include Soft Power; In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); Cabaret; King of the Yees; Tiger Style!; Miss Saigon; and Amadeus. Film and television credits include Joyful Noise, “Madam Secretary,” “Good Wife,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” He has received Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Peter Kim (Guk Minsung) has appeared at The Public in Yellow Face. Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Off-Broadway credits include Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO), Kung Fu (Signature), The Golden Dragon (PlayCo), Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons), Year Zero (2ST), American Hwangap (PlayCo/Ma-Yi), and Sides (Ma-Yi). Film credits include Saturday Church, Margin Call, Sex and the City, and Hackers. Television credits include “After Forever,” “Chicago Med,” “Mercy,” and “Ugly Betty.” He is an associate producer at NAATCO and a lecturer at Princeton University. Kim is a recipient of the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award.

Michelle Krusiec (Yoo Nanhee). Regional credits include Chinglish (International Broadway tour, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep and Hong Kong Arts Festival). Krusiec wrote and performed the solo show Made in Taiwan (HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, New York Asian American Theatre Festival, NY Fringe Festival, and Fringe Encores). Her workshop credits include King of Hell’s Palace (Goodman) and Kung Fu (Signature). Her selected film credits include The Invitation, Saving Face, and Far North, and selected television credits include “Supergirl,” “Hawaii-5-0,” and “Getting On.” She also wrote and directed Scenes from a Real Marriage. Krusiec received a Best Actress nomination for The Golden Horse Awards.

Jaygee Macapugay (Chorus/Wife) has appeared at The Public in Here Lies Love as Imelda Marcos and on Broadway in School of Rock. Her Off-Broadway credits include School of Rock (Gramercy); Hello, Dolly! (National Asian Artists Project); Imelda: A New Musical (Pan Asian Rep/East West Players); and Honor, The Rockae (Prospect Theatre). Regional credits include Soft Power (Ahmanson, Curran); The King and I (KC Starlight); Miss Saigon (MUNY, 5th Avenue, Casa Mañana); and Smokey Joe’s Café (Maltz Jupiter, Riverside). International credits include Where Elephants Weep. She is a USO singer.

JOÉL PÉREZ (Digital Minsung/Chorus) has appeared at The Public in Oedipus El Rey, As You Like It, and Fun Home (and Broadway). Off-Broadway credits include Sweet Charity (The New Group, Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical) and Raw Bacon from Poland (Abrons Art Center). Regional and tour credits include In the Heights (first national) and Stuck Elevator (A.C.T.). Pérez is an ensemble member of Broken Box Mime Theater. Television credits include “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!;” “Person of Interest;” “Odd Mom Out;” “The Big C;” and “The Outs.”

Jamar Williams (Chorus). Off-Broadway credits include The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory), The Death of The Last Black Man...(Signature Theater), and Invisible Thread (Second Stage). Regional credits include Passing Strange (Wilma Theatre); Burn All Night, Witness Uganda, The Black Clown (A.R.T.); The Cardboard Piano (Humana Fest); and Hairspray, The Piano Lesson (Santa Rosa Rep). Workshop and readings credits include Sundance Theater Lab (new musical by Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay Abaire), Secret Soldiers (Marsha Norman/Zoe Sarnak, WTF), Director’s Lab 2016 (Lincoln Center), and tour credits include Theatre Works USA.

Katrina Yaukey (Chorus) has performed at The Public in Road Show. Her Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Cabaret (2014); War Horse; Billy Elliot; Company; and Cabaret (1998). Her tour credits include Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Victor/Victoria.

Full price tickets, starting at $55, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.