Christopher Larkin, Andrew Pang, Ian Duff, Molly Griggs and Samantha Mathis Celebrate Opening Night of Carla Ching’s NOMAD MOTEL at Atlantic Theater

Atlantic Theater Company is presenting the New York premiere of Nomad Motel, written by Carla Ching (Fast Company, Atlantic/Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation commissionee) and directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (The Mysteries).

Playwright Carla Ching and Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang

Nomad Motel opened Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street) on June 3rd for a limited engagement through Sunday, June 23rd, 2019. The cast and creative celebrated at the afterparty at Jake’s Saloon.

Jeffory Lawson. Christopher Larkin, Neil Pepe, Molly Griggs, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Samantha Mathis, Ian Duff, Carla Ching and Andrew Pang. photo by Lia hang

Nomad Motel features Ian Duff (Dutch Masters) as Oscar, Molly Griggs (Hello, Dolly!) as Alix, Christopher Larkin (Fast Company) as Mason, Samantha Mathis (“Billions”) as Fiona and Andrew Pang (after the quake) as James.

Christopher Larkin, Molly Griggs, Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Samantha Mathis, Ian Duff, Playwright Carla Ching and Andrew Pang. Photo by Lia Chang

In the not-so-sunny side of California, Alix bounces between motel rooms, taking care of her brothers for her mostly MIA mother. Her classmate Mason is a budding songwriter trying to keep off the radar of his absent father in Hong Kong. Together, they must learn to scrape by without giving up their dreams. This New York Premiere is a surprising tale of kids raising themselves and making something out of nothing in the land of plenty.

Nomad Motel features scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Loren Shaw, lighting design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, sound design and original compositions by Emily Gardner Xu Hall, fight direction by Ryan-James Hatanaka, dialect coaching by Joy Lanceta Coronel, and casting by TBD Casting: Stephanie Yankwitt, CSA; Margaret Dunn.

Andrew Pang. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrew Pang. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Duff. Photo by Lia Chang
Ian Duff. Photo by Lia Chang
Samantha Mathis. Photo by Lia Chang
Samantha Mathis. Photo by Lia Chang
Molly Griggs. Photo by Lia Chang
Molly Griggs. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Larkin. Photo by Lia Chang
Christopher Larkin. Photo by Lia Chang
Neil Pepe, Jeffory Lawson. and Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits and Claire Graves. Photo by Lia Chang
Managing Director Jeffory Lawson, Playwright Carla Ching, Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar and Artistic Director Neil Pepe. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrew Pang and Artistic Director Neil Pepe. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrew Pang and Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Enrico De Trizio, Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar and Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Costume Designer Loren Shaw, Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Andrew Pang, Jennifer Cato, Carla Ching. Photo by Lia Chang
Samantha Mathis, Jennifer Cato, Andrew Pang and Carla Ching. Photo by Lia Chang
Assistant Director Annika Boras, Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. Photo by Lia Chang
Lia Chang, Christopher Larkin and Dustin Chinn. Photo by Garth Kravits
Jennifer Cato, Andrew Pang, Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia 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

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Jake Manabat, Lucas Verbrugghe, Aaron Blakely, Melody Butiu, Stephen Caffrey, Nike Doukas, Juliana Hansen and More in David Henry Hwang’s M. BUTTERFLY at South Coast Rep through June 8

South Coast Repertory is presenting David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly, a tale of obsession, perception and the allure of fantasy. Hwang’s break-out hit-a Tony Award-winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist-is about more than steamy seduction and fantasy; inspired by a true account, it’s a compelling story of espionage, East-West relations and betrayal. Desdemona Chiang, in her SCR debut, directs the show on the Segerstrom Stage through June 8. Tickets are available online at

Lucas Verbrugghe and Jake Manabat in South Coast Repertory’s 2019 production of M. Butterflyby David Henry Hwang. Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR.

The story starts in 1986, with René Gallimard in prison, where he’s serving a sentence for treason. Through a series of flashbacks, his tale unfolds beginning with his time as a member of the French embassy in China during the Cultural Revolution when he fell in love with Song Liling, a Chinese opera star. A longtime fan of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, Gallimard considers Song to be the perfect woman. But Song is not who she claims to be.

Jake Manabat and Lucas Verbrugghe, center, in South Coast Repertory’s 2019 production of M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR.

M. Butterfly is a play about the allure of exceptionalism and the lengths a person will go to achieve and preserve it,” said Chiang. “Gallimard is a man who was unremarkable and inconsequential his entire life, until he met Song, a woman who made him feel like the most important person in the world; that feeling of exceptionalism-of uniqueness, of rare singularity-is very hard to let go of. Sometimes we’d rather persist in a fantasy where we focus on perfection and beauty rather than face the fact that the world is messy and a place where suffering is actually more painful than romantic, and where we are merely average.”

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

Hwang has had a nearly three-decade relationship with SCR, which premiered his Golden Child (1997) and produced Chinglish (2013, with Berkeley Repertory Theatre). His other stage works include the plays Yellow Face, Kung Fu, The Dance and the Railroad and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee; a three-time Obie Award winner; and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He is America’s most-produced living opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards. He is a writer and consulting producer for the Golden Globe Award-winning television series, “The Affair”. He is currently penning the live-action feature musical adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios. He serves as head of playwriting at Columbia University and as chair of the American Theatre Wing. His newest work, Soft Power, with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered in 2018 at Center Theatre Group and will open in New York this fall.

Chiang is based in Ashland, Ore., and Seattle, where she is a founder and co-artistic director of Azeotrope. Her recent directing credits include Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Baltimore Center Stage.

Lucas Verbrugghe and Jake Manabat in South Coast Repertory’s 2019 production of M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR.

The cast includes Jake Manabat (as Song Liling), who was the understudy for Song in the 2017-18 Broadway revival of M. Butterfly. His other credits include the national tour of Rent, “Madam Secretary,” “Lilyhammer” and “Bored to Death.” Lucas Verbrugghe (as René Gallimard) appeared on Broadway in Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Ritz; his other credits include Our Idiot Brother, “Grimm” and the “Law & Order” franchise. Also featured are SCR veterans from this and past seasons: Aaron Blakely (How to Write a New Book for the Bible); Melody Butiu (A Christmas Carol, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience, Shipwriected!, The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow); Stephen Caffrey (Shakespeare in Love, SHREW!), Nike Doukas (Sense and Sensibility, All the Way), Juliana Hansen (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street); and dancers Annika Alejo, Yoko Hasebe and Andres Lanang.

Jake Manabat, Melody Butiu and Lucas Verbrugghe in South Coast Repertory’s 2019 production of M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR.

The creative team includes Ralph Funicello, scenic design; Sara Ryung Clement, costume design; Josh Epstein, lighting design; André Pluess, sound design; Annie Yee, choreography; and Joanne DeNaut, CSA, casting. The production managers are Holly Ahlborn and Matthew E. Chandler and the stage manager is Moira Gleason.

Lucas Verbrugghe and Jake Manabat in South Coast Repertory’s 2019 production of M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. Photo by Jordan Kubat/SCR.

Generous support for this production comes from Honorary Producers Geoff and Valerie Fearns, and Michael Ray. The media partner is KPCC. South Coast Plaza is the season sponsor for the Segerstrom Stage.

Tickets start at $23. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, fulltime educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Recommendation: This show is recommended for high school age and above. Note: this show contains adult language, sexuality and nudity. For complete information, visit:

BD Wong to Helm East West Players and Pasadena Playhouse’s Co-production of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP, November 6 – December 1

BD Wong. Photo by Lia Chang

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, is pleased to announce its 54th Season, We Are the Ones We Are Waiting For. After a highly successful 53rd Anniversary Season, EWP’s upcoming 2019/2020 season takes place from Summer 2019 through Spring 2020 and consists of four productions, including a Los Angeles Premiere, a West Coast Premiere, and co-productions with The Fountain Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse.

“For our 54th season, I reflected on the these interesting times we live in where there has both been a democratization of storytelling and a rise in authoritarian minded leaders. It all begs the question of what do we do, who do we turn to times where we as individuals are caught against a larger backdrop of political turmoil and uncertainty. And that unpredictable as these times seem to be, we need to to not diminish, shy away from, or be afraid of joy. That by being able to laugh our ourselves we open ourselves to new ideas, perspectives and experiences. And through collective laughter we eliminate fear of those things that are unknown or different. Our 54th season is one of laughter and change often in the face of loss. A season of works all by Asian American women playwrights. We started with the questions: Where do we the look in these troubling times? To whom? And our response is a season where we discover that we are the ones we are waiting for, and should accept nothing less.” says EWP Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai.

EWP’s 54th season, all works by Asian American Playwrights, commences with the Los Angeles premiere of Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, written by Jiehae Park, directed by Jennifer Chang, in association with The Fountain Theatre. Hannah and her family travel back to South and North Korea to recover their grandmother’s body in the DMZ after her flamboyant suicide. Division and duality play into the mythology that drives this amusingly surreal play forward. Performances run from August – September 29th, 2019 at The Fountain Theatre.

Up next is a co-production with Pasadena Playhouse The Great Leap, written by award-winning playwright Lauren Yee and directed by Emmy-nominated BD Wong. An American basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game, finding themselves in a conflict running deeper than the strain between two countries. Performances run from November 6 – December 1, 2019 at The Pasadena Playhouse.

For some holiday fun, EWP will present Sandra Tsing Loh’s Sugar Plum Fairy, which follows the dreams of a 12-year-old girl and her ambition to dance the lead in The Nutcracker. Exploring a holiday classic through an offbeat comedic lens, audiences of all ages can enjoy this absurd and relatable coming of age story. Performances run from December 5 – December 22, 2019 at the David Henry Hwang Theater.

EWP’s 54th season closes with another Los Angeles Premiere of The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity, written by May Lee-Yang. A Hmong personality coach addicted to Korean Dramas awaits her fate with her 30th birthday swiftly approaching. Performances run from March 19 – April 5, 2020at the David Henry Hwang Theater.

Throughout the year, East West Players will continue its Counter Culture Series, presenting a series of community conversations and readings of new works that are free and open to the public.

Single ticket sales will be announced in early Summer 2019. For forthcoming information about the 54th season, please visit or call (213) 625-7000 x 0. Dates, details, and ticket prices are subject to change.

As the nation’s premier Asian American theatre organization, East West Players produces artistic work and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific Islander (API) experiences. Founded in 1965, at a time when APIs faced limited or no opportunities to see their experiences reflected outside of stereotypical and demeaning caricatures in the American landscape, EWP not only ensures that API stories are told, but works to increase access, inclusion, and representation in the economy.

Ken Page, Orville Mendoza, Ben Davis, Kevin Cahoon, Brittany Bradford and More Set for The Muny’s GUYS AND DOLLS, June 10 – 16

The Muny is presenting Guys and Dolls, directed by Gordon Greenberg, co-choreographed by Lorin Latarro and Patrick O’Neill and featuring music direction by Brad Haak, June 10 -16.

Ken Page, Doreen Montalvo, Orville Mendoza, Jared Gertner and Kevin Cahoon. Photo courtesy of Orville Mendoza Facebook

Joining the previously announced Ben Davis (Sky Masterson), Brittany Bradford (Sarah Brown), Jordan Gelber (Nathan Detroit) and Kendra Kassebaum (Miss Adelaide) are Ken Page (Arvide Abernathy), Doreen Montalvo (General Cartwright), Orville Mendoza (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Jared Gertner (Benny Southstreet), Brendan Averett (Big Jule), Kevin Cahoon (Harry the Horse) and Rich Pisarkiewicz (Lt. Brannigan). A high-rolling ensemble completes this cast, including Calvin Cooper, Darien Crago, Colby Dezelick, Tyler Eisenreich, Whitney G-Bowley, Berklea Going, Julie Hanson, Jeff Kuhr, Alicia Lundgren, Erin N. Moore, Jevares Myrick, Michael Santomassimo, Michaeljon Slinger, Matthew Steffens, Keith Tyrone, Amy Van Norstrand, Jerry Vogel and Sharrod Williams. The company will also be joined by the Muny Kid and Teen youth ensemble.

This production includes scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, costume design by Tristan Raines, lighting design by Rob Denton, sound design by John Shivers and David Patridge, video design by Nathan W. Scheuer and wig design by Leah J. Loukas. Production stage manager is Nancy Uffner.

Ben Davis (Sky Masterson) Muny: Jesus Christ Superstar (Pilate), Oklahoma! (Curly); South Pacific (Emile), Spamalot (Galahad). Ben was most recently seen as Cosmo Constantine in New York City Center’s Encores! Call Me Madam, opposite Carmen Cusack. Broadway: 2003 Tony Honor for La Bohème (Marcello), Dear Evan Hansen (Larry), Violet (Preacher), A Little Night Music, Les Misérables (Javert and Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon). Tours: The Sound of Music (Georg von Trapp), Spamalot (Galahad). Regional: Kiss Me, Kate (Fred/Petruchio) at The 5th Avenue Theatre. UK: BBC Proms Kiss Me, Kate (Fred/Petruchio). Concerts: Philly Pops, Boston Pops, LA Philharmonic, RTÉ and many others. Film/TV: Blue Bloods, A Hand of Bridge, The Magic Flute, 30 Rock, Numb3rs.

Brittany Bradford (Sarah Brown) Muny debut! Brittany was recently seen in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Merrily We Roll Along, staged by the critically-acclaimed Fiasco Theater. She made her Broadway debut last fall as Ophelia in Bernhardt/Hamlet opposite Janet McTeer. Additional credits: For Colored Girls… (Public Theater), Flyin’ West (Westport Country Playhouse), Family Resemblance (Eugene O’Neill), The Profane and Taming of the Shrew (Chautauqua Theater Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Ten Thousand Things Theater), Neighbors, Avenue Q and Next to Normal (Mixed Blood Theatre), Ragtime and Stick Fly (Park Square Theatre). 2018 graduate of The Juilliard School, Group 47. Credits: Father Comes Home from the Wars, Hoodoo Love, Triumph of Love, King Lear, Cymbeline, Christina Martinez and The Marriage of Bette and Boo. Co-Founder of HomeBase Theatre Collective.

Jordan Gelber (Nathan Detroit) Muny debut! Broadway: Sunday in the Park with George, Elf the Musical (Buddy), All My Sons, Avenue Q (original cast, special Outer Critics Circle Award). Off-Broadway: John Guare’s Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center Theater), Mike Leigh’s 2000 Years, Avenue Q, The Joke, Birth and After Birth. TV: Elementary, Mr. Robot, Mindhunter, Insatiable, Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Rescue Me, Ugly Betty, first three Law & Order series (recurring on SVU), The Sopranos, 100 Centre Street. Film: (upcoming) The Kitchen, Bleed for This, Dark Horse, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Everyday People (IFP/Gotham Award nominee for Breakthrough Acting), Riding in Cars With Boys, Changing Lanes. BA, Stanford University; MFA, NYU Tisch Graduate Acting (2000 Laura Pels Award).

Kendra Kassebaum (Miss Adelaide) Muny: A Chorus Line (Val). On Broadway, Kendra originated the role of Janice in the Tony-nominated production of Come From Away as well as Sam in Leap of Faith. She played Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, in San Francisco and on the first national tour (Helen Hayes nominee). Other New York: The Receptionist (MTC) and the Tony Award-winning, Grammy-nominated production of Assassins, both directed by Joe Mantello. Kendra made her Broadway debut in Rent. For the Roundabout, she performed the role of Petra in A Little Night Music starring Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson. Kassebaum’s regional appearances include Actors Theatre of Louisville, The 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Ordway and Florida Stage. Film: The Other Woman (with Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow).

Ken Page (Arvide Abernathy) is proud to be part of the 101st season of The Muny. This will be his 41st show on the stage and his fourth year as “the voice” of the theatre. Ken made his Broadway debut as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the all-black revival of Guys and Dolls, receiving the Theatre World Award for his performance. This year, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council and directed a sold-out run of Love, Linda with Max & Louie Productions. Upcoming, live-to-film concerts of The Little Mermaid (Sebastian) at the Hollywood Bowl, Grumpy Old Men at La Mirada Theatre and the UK live-to-film tour of The Nightmare Before Christmas where he will re-create his role of Oogie Boogie.

Doreen Montalvo (General Cartwright) Muny debut! Broadway: On Your Feet! (Gloria, original Broadway cast); In the Heights (original Broadway cast, Drama Desk Award). Off-Broadway: Curvy Widow (Heidi, Westside Theatre), Giant (Lupe, The Public Theater), Flashdance The Musical (Louise), Mamma Mia! (Tanya); In the Heights (Camila, Westport Country Playhouse), American Mariachi (Denver Center/Old Globe), La Lupe (Lupe, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre), In the Heights (37 Arts), Havana Under the Sea (Cecilia, INTAR Theatre). TV/Film: Law & Order, Elementary, Madam Secretary, The Tale of Timmy Two Chins, Smash, All My Children, One Life to Live. Recordings: American Soul/Latin Heart, Disney’s Moana soundtrack. Live: 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, Green Room 42.

Orville Mendoza (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) is thrilled to be back at The Muny where he got his Equity card 25 years ago in The King and I. Other Muny: Miss Saigon (2001), The King and I (2006), Godspell (2009). Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Pacific Overtures. Most recently, the world premiere of The Heart of Rock and Roll (Old Globe, coming to Broadway). Previously, he toured with Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova). Off-Broadway: Found (Atlantic Theater Company), Pacific Overtures, Passion (Classic Stage Company); Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens and Road Show all at The Public Theater/NYSF. He’s worked all across the U.S. from La Jolla Playhouse to Long Wharf Theatre. TV: The Blacklist, Law & Order: CI and many commercials. Drama Desk nominee and Barrymore Award winner.

Jared Gertner (Benny Southstreet) Muny debut! Jared is best known for playing Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon on Broadway, on the first national tour and in London (Olivier nomination). Other New York: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Broadway) and Ordinary Days (off-Broadway, premiere). Regional: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, Goodspeed, The Fulton, Cape Playhouse and Sacramento Music Circus. Television: Mom, Modern Family, 2 Broke Girls, Supernatural, Superior Donuts, How I Met Your Mother, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Ugly Betty, The Good Wife, American Dad, Family Guy and the popular Broadway-themed web series, Submissions Only. Jared also starred in an NBC pilot called How We Live. Film: Nightmare Cinema (upcoming), Smallfoot and Pup Star. Education: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Twitter: @JaredGertner Instagram: @Jaredgertner1

Brendan Averett (Big Jule) is excited to make his Muny debut. Off-Broadway: Hamlet (Waterwell), Sam and Dede (Custom Made Theatre/59E59), Titus Andronicus (NY Shakespeare Exchange), The Killer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA), As You Like It (Shakespeare in the Park), Massacre: Sing to Your Children (Rattlestick), Hamlet (Gallery Players), Passion Play (Epic Theatre Ensemble). Tours: Guys and Dolls. Regional: The Comedy of Errors, Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), Romeo and Juliet (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Of Mice and Men (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tempest (Theatricum Botanicum), Henry V (California Shakespeare Company), Bloody Poetry, The Alchemist (Everyman Theatre), Measure for Measure, Guys and Dolls, The Swanne: Pt. III (Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada). TV/Film: Law & Order: SVU, Trapped in the Closet, Blossom. Former Associate Producer for NYSX’s The Sonnet Project.

Kevin Cahoon (Harry the Horse) Muny: The Wizard of Oz and Spamalot. Broadway: The Wedding Singer, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Lion King, The Rocky Horror Show revival and The Who’s Tommy (debut). Off-Broadway: original Hedwig and The Angry Inch, How I Learned to Drive (Second Stage), The Foreigner (Roundabout, Lortel nomination), The Shaggs (Playwrights Horizons), The Wild Party (Manhattan Theatre Club), Hair and Babes in Arms (NY City Center Encores!). Regional: The Old Globe, Guthrie, Williamstown. TV: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Glow (upcoming), Nurse Jackie, Elementary, NCIS, Modern Family, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, CSI, Odd Mom Out, Six Degrees, Black Box, The Royale, Law & Order (original/CI). Film: I Am Michael, Mars Needs Moms, The Thing About My Folks, Curse of The Jade Scorpion. Debut album: Doll (OutMusic Award).

Rich Pisarkiewicz (Lt. Brannigan) Muny 101 marks Rich’s 38th season on the Muny boards, appearing in over 80 productions, including last season’s An Evening with the Stars and Annie. He has appeared regionally with The Fox Theatres (Atlanta and St. Louis), Dallas Summer Musicals, Kansas City Starlight, and locally with Stages St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Black Rep, Westport Playhouse and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has also enjoyed working with the Variety Theatre in several productions, most recently The Wizard of Oz. Upcoming: Man of La Mancha (Stages St. Louis). 2019 is his 41st year in professional theatre beginning with 1776 at Summerstage in 1979.

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls gambles with luck and love during a time when Broadway was rampant with wise guys, mission girls and Lindy’s cheesecake. This all-time Broadway classic features a high-rolling score, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “If I Were a Bell” and “Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.” With this Muny favorite, everyone’s a winner!

Season and single tickets are currently on sale. Muny gift cards for the 101st season are available online and at The Muny Box Office. MetroTix is the only official online point-of-purchase vendor for The Muny. For more information, visit or call (314) 361-1900.

John D. Haggerty, Daniel K. Isaac, Kenneth Lee, Jennifer Lim, Julyana Soelistyo, Holly Chou Set for Clubbed Thumb’s Production of YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT by Zhu Yi at The Wild Project, June 3- June 13

SUMMERWORKS, Clubbed Thumb’s annual series of new plays is presenting YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT by Zhu Yi at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd Street) in Manhattan, June 3 through June 13.

Helmed by Ken Rus Schmoll, YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT will star John D. Haggerty (“Gotham,” NAATCO’s Henry VI), Daniel K. Isaac (“Billions,” The Chinese Lady), Kenneth Lee (“Search Party”, The Machine), Jennifer Lim (Chinglish, Clubbed Thumb’s Tumacho), Julyana Soelistyo (Tony Award Nominee, Golden Child) and Holly Chou.

The creative team includes Andrew Moerdyk (scenic design), Heather McDevitt Barton (costume design), Jiyoun Chang (lighting design), Brendan Aanes (sound design), Raphael Mishler (prop design), Melanie Aponte (stage manager).

The Li family would be enjoying their new lake-view luxury villa outside of the city, were they not surrounded by the gardeners, maids, and security guards who had once owned the land–not to mention the Gods, ghosts and unnamed spirits there for thousands of years before them. A play about economic transformation, the dreams it enables and those it crushes.

YOU NEVER TOUCHED THE DIRT will feature set design by Andrew Moerdyk, costume design by Heather McDevitt Barton, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang and sound design by Brendan Aanes. Melanie Aponte will serve as production stage manager.

Festival passes are on sale now for $65, with discounted preview passes on sale for $55, at Single tickets are on sale for $25 ($20 for students) here.

Edward Chin-Lyn, Kimiye Corwin, Bruce McKenzie, David Shih, James Seol, Karoline Xu, and Aaron Yoo Set for NAATCO’s World Premiere of Gordon Dahlquist’s [VEIL WIDOW CONSPIRACY], June 8 – July 6

The OBIE Award-winning NAATCO, National Asian American Theatre Company, kicks off their 29th season with the World Premiere of Gordon Dahlquist’s [Veil Widow Conspiracy]. Aneesha Kudtarkar directs a cast that will include Edward Chin-Lyn, Kimiye Corwin, Bruce McKenzie, David Shih, James Seol, Karoline Xu, and Aaron Yoo. This Off-Broadway limited engagement at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street) will begin June 8th with Opening Night set for June 15th (7pm). Performances continue through July 6th only.

Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele
Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele

NAATCO was just nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, as well as Outstanding Costume Design for a Play for last season’s acclaimed production of Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts. Additionally, NAATCO founder and Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak will receive a Special Drama Desk Award: “the backbone of the Off-Broadway scene, we acclaim her for her performances this season in Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Peace for Mary Frances and Recent Alien Abductions. This award also recognizes her vital presence as the artistic director of NAATCO and her sustained excellence as a performer and mentor.”

[VEIL WIDOW CONSPIRACY] is built around nested versions of a story from 1922 Xinjiang in Western China: a political murder mystery dramatized in a 2010 big budget Hollywood film, then amended via DVD extra interviews with the cast and crew, in censorship negotiations with the Chinese government, and finally by two lovers in a futuristic, dystopian Brooklyn, without the means to watch the film, one describing it to the other by memory in the dark. [VWC] explores the slippery tension around what we call the truth, knowing reality and fiction each have an angle, and no metaphor comes without an agenda.

Gordon Dahlquist is an acclaimed playwright and best selling novelist. His first novel,The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, was a New York Times bestseller and has been published in 30 countries. His other novels include The Dark Volume, The Chemickal Marriage and his most recent, The Different Girl. His next play, Red Chariot, will have its world premiere at Undermain Theatre in Dallas in September. His plays have been performed in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Minneapolis, and Portland. His plays includeTomorrow Come Today (2015 James Tait Black Drama Prize, Edinburgh; Undermain Theatre, Dallas), Stella (Radio play: The Organist/WKCR), Tea Party (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, San Francisco), Messalina (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; Garland Award; SPF, New York), Babylon is Everywhere: A Court Masque [text] (CINE, Schaeberle Theatre; Theatre Magazine), Delirium Palace (Evidence Room, Los Angeles; Garland Award; published in Breaking Ground), The Secret Machine (Walker Space),Vortex Du Plaisir (Ohio Theatre; WKCR), and Island of Dogs (4th Street Theatre). He has been a member of New Dramatists, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.

Aneesha Kudtarkar is a New York-based theatre director. She is currently completing her final year of study in the MFA Directing program at the Yale School of Drama. While at Yale, she has directed Locusts, Trouble in Mind, Perfectly Timed Photos Taken Before a Disaster, and The Winter’s Tale. Her other credits include The Purple Flower, The Quonsets (Yale Cabaret); Mud, Charlotte’s Web (The Hangar Theatre); and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Studio @ 620). She holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University, where she received the Garland Wright Award for Excellence in Directing. Aneesha is a proud alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project.
Edward Chin-Lyn is making his NAATCO debut. Small Mouth Sounds National Tour (Long Wharf, A.C.T., Broad Stage; dir. Rachel Chavkin), True West (Curious Frog), The Brig (The Living Theatre), Reconstruction (International Wow). Film: Set It up (Netflix). TV: “Manifest”, “Elementary”, “Jessica Jones”, “Person of Interest”, “Limitless”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Feed the Beast.”

Kimiye Corwin’s New York theater credits include: The Changeling (Red Bull Theater),Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Theater), Martyrs (La Mama), Wasted: An Historical Burlesque(Ars Nova), Gaslit (Virago), Fire Throws (Ripe Time), Kate’s Chink-O-Rama (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (Guthrie), Hedda Gabler (Studio Theatre), A Christmas Carol (McCarter), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Actors Theater of Louisville), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage), Now Circa Then (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage), Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis). TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “The Family,” “The Following,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “One Life to Live,” Five Dances (film by Alan Brown). Kimiye trained as a dancer at Juilliard and danced with the Jose Limon Dance Company for five years before expanding her career with acting. She also enjoys working as a teacher, choreographer and movement consultant for theater. Training: BFA Juilliard, MFA Brown/Trinity. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Bruce McKenzie Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention. Selected Off-Broadway: Stanley in Ivo van Hove’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire (NY Theatre Workshop). 10 Out of 12 (Soho Rep); Big Love, Glory of the World (BAM Harvey), Weisses Rauschen(Ruhrfestspiele Recklingshausen; Theatre Freiburg). Some favorite Regional Theatre:Three Sisters (Yale Rep); Polaroid Stories, Stage Manager in Our Town, title role inHamlet (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Angelo in Measure For Measure, Iago in Othello(California Shakespeare Theatre); Krapp’s Last Tape (Dallas Theatre Center); Other leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Magic Theatre, Wilma Theatre, others. Film: Your Name Here; Miss This at Your Peril; Blood Sand and Gold. Television: “Breaking Bad,” “House,” “The Unit.”

James Seol’s Off-Broadway credits include: Henry VI (NAATCO); American Morning (Prospect Theater Company; KPOP (Lucille Lortel Nomination; Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova). Broadway: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional: Vietgone and The Orphan of Zhao (American Conservatory Theatre); The Four Immigrants and Tokyo Fish Story (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Musicals and Paper Mill Playhouse); Zombie: the American (Woolly Mammoth); Hamlet (Hartford Stage); Timon of Athens (Shakespeare Theatre Company). TV: Living with Yourself (Netflix). Juilliard, University of Virginia

David Shih previously appeared with NAATCO in Henry VI, Awake and Sing!, and A Dream Play. Off-Broadway: KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed), Somebody’s Daughter(Second Stage), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Bike America (Ma-Yi), Dojoji(Pan Asian), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm). Regional: Tiger Style! (La Jolla), The King and I (Maltz Jupiter). TV/Film: “Billions,” “City on a Hill,” “The Hunt,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Mr. Sushi, Eighth Grade, The Amazing Spider-Man 2,Saving Face. Performs with Only Make Believe for kids in hospitals and care facilities.

Karoline Xu’s Off-Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem (LCT). Select credits: You Across From Me (Humana Festival), Angels in America, Six, A Christmas Carol, Maggie and Winnie (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); A Language to Hear Myself (American Repertory); Hitting Bedrock (La MaMa); Ready Made Cabaret (Judson Church). BA: Harvard College.
Aaron Yoo’s career began Off-Broadway appearing at The Vineyard, Ma-Yi, The Flea and LAByrinth. He is grateful to be returning to NAATCO. Aaron has starred in over 20 films including Disturbia, 21, Killing Gunther, Money Monster, Rocket Science, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Friday the 13th, Someone Else, Everything Before Us, The Wackness, and Kid Cannabis. TV credits include “Goliath,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Tomorrow People,” “StartUp,” “The Blacklist,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “The Closer” and “ER.”

[VEIL WIDOW CONSPIRACY] will have scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Mariko Ohigashi, and lighting design by Reza Behjat. Peter Kim is Associate Producer for NAATCO.

Under the leadership of Founding Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak and co-founder Richard Eng, NAATCO was founded in 1989 to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture by offering European and American classics as written with all Asian American casts; adaptations of these classics by Asian American Playwrights; and new plays – preferably world premieres – written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but realized by all-Asian American casts. NAATCO puts into service its total commitment to Asian American theatre artists to more accurately represent onstage the multi- and inter-cultural dynamics of our society. By doing so, they demonstrate a rich tapestry of cultural difference bound by the American experience. The enrichment accrues to each different culture as well as to America as a whole. NAATCO was the recipient of the Obies’ Ross Wetzsteon Award, the Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women for their work “highlighting the multi- and intercultural dynamics of our society” and the Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity Association in recognition of its contribution toward increasing diversity and non-traditional casting in American theatre. For more information, visit

Next Door at NYTW provides a home for companies and artists who are producing their own work. This initiative provides each project with subsidized resources and space for development and performance in the Fourth Street Theatre. As part of an ongoing effort to expand support for artists at every stage of their careers, this series served nearly 100 additional artists in the first year alone.

Performances for [Veil Widow Conspiracy] will be Monday through Saturday evenings at 7pm, with matinees Saturday at 3pm. No performance Monday, June 10th and no matinees on June 8th and 15th; added performance on Sunday June 9th at 7pm.

Ticket prices are $35 (General Admission) or $45 (Reserved Seat). Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-460-5475, online at, or in-person at the NYTW Box Office (79 east 4th Street).

For more information about [Veil Widow Conspiracy] or any of NAATCO’s programs, visit

Thom Sesma, Mara Davi, Jonathan Raviv, Dorcas Leung, Mykal Kilgore and More Set for INTO THE WOODS at Barrington Stage, June 19 – July 13

Barrington Stage Company is presenting a new production of Into the Woods with Zoë Aarts (Rider University’s Heathers) as “Lucinda,” Leslie Becker (Broadway’s Amazing Grace) as “Jack’s Mother/Giant’s Wife,” James Cella (Judson Theatre Company’s Twelve Angry Men) as “The Steward,” Sarah Dacey Charles (Broadway’s Les Misérables) as “Cinderella’s Stepmother/Granny/Cinderella’s Mother,” Mara Davi (BSC’s Company; Broadway’s Dames at Sea) as “The Baker’s Wife,” Mykal Kilgore (Broadway’s Motown the Musical) as “The Witch,” Dorcas Leung (Broadway’s Miss Saigon) as “Little Red Riding Hood,” Pepe Nufrio (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’s Evita) as “Rapunzel’s Prince,” Megan Orticelli (Northwestern University’s Little Shop of Horrors) as “Florinda,” Jonathan Raviv (Broadway’s The Band’s Visit) as “The Baker,” Amanda Robles (Jerome Robbins Theater’s From Here to Eternity) as “Cinderella,” Thom Sesma (Second Stage’s Superhero) as “Narrator/Mysterious Man,” Clay Singer (Riverside Theatre’s Next to Normal) as “Jack,” Anna Tobin as “Rapunzel” and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton (The Walnut Street Theatre’s Matilda) as “Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf.”

Into the Woods features music and lyrics by 13-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George) and original Broadway direction by James Lapine. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick (Sweeney Todd) with musical direction by BSC Associate Artist Darren R. Cohen (BSC’s West Side Story) and direction by BSC Associate Artist Joe Calarco (BSC’s Ragtime). Into the Woods will begin previews June 19 and will open on June 22 for a run through July 13.

Both single tickets and 2019 season passes are now on sale and available at or by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting the Mainstage box office (30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201). Tickets range from $20 to $75.

The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards at Town Hall on June 2; Complete List of Nominations and Special Awards

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Michael Urie. Photo by Lia Chang

Drama Desk Award-winning actor Michael Urie (Torch Song, Buyer and Cellar, “Ugly Betty”) will host The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards, Sunday, June 2 at 8PM at The Town Hall in New York City. This marks Urie’s fourth consecutive time hosting the ceremony.

The Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. What sets Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater. For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect enthusiasm for all aspects of New York’s professional theater.

2019 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Play
Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Soho Rep
The Ferryman, by Jez Butterworth
Lewiston/Clarkston, by Samuel D. Hunter, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Usual Girls, by Ming Peiffer, Roundabout Theatre Company
What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck, New York Theatre Workshop and Broadway

Outstanding Musical
Be More Chill
The Hello Girls, Prospect Theater Company
The Prom
Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, Ars Nova

Outstanding Revival of a Play
Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, Signature Theatre
Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, National Asian American Theatre Company
Our Lady of 121st Street, Signature Theatre
Summer and Smoke, Classic Stage Company/Transport Group
The Waverly Gallery
Uncle Vanya, Hunter Theater Project

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hill Harper, & Deirdre Friel. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni
Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Hill Harper and Deirdre Friel. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Carmen Jones, Classic Stage Company
Fiddler on the Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Off-Broadway
Kiss Me, Kate, Roundabout Theatre Company
Merrily We Roll Along, Fiasco Theater/Roundabout Theatre Company
Oklahoma!, Bard Summerscape/St. Ann’s Warehouse and Broadway

Outstanding Actor in a Play
Jeff Biehl, Life Sucks
Edmund Donovan, Lewiston/Clarkston
Raúl Esparza, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Russell Harvard, I Was Most Alive With You
Jay O. Sanders, Uncle Vanya

Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Thomas Silcott, Zainab Jah, Sahr Ngaujah. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Outstanding Actress in a Play
Midori Francis, Usual Girls
Zainab Jah, Boesman and Lena
Elaine May, The Waverly Gallery
Laurie Metcalf, Hillary and Clinton
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me

Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Brooks Ashmanskas, The Prom
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Damon Daunno, Oklahoma!
Santino Fontana, Tootsie
Steven Skybell, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Stephanie J. Block, The Cher Show
Beth Leavel, The Prom
Rebecca Naomi Jones, Oklahoma!
Anika Noni Rose, Carmen Jones
Stacey Sargeant, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Charles Browning, Fairview
Arnie Burton, Lewiston/Clarkston
Hampton Fluker, All My Sons
Tom Glynn-Carney, The Ferryman
Brandon Uranowitz, Burn This

Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus
Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Harriett D. Foy, The House That Will Not Stand
Megan Hill, Eddie and Dave
Celia Keenan-Bolger, To Kill A Mockingbird
Ruth Wilson, King Lear
Alison Wright, Othello

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Corbin Bleu, Kiss Me, Kate
André De Shields, Hadestown
Sydney James Harcourt, Girl from the North Country
George Salazar, Be More Chill
Patrick Vaill, Oklahoma!

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Stephanie Hsu, Be More Chill
Leslie Kritzer, Beetlejuice
Soara-Joye Ross, Carmen Jones
Sarah Stiles, Tootsie
Ali Stroker, Oklahoma!
Mary Testa, Oklahoma!

Outstanding Director of a Play
Sarah Benson, Fairview
Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, The Jungle
Sam Mendes, The Ferryman
Tyne Rafaeli, Usual Girls
Taylor Reynolds, Plano
Jeff Wise, Life Sucks

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Noah Brody, Merrily We Roll Along
Rachel Chavkin, Hadestown
Scott Ellis, Tootsie
Daniel Fish, Oklahoma!
Joel Grey, Fiddler on the Roof

Outstanding Choreography
Camille A. Brown, Choir Boy
Warren Carlyle, Kiss Me, Kate
Denis Jones, Tootsie
Lorin Latarro, Twelfth Night
Rick and Jeff Kuperman, Alice by Heart
David Neumann, Hadestown

Outstanding Music
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Joe Iconis, Be More Chill
Peter Mills, The Hello Girls
Mark Sonnenblick, Midnight at the Never Get
Shaina Taub, Twelfth Night
David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Lyrics
Chad Beguelin, The Prom
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Joe Iconis, Be More Chill
Peter Mills, The Hello Girls
David Yazbek, Tootsie

Outstanding Book of a Musical
Scott Brown and Anthony King, Beetlejuice
Andrew R. Butler, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Robert Horn, Tootsie
Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin, The Prom
Dominique Morisseau, Ain’t Too Proud

Outstanding Orchestrations
Larry Blank, Fiddler on the Roof
Simon Hale, Girl from the North Country
Daniel Kluger, Oklahoma!
Charlie Rosen, Be More Chill
Daryl Waters, The Cher Show

Outstanding Music in a Play
Paul Castles and Jongbin Jung, Wild Goose Dreams
Justin Ellington, Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie
Justin Ellington, The House That Will Not Stand
Nick Powell, The Lehman Trilogy
Jason Michael Webb and Fitz Patton, Choir Boy

Outstanding Set Design of a Play
Miriam Buether, The Jungle
Es Devlin, Girls & Boys
Maruti Evans, The Peculiar Patriot
Mimi Lien, Fairview
Matt Saunders, Daddy

Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Rachel Hauck, Hadestown
Laura Jellinek, Oklahoma!
Laura Jellinek, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
David Korins, Beetlejuice
Rae Smith, Girl from the North Country

Outstanding Costume Design for a Play
Dede M. Ayite, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Dede M. Ayite, If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka
Ásta Bennie Hostetter, Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie
Toni-Leslie James, Bernhardt/Hamlet
Nicole Slaven, Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts

Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
William Ivey Long, Beetlejuice
William Ivey Long, Tootsie
Bobby Frederick Tilly II, Be More Chill
Michael Krass, Hadestown
Bob Mackie, The Cher Show
Paloma Young, Alice by Heart

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Play
Amith Chandrashaker, Boesman and Lena
Amith Chandrashaker, Fairview
Jiyoun Chang, Slave Play
Jon Clark, The Jungle
Simon Cleveland, Spaceman
Yi Zhao, The House That Will Not Stand

Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
Adam Honoré, Carmen Jones
Bradley King, Hadestown
Jamie Roderick, Midnight at the Never Get
Barbara Samuels, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future
Scott Zielinski, Oklahoma!

Outstanding Projection Design
Peter England, King Kong
Katherine Freer, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark
Luke Halls, The Lehman Trilogy
Alex Basco Koch, Be More Chill
Peter Nigrini, Beetlejuice
Joshua Thorson, Oklahoma!

Outstanding Sound Design in a Play
Tyler Kieffer, Plano
Fitz Patton, Choir Boy
Nick Powell, The Ferryman
Jane Shaw, I Was Most Alive With You
Mikaal Sulaiman, Fairview

Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical
Simon Baker, Girl from the North Country
Drew Levy, Oklahoma!
Brian Ronan, Tootsie
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, Hadestown
Mikaal Sulaiman, Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future

Outstanding Wig and Hair Design
Campbell Young Associates, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Cookie Jordan, Eddie and Dave
Paul Huntley, Tootsie
Charles G. LaPointe, Beetlejuice
Charles G. LaPointe, The Cher Show

Outstanding Solo Performance
Mike Birbiglia, The New One
Carey Mulligan, Girls & Boys
Liza Jessie Peterson, The Peculiar Patriot, National Black Theatre/Hi-Arts
Erin Treadway, Spaceman, Loading Dock Theatre
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Unique Theatrical Experience
All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Theater Latté Da/Laura Little Theatrical Productions / Sheen Center
Love’s Labor’s Lost, Shake & Bake
The B-Side: “Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, The Wooster Group
What to Send Up When it Goes Down, The Movement Theatre Company

Outstanding Fight Choreography
U. Jonathan Toppo, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
Claire Warden, Daddy
Claire Warden, Slave Play

Outstanding Puppet Design
Michael Curry, Beetlejuice
Sonny Tilders, King Kong
Tschabalala Self, Daddy

Special Awards:
Ensemble Award: To the uncanny ensemble of Dance Nation for their pointed portrait of a dance troupe driven by competition but fused by the experiences of youth: Purva Bedi, Eboni Booth, Camila Canó-Flaviá, Dina Shihabi, Ellen Maddow, Christina Rouner, Thomas Jay Ryan, Lucy Taylor, and Ikechukwu Ufomadu.

Sam Norkin Award: To Montana Levi Blanco, who enriched this season with his vibrant and detailed costumes for Fairview, The House That Will Not Stand, Fabulation, Or the Re-Education of Undine, Eddie and Dave, Daddy, and Ain’t No Mo’. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Blanco costume is worth considerably more, telling us a complete story about its wearer while giving us something fabulous to look at.

Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele
Paul Juhn, David Huynh, Anna Ishida, Mia Katigbak, Michelangelo Hyeon, Vanessa Kai and John Haggerty. Photo by William P. Steele

To Mia Katigbak, the backbone of the Off-Broadway scene, we acclaim her for her performances this season in Henry VI: Shakespeare’s Trilogy in Two Parts, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Peace for Mary Francis and Recent Alien Abductions. This award also recognizes her vital presence as the artistic director of NAATCO and her sustained excellence as a performer and mentor.

To Repertorio Español for presenting a year-round rotating repertory of new and classic Spanish-language plays in its intimate Gramercy venue. For the past 51 years, Repertorio has been an indispensable theater for Spanish-speaking audiences, while inviting non-Spanish-speaking theatergoers to discover the delights of the Spanish-language canon and introducing New York audiences to the work of actors like Zulema Clares and Germán Jaramillo.


Ann Harada, Jonathan Sale, Reyna de Courcy, George Hampe, Dean Nolen and David Wohl Set for Working Theater’s World Premiere of DROPPING GUMBALLS ON LUKE WILSON, June 11 – July 6

WORKING THEATER is presenting the world premiere of the comedy, DROPPING GUMBALLS ON Luke Wilson, by Rob Ackerman and directed by Theresa Rebeck making her New York directorial debut. It will begin performances on June 11 and celebrate its opening on June 18, running through July 6, 2019, at A.R.T./ New York Theatre’s Mezzanine Theater (502 W. 53rd Street). Tickets are $25- $40 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Box Office (Ovationtix) at 866.811.4111.

DROPPING GUMBALLS ON Luke Wilson is inspired by a true, little-known story about the making of an iconic TV commercial in which a legendary film director puts a movie star’s life in the hands of a very jittery props guy. A humorous and ultimately disturbing account of power in the workplace, GUMBALLS examines how truth is negotiated in both art and life.

Cast includes Reyna de Courcy (Film: Wetlands), GEORGE HAMPE (MTC’s REGRETS; TV: “Madame Secretary”), Ann Harada (Broadway’s CINDERELLA, AVENUE Q), Dean Nolen (Broadway’s MAMMA MIA!. NY: OMNIUM GATHERUM, TABLETOP), Jonathan Sale (NY: HANDLE WITH CARE. TV: “God Friended Me”) and David Wohl (Broadway’s FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, DINNER AT EIGHT).

The GUMBALLS design team includes CHRISTOPHER & Justin Swader (Scenic Designers), Mary Ellen Stebbins (Lighting Design), Tricia Barsamian (Costume Design), BART FASSBENDER (Sound Design), Yana Biryukova (Video Design), Geoff Josselson, CSA (Casting Director) and Avery Trunko (Production Stage Manager).

DROPPING GUMBALLS ON Luke Wilson will play Mondays through Thursdays at 7 pm; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday matinees at 2 pm. — Special retiree matinee Weds 6/19 2 pm. No matinee Sat 6/22. – GUMBALLS will not perform on Sundays. Tickets are $40 (Reserved Tickets); $30 (General Admission) and $25 (Student/Senior/Union Members), they are available at, or by calling the Box Office (Ovationtix) at 866.811.4111. Group discounts available for groups of 10+ by e-mail: for group sales info.

REYNA DE COURCY: Theatre credits include Luna Gale at the Goodman Theatre and the Kirk Douglas in Los Angeles; The Whale with Playwrights Horizons; Burning with The New Group; Orange, Hat & Grace with Soho Rep; the hollower with New Light Theatre Project, Dreams of the Washer King with Playwrights Realm, Civilization (All You Can Eat), and The World My Mama Raised with Clubbed Thumb. Film credits include Wetlands, & Coming Up Roses.

GEORGE HAMPE: Theater credits include Regrets (Manhattan Theatre Club); Romeo and Juliet (Huntington Theatre Company); Dead Metaphor (American Conservatory Theater); Arcadia (Yale Repertory Theatre); and ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore and The Three Sisters (Yale School of Drama). Film and television credits include Julian Fellowes’ The Chaperone, “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Fight,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” and “One Tree Hill.” Recently graduated from Yale School of Drama.

ANN HARADA played Christmas Eve in the Broadway and West End productions of AVENUE Q and stepsister Charlotte in RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA. Other Broadway: Madame Thénardier in LES MISÉRABLES (revival), 9 TO 5, SEUSSICAL, and M. BUTTERFLY. Film: SISTERS, TROUBLE, YOUTH IN OREGON, ADMISSION, HOPE SPRINGS, FEEL, HAPPINESS. TV includes: SMASH (as Linda, the Stage Manager), THE GOOD WIFE, HOUSE OF CARDS, MASTER OF NONE, THE JIM GAFFIGAN SHOW, SEARCH PARTY, YOUNGER, GOTHAM. Twitter: @annharada Instagram: iamannharada

DEAN NOLEN: Broadway: Mamma Mia! (original company). Off-Broadway: Terence in Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vasillaros’ Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer-Prize finalist), Tabletop (Drama Desk Award), also Manhattan Theatre Club, The Working Theatre, Naked Angels, others. Regional: Yale Rep, Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Wilma, Dallas Theater Center, others. Television: “Mercy,” “Law and Order,” “Crossing Jordan”, “Law & Order: SVU”, others. Director: Division Avenue (world premiere NYC); Birds on a Wire (International Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland). Graduate of Yale School of Drama (Constance Welch Scholar).

JONATHAN SALE is the proud father of the best seven year old in the world. Off-Broadway: Handle With Care (Westside Theater), Soldiers Play (Second Stage Theater), Shape of Things (Promanade Theater), ScreenPlay (59E59), Trade (Cherry Lane); Television – “God Friended Me”, “The Good Fight”, “Madam Secretary”, “Elementary”, “Person of Interest”, “Law and Order”; Film: Lola Versus, Fair Market Value, Hard Lesson; MFA American Conservatory Theater, BA University of Richmond, Oxford School of Drama, Upright Citizens Brigade

DAVID WOHL: Broadway: Golden Boy, Dinner at Eight (Lincoln Center), The Man Who Had All the Luck (Roundabout), Fiddler on the Roof (Minskoff). Off Broadway: Recent: The Last Will (Abingdon). Other: Between the Songs, The Shaker Chair (EST), Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), The Frugal Repast (Abingdon), Don Juan (TFANA), Isn’t it Romantic (Playwrights Horizons), The Basement Tapes (Village Gate). Regional: Recent: Deathtrap (Bucks County Playhouse), Elegy (Victory Gardens), Freud’s Last Session (Pittsburgh Public). Other: Goodspeed, Paper Mill, Williamstown, George Street, LaJolla, Taper, LATC, Mixed Blood, Cincinnati. Film: Recent: You Must Be Joking, Cabal (upcoming). Other: The Wackness, Joe Gould’s Secret, Saving Private Ryan, Hot Shots! Part Deux, War of the Roses, Presumed Innocent, Troop Beverly Hills, The Couch Trip, Brewster’s Millions, Revenge of the Nerds, Sophie’s Choice. Television: Series regular on “Brooklyn Bridge”, “D.E.A.”, “Once a Hero”, “Hey Arnold”. Recent: “White Collar”, “Suits”, “The Good Wife”, “Rescue Me”. Other: many episodes, pilots and tv movies.

Michael Stuhlbarg, Teagle F. Bougere, Peter Jay Fernandez, Miriam A. Hyman, Austin Smith and More in Tim Blake Nelson’s SOCRATES through June 2

The world premiere of SOCRATES at The Public Theater, written by Tim Blake Nelson and directed by Doug Hughes, ends its extended run on Sunday, June 2nd.

Lee Wilkof and Michael Stuhlbarg. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Lee Wilkof and Michael Stuhlbarg. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The complete cast of SOCRATES includes David Aaron Baker (Anytus/Eryximachus/Guard), Ro Boddie (Ensemble), Teagle F. Bougere (Plato), Niall Cunningham (A Boy), Peter Jay Fernandez (Thrasymachus/Lycon/Polus), Karl Green (Lamprocles/Aenesidemos), Miriam A. Hyman (Xanthippe), Robert Joy (Crito/Chaerephon/Meletus the Elder), Alan Mendez (Andromachus/Aetios), Tom Nelis (Proxenus/Gorgias/Aristophanes), Dave Quay (Diokles/Meletus), Daniel Reece (Ensemble), Austin Smith (Alcibiades/Simmias), Michael Stuhlbarg (Socrates), Joe Tapper (Agathon/Meno), and Lee Wilkof (Megasthenes/The Archon).

Robert Joy, Michael Stuhlbarg, and the company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Robert Joy, Michael Stuhlbarg, and the company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

SOCRATES is a witty and endlessly fascinating new drama about a complicated man who changed how the world thought. This powerful new play by actor, director, and writer Tim Blake Nelson is an intellectual thrill ride from the philosopher’s growing prominence in democratic Athens through the military and social upheavals that led to one of the most infamous executions in Western history. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes directs SOCRATES, a timely and timeless new work that serves as a passionate tribute to the man who continues to inspire us to question authority and defend freedom of belief.The new play features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and sound design/original music by Mark Bennett.

Peter Jay Fernandez, Michael Stuhlbarg and the company of SOCRATES. Photo by Joan Marcus
Alan Mendez, Ro Boddie, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Joe Tapper. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Alan Mendez, Ro Boddie, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Joe Tapper. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michael Stuhlbarg and Austin Smith. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michael Stuhlbarg and Austin Smith. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michael Stuhlbarg. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Michael Stuhlbarg. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
The company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
The company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Miriam A. Hyman, Michael Stuhlbarg, and the company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Miriam A. Hyman, Michael Stuhlbarg, and the company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
The company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.
The company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.
The company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.
The company of Socrates. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.