EST/Youngblood’s Bloodworks Reading of Daniel K. Isaac’s ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME 

Lia Chang, David Shih, Deborah S. Craig, Jeena Yi, Alton Aburo, Esther Chen, Miller Tai, Hye Yun Park, Julian Leong, Daniel K. Isaac and Carlos Armesto. Photo by Garth Kravits

EST/Youngblood presented a Bloodworks Reading of ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME by Daniel K. Isaac at Ensemble Studio Theatre on June 6th.

Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Garth Kravits
Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Garth Kravits

Carlos Armesto directed a cast that featured Alton Alburo, Lia Chang, Esther Chen, Deborah S. Craig, Julian Leong, David Shih, Miller Tai, Hye Yun Park, Jeena Yi.

Lia Chang, David Shih, Deborah S. Craig, Jeena Yi, Alton Aburo, Esther Chen, Miller Tai, Hye Yun Park, Julian Leong, Daniel K. Isaac and Carlos Armesto. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, David Shih, Deborah S. Craig, Jeena Yi, Alton Aburo, Esther Chen, Miller Tai, Hye Yun Park, Julian Leong, Daniel K. Isaac and Carlos Armesto. Photo by Garth Kravits

Bloodworks is Youngblood’s annual reading series of brand new full-length plays which featured 23 readings from May 8th through June 20th. Click here for more information.

Lia Chang, Carlos Armesto, Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Deborah S. Craig
Lia Chang, Carlos Armesto, Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Deborah S. Craig
Hye Yun Park, Julian Leong, Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Hye Yun Park, Julian Leong, Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac, Carlos Armesto, Julian Leong. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac, Carlos Armesto, Julian Leong. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac and Deborah S. Craig. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac and Deborah S. Craig. Photo by Lia Chang
1st row: Esther Chen, Jeena Yi, David Shih. 2nd Row: Hye Yun Park, Alton Aburo, Daniel K. Isaac, Lia Chang. Back Row: Miller Tai, Deborah S. Craig, Carlos Armesto, Julian Leong. Photo by Garth Kravits
1st row: Esther Chen, Jeena Yi, David Shih. 2nd Row: Hye Yun Park, Alton Aburo, Daniel K. Isaac, Lia Chang. Back Row: Miller Tai, Deborah S. Craig, Carlos Armesto, Julian Leong. Photo by Garth Kravits
Esther Chen, Julian Leong, Daniel K. Isaac, Lia Chang, Deborah S. Craig. Photo by Tom Marks
Esther Chen, Julian Leong, Daniel K. Isaac, Lia Chang, Deborah S. Craig. Photo by Tom Marks

Daniel K. Isaac is an actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, currently based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.”

Photo by Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME. Daniel K. Isaac, Damian Lewis and David Costabile in 'Billions' episode 
Photo by Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME. Daniel K. Isaac, Damian Lewis and David Costabile in ‘Billions’ episode

Forbes: ‘Billions’ Recap: This Week’s Episode Brings Both ‘Redemption’ And A Striptease

Daniel co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest Fusion, Outfest, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor). “According To My Mother” is currently in development to become a digital series on First Look Media’s new platform, TOPIC. Daniel is a member of Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73 Writers Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA. www.AccordingToMyMother.com

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac Photo Credit: Lia Chang
Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac Photo Credit: Lia Chang

He recently appeared as William Inge in the Off-Broadway production of Philip Dawkin’s The Gentleman Caller, produced by Abingdon Theatre at The Cherry Lane.  Select NYC: Sagittarius  Ponderosa   (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Select Regional: The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV LAND), “Search Party” (TBS), “Crashing” (HBO), “The Following” (FOX), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Believe” (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO).  www.DanielKIsaac.com

Inside THE GENTLEMAN CALLER’S Opening Night Party with Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa 

Up Close and Personal with Daniel K. Isaac – William Inge in Abingdon Theatre’s Production of THE GENTLEMAN CALLER by Philip Dawkins, May 5 – 26 

Youngblood is Ensemble Studio Theatre’s OBIE-winning collective of emerging professional playwrights under the age of 30. Founded in 1993, Youngblood serves as a creative home for the next generation of theater artists. Youngblood provides artistic guidance, peer support, regular feedback and a fertile production environment which allows our member playwrights to hone their skills and explore their craft. We also provide exposure to the public and the press, professional outreach to the industry, and opportunities for production and publication.

Plays by current and former Youngblood playwrights have been performed on Broadway and in London’s West End (Robert Askins’ TONY-nominated Hand to God, which premiered at EST/Youngblood), at The Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Mark Taper Forum, the Vineyard Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and many others, including award winners such as Annie Baker’s JohnThe Flick and The Aliensand Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, and have been adapted by film and television companies, including alumni Lucy Alibar’s Juicy and Delicious which was adapted into the Cannes Caméra d’Or-winning film Beasts of The Southern Wild.

Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Diana Oh, David Shih and Teal Wicks in Daniel K. Isaac’s OR OR OR &&& at The Actors Fund Arts Center 

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2018 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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EST/Youngblood Presents A Bloodworks Reading of Daniel K. Isaac’s ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME on June 6

EST/Youngblood is presenting a Bloodworks Reading of ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME by Daniel K. Isaac at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 545 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor (between 10th & 11th Aves) in New York on Wednesday, June 6th @ 7pm.

Carlos Armesto will helm a cast that features Alton Alburo, Lia Chang, Esther Chen, Deborah S. Craig, Julian Leong, David Shih, Miller Tai, Hye Yun Park, Jeena Yi.

All Readings are Free, No Tickets Required.

Bloodworks is Youngblood’s annual reading series of brand new full-length plays! This year featured 23 readings from May 8th through June 20th. Click here for more information.

Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

Daniel K. Isaac is an actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, currently based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.”

Photo by Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME. Daniel K. Isaac, Damian Lewis and David Costabile in 'Billions' episode 
Photo by Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME. Daniel K. Isaac, Damian Lewis and David Costabile in ‘Billions’ episode

Forbes: ‘Billions’ Recap: This Week’s Episode Brings Both ‘Redemption’ And A Striptease

Daniel co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest Fusion, Outfest, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor). “According To My Mother” is currently in development to become a digital series on First Look Media’s new platform, TOPIC. Daniel is a member of Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73 Writers Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA. www.AccordingToMyMother.com

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac Photo Credit: Lia Chang
Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac Photo Credit: Lia Chang

He recently appeared as William Inge in the Off-Broadway production of Philip Dawkin’s The Gentleman Caller, produced by Abingdon Theatre at The Cherry Lane.  Select NYC: Sagittarius  Ponderosa   (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Select Regional: The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV LAND), “Search Party” (TBS), “Crashing” (HBO), “The Following” (FOX), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Believe” (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO).  www.DanielKIsaac.com

Inside THE GENTLEMAN CALLER’S Opening Night Party with Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa 

Up Close and Personal with Daniel K. Isaac – William Inge in Abingdon Theatre’s Production of THE GENTLEMAN CALLER by Philip Dawkins, May 5 – 26 

Youngblood is Ensemble Studio Theatre’s OBIE-winning collective of emerging professional playwrights under the age of 30. Founded in 1993, Youngblood serves as a creative home for the next generation of theater artists. Youngblood provides artistic guidance, peer support, regular feedback and a fertile production environment which allows our member playwrights to hone their skills and explore their craft. We also provide exposure to the public and the press, professional outreach to the industry, and opportunities for production and publication.

Plays by current and former Youngblood playwrights have been performed on Broadway and in London’s West End (Robert Askins’ TONY-nominated Hand to God, which premiered at EST/Youngblood), at The Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Mark Taper Forum, the Vineyard Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and many others, including award winners such as Annie Baker’s JohnThe Flick and The Aliensand Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, and have been adapted by film and television companies, including alumni Lucy Alibar’s Juicy and Delicious which was adapted into the Cannes Caméra d’Or-winning film Beasts of The Southern Wild.

Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Diana Oh, David Shih and Teal Wicks in Daniel K. Isaac’s OR OR OR &&& at The Actors Fund Arts Center 

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2018 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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EST/Youngblood Presents A Bloodworks Reading of ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME by Daniel K. Isaac on June 6

Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

EST/Youngblood is presenting a Bloodworks Reading of ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME by Daniel K. Isaac at Ensemble Studio Theatre, 545 West 52nd Street, 2nd Floor (between 10th & 11th Aves) in New York on Wednesday, June 6th @ 7pm.

Carlos Armesto will helm a cast that features Alton Alburo, Lia Chang, Esther Chen, Deborah S. Craig, Julian Leong, David Shih, Miller Tai, Hye Yun Park, Jeena Yi.

The cast of Half Time. Photo by Jerry Dalia
The cast of Half Time. Photo by Jerry Dalia

All Readings are Free, No Tickets Required.

Bloodworks is Youngblood’s annual reading series of brand new full-length plays! This year featured 23 readings from May 8th through June 20th. Click here for more information.

Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang
Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

Daniel K. Isaac is an actor and writer born and raised in Southern California, currently based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.”

Photo by Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME. Daniel K. Isaac, Damian Lewis and David Costabile in 'Billions' episode 
Photo by Jeff Neumann/SHOWTIME. Daniel K. Isaac, Damian Lewis and David Costabile in ‘Billions’ episode

Forbes: ‘Billions’ Recap: This Week’s Episode Brings Both ‘Redemption’ And A Striptease

Daniel co-wrote and stars in the short film/pilot presentation, “According To My Mother.” The project was selected for IFP Film Week and the inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab and was an Official Selection at ITVFest, Newfest, Outfest Fusion, Outfest, CAAMfest, SeriesFest (where it was awarded Best Actress), and New York Television Festival (Best Drama and Best Actor). “According To My Mother” is currently in development to become a digital series on First Look Media’s new platform, TOPIC. Daniel is a member of Page 73’s 2018 Interstate 73 Writers Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Training: UCSD, BADA. www.AccordingToMyMother.com

Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac Photo Credit: Lia Chang
Juan Francisco Villa and Daniel K. Isaac Photo Credit: Lia Chang

He recently appeared as William Inge in the Off-Broadway production of Philip Dawkin’s The Gentleman Caller, produced by Abingdon Theatre at The Cherry Lane.  Select NYC: Sagittarius  Ponderosa   (NAATCO), Underland (59E59), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa, Under the Radar & St. Ann’s Warehouse), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM). Select Regional: The Ballad of Little Jo (Two River Theater), Miss Electricity (La Jolla Playhouse). Film/TV: MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster), “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (TV LAND), “Search Party” (TBS), “Crashing” (HBO), “The Following” (FOX), “Person of Interest” (CBS), “Believe” (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO).  www.DanielKIsaac.com

Inside THE GENTLEMAN CALLER’S Opening Night Party with Daniel K. Isaac and Juan Francisco Villa 

Up Close and Personal with Daniel K. Isaac – William Inge in Abingdon Theatre’s Production of THE GENTLEMAN CALLER by Philip Dawkins, May 5 – 26 

Youngblood is Ensemble Studio Theatre’s OBIE-winning collective of emerging professional playwrights under the age of 30. Founded in 1993, Youngblood serves as a creative home for the next generation of theater artists. Youngblood provides artistic guidance, peer support, regular feedback and a fertile production environment which allows our member playwrights to hone their skills and explore their craft. We also provide exposure to the public and the press, professional outreach to the industry, and opportunities for production and publication.

Plays by current and former Youngblood playwrights have been performed on Broadway and in London’s West End (Robert Askins’ TONY-nominated Hand to God, which premiered at EST/Youngblood), at The Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Mark Taper Forum, the Vineyard Theater, the Atlantic Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and many others, including award winners such as Annie Baker’s JohnThe Flick and The Aliensand Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, and have been adapted by film and television companies, including alumni Lucy Alibar’s Juicy and Delicious which was adapted into the Cannes Caméra d’Or-winning film Beasts of The Southern Wild.

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2018 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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Francis Jue, Ned Eisenberg, Jennifer Lim, Daniel K. Isaac, Jeena Yi, Joe Ngo and Tobias C. Wong Set for Readings at Lauren Yee’s Kesselring Prize Ceremony on November 5

Francis Jue (Larry) in the world premiere of KING OF THE YEES. Photo by Liz Lauren
Francis Jue (Larry) in the world premiere of KING OF THE YEES. Photo by Liz Lauren
Francis Jue (Larry) in the world premiere of KING OF THE YEES. Photo by Liz Lauren

Actors Francis Jue, Ned Eisenberg, Jennifer Lim, Daniel K. Isaac, Jeena Yi, Joe Ngo and Tobias C. Wong are set for a reading of plays by Lauren Yee when the rising young playwright receives the 2017 Kesselring Prize on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 4 pm at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South). Ms. Yee earned the Kesselring for her play THE GREAT LEAP, to be produced this season by Denver Center, Seattle Rep and Atlantic Theater Company. The Prize includes a $25,000 award and the opportunity for Ms. Yee to reside for two weeks in the historic clubhouse of the National Arts Club in order to develop her work.

David Henry Hwang - Photo by Lia Chang, and Lauren Yee
David Henry Hwang – Photo by Lia Chang, and Lauren Yee

Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang will present Ms. Yee with the prize at an awards ceremony at the National Arts Club on Sunday, November 5 at 4 p.m. The evening will include readings of select scenes from Ms. Yee’s plays. A gala reception in the NAC parlors and dining room follows the awards presentation. For further information and to reserve seat for the awards ceremony and readings, visit Kesselring@thenationalartsclub.org.

The readings will feature selections from Yee’s plays KING OF THE YEES, THE GREAT LEAP and CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND.

Also present at the awards presentation as a guest speaker on Sunday: actress Regina Taylor.

Established in 1980 by Charlotte Kesselring – widow of playwright Joseph Kesselring – to honor and support young writers who are not as yet nationally recognized, and provide them with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of their work. Past recipients include Lucas Hnath (now on Broadway with A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2), Tony Kushner, Anna Deavere Smith, Nicky Silver and last year’s honoree, Lindsey Ferrentino, whose play UGLY LIES THE BONE was produced this year at the National Theatre in London.

Each year, the National Arts Club invites theaters across the country to nominate an emerging playwright for the Kesselring Prize who is poised for a higher national profile through his or her growing body-of-work. Atlantic Theater Company nominated Ms. Yee.

Her previous works include IN A WORD, a finalist for the ATCA/Steinberg Award; THE HATMAKER’S WIFE, which was an Outer Critics Circle nominee for its John Gassner Award for best play by a new American playwright; and KING OF THE YEES, which premiered last season at The Goodman Theatre.

The 2017 Kesselring Prize Jury that selected Ms. Yee consisted of: famed playwright John Guare; Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater, Anne Cattaneo; and two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The Kesselring Prize Artistic Director is Michael Parva.

www.nationalartsclub.org

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

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.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2017 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

David Shih, Vanessa Kai, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Jeena Yi and More in World Premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, Extends at Second Stage through June 25

Second Stage Theatre’s world premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, directed by May Adrales in the 2017 Uptown Series has been extended through June 25. The cast features Vanessa Kai, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Michelle Herra Kim, Rodney Richardson, David Shih and Jeena Yi.

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER is currently in previews and will open on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER is presented at Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street. The play is commissioned by Second Stage as part of the Time Warner Commissioning Program. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Alex is a fifteen year old Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her. She’s a dream child– except to her parents who wish she was a boy. Luckily she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it’s like to walk in Alex’s shoes. As three generations of women find their identity in question, each needs to decide who makes the rules and what happens when you break them.

VANESSA KAI (Millie Chan) is thrilled to make her Second Stage debut! Most recent credits include The Christians (as the Wife) at Riverside Theatre, Florida. Favorite New York Theatre: The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project Theater @ NY City Center Stage II), What We Know (One Year Lease Theater), Soot and Spit (Our Voices Theatre). Regional: Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) (Seattle Repertory Theatre), The Christians (Wife) (Riverside Theatre, Florida), Far East (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Debut by Connecticut Critics Circle) and An Infinite Ache (both Stamford Theatreworks). Vanessa has also helped develop new works at the Lark Play Development Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Civilians, The Working Theater, Center Stage Baltimore, TheatreWorks USA and Flux Theatre Ensemble. TV: “The Blacklist,” “Gotham,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “The Leftovers,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Film: Off The Rails, Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, Behind The Mirror. Special thanks to Chisa Hutchinson, Christopher Burney, May Adrales, and Karyn Casl.

COLLIN KELLY-SORDELET (Russ Mitchell) most recently starred in the independent feature Radium Girls, directed by Virginia Mohler. He also starred opposite Bel Powley in Fritz Bohm’s Wilding. As a freshman at Juilliard, Collin was cast in the lead in The Last Ship on Broadway, for which he won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Clive Barnes Award. On TV, Collin has appeared on Hulu’s “The Path”.

MICHELLE HEERA KIM (Alex Chan) is thrilled to be making her professional debut at Second Stage Theater. Recent graduate from Drew University, where her credits included Top Girls and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Endless gratitude to her family and friends for their love and support and to the creative team for taking a chance. 

RODNEY RICHARDSON (Reggie Ward). Theatre: Squash (The Flea),The Tempest (The Public/Delacorte – Dir. Michael Greif), Pulse (The Guthrie – Dir. Marcela Lorca), The Broken Record (New York Fringe Festival). TV/FILM: “Elementary” (CBS), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), Cubby (Dir. Ben Mankoff), “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (FX), The Good Wife (CBS), Three Sisters Film Project, The Instrumentalist, Kings to You. MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

DAVID SHIH (Richard Chan) recurs as Isiah on “The Path” (Hulu). Recently: Tiger Style! (La Jolla). Off-Broadway: Awake and Sing! (The Public/NAATCO), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Bike America (Ma-Yi), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm), Dojoji (Pan Asian Rep), Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage). Film/TV: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fan Girl, Old 37, Saving Face, “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Voice of Eddie Toh in Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games). Performs with Only Make Believe for kids in hospitals and care facilities.

JEENA YI (Kate Wu) is thrilled to make her Second Stage Theatre debut. She was recently seen playing Tong in Vietgone at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep. Other credits include Adriana in Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company), Emilia in The Winter’s Tale (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Grace in Lights Rise on Grace (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.), Bo in The Hard Problem(Wilma Theater), Brin in Chairs and a Long Table (Ma-Yi Theatre Co.) TV: “Royal Pains”. MFA, Columbia University.

CREATIVE TEAM

CHISA HUTCHINSON (Playwright) is the current recipient of the 2016 Tow Foundation grant for the creation, development and production of this new play through Second Stage Theatre. Hutchinson’s socially probing plays, which include She Like Girls, Sex on Sunday, The Subject, Dead & Breathing, and Somebody’s Daughter among others, have been presented by such venues as City Parks’ Summerstage, the Lark, the National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Atlantic Theater Company. She’s won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship.  She’s also been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a resident at the  William Inge Center for the Arts a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group.  Currently, she is a Humanitas  Fellow, Resident Playwright at Second Stage Theater, and a proud fourth-year year member of New Dramatists. (B.A. Vassar College;  M.F.A NYU – Tisch School of the Arts). 

MAY ADRALES (Director) has helmed several world premieres including Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep); Chisa Hutchinson’s The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival); JC Lee’s Luce (LCT3); Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!!(Williamstown Theater Festival); A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and after all the terrible things I do (Milwaukee Rep); Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary (The Goodman Theatre) and The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions); Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri’s girl shakes loose her skin(Penumbra); In This House (Two River Theater Company); Richard Dresser’s Trouble Cometh (SF Playhouse); Qui Nguyen’s Five Days‘Til Saturday (NYU Tisch) and Tommy Smith’s The Wife (Access Theater). She directed David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad at Signature Theater; Kimber Lee’s Tokyo Fish Story (Old Globe); Stefanie Zadravec’s The Electric Baby (Two River); Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop (Milwaukee Rep); Chinglish (Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage); Everything You Touch, (CATF); In the Next Room, or Vibrator Play and Disgraced (Syracuse Stage); and Breath and Imagination (Cleveland Playhouse).  She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women’s Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and NYTW directing fellow, and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award.   She proudly serves as an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Rep.  She is a former Director of On Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater.  May has directed and taught at Juilliard, ART, ACT, Fordham, NYU and Bard College.  May is on faculty at the Yale School of Drama and Brown/Trinity MFA program. MFA, Yale School of Drama. 

Created as a program to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists, Second Stage Theatre UPTOWN (Christopher Burney, Curator & Associate Artistic Director), seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre. Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget. Lead funding for Second Stage Uptown Series is provided by the Time Warner Foundation.

The series was among the first established by a prominent Off-Broadway institution to help nurture and advance the careers of young up and coming playwrights. Since its founding in 2002 the Uptown Series has showcased the works of several established playwrights including Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, “Nurse Jackie”), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO’s “Big Love” and “Looking,” “Glee”), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City), and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering); actors Gavin Creel, Ari Graynor, Marin Hinkle, Halley Feiffer, Rosemarie Dewitt, Lorenzo Pisoni, Tracie Thoms and Tracee Chimo, among many others; and directors Davis McCallum, Trip Cullman, Carolyn Cantor, Evan Cabnet and Jackson Gay.

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David Shih, Vanessa Kai, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Jeena Yi and More Set for World Premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER at Second Stage

Second Stage Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, directed by May Adrales in the 2017 Uptown Series. The cast features  Vanessa Kai, Collin Kelly-Sordelet, Michelle Herra Kim, Rodney Richardson, David Shih and Jeena Yi.

SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER will begin previews on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 and will officially open on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER is presented at Second Stage Theatre’s uptown home, the McGinn/Cazale Theatre on Broadway at 76th Street. The play is commissioned by Second Stage as part of the Time Warner Commissioning Program. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Alex is a fifteen year old Asian-American girl going to extremes to get her own mother to notice her. She’s a dream child– except to her parents who wish she was a boy. Luckily she finds a sympathetic ear in Kate, her irreverent guidance counselor who knows all too well what it’s like to walk in Alex’s shoes. As three generations of women find their identity in question, each needs to decide who makes the rules and what happens when you break them.

VANESSA KAI (Millie Chan) is thrilled to make her Second Stage debut! Most recent credits include The Christians (as the Wife) at Riverside Theatre, Florida. Favorite New York Theatre: The Architecture of Becoming (Women’s Project Theater @ NY City Center Stage II), What We Know (One Year Lease Theater), Soot and Spit (Our Voices Theatre). Regional: Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) (Seattle Repertory Theatre), The Christians (Wife) (Riverside Theatre, Florida), Far East (Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Debut by Connecticut Critics Circle) and An Infinite Ache (both Stamford Theatreworks). Vanessa has also helped develop new works at the Lark Play Development Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Civilians, The Working Theater, Center Stage Baltimore, TheatreWorks USA and Flux Theatre Ensemble. TV: “The Blacklist,” “Gotham,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Orange Is The New Black,” “The Leftovers,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Film: Off The Rails, Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, Behind The Mirror. Special thanks to Chisa Hutchinson, Christopher Burney, May Adrales, and Karyn Casl.

COLLIN KELLY-SORDELET (Russ Mitchell) most recently starred in the independent feature Radium Girls, directed by Virginia Mohler. He also starred opposite Bel Powley in Fritz Bohm’s Wilding. As a freshman at Juilliard, Collin was cast in the lead in The Last Ship on Broadway, for which he won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Clive Barnes Award. On TV, Collin has appeared on Hulu’s “The Path”.

MICHELLE HEERA KIM (Alex Chan) is thrilled to be making her professional debut at Second Stage Theater. Recent graduate from Drew University, where her credits included Top Girls and Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Endless gratitude to her family and friends for their love and support and to the creative team for taking a chance. 

RODNEY RICHARDSON (Reggie Ward). Theatre: Squash (The Flea),The Tempest (The Public/Delacorte – Dir. Michael Greif), Pulse (The Guthrie – Dir. Marcela Lorca), The Broken Record (New York Fringe Festival). TV/FILM: “Elementary” (CBS), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), Cubby (Dir. Ben Mankoff), “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll” (FX), The Good Wife (CBS), Three Sisters Film Project, The Instrumentalist, Kings to You. MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.

DAVID SHIH (Richard Chan) recurs as Isiah on “The Path” (Hulu). Recently: Tiger Style! (La Jolla). Off-Broadway: Awake and Sing! (The Public/NAATCO), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Bike America (Ma-Yi), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm), Dojoji (Pan Asian Rep), Sake with the Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage). Film/TV: The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Fan Girl, Old 37, Saving Face, “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU.” Voice of Eddie Toh in Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games). Performs with Only Make Believe for kids in hospitals and care facilities.

JEENA YI (Kate Wu) is thrilled to make her Second Stage Theatre debut. She was recently seen playing Tong in Vietgone at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep. Other credits include Adriana in Comedy of Errors (Classic Stage Company), Emilia in The Winter’s Tale (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Grace in Lights Rise on Grace (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co.), Bo in The Hard Problem(Wilma Theater), Brin in Chairs and a Long Table (Ma-Yi Theatre Co.) TV: “Royal Pains”. MFA, Columbia University.

CREATIVE TEAM

CHISA HUTCHINSON (Playwright) is the current recipient of the 2016 Tow Foundation grant for the creation, development and production of this new play through Second Stage Theatre. Hutchinson’s socially probing plays, which include She Like Girls, Sex on Sunday, The Subject, Dead & Breathing, and Somebody’s Daughter among others, have been presented by such venues as City Parks’ Summerstage, the Lark, the National Black Theater, the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Atlantic Theater Company. She’s won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Lanford Wilson Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship.  She’s also been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a resident at the  William Inge Center for the Arts a New York NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group.  Currently, she is a Humanitas  Fellow, Resident Playwright at Second Stage Theater, and a proud fourth-year year member of New Dramatists. (B.A. Vassar College;  M.F.A NYU – Tisch School of the Arts). 

MAY ADRALES (Director) has helmed several world premieres including Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone (Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep); Chisa Hutchinson’s The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival); JC Lee’s Luce (LCT3); Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!!(Williamstown Theater Festival); A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and after all the terrible things I do (Milwaukee Rep); Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary (The Goodman Theatre) and The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions); Zakiyyah Alexander and Imani Uzuri’s girl shakes loose her skin(Penumbra); In This House (Two River Theater Company); Richard Dresser’s Trouble Cometh (SF Playhouse); Qui Nguyen’s Five Days‘Til Saturday (NYU Tisch) and Tommy Smith’s The Wife (Access Theater). She directed David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad at Signature Theater; Kimber Lee’s Tokyo Fish Story (Old Globe); Stefanie Zadravec’s The Electric Baby (Two River); Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop (Milwaukee Rep); Chinglish (Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage); Everything You Touch, (CATF); In the Next Room, or Vibrator Play and Disgraced (Syracuse Stage); and Breath and Imagination (Cleveland Playhouse).  She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women’s Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and NYTW directing fellow, and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award.   She proudly serves as an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Rep.  She is a former Director of On Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater.  May has directed and taught at Juilliard, ART, ACT, Fordham, NYU and Bard College.  May is on faculty at the Yale School of Drama and Brown/Trinity MFA program. MFA, Yale School of Drama. 

Created as a program to help develop and provide exposure for the voices of a new generation of theatre artists, Second Stage Theatre UPTOWN (Christopher Burney, Curator & Associate Artistic Director), seeks to develop the skills of emerging playwrights, to provide early-career artists with the support of a major artistic institution, and to create new plays for the American Theatre. Each show has a limited rehearsal period, as well as a streamlined budget. Lead funding for Second Stage Uptown Series is provided by the Time Warner Foundation.

The series was among the first established by a prominent Off-Broadway institution to help nurture and advance the careers of young up and coming playwrights. Since its founding in 2002 the Uptown Series has showcased the works of several established playwrights including Rajiv Joseph (Gruesome Playground Injuries and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, “Nurse Jackie”), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO’s “Big Love” and “Looking,” “Glee”), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City), and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering); actors Gavin Creel, Ari Graynor, Marin Hinkle, Halley Feiffer, Rosemarie Dewitt, Lorenzo Pisoni, Tracie Thoms and Tracee Chimo, among many others; and directors Davis McCallum, Trip Cullman, Carolyn Cantor, Evan Cabnet and Jackson Gay.