Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Keilly McQuail, Diana Oh and David Shih Set for Reading of OR OR OR &&&, by Daniel K. Isaac at Actors Fund Theater on January 11

Daniel K. Isaac. Photo by Lia Chang

The Parsnip Ship & The Actors Fund are presenting a reading of Daniel K. Isaac’s first full length play, OR OR OR &&&, on Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the Actors Fund Theater, 160 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 at 7:30pm. Admission is free. Click here to RSVP.

Helmed by Carlos Armesto, the cast features Jon Norman Schneider, Jiehae Park, Keelay Gipson, Julian Leong, Keilly McQuail, Diana Oh and David Shih.

Daniel tries to write his first full-length play and it’s not going to be about his mom. He’s already written a web series about her so this play will Not. Be. About. Esther. Instead, there’s Dragon and missionaries in North Korea and oh crap his mom is calling… A genre-fucking play about unapologetic storytelling, family both born and chosen, and the messiness of intersectional identities, Daniel & Esther & Dragon journey through autobiography, imagination, & maybe the Korean War.

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

Daniel K. Isaac was born and raised in sunny Southern California. When he was in fifth grade, his mother heard a mortifying story about a preacher who went numb with stage fright and had to be escorted off the stage. Isaac was promptly signed up for Grace Korean Church’s theatre troupe and he’s been an actor ever since. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Theatre from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Isaac moved to not-always-sunny New York City where he’s been seen on large and small screens and stages. Some Film/TV Credits include: “Foshay” on The Jim Gaffigan Show (TV LAND), MONEY MONSTER (dir. Jodie Foster, with George Clooney and Julia Roberts), “Virgil” on Person of Interest (CBS, recurring), The Following (FOX), Believe (NBC, pilot), TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO) and  “Ben Kim” on SHOWTIME’s Billions (with Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis). Some upcoming projects include: Search Party (TBS), Crashing (HBO), Shades of Blue (NBC) and Drew (CBS, pilot). www.danielkisaac.com

THE PARSNIP SHIP – an intimate series of plays performed before live audiences and made accessible as a monthly podcast.
Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, the series fosters community by exploring diverse perspectives and bringing awareness to inspiring voices. We program plays that challenge our listeners with innovative form and powerful content in new and unexpected ways. Recorded live the first Thursday of every month, and available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play Music.

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Daniel K. Isaac Talks “Billions” and “According to My Mother” Screenings at Outfest and CAAMfest in March

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

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Photos: Carla Ching’s NOMAD MOTEL in Atlantic Theater Company’s Asian American MixFest

NOMAD MOTEL cast members Alex Hernandez, Michelle Vergara Moore, Heidi Schreck, Molly Griggs, Ken Leung and Christopher Larkin. Photo by Lia Chang

Atlantic Theater Company in partnership with producers Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen is presenting Asian American MixFest at Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St in New York from August 9-17.

NOMAD MOTEL cast members Alex Hernandez, Michelle Vergara Moore, Heidi Schreck, Molly Griggs, Ken Leung and Christopher Larkin. Photo by Lia Chang
NOMAD MOTEL cast members Alex Hernandez, Michelle Vergara Moore, Heidi Schreck, Molly Griggs, Ken Leung and Christopher Larkin. Photo by Lia Chang
NOMAD MOTEL director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar and playwright Carla Ching. Photo by Lia Chang
NOMAD MOTEL director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar and playwright Carla Ching. Photo by Lia Chang

Last night, I caught Ken Leung, Molly Griggs, Alex Hernandez, Christopher Larkin and Heidi Schreck in Carla Ching’s terrific Nomad Motel, helmed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, with stage directions by Michelle Vergara Moore.

Synopsis: Alex lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers, scrambling to make weekly rent. Mason lives comfortably in a grand, empty house while his father runs jobs for the Hong Kong Triad. Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration. Mason and Alex develop an unlikely friendship, struggling to survive, and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks? A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty.

Back Row (L-R) Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Alex Hernandez, Christopher Larkin, Michelle Vergara Moore, Heidi Schreck, Ken Leung, Neil Pepe, Lloyd Suh, Front Row (L-R) Annie MacRae, Molly Griggs, Carla Ching and Abigail Katz. Photo by Lia Chang
Back Row (L-R) Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, Alex Hernandez, Christopher Larkin, Michelle Vergara Moore, Heidi Schreck, Ken Leung, Neil Pepe, Lloyd Suh,
Front Row (L-R) Annie MacRae, Molly Griggs, Carla Ching and Abigail Katz.
Photo by Lia Chang

Last week, the MixFest featured readings of short one-acts by playwrights Jessica Huang, Leah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park; a short play by Rajiv Joseph and a full-length play by Madhuri Shekar.

Check out this week’s lineup:

Atlantic Theater Company Artistic Director Neil Pepe, Lia Chang and Asian American MixFest co-producer and playwright Lloyd Suh. Photo by Garth Kravits
Atlantic Theater Company Artistic Director Neil Pepe, Lia Chang and Asian American MixFest co-producer and playwright Lloyd Suh. Photo by Garth Kravits

FRANKLINLAND
by Lloyd Suh
directed by Ralph B. Peña

Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm

Cast: Brad Bellamy, Sasha Diamond, William Jackson Harper, and Daniel K. Isaac

Synopsis: The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses, and in his spare time, the United States of America.


WAR IS F**KING AWESOME
by Qui Nguyen
directed by Robert Ross Parker

Wednesday, August 16 | 7pm

Cast: Sheldon Best, William Jackson Harper, Jon Hoche, Margaret Odette, Nicky Schmidlein, Paco Tolson, Temar Underwood, and Emily Williams

Synopsis: A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with immortality.


 

Playwrights A. Rey Pamatmat, Carla Ching and Dustin Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang
Playwrights A. Rey Pamatmat, Carla Ching and Dustin Chinn.
Photo by Lia Chang

A POWER PLAY; OR, WHATS-ITS-NAME
by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by May Adrales

Thursday, August 17 | 7pm

Cast: Ethan Dubin, Will Hochman, Teresa Lim, Sarah Nealis, Maulik Pancholy, Mirirai Sithole, Luis Vega, and Rocky Vega

Synopsis: After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email readings@atlantictheater.org

Abigail Katz, Neil Pepe and Annie McRae. Photo by Lia Chang
Atlantic Theater Company’s Artistic Director Neil Pepe is flanked by Asian American MixFest Director of New Play Development Abigail Katz and Associate Artistic Director Annie McRae..Photo by Lia Chang

ASIAN AMERICAN MIXFEST along with all of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Time Warner Foundation, and the Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the John Golden Fund and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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

A HOT KEYS reunion for Neil Pepe, Lia Chang and Ken Leung. Photo by Garth Kravits
A HOT KEYS reunion for Neil Pepe, Lia Chang and Ken Leung. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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 lia@liachang.com

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Plays by Rajiv Joseph, Carla Ching, Qui Nguyen, A. Rey Pamatmat, Madhuri Shekar, Lloyd Suh, Jessica Huang, Leah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park Showcased in Atlantic Theater’s Asian American MixFest, August 9-17

Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

Atlantic Theater Company in partnership with producers Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen are presenting Asian American MixFest at Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St in New York from August 9-17. The MixFest will feature readings of full-length plays by Carla Ching, Qui Nguyen, A. Rey Pamatmat, Madhuri Shekar and Lloyd Suh, short one-acts by playwrights Jessica Huang, Leah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park and a short play by Rajiv Joseph. 

Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email readings@atlantictheater.org


“MEET THE WRITERS” PANEL
moderated by Lloyd Suh

Wednesday, August 9 | 5pm
RSVP

Asian American MixFest will kick-off with a group panel moderated by Lloyd Suh. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process and what inspires their work.


HOUSE OF JOY
by Madhuri Shekar
directed by Saheem Ali

Thursday, August 10 | 3pm

Cast: Melis Aker, Karen Huie, Mahira Kakkar, Layla Khosh, Hubert Point-du-Jour, Debargo Sanyal, Ayana Workman, and Rasha Zamamiri.

Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.


ONE ACTS
by Jessica Huang, Rajiv Joseph, Jiehae Park and Leah Nanako Winkler
directed by Seonjae Kim and David Mendizábal

Friday, August 11 | 3pm

Cast: Eboni Booth, Dave Thomas Brown, Allison Buck, Harriett D. Foy, Emma Kikue Munson, Alison Rogers, Jenny Seastone Stern, Ricardo Vasquez, and Tiffany Villarin

Readings of three commissioned one-acts and a short play by Rajiv Joseph.


NOMAD MOTEL
by Carla Ching
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar

Monday, August 14 | 7pm

Cast: Molly Griggs, Alex Hernandez, Christopher Larkin, Ken Leung, and Heidi Schreck

Alex lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers, scrambling to make weekly rent. Mason lives comfortably in a grand, empty house while his father runs jobs for the Hong Kong Triad. Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration. Mason and Alex develop an unlikely friendship, struggling to survive, and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks? A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty.


FRANKLINLAND
by Lloyd Suh
directed by Ralph B. Peña

Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm

Cast: Brad Bellamy, Sasha Diamond, William Jackson Harper, and Daniel K. Isaac

The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses, and in his spare time, the United States of America.


WAR IS F**KING AWESOME
by Qui Nguyen
directed by Robert Ross Parker

Wednesday, August 16 | 7pm

Cast: Sheldon Best, William Jackson Harper, Jon Hoche, Margaret Odette, Nicky Schmidlein, Paco Tolson, Temar Underwood, and Emily Williams

A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with immortality.


A POWER PLAY; OR, WHATS-ITS-NAME
by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by May Adrales

Thursday, August 17 | 7pm

Cast: Ethan Dubin, Will Hochman, Teresa Lim, Sarah Nealis, Maulik Pancholy, Mirirai Sithole, Luis Vega, and Rocky Vega

After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?



ASIAN AMERICAN MIXFEST
 along with all of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Time Warner Foundation, and the Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the John Golden Fund and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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 award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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 lia@liachang.com