L E V I AT H A N L A B Leviathan Lab is a professional creative studio that invests in the advancement of Asian American performing artists. By providing artistic resources and showcases for their work – including theater workshops, career mentorship and writers labs – we build performances that compel audiences to question how Asian Americans are encountered in both performance and American culture. By expanding the repertory for Asian American artists, we build bridges to Asian American audiences along with new and underserved communities, connecting them and others to great work made by Asian American artists and promoting a new appreciation for the vitality and importance of the Asian American presence on the American stage and screen.
Ariel Estrada | Company Leader L E V I AT H A N L A B 244 Fifth Avenue, Ste. E282 New York, NY 10001 212.726.1059 www.leviathanlab.com
L E V I AT H A N F R I E N D S Leviathan Lab is a member of the fiscally sponsored artist program at The Field, a non-profit organization with an over 20-year history of arts advocacy. Please consider making a taxdeductible contribution to Leviathan Lab in one of the following ways: • By visiting www.thefield.org and follow the path Contribute > To A Sponsored Artist > Ariel Estrada/Leviathan Lab OR • By check or money order made out to The Field*and earmarked in the memo line for “Leviathan Lab.”
IN COLLABORATION WITH
ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN
ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH
CELEBRATION a salon of monologues and 10 minute plays from the leviathan lab asian american women writers’ workshop featuring concert readings of new works by LEANNE CABRERA*, NORA CHAU, ELAINA ERIKA DAVIS*, SIHO ELLSMORE*, NANCY ENG*, CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON*, DORIM LEE, MARISA MARQUEZ, MAY NAZARENO, KRISTINE M. REYES, EILEEN RIVERA*, AND SUSAN SOON HE STANTON *DENOTES MEMBER OF ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
Your contribution will help Leviathan Lab’s mission to create, distribute and promote first class work by Asian American artists across multiple disciplines. * The Field is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions made to The Field and earmarked for Leviathan Lab are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 161 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10013, (212) 691-6969, fax: (212) 255-2053, www.thefield.org. A copy of The Field’s latest annual report may be obtained, upon re quest, from The Field of from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
THURSDAY, MAY 12 AND FRIDAY, MAY 13 • 7PM ACTORS’ EQUITY AUDITION CENTER • 165 W. 46TH, 2ND FL.
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION’S EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMITTEE
L E V I AT H A N U P C O M I N G
IN COLLABORATION WITH L E V I AT H A N L A B ’ S A S I A N A M E R I C A N W O M E N
WRITERS’ WORKSHOP CELEBRATE
A S I A N H E R I TA G E M O N T H a salon of concert readings of new monologues and 10 minute plays
ariel estrada, nelson t. eusebio iii, christine toy johnson, and ji hyun lee, producers
*indicates member of actors’ equity association _________
TA N F O R A N BY CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON
DIRECTED BY JOANN HUNTER READ BY CHARLOTTE D’AMBOISE*, JENNIFER PRESCOTT*, AND VALERIE WRIGHT* WHERE/WHEN: DELIA’S HOME IN SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 1942
T H E J A PA N M O N O L O G U E S CURATED BY JI HYUN LEE | DIRECTED BY DAN WINERMAN AKIKO RUNS BY NORA CHAU
READ BY SIHO ELLSMORE* S A K U R A , O R C H E R RY B L O S S O M S B Y E L A I N A E R I K A D AV I S
READ BY Mariana Newhard* EYE FOR AN EYE BY DORIM LEE
READ BY NANCY ENG*
DON’T THINK TWICE
B Y S U S A N S O O N H E S TA N T O N
DIRECTED BY JESSE JOU | READ BY ANGELA LIN* AND JAMES CHEN* WHERE/WHEN: A 24-Hour convenience store, NOW
R E A D Y, A I M . . . F I R E ! BY KRISTINE REYES
DIRECTED BY VICTOR LIRIO* | READ BY HELEN FARMER*, ZACK GRIFFITHS*, AND MISY SINGSON
THE SHAKESPEARE QUARTET PROJECTS a salon of ONE-HOUR VERSIONS OF SHAKEPEARE PLAYS PERFORMED BY QUARTETS a midsummer night’s dream | as you like it | macbeth | othello THURSDAY, JUNE 2 – 7PM | FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – 7PM SATURDAY, JUNE 4 – 2P AND 7P PEARL STUDIOS, PENTHOUSE | 12TH FLOOR FREE ADMISSION
TONY NIGHT FUNDRAISER A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION BENEFITTING LEVIATHAN LAB’S TWELFTH NIGHT SUNDAY, JUNE 12 – 7P TO 11P BAR 41 IN HOTEL 41 AT TIMES SQUARE 206 WEST 41ST STREET BETWEEN 7TH AND 8TH AVENUES $20 INCLUDES LIGHT FARE
SHAKESPEARE’S TWELFTH NIGHT DIRECTED BY NELSON T. EUSEBIO III | MUSIC BY JASON MA NOVEMBER 2 – 19 THE ARCLIGHT THEATRE | 152 WEST 71ST STREET
DARK NIGHT SERIES FEATURING NEW READINGS AND CABARETS BY MEMBERS OF LEVIATHAN LAB NOVEMBER 2 – 19 THE ARCLIGHT THEATRE | 152 WEST 71ST STREET
EILEEN RIVERA is thrilled to be writing. Favorite acting credits: THE ENCOUNTER (Diverse City), ROSA LOSES HER FACE (Queens Theater in the Park), BEAST (NYTW), PLEASE DON’T EAT THE DAISIES (workshop, La Jolla Playhouse), DOGEATERS (Public/NYSF), THE LONG SEASON (Perseverance Theater, Alaska). Founding member of Jaradoa Theater. TV: “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” www.eileenrivera.com
S U S A N S O O N H E S TA N T O N is a screenwriter and a playwright from Hawaii. She has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Playwriting. She has a Feature Film Development Grant and screenwriting award from the Sloan Foundation. She is the 2011 recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship from the Lark. She is part of the SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab and MaYi Playwrights Group. Her plays have been produced or developed at theaters around the country and abroad including the Kennedy Center, SoHo Rep, Joe’s Pub, the Flea, Honolulu Theater for Youth, Kumu Kahua, New Century Theater Company, and the Unicorn Theater.
N ATA L I E Z H A N G | S TA G E M A N A G E R is originally from China, she’s now pursuing her MFA at Columbia University’s School of the Arts in Stage Management. Previous NY work: Ether Steeds, Lifetime Fairytale, Rain Machine, Evolutionism, The Screens, The Beggar’s Opera, Blood Wedding, A Wedding Reception, Dead Dogs, New Plays Festival at 3LD and Port Cities. She’s very excited to work on this special event.
O U R H E A R T F E LT T H A N K S
BY SIHO ELLSMORE
DIRECTED BY PETER KIM* READ BY LEANNE CABRERA*, CINDY CHEUNG*, AND BRENT YOSHIKAMI* WHERE/WHEN: A WAITING ROOM IN A CASTING OFFICE
_________ 10 MINUTE INTERMISSION
THE SIMPLE SOONG SONG DIRECTED BY ERNEST ABUBA* | WRITTEN AND READ BY NANCY ENG*
I N FA R C T
BY LEANNE CABRERA
DIRECTED BY MAY NAZARENO READ BY LORESA LANCETA*, AGNES ‘BING’ MAGOTO, AND LISA VILLAMARIA* WHERE/WHEN: A middle-class Filipino-American home in Jersey City, NJ. Fall 2010 / Winter 2011. Mid-afternoon on a Saturday.
F R O M M Y V E RY R E A L L I F E B Y M AY N A Z A R E N O
DIRECTED BY DAX VALDES READ BY JOHN CHRISTOPHER JONES*, JO JO GONZALEZ*, JAYGEE MACAPUGAY*, AND EILEEN RIVERA* WHERE/WHEN: A MUGGY JULY MORNING IN A Doubletree hotel room, Mineola, Long Island
_________ TO THE ARTISTS WHO SO GENEROUSLY GAVE OF THEIR TIME AND TALENT FOR THIS PROJECT IN LOVING MEMORY OF ROGELIO T. ESTRADA
‘ T I L D E AT H
BY EILEEN RIVERA
DIRECTED BY NELSON T. EUSEBIO III READ BY SANDI CARROLL*,ANGELA LIN*, JAKE MYERS*, AND JOSHUA SPAFFORD* WHERE/WHEN: AN UPSCALE BAR/RESTUARANT, NOW
BY MARISA MARQUEZ
Julia Breanetta Simpson
DIRECTED BY ADAM ZAREMBERG READ BY SATOMI BLAIR AND SUSAN QUINN WHERE/WHEN: A PLAYGROUND ON THE UPPER WEST SIDE OF CENTRAL PARK, NOW
AND THE members of the EEOC _________
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L E V I AT H A N W R I T E R S ’ W O R K S H O P LEANNE CABRERA is excited to make her playwriting debut courtesy of Leviathan Lab. She is an actress/singer/ dancer with plenty of her own stories to tell. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, Broadway Barkada, the Leviathan Acting Company and the Leviathan Writers’ Group.
NORA CHAU is a former ABC/Disney New Talent grant recipient. She is a current member of the Leviathan Women’s Writers Group and Ma-Yi Writers Lab. She is currently working on her first web series “Pretty Precious Unicorns”. Thanks to Leviathan for the opportunity!
E L A I N A E R I K A D AV I S This marks Elaina’s public foray into dramatic writing. Since graduating the Juilliard School, she’s spent many successful years as an actor appearing in Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions, on television programs and in films, and has narrated a number of audio books. She’s currently penning her first feature film, “Even Underdogs Have Their Day.”
SIHO ELLSMORE is thrilled to be part of the first Leviathan Asian Heritage Month Celebration! This is the first production of one of her plays. Siho is usually an actress by trade and an office admin by necessity. Thank you to her amazingly talented actors and director, Leviathan Theatre Company and the gorgeous women of the AAWWW!!! www.sihoellsmore.com
NANCY ENG is an alumni of the High School of Performing Arts and NYU’s Tisch School of Arts with film (“Fame,” “God’s Land,” “Premium Rush”) and TV (“30 Rock,” “Rubicon,” “L&O: SVU”) credits. Stage credits include the recent Pan Asian production of We Are and The Women of Tu-Na House, written and performed by Nancy last November at The New Orleans Fringe Festival and slated to be performed at the NYC Int’l Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) in August 2011.
ARIEL ESTRADA | PRODUCER is an actor and singer, and is proud to serve as the Company Leader of Leviathan Lab. Favorite acting credits include FAR EAST (Lincoln Center), SHOGUN MACBETH (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre), PEREGRINAYSON (Ma-Yi Theatre), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival) and MISS SAIGON (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). TV/FILM: “Future Folk,” “Don’t Let Me Drown,” “One Life to Live.” www.arielestrada.com
N E L S O N T. E U S E B I O I I I | P R O D U C E R is the artistic director and co-founder of Creative Destruction, a NYC based theatre collective dedicated tocreating large-scale change through the creation of dramatic mayhem. He is currently serviing as Assistant Director under Daniel Sullivan for the NYSF/Public Theatre’s 2011 season of Shakespeare in the Park. He has directed work for companies including Pan-Asian Rep, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse and the Mark Taper Forum. Recent directing credits include: The Encounter (DiverseCity), 8TRACK: B-Sides & Mash-Ups (Creative Destruction), God, Sex and Blue Water (Living Image Arts); Obama Drama (Creative Destruction); 365/365 (Ma-Yi/Public Theatre).
Resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre during the 2008-9 season and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Rhodopi International Theatre Collective. Training: B.A., Drama, UC Irvine; M.F.A., Directing, Yale School of Drama. Mr. Eusebio is a recipient of the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors. Resident Director and Founding Company Member, Leviathan Lab.
C H R I S T I N E T O Y J O H N S O N | P L AY W R I G H T | P R O D U C E R is an award-winning playwright, actor and filmmaker whose work has been developed at such places as the Roundabout, The Barrow Group, Crossroads and Leviathan Lab. An anthology of her work is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. She has been a part of the elected leadership at AEA since 1992 and is co-chair (with Julia Breanetta Simpson) of the EEOC. Details: www.christinetoyjohnson.com
DORIM LEE graduated from Drew University majoring in Theatre Arts and English in 2004. Her original intent was to enter into the film industry but she fell in love with playwriting while attending Drew. Excerpts of her to-be-completed full-length play, Intentions of a Father, have been performed at the Pan Asian Reportory Theatre’s workshop presentations. This is the first time her play, Crave, has been entered into a festival and she is excited over her future prospects as a playwright.
JI HYUN LEE | PRODUCER has been writing plays for more than a decade. Her play, The Superfriends of Flushing Queens, was presented at The Public Theater, Asian American Theater Co, Second Generation Productions, and Columbia University’s Horace Mann Theater. Her ten-minute plays, A Boy and His Sister and Boy Meets Girl was produced at the Women’s Project Productions and Ma-Yi Theater She is the recipient of the Presidential Fellowship in Playwriting, Pacific Rim Prize two years in a row and a Van Lier finalist. She is a graduate of Columbia University.
MARISA MARQUEZ originated Fuegia in Emmy Award winning writer Luis Santiero’s Land of Fire. As a playwright, Marisa developed Good girl with DiverseCity Theatre, Plunge with Aim High and for Sampaguita she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S. GATED will feature at this year’s Midtown International Theater Festival.
M AY N A Z A R E N O would like to thank the cast of Infarct and From My Very Real Life, and the women of LAAWW for their generosity and talent. Plays: Dead Woman Home, Passing, and I Belong Here. Regional Directing Credits: Passing and A Memory, Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer. Special thanks to Nelson Eusebio, Christine Toy Johnson, and Ariel Estrada for their guidance.
KRISTINE M. REYES is a playwright associate at Diverse City Theater, where her one-act plays Quarter Century Baby and Something Blue were produced as part of The Pearl Project in 2010. She was the 2005 recipient of DCT’s First Draft Fellowship for her full-length play, Queen for a Day. Ready, Aim…Fire! was originally presented in Primary Stages’ April 2011 Detention Series.