LAUNCH PAD 2020 SUMMER READING SERIES
SHANGHAI by Linda Alper
directed by Sara Rademacher FRIDAY, JULY 24 / 7:00 PM (PST) featuring UCSB students and the following faculty and guest artists: Michael Bernard, Kaede Kogo, Allison McSwain, Luan Schooler, Annie Torsiglieri, Martin Wong
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SHANGHAI by Linda Alper Public Reading July 24, 2020 Director / SARA RADEMACHER Design / KAEDE “KAI” KOGO & ALLISON MCSWAIN Dramaturg / LUAN SCHOOLER Stage Manager / EMILY “MIKE” COIN Intimacy Consultant / HEATH PENNINGTON Assistant Stage Manager / ANABELL CHO Assistant Director / LAJAE JOHNSON Assistant to the Playwright / FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN Assistant Dramaturg / JANINE LEANO Scenic Design Concept / JOHN LOREN & FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN Costume Design Concept / MATTE KRANZ, JANINE LEANO & LANA SPRING Lighting Design Concept / JANINE LEANO Sound Design Concept / VIOLET JOY HANSEN & ALEXANDRA SINGLETON Properties Design Concept / MATTE KRANZ Social Media Assistant / ANABELL CHO Virtual Backgrounds / GW MERCIER LAUNCH PAD STAFF Artistic Director / RISA BRAININ Artistic Associate / JAN RUSKIN Literary Associate / JANINE LEANO
CAST OF CHARACTERS: (in order of appearance)
MEGAN BROWN EVA BRODER FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN SONG MEI FAN ANNIE TORSIGLIERI* HELENE BRODER MICHAEL BERNARD* LEO BRODER MATTE KRANZ BENJAMIN WUNDEMANN MARTIN WONG* MR. HUIJANG/MR. SONG JANINE LEANO PROFESSOR ZHAO LANA SPRING RABBI VIOLET JOY HANSEN ITZAK BERKOWITZ ANABELL CHO XU BUZENG LIN JOHN LOREN MAXWELL ROSOVSKY MARTIN WONG WANLI SUN ALEXANDRA SINGLETON DOCTOR FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN MAYA ANABELL CHO, VIOLET JOY ENSEMBLE HANSEN, JANINE LEANO, JOHN LOREN, ALEXANDRA SINGLETON, LANA SPRING STAGE DIRECTIONS
LAJAE JOHNSON *GUEST ARTISTS
The 2020-2021 season is made possible by the Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance Production Fund “Shanghai” was commissioned by Artists Repertory Theatre Dámaso Rodríguez, Artistic Director JS May, Managing Director Portland, Oregon
ABOUT THE LAUNCH PAD READING SERIES The LAUNCH PAD Summer Reading Series: New Plays In Process invites professional playwrights to join the UC Santa Barbara community as artists-in-residence. The collaboration between a team of undergraduate students, professional guest artists, and the playwrights provides the experiential ground for seasoned and novice artists alike to participate in the creative process as it’s happening. In addition to acting, students explore stage management and dramaturgy as well as scenic, costume, lighting, projection, and sound design, offering ideas to the playwright as the script evolves. The first draft of the play is read aloud on day one and, four days later, a completely new piece of theater is shared with an audience. From the first minute to the last, the play is in constant evolution. The script is being revised and rewritten: new scenes are added, lines are cut, and even a new character may appear before the week is out. These kinds of workshops continue throughout the year as part of LAUNCH PAD Pop Ups. In this series, professional playwrights are invited to “pop in” for a short workshop and reading of their new play. During each academic year, LAUNCH PAD produces one “Preview Production” of a new play. While professional theaters are not always able to take a risk on fully producing new work, LAUNCH PAD offers the playwright the chance to work on the play in a safe environment with professional guest artists and students who are deeply engaged and hungry to learn. These Preview Productions are fully designed and realized, allowing the playwright to see their work in three dimensions. In Spring 2021, LAUNCH PAD presents a preview production of Shanghai by Linda Alper, directed by Sara Rademacher. Founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Risa Brainin, LAUNCH PAD is proud to be celebrating 15 years of innovation and contribution to the field of new play development. In these unprecedented times, LAUNCH PAD is grateful to be able to continue its tradition of providing opportunities for UCSB theater students and the community-at-large.
PRODUCTION BIOGRAPHIES RISA BRAININ (LAUNCH PAD FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR) is a
freelance director and Professor of Theater at UCSB. She served as Resident Director at the Guthrie Theater, Associate Artistic Director at Indiana Repertory Theatre and Kansas City Repertory Theater, Artistic Director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and has directed at dozens of regional theaters across the country. She is a graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon Drama Program. www. risabrainin.com. Pronouns: she/her/ hers
LINDA ALPER’s (PLAYWRIGHT) work has been produced by The
Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.C.T. in San Francisco, Denver Center, The Acting Company, and other theatres. After a preview production at LAUNCH PAD in Spring 2021, Shanghai will make its professional premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland. Linda’s LAUNCH PAD credits also include Pick Me Up in the Alone, Together festival. A leading actress for 24 seasons at OSF, Linda is also a Resident Artist at Artists Rep. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Fulbright Specialist Grantee.
SARA RADEMACHER (DIRECTOR) is a theatre director dedicated to
engaging her local and global community. A UCSB alumna, Sara holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and has directed new, contemporary, opera, musical and classic plays throughout the US and internationally. She is the Co-Founder and was the Artistic Director of Elements Theatre Collective in Santa Barbara. Recently, Sara directed three plays in LAUNCH PAD’s Alone, Together Festival. Her work in dramaturgy, casting, artistic directing, and company devising informs her co-intentional practice. SaraRademacher.com Pronouns: she/her/hers
LUAN SCHOOLER (DRAMATURG) is the Director of New Works for
Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. There, she has commissioned and developed work with Linda Alper (Pick Me Up), Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Hansol Jung, Dael Orlandersmith, E.M. Lewis, Anthony Hudson, Andrea Stolowitz, and Steve Rathje. Pronouns: she/her/hers
EMILY “MIKE” COIN (STAGE MANAGER) is an incoming fourth-year
Theatrical Design & Production student at UCSB. Santa Barbara stage management credits include The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown (NAKED SHAKES), What Martha Did (UCSB LAUNCH PAD), Anima (FEMININE UNDERGROUND), Alone, Together (UCSB LAUNCH PAD), and Desperate Measures (IMPROV CO-OP). You
may also find Mike wearing an electrician’s hat in various theater spaces around town. Pronouns: she/her/hers
HEATH PENNINGTON (INTIMACY CONSULTANT) is a PhD student
and Chancellor’s Fellow in the UCSB Department of Theatre and Dance. Heath has worked as an actor for stage, film, and television; a script supervisor on feature films; in casting; in sound post-production; and as an English and Theatre teacher in Hong Kong. Heath is honored to be LAUNCH PAD’s first Intimacy Consultant. Pronouns: they/them/their
KAEDE “KAI” KOGO (DESIGNER) is a UCSB alumni and pursuing her
career as a lighting designer. She worked on Tartuffe as Assistant Scenic Designer, and Designer for LAUNCH PAD’s production Alone, Together. She can’t wait to see how Shanghai will lift up the theater community.
ALLISON MCSWAIN (DESIGNER) is a UCSB alumni and lighting design MFA candidate at CMU. Her recent work includes lighting design for UCSB’s Tartuffe, scenic Design for Opera Modesto’s Mansfield Park, and design for LAUNCH PAD’s Alone, Together. She is ecstatic to be working with the creative team of SHANGHAI. Pronouns: she/her/hers
JAN RUSKIN (LAUNCH PAD ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE) returned “home” to
theatre after a 35-year professional adventure through the worlds of politics, international relations, marketing, and education. She is a stand for pushing the creative envelope, stepping out of the comfort zone, and saying “yes” to what’s important. Pronouns: she/her/hers
CAST BIOGRAPHIES MEGAN BROWN (EVA BRODER ) is a junior BFA acting student at
UCSB. This is her first season with LAUNCH PAD and she is very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful, inspiring group! Pronouns: she/her/hers
FRANCES (YIZHOU) SUN (SONG MEI FAN & MAYA / ASSISTANT TO THE PLAYWRIGHT & SCENIC DESIGN CONCEPT) is an incoming fourth-year
Theater major in the Directing program. Frances really appreciates having the opportunity to work with all the people she loves who are part of LAUNCH PAD and knows that we will get through this difficult time with solidarity.
ANNIE TORSIGLIERI (HELENE BRODER ) Broadway: Parade, Blood
Brothers, Top Girls, Miss Saigon. Nat’l Tour: Les Misérables (Fantine). Film/TV: Seagull, Kidnapped, Gossip Girl etc. Writer/ Performer of “A” TRAIN (Best Production: United Solo Festival 2017, Best Encore: United Solo Festival 2018). Professor and Director of BFA Acting at UCSB. Princeton University, Juilliard Drama. www.ATraintheplay.com www.AnnieTorsiglieri.com. Pronouns: she/her/hers
MICHAEL BERNARD (LEO BRODER ) teaches in the Theater Programs at UCSB and SBCC. He performs and directs with many Santa Barbara Theater companies. Other productions with LAUNCH PAD include the reading of Fortunes and Alone, Together. Pronouns: he/him/his
MATTE KRANZ (BENJAMIN WUNDEMANN / COSTUME DESIGN & PROPERTIES DESIGN CONCEPT) is an incoming third year Theater
major in the BFA Acting program at UCSB. He was most recently in LAUNCH PAD’s festival of plays and monologues, Alone, Together. He’s excited to be part of the Summer Series and hopes you enjoy these plays in progress! Pronouns: he/him/his
MARTIN WONG (MR. HUIJANG, MR. SONG & WANLI SUN ) is a recent
graduate from the UCSB BFA acting program. He is from Shanghai, China. This is the tenth year he has spent living in the United States. Some of his precious works include: Lafew in All’s Well That Ends Well and James Lin/Ran Feng in The World Of Extreme Happiness. He is extremely excited to be a part of LAUNCH PAD.
JANINE LEANO (PROFESSOR ZHAO & ENSEMBLE / ASSISTANT DRAMATURG, COSTUME DESIGN & LIGHTING DESIGN CONCEPT) is a
junior BFA Acting student at UCSB. This is her first season with LAUNCH PAD and she is very thankful to be a part of such a wonderful, inspiring group! Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
LANA SPRING (RABBI & ENSEMBLE / COSTUME DESIGN CONCEPT) is a
transfer student with an AA in Theatre Arts from Santa Rosa Junior College and will be starting her junior year in UCSB’s BFA Acting program. At UCSB, Lana was ASM of The White Card, played Mariane in Tartuffe, was an actor in the Play in a Day festival, and in LAUNCH PAD’s Alone, Together festival. Lana is thrilled to be part of LAUNCH PAD this summer! Pronouns: she/her/hers
VIOLET JOY HANSEN (ITZAK BERKOWITZ & ENSEMBLE / SOUND DESIGN CONCEPT) is an incoming Junior at UCSB in the BFA program for
Acting and the BM program for Voice. She is excited to work with inspiring new productions, amazing actors and directors. Three shows in three weeks is an opportunity for growth unlike any other, and Violet is honored to be a part of this experience.
ANABELL CHO (XU BUZONG LIN & ENSEMBLE / SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT) is a fourth-year design student with limited experience working on productions at UCSB. She last worked on productions in high school four years ago and, after switching to the design major only last year, hopes to gain more experience by being part of the LAUNCH PAD series this summer!
JOHN LOREN (MAXWELL ROSOVSKY & ENSEMBLE / SCENIC DESIGN CONCEPT) is a fourth-year Theater major and graduating at the end of this summer with a BA in the playwriting concentration! He’s a big fan of long walks on the beach, wondering if you like piña coladas (and getting caught in the rain), and hoping you enjoy the show!
ALEXANDRA SINGLETON (DOCTOR & ENSEMBLE / SOUND DESIGN CONCEPT) is an incoming fourth year Theater major in the BFA
Acting program at UCSB. She performed in last year’s LAUNCH PAD summer workshop and Preview Production of What Martha Did (Martha, Young Woman) as well as in last month’s Alone, Together. She’s also performed in the Prague Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth (Witch) and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia). Pronouns: she/her/hers
LAJAE JOHNSON (STAGE DIRECTIONS / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR)
designed and assisted with costumes for LAUNCH PAD’s Preview Production of The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963 but this is her first time being part of the Summer Series. She is glad to be ending her college years with her theatre home and knows that this will forever be in her heart. Pronouns: she/her/hers
SPECIAL THANKS TO LAUNCH PAD SUPPORTERS Richard Auhll Julie Ladner Jan and Don O’Dowd Performance Barbara Lebow Fund Margaret Leonard and Clare Sheils Arnhold Endowed Theater and Dance (in memory of Norman H. Brainin) Production Fund* Philip A. Levien and John and Jill Bishop Darlene S. Craviotto-Levien The Towbes Fund for the Performing Jason Loewith Arts, a field of interest fund of the SanBrian and Karen MacDonald ta Barbara Foundation Dr. David Marshall and Dr. Candace David Anderson Waid Jeffrey and Alyssa Anderson Emily Newsome Sylvia Arreola Lucinda and Thurman Newsome Jill and Arnie Bellowe Kim and Dean Pananides Myrna H. Bernard Doug and Alissa Parrish (in honor of Mrs. Joan Marks birthday) Owen and Barbara Patotzka Eve Bernstein Charles and Joanna Reisner Constance S. Brainin Susan Rose Deborah Brevoort Jeffry Sherbakoff Cliff Chamberlain Manuel Sherbakoff Yussef El Guindi Jessie Sherman Elizabeth Engelman Shad Springer Dr. Leonard M. and Jill H. Fromer Dale and Greg Stamos Jack Harris William and Cheri Steinkellner Lisa Harris Anne Towbes Janet Head and Dr. Amr El Abbadi Steve and Joan Young Bonnie and Dick Jensen UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural and Robert “Gib” Johnson and Zoe Iverson Community Grant Bob Johnson and Lisa Reich Dean’s Office, UCSB College of Letters Scott Kassner and Linda Adler-Kassner and Science, Division of Humanities Bill and Linda Kitchen and Fine Arts
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