2019 Reading Three

Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings

2019 Reading Three

Our Perspective 2019 Play Reading Three poster


SATURDAY, OCT. 5

Goodman Theatre:

The Baskes Rotunda

170 North Dearborn Street
The Alice, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60601

7:30PM


This October reading from “Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings” marks the conclusion of its 2019 programming with Mia Park serving as the project’s executive producer. In addition to Park, the “Our Perspective” team includes producers Karissa Murrell Myers, Stephen George and Sydney Mercado. Karissa Murrell Myers also serves as casting director.


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  • “K Beauty or You Have to Take Care Of It” by Preston Choi, directed by Jonald Reyes The perfect Korean skincare routine is out there… waiting for you… You Have To Take Care Of It.
  • “The F*ck House” by Susan H. Pak, directed by Daniella Wheelhouse A Korean American teen and her best friend navigate the terrors of the midwestern suburbs. Now entering junior high, all Mo wants to be is “normal,” and assimilate into invisibility. Unfortunately, this will alienate her best friend, who only wants to be “special.” Will their friendship survive?
  • “Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals” by Saymoukda Vongsay, directed by Marie Tredway Sometime in the future civilization has become littered with zombies and cannibals. Two Laotian women from opposite ends of the world are brought together by a mysterious orphan. Their journey, framed under the Five Buddhist tenets, is told through an amalgamation of severed heads, forced kisses, human steaks, and a chorus of gangster Buddhist monks.


Playwrights


Preston Choi

Preston Choi
K Beauty or You Have to Take Care Of It
Preston Choi is a Chicago based playwright whose work focuses on Asian American history, the mixed race experience, and social science fiction. His plays have been developed/produced with Theatre Mu, Silk Road Rising, A Squared Theatre, The Passage Theatre, Late Night Dim Sum, AATAB, Artists at Play, CAATA, Victory Gardens, G45 Productions, City Lit, Wave Productions, and Vertigo Productions. His play A Great Migration won the 2017 Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award, and was a finalist for Playwrights Realm’s 2018-2019 Scratchpad Series. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2018 with a BS in Theatre within the Playwriting Module.


Susan H. Pak

Susan H. Pak
The F*ck House

Susan H. Pak is a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright.  She received an MFA in writing for the screen and stage at Northwestern University; she received both a BA in English and a JD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and include: Election at the Goodman Theater, The Fixer at the Steppenwolf Theater, Marabar at Chicago Dramatists, Ghost Girl at the Workshop Theater, T.A.B. at New York’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival, and the Manhattan Repertory Theater Festival; Haters at New York’s Midtown International Theater Festival; Baby Shower at New York’s Network One Act Festival; Incredible Invisible at Chicago’s Bailiwick Director’s Fest; Ladies’ Man at Chicago Dramatists; and The Writers at Theater Unleashed in Los Angeles.


Saymoukda Vongsay

Saymoukda Vongsay
Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American writer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1985. Because of her unique background, her work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production.

Cast


Zhanna Albertini

Zhanna Albertini is thrilled to take part in Our Perspectives for the first time, and is grateful for the opportunity. She is ALSO thrilled to be fighting zombies (also for the first time). She has enjoyed working on a number of new works with Steep Theatre, Silk Road Rising Theatre, MMPACT, Other Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left Theatre. You can see Zhanna again in the industry night performance of The Effect at Strawdog theatre, November 19. Zhanna is a proud, recent graduate of the ACADEMY at Black Box Acting.

Christina Chang

Christina Chang

Christina is excited and proud to be part of the Our Perspective’s third round of AA play readings at Goodman Theatre playing the roles of Esther, Deanna and Mara. She enjoys baking, dancing, and spending quality time with her husband and their pug in her free time.

Stephanie Fongheiser

Stephanie Fongheiser

Recent Chicago credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Big Noise Theatre), Game of Tiaras, and This is America: A Musical Theatre Concert (Surging Films & Theatrics). Other credits include Christmas Eve in Avenue Q, Babette in Beauty and the Beast, and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible.

Dana Macel

Dana Macel

Dana is thrilled to be a part of Our Perspective’s Horror and Comedy Play Readings. Previously, she has appeared in UNDERWORLD ANTHEM (Abaisses Theatre) and MACBETH (Odd’s Bodkins). Dana has also worked with Improv Playhouse and Compass Creative Dramatics performing theatre for young audiences.

Dwight Sora

Dwight Sora

Dwight Sora is a native Chicagoan and a horror fan. Credits include Wild Boar (u/s, Silk Road Rising), Cymbeline (Strawdog Theatre), The Three Musketeers (Lifeline Theatre), 12 Angry Men (Raven Theatre), Romeo et Juliet (actor-combatant, Lyric Opera Chicago), After the Quake (u/s, Steppenwolf Theatre).

Preston Tate Jr.

Preston Tate Jr.

As an award-winning actor, Preston Tate Jr. has studied with some of the most notable acting schools in Chicago and has worked alongside many wonderfully creative people. He is proud to have been a part of critically-acclaimed theatre productions, numerous television shows and feature films that have premiered worldwide.

Harmony Zhang

Harmony Zhang

Harmony Zhang recently graduated from The Theatre School, and is thrilled to be working with Our Perspective for the second time. Regional credits include Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins (Strawdog Theatre Company) and a reading of Lucy & Charlie’s Honeymoon (Our Perspective/LookOut Series). Harmony is represented by Lily’s Talent.
More info at www.harmonyzhang.com



Directors

JONALD JUDE REYES

Jonald Reyes
Directing “K Beauty or You Have to Take Care Of It”

Jonald Jude Reyes (he/him/his) is a writer, performer, and director from Chicago, by way of Rutgers University in New Jersey. He is a Director for The Second City’s Touring Company. Jonald was honored to be named The Chicago Reader’s Best of Stage Director (2016). He is a member of Directors Lab Lincoln Center Theater 2017 and DirectorsLabChicago 2016. His recent directing credits include Urban Twist’s Public Empathy #1 (Second City), The Alchemy of Bliss (Steppenwolf Theatre’s LookOut Series), Wake Up Hyde Park! (The Revival), Stir Friday Night’s We Are Asian. We Do Comedy. (Steppenwolf Theatre’s LookOut Series), and Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings (Victory Gardens, Goodman Theatre). Jonaldis on the Steering Committee for DirectorsLabChicago and is an Associate Artistic Director at The Revival.
More info at jonaldjude.com


Marie Tredway

Marie Tredway
Directing “Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals”

Directing credits include: BLACK BOX (staged reading) at Victory Gardens Theater, YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL at Milwaukee Chamber Theater, SPRING AWAKENING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and PLATH (A Staged Reading) at Three Brothers Theater, THE FIXER (staged reading) at Steppenwolf and THE INVISIBLE HAND at Carthage College.

Chicago theatre performance credits: Jeff Recommended Not One Batu (Nothing Without A Company), Chicago AfterDark (Artistic Conspiracy), Wild Boar (Silk Road Rising). Endless love and gratitude for Carl, Amaya, and Alexis. Marie is proudly represented by Actors Talent Group.


Daniella Wheelock

Daniella Wheelock
Directing “The F*ck House”

Daniella Wheelock is a Chicago-based theatremaker, originally from San Diego, California. She graduated magna cum laude from the Conservatory for Theatre Arts at Webster University with a degree in Directing. She was an Emerging Professional Resident at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for their 2016-17 season and is a member of the DirectorsLabChicago Steering Committee. Recent credits include: The Great Leap (assistant to dir. Jesca Prudencio, Steppenwolf Theatre Company); The Process (director, The Barrens Theatre Co.); Fifty Shades of Shakespeare (director, (re)discover theatre).
More info at daniellawheelock.com