2018 Reading Three
Reading Three: Short Plays About Acts of Revolution
“Acts of Revolution” occur at just the right time in these short plays written by Chicago Asian American playwrights. Prepare for revolutionary acts by Chicago’s finest playwrights, directors and actors.
August 13, 2018
2433 N Lincoln Ave
6 – 7PM
- “2 MINUTES” by David Rhee, directed by Brian BalcomAfter a quick lunchtime work out, Steven goes to the steam room at his local gym hoping for a quick “after noon delight,” until he meets John, who’s looking for more than a ‘quickie.’
- “Battleground” by Tanuja Jagernauth, directed by Jonald Jude ReyesIt’s the 4th of July, and Deepa and Zena are attending Zena’s work barbecue. Can Deepa manage her anxiety, attend the BBQ, and make it through in one piece?
- “Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon” by Mathew C. Yee, directed by Vi TranIn an act of rebellion against their perceived cultural identity, two Chinese-American newlyweds improvise a reckless plot to commit armed robbery to afford a modest honeymoon. A comedic short play, with live music inspired by classic country western and folk.
Matthew C. Yee
Charlie in “Lucy and Charlie’s Honeymoon”
Matthew C. Yee
Brian Balcom is a disabled, Asian American director working in Chicago and Minneapolis who specializes in contemporary, muscular, relationship-driven plays. He enjoys working with playwrights and thinks that entertainment is underrated.
JONALD JUDE REYES
Vi Tran is a Kansas City and Chicago-based storyteller, member of the Actors’ Equity Association, and creator of “The Butcher’s Son,” his autobiographical refugee story and folk musical memoir about his family’s escape from Vietnam, which was a winner of “Most Promising Musical” and “Best Leading Performer” (“Tran”) at Underscore Theatre Company’s 2018 Chicago Musical Theatre Festival (CMTF). Chicago credits: Paramount Theatre’s “Miss Saigon” (Ensemble/The Engineer,Understudy); director of “Will The Circle by L.C. Bernadine” at Underscore’s CMTF; and producer/playwright/performer of “The Butcher’s Son” at Underscore Theatre Company’s CMTF. Regional credits include: Unicorn Theatre, Coterie Theatre, Heart of America Shakepeare, Starlight Theatre, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Playhouse on the Square and the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts.
Vi Tran was born in the shadow of Sai Gon, Vietnam and raised in southwestern Kansas, He considers himself equal parts sea salt and wheat fields. Tran says his original work has been described as earnest and intimate, with the purpose of building bridges in an ever-divisive society, inviting dialogue and understanding, and inspiring hope and unity.