Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings
2019 Reading Two
MATTHEW C. YEE
Matthew C Yee is excited to present his first original piece with “Our Perspective.” He mainly works as an actor and musician in Chicago. He can currently be seen in “Vietgone” (Writers Theatre). Previous theatre credits include “Once” (Paramount Theatre), “A Year With Frog and Toad” (Chicago Children’s Theatre), “Treasure Island” (Lookingglass Theatre), and “The Wheel “(Steppenwolf). Film/TV work includes “Empire,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Justice,” and the feature film “Consumed.”
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.
Harmony Zhang is an actress from Arizona graduating in June from The Theater School. Recent graduate work includes The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra, Go!. Regional credits include Hershel & The Hanukkah Goblins at Strawdog, and TV credits include The Red Line, airing in April on CBS.
Diana Lee recently performed in “Crosstalk” at the Baltimore Crankie Festival and the Chicago Puppet Theater Festival. Past credits include Bechdel Fest (Broken Nose Theatre at Steppenwolf), The Butcher’s Son (Chicago Musical Theater Festival), and Hellcab (The Agency Theater Collective). She is excited to revisit Lucy & Charlie’s Honeymoon and participate in this play reading series once again!
Ray Rehberg is an actor, musician, and composer with Big Mouth Talent. Recent stage credits include Frederick at Chicago Children’s Theatre, and CCT’s Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party – for which he also wrote original music. Look for him in an upcoming commercial for The Room Place!
Richard Costes’ most recent performance were the roles of Reverend D/Baby in In the Blood at Red Tape Theatre. He has performed previously at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, Redtwist Theatre, Steep Theatre, Rasaka Theatre, and many others throughout Chicago. Richard is represented by Gray Talent.
Aurora Adachi-Winter returns to Steppenwolf’s 1700 space after appearing in Ike Holter’s Stay Lit. Past credits include Lottery Day (Goodman Theatre); Red Rex and Hinter (Steep Theatre); Put Your House In Order (The Roustabouts at A Red Orchid Theatre); Vietgone (Writers Theatre); Bull In A China Shop (About Face Theatre); The Burials (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); peerless, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Two Mile Hollow (First Floor Theater, company member); good friday (Oracle Productions); M. Butterfly (Court Theatre); Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race (Stage Left Theatre); and Ghost Bike (Buzz22 Chicago). TV credits include Chicago Med and Amazon’s Electric Dreams. Aurora has performed three consecutive years in The Fly Honey Show (The Inconvenience) with the drum group Adachi Taiko. She holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is represented by Gray Talent Group. Love to her parents & Isa.
Rammel Chan’s theatre credits: Cambodian Rock Band (Victory Gardens), Vietgone (Writers), King of the Yees (Goodman), Oblivion (Steppenwolf). Stir Friday Night ensemble member. Film and television credits include Cold War, End of the Tour (A24) The Red Line (CBS), Crisis, Chicago Justice (NBC), Patriot (Amazon) and The Jamz.
Moira is delighted to be a part of Our Perspective’s reading for Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series. Moira is an actor/producer/fighter and has performed at Red Orchid Theatre and Jackalope Theatre, to name a few. Moira is represented by Stewart Talent and up next you can catch her in Mudlark Theater’s Candide.
Karissa Murrell Myers
Karissa Murrell Myers is a Chicago based director, actor, teacher, and casting director. She founded the Broken Illusion Project in Boise, Idaho back in 2003, a not-for-profit theatre program focused on fostering young people in the performing arts. Through this organization, she directed many full-length productions including Cinderella, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Other directing credits: The Shape of Things, This Is Our Youth (Boise Little Theatre), and assistant directed The Taming of the Shrew, Pride and Prejudice (Knock ‘Em Dead Theatre). MFA in Performance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, BA in Acting and Directing from Boise State University. Proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Representation: Big Mouth Talent.
Daniella Wheelock is originally from San Diego, California, and 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 was a DirectorsLabChicago 2018 participant.