FREE READING SERIES PLAY FESTIVAL
Atlantic Stage 2 | 330 West 16th St.
We are thrilled to welcome an extraordinary group of artists to Atlantic this summer, and to partner with Lloyd Suh and Qui Nguyen to produce Asian American Mixfest, where we’ll hosting readings of full-length plays by Carla Ching, Qui Nguyen, A. Rey Pamatmat, Madhuri Shekar and Lloyd Suh. In addition to the full length readings, we’ll commission Jessica Huang, Leah Nanako Winkler and Jiehae Park to create short one-acts and present them as readings alongside a short play by Rajiv Joseph!
Admission is free. Reservations are required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
“MEET THE WRITERS” PANEL
moderated by Lloyd Suh
Wednesday, August 9 | 5pm
Asian American Mixfest will kick-off with a group panel moderated by Lloyd Suh. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process and what inspires their work.
HOUSE OF JOY
by Madhuri Shekar
directed by Saheem Ali
Thursday, August 10 | 3pm
Set some time like the 17th century, in some place like Delhi, India, House of Joy tells the story of Hamida, an elite female bodyguard in the Emperor’s Imperial Harem. Faced with an impossible ethical quandary, Hamida tries to help an abused Queen escape the heavily guarded harem, thus risking her life and going against everything she was raised to believe. A swashbuckling action-adventure romance inspired by the legends of Indian history.
by Jessica Huang, Rajiv Joseph, Jiehae Park and Leah Nanako Winkler
directed by Seonjae Kim and David Mendizábal
Friday, August 11 | 3pm
Readings of three commissioned one-acts and a short play by Rajiv Joseph.
by Carla Ching
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Monday, August 14 | 7pm
Alex lives in a tiny motel room with her mother and two brothers, scrambling to make weekly rent. Mason lives comfortably in a grand, empty house while his father runs jobs for the Hong Kong Triad. Until the day his father disappears and Mason has to figure out how to come up with grocery money and dodge Child Services and U.S. Immigration. Mason and Alex develop an unlikely friendship, struggling to survive, and trying to outrun their parents’ mistakes. Will they make it out or fall through the cracks? A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty.
by Lloyd Suh
directed by Ralph B. Peña
Tuesday, August 15 | 7pm
The story of growing up as the only son of Benjamin Franklin: the greatest scientific mind in the world, inventor of the lightning rod and the urinary catheter and the glass harmonica and bifocal glasses, and in his spare time, the United States of America.
WAR IS F**KING AWESOME
by Qui Nguyen
directed by Robert Ross Parker
Wednesday, August 16 | 7pm
A politically incorrect action-comedy following the adventures of Unity Spencer, a young colonial girl who has been imbued with immortality.
A POWER PLAY; OR, WHATS-ITS-NAME
by A. Rey Pamatmat
directed by May Adrales
Thursday, August 17 | 7pm
After State Assemblywoman Alex Hathaway’s district suffers a terrible tragedy, she goes to great lengths to capture a House seat in the next election. She even employs a strange, nameless thing to gain victory over her enemies through supernatural practices. But with all that determination and those ancient powers on her side, how did Alex end up with a community in shambles and a gun pointed at her head?
ASIAN AMERICAN MIXFEST along with all of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Time Warner Foundation, and the Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the John Golden Fund and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.
Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.