by Carla Ching
directed by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar
Monday, August 14 | 7pm
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St.
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.
Carla Ching (Playwright). plays include Nomad Motel (2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, upcoming production at City Theater), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Pork Filled Productions), TBA (2g), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Dirty, Big Blind/Little Blind and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play and Theatre Mu). Her pieces have been produced or received workshops at South Coast Rep, Center Theater Group, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, The Women’s Project, Partial Comfort and Vampire Cowboys, among others. She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab, the Lark Play Development Center Meeting of the Minds, CTG Writers’ Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company. Carla has been commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre and South Coast Rep. She is a proud member of New Dramatists and The Kilroys. Carla has written for Netflix’s “I Love Dick,” USA’s “Graceland” and AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama.
Ed Sylvanus Iskandar (Director). Considered an “alien of extraordinary ability,” Ed Sylvanus Iskandar is a New York-based director, dramaturge and educator of new works, classics, musicals and immersive experiences that cultivate community. New York: Sojourners and Her Portmanteau (NYTW); Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO); The Mysteries, Restoration Comedy and These Seven Sicknesses (The Flea); The Golden Dragon (PlayCo). Selected Readings: Nomad Motel (Roundabout); People Sitting In Darkness and Idyllwild (Atlantic Theater Company); Summer Session with the Bones Brigade and The Supreme Leader (Labyrinth); Little Rooms (Page 73). Regional: The Taming of the Shrew (STC); Head Over Heels (OSF). Honors: Inaugural SDCF Breakout Award recognizing “the ‘rising star’ moment of a director”; Drama Desk Special Award for “bold and visionary direction” of The Mysteries and The Golden Dragon; NTC Emerging Artist Award as Founding Artistic Director of Exit, Pursued By a Bear; Drama Desk nominations for Restoration Comedy and These Seven Sicknesses. Affiliations: NYTW Usual Suspect, Lincoln Center Global Exchange and proud alumnus of Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and the Drama League. www.ediskandar.com