by Jessica Huang, Rajiv Joseph, Jiehae Park and Leah Nanako Winkler
directed by Seonjae Kim and David Mendizábal
Friday, August 11 | 3pm
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th St.
Readings of three commissioned one-acts and a short play by Rajiv Joseph.
Jessica Huang (Playwright) is a multiracial Chinese American Twin Cities-based playwright and 2017-18 Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow. Her work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (“striking” – Star Tribune; “Kaleidoscopic and timely” – Broadway World; “Superb storytelling” – City Pages) and the Susan Smith Blackburn nominated Purple Cloud, which was one of five productions selected from 88 international applications to be remounted at the 2016 Asian American Theatre Festival at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Jessica co-founded and co-directs Other Tiger Productions, which has a mission to pursue multidisciplinary collaborations, intentional inclusivity and a re-examination of traditional theater practices. Jessica’s work has been developed and/or produced by Mu Performing Arts (Minneapolis), History Theatre (Saint Paul), Mixed Blood Theatre (Minneapolis), Pillsbury House Theatre (Minneapolis), The Minnesota Museum of American Art (Saint Paul), Timeline Theatre Company (Chicago), A-Squared Theatre Workshop (Chicago), 2nd Generation (NYC), Leviathan Labs (NYC), the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (D.C.), the Source Festival (D.C.), and Yellow Earth’s Typhoon Festival (London). She is currently working on a commission about mixed-race identity politics, grief and global warming with Mixed Blood Theatre. Jessica is a recipient of a 2017-18 Jerome Travel/Study grant; a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership grant; a 2014 MRAC/McKnight Next Step grant, and received the 2016-17 Jerome Fellowship and the 2011-12 Many Voices Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center. More: Jessica-Huang.com
Rajiv Joseph’s (Playwright) play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and was also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. His play Guards at the Taj was a 2016 Obie Winner for Best New American Play and 2016 Lucille Lortel Winner for Best Play. His play Archduke received its World Premiere this spring at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Other plays include Gruesome Playground Injuries, The Monster at the Door, Animals Out of Paper, The Lake Effect, The North Pool, and Mr. Wolf. Rajiv has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He is a board member of the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, where he develops all his plays. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Jiehae Park (Playwright). Plays include peerless (Yale Rep premiere, Cherry Lane MP, Marin Theatre Co, Barrington Stage, First Floor, Company One, Moxie), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Here We Are Here (Sundance Theater-Makers residency, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Princess Grace Works-in-Progress @ Baryshnikov Arts Center) and contributions to Wondrous Strange (Humana/Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Her work has been developed through the Soho Rep. Writer-Director Lab, the Public’s Emerging Writers Group, p73’s i73, Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Old Globe, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Ojai Conference, BAPF and the amazing Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Awards: Leah Ryan, Princess Grace, Weissberger, ANPF Women’s Invitational; two years on the Kilroys List. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, McCarter, Yale Rep, Geffen, OSF, Williamstown, MTC/Sloan. Residencies: MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman. She is a NYTW Usual Suspect, LCT New Writer in Residence and 2016-17 Hodder Fellow at Princeton. Upcoming, as a performer: Naomi Iizuka’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Sleep for Ripe Time (BAM Next Wave 2017). BA, Amherst; MFA, UCSD.
Leah Nanako Winkler (Playwright). Plays include Kentucky (2015 Kilroys List, World Premiere with EST & Page 73, West Coast Premiere with East West Players), Death For Sydney Black (TerraNova Collective and Kilroys honorable mention), The Internet (Incubator Arts Project), Happy Dance Dance Princess Show (The Brick), Double Suicide At Ueno Park!!! (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Thirty-Six, Cope and Diversity Awareness Picnic. With playwright Teddy Nicholas, she co-wrote Flying Snakes In 3-D!!! (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, The Brick and New Ohio Ice Factory). Next season, her play Two Mile Hollow will be seen at First Floor Theatre in Chicago, Ferocious Lotus in San Francisco, Artists at Play in Los Angeles and Mixed Blood Theatre/Theatre Mu in Minneapolis. Leah’s work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb, Page 73, New Georges, New York Theatre Workshop, The Bushwick Starr and The Flea Theater. She is a current member of Youngblood, an alumnus of Terra Nova Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright Group, and an affiliated artist at New Georges. Her collections of short plays, Nagoriyuki & Other Short Plays and The Lowest Form of Writing are available on Amazon. She received her MFA at Brooklyn College.
Seonjae Kim (Director) is a theater director based in New York City, originally from Seoul, South Korea. Riot Antigone, her original Riot Grrrl musical adaptation of Sophocles’ tragedy, premiered at the First Floor Theatre at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club and ANT Fest at Ars Nova in 2017. Other credits: Sister Mok-Rahn (PEN/World Voices Festival); The Essential Ella Maythorne (Dixon Place); You’re Amazing!!!; That Noise (Williamstown Theatre Festival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rabid Bat Theatricals); Cloud 9, A Perfect Wedding, Kafka on the Shore (Northwestern University); Moksori (Chicago Fringe Festival). Kim has worked with Pam MacKinnon, Bill Rauch and Stafford Arima and is an alumna of Directors’ Lab West, SITI Company Summer Theatre Workshop, Powerhouse Training Program, Williamstown Directing Corps, La MaMa Umbria Directors’ Symposium, Playwrights’ Retreat and Next Generation Residency. Recipient of 2016 Van Lier Fellowship for Directing from the Asian American Arts Alliance & 2016 Mike Ockrent Fellowship from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. Upcoming: Associate Director, KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective, dir. Teddy Bergman). BA: Northwestern.
David Mendizábal (Director) is one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company in Harlem. He is also currently the Artistic Associate at Atlantic Theater Company. Directing credits include: Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic); On the Grounds of Belonging (The Public); Locusts Have No King (INTAR); Evensong (APAC); And She Would Stand Like This, Look Upon Our Lowliness and Bintou (The Movement). David is a participant in the Leadership U: One-on-One program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. He is a Founding Member and Artistic Producer of The Sol Project and serves on the Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons. Alumnus of The Drama League Director’s Project, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and NALAC Leadership Institute.