First Gen MixFest

A Free Reading Series Play Festival
Aug 8 – 17, 2022

MixFest, our annual free reading series exploring and celebrating the abundance of diverse stories in the theater, is BACK! Following Asian American MixFest in 2017, Middle Eastern MixFest in 2018, Immigrant MixFest in 2019, and African Caribbean MixFest last year, we are delighted to announce First Gen MixFest, a series of readings of new work co-produced by playwrights Ngozi Anyanwu and Sanaz Toossi.


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We are excited to present readings of full-length plays by Ngozi Anyanwu, Katie Dỗ, Keiko Green, and Alex Riad! Additionally, we have commissioned Bleu Beckford-Burrell, Shayan Lotfi, Roger Q. Mason, and juliany taveras to create short one-acts and present them as an evening of readings. 

Reservations are free, but required. RSVP here!

Health & Safety

At Atlantic, we are committed to providing and maintaining a gathering place that is free of known hazards. In order to safeguard the health of our entire community, we are requiring mask wearing for audience members at all First Gen MixFest events

All of our facilities have been upgraded to meet and/or exceed air filtration standards as recommended by the CDC.

The Lineup

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MEET THE WRITERS

Moderated by co-producers Sanaz Toossi and Ngozi Anyanwu

Monday, August 8, 2022 | 7pm ET

First Gen MixFest will kick off with a group panel moderated by Co-Producers Sanaz Toossi and Ngozi Anyanwu. The panel will also include Katie Đỗ, Shayan Lotfi, Alex Riad, and juliany taveras. Learn more about the writers in the festival, their creative process, and what inspires their work. 

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SHORT PLAYS

by Bleu Beckford-Burrell, Shayan Lotfi, Roger Q. Mason, and juliany taveras 
directed by NJ Agwuna and Borna Barzin
featuring Cherelle Cargill, Tina Chilip, Joel de la Fuente, Mia Katigbak, Kelly McAndrew, Rad Pereira, Shawn Randall, Monique A. Robinson, Clarivel Ruiz, Imani Russell, Matenin Sangare, Jaime Lincoln Smith, and Carmen Zilles 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | 7pm ET

Readings of four commissioned short plays by Bleu BeckfordBurrell (Nanny Town), Shayan Lotfi (You, I, We), Roger Q. Mason (Her First Thanksgiving), and juliany taveras (diaspora angst).

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QUALITY CELLULAR

by Alex Riad 
directed by Padraic Lillis
featuring Justin Ahdoot, Brendan Dalton, John DiMino, Alyssa Kempinski, Kathleen McNenny, Alok Tewari, Viviana Valeria, and Aaron Roman Weiner

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 7pm ET

During the height of the Great Recession in 2009, an Egyptian-American teenager is forced to work in his divorced parents’ failing cell phone shop the summer before college, coming of age as he sees the troublesome sides of his immigrant father, single mother, and their degenerate employees.

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EXOTIC DEADLY: OR THE MSG PLAY

by Keiko Green
directed by Jess McLeod
featuring Sagan Chen, Brooke Ishibashi, Kendyl Ito, and Johnny Wu

Monday, August 15, 2022 | 7pm ET

It’s 1999, and Ami is an awkward, Japanese American high schooler whose world comes crashing down with a terrible discovery: her family is responsible for manufacturing MSG, the poison spice getting all the kids hooked! Meanwhile, a cool new girl, Exotic Deadly, arrives from Japan, and she’s not playing by the rules. In this time-traveling adventure, Ami vows to save the world from MSG and realizes what she’s capable of, if she could just get off the ocean floor…. 

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love you long time (already)

by Katie Đỗ 
directed by Cara Hinh
featuring Vien Hong, David Lee Huynh, Francesca Nong, Julie Tam Pham, and Alex Vinh

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 | 7pm ET

love you long time (already) follows a Vietnamese woman’s life starting with her death.  The story unfolds in the hands of her daughter, who leads us through the arc of their relationship from 1974 to 2018. The two must reckon their relationship and responsibility to each other as they experience assimilation, love, and heartbreak. Losing both culture and faith, they find themselves sifting through the wreckage of their dreams and the aftermath of their survival. A love story.

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MY NAME IS BEATRICE

by Ngozi Anyanwu 
directed by Candis C. Jones
featuring Ngozi Anyawnu, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Andrew Hovelson, Pierre Mbala, Toby Onwumere, Chibuba Osuala, and Ekele Ukegbu 

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 | 7pm ET

My Name is Beatrice is a continuation of The Homecoming Queen as we follow Kelechis return to America, this time with her “daughter” Beatrice.  And we’ll come to find out healing and reuniting is messy business.  

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Institutional Support GET IN TOUCH

First Gen MixFest and all of Atlantic’s new play and musical development activities are made possible by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and The Tow Foundation, with additional funding from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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 Hochul and the New York State Legislature.