The Far Country
BY Lloyd Suh
DIRECTED BY Eric Ting
November 17 – january 1, 2023
Linda Gross Theater
An Atlantic commissioned play by Steinberg Playwright Award recipient & Guggenheim fellow Lloyd Suh (The Chinese Lady) directed by Obie Award winner Eric Ting (We Are Proud to Present…).
An intimate epic that follows an unlikely family’s journey from rural Taishan to the wild west of California in the wake of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
The Far Country runs 2 hours including one 10 minute intermission.
Please note: This production contains haze/fog and strobe lights.
“An artful examination of the emotional price of immigration. Directed with sensitivity & spirit by Eric Ting! The Far Country meditates on ethnicity & identity; an act, loving and sorrowful, of reclamation.”
Alexis Soloski, THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Suh succinctly & humorously covers 21 years from Taishan to San Francisco. ”
melissa rose bernardo, time out
“Enlightening, sobering, even at times enraging! Sets the stage alight with dramatic tension, gripped as we find ourselves hoping.” Editor’s Pick!
Kenji fujishima, theatermania
“A graceful & haunting account! There is also warmth and humor in The Far Country, Suh is interested in the resilience of the human spirit.”
elysa Gardner, NY Sun
“An intimate & revealing look at the immigrant experience. The actors deliver the overarching message of triumphing over adversity and bigotry with steadfast endurance.”
Deb miller, DC metro Theater Arts
“Lyrical and thought provoking! Suh’s script is beautiful & Ting’s direction inspired.”
ERin Kahn, Stage Buddy
“Director Eric Ting guides a uniformly excellent cast! Suh’s strength is his ability to mix realism and poetic elements.”
Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Theatre Guide
“Tops anything imagined by Franz Kafka! Jiyoun Chang’s lighting of Clint Ramos’ impressive set imbues moments with breathtaking beauty!”
robert hofler, ThE wrap
Cast & Creative
LLOYD SUH is the author of The Chinese Lady (recently produced with Ma-Yi at the Public Theater), Bina’s Six Apples (produced this season at Alliance Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company), Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Franklinland, Jesus in India, and many more, including The Heart Sellers, which will premiere at Milwaukee Rep this spring. His work has been produced at theaters across the country including Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, Denver Center, Artists Rep, Interact, Geva, Timeline, the Guthrie with Theater Mu, ArtsEmerson, Long Wharf Theatre, and others and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA at the Guerilla Theatre in Seoul, Korea. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Horton Foote Prize, the Helen Merrill Award, and the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award. He served from 2005-2010 as the Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and from 2011-2020 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark. He was elected in 2016 to the Dramatists Guild Council.
ERIC TING is an Obie Award-winning director whose recent credits include Lloyd Suh’s Bina’s Six Apples (world premiere, Children’s Theater Co/ Alliance); Marcus Gardley’s Lear and The Good Person of Szechwan (Cal Shakes); and Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of The Sower: The Opera (world premiere, International Tour). New York: Manhattan Theatre Club, Public Theater Under the Radar, BAM Next Wave, Soho Rep. Regional: Yale Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Co, Cincinnati Playhouse, Goodman, Denver Center, CTG, ACT, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. International: Singapore, France, UAE, Holland, Canada, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bali. Upcoming: The Far Country (world premiere, Atlantic Theater Company); Between Two Knees (Seattle Rep). Awards: OBIE, TBA Awards, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards.
BEN CHASE (Dean/Inspector) Atlantic debut. Off B’way/Regional: Mondo Tragic, I am Soul (National Black Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, Nothing Gold Can Stay (Old Globe); Spunk (Classical Theatre of Harlem); May 39th (Drama League); multiple seasons at Shakespeare and Co, CATF, and Trinity Co. among others. Workshops of new work at Red Bull, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists among others. Film: Ami Mann’s Audrey’s Children (upcoming), Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix), Lydia Pilcher’s A Call To Spy (IFC Films), and A Shot Through the Wall. TV: “The Thing About Pam” (Lead), “Law and Order: Organized Crime” (Lead), “Monsterland,” “Transparent,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Difficult People,” “Undocumented.” MFA: Brown/Trinity.
Jinn S. Kim
JINN S. KIM (Gee) is a NY-based actor with various theater, film & tv credits. He proudly serves as the Executive Director of Developing Artists, which provides opportunities for overlooked teens to reach their full potential and advocate for positive social change through a practical application of the performing arts (developingartists.org). Jinn has been a member of LAByrinth since 1995. Theater credits include Race, Religion & Politics by Stephen Adly Guirgis (co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman); The Fairy Tale Project at the Public Theatre (dir. Jill DeArmon); disOriented by Kyung Park; NYIT Award winning production of Rise and Fall Of A Teenage Cyberqueen by Lindsay Joy Murphy; The Oldest Boy by Sarah Ruhl at Marin Theatre Company (dir. by Jessica Thebus); Aubergine by Julia Cho at South Coast Rep (dir. by Lisa Peterson). Film/TV includes Hurricane Streets, “Oz,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “How To Make It In America,” “Power,” 11:55, “Jessica Jones,” “Feed The Beast,” “Bull,” “Gotham,” “God Friended Me.”
Whit K. Lee
WHIT K. LEE (Yip/One) is honored to help tell this important part of Chinese American History. Off-Broadway: CSC – Assassins; Pan Asian – Wong Chin Foo in Citizen Wong; Prospect Theater Company – Joshi in Evergreen; Adirondack Theatre Festival – Atung in The Chinese Lady; Steppenwolf Theatre – Wen Xiaoping in The Doppelgänger; Actors Theatre of Louisville – A Christmas Carol; National Asian Artists Project – Prez in The Pajama Game (upcoming) & The Artful Dodger in Oliver! TV: “Law & Order SVU,” “Jigsaw,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Wall Street English.” Film: Guess Who’s Grounded directed by Justin Chan. Thank you to Lloyd Suh, Eric Ting, Atlantic Theater Company, my family and my dream team, Susan Campochiaro Confrey – CBU Management & Padraic – JC William Agency for their love and support.
Christopher Liam Moore
CHRISTOPHER LIAM MOORE (Harriwell/Interpreter) originated the role of Walter Jenkins in Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way and played the role on Broadway and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and A.R.T. Other theater credits include: four seasons at OSF including the title role in Richard II, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, Guthrie, South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe, Long Wharf, and Yale Rep. He directed 11 productions at OSF and has also directed at Cal Shakes, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Artists Rep. He recently directed Twelfth Night for Play On! and Next Chapter Podcasts. Film and television credits include: series regular on TBS’ “Ten Items Or Less” and Fox’s “Murder In Small Town X,” “Friends,” Night Moves, “Star Trek; Voyager,” “Judging Amy,” “3rd Rock From The Sun,” and The Cherokee Kid. He is a founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company.
SHANNON TYO (Yuen). New York: peerless (Primary Stages), The Chinese Lady (Ma-Yi and The Public; Lortel Award, Theater World Award, Drama Desk nomination), Kentucky (EST), Bikeman (Tribeca PAC). Select regional: The Chinese Lady (Long Wharf Theatre; CT Critics Circle Award), The Good Book (Berkeley Rep), Fun Home (Baltimore Center Stage), Broadway Bounty Hunter (Barrington Stage), Smart People (Geva Theatre), Bright Half Life (Kitchen Theatre), The White Snake (The Old Globe), Miss Saigon (Pioneer Theatre, MT Wichita), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Northern Stage). TV: “30 Rock” (NBC), “The Last O.G.” (TBS), “Rediscovering Christmas” (Lifetime). SOVAS Award, Audiobook Narration.
Amy Kim Waschke
AMY KIM WASCHKE (Low) Theater: Tiger Style! (South Coast Repertory), Revenge Song (Geffen Playhouse), Macbeth (Oregon Shakespeare Festival-OSF), Othello (American Repertory Theater/OSF), Snow in Midsummer (OSF), Julius Caesar (OSF), Hannah & The Dread Gazebo (OSF), Vietgone (Seattle Repertory Theatre/OSF), The Winter’s Tale (OSF), Water By The Spoonful (Studio Theatre), The White Snake (OSF, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Goodman, Guthrie, Old Globe & the Wuzhen Festival in China), disOriented (Theatre C), The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Vampire Cowboys). TV: “Law & Order SVU” (NBC), “Mythic Quest” (AppleTV), “Magnum PI” (NBC). Upcoming: Exotic Deadly: Or The MSG Play (Old Globe). Follow at www.amykimw.com or Instagram: @akwaschke. Love to Moses and Gus.
ERIC YANG (Moon Gyet) is thrilled to be part of his first production with Atlantic Theater Company. He made his Off-Broadway debut earlier this year starring in New Federal Theatre’s world premiere of Gong Lum’s Legacy, and he recently wrapped the independent feature, Birth/Rebirth. Other films: Versace Softboi, Ttal, Misattribution of Arousal. Eric studied economics and theater at Princeton University, and was stoked to find that one turned out a lot less useful than the other. He is grateful to his parents and brother Kevin for all their support. @eric.y.yang
CLINT RAMOS (Scenic Design) is a stage and film designer, advocate, and creative producer. He has designed for over two hundred theater, opera, and dance productions. Atlantic Theater Company: Tell Hector I Miss Him. Broadway: KPOP, Slave Play, Grand Horizons, The Rose Tattoo, Torch Song, Sunday in the Park with George, Eclipsed, Elephant Man, etc. Film: Respect, Lingua Franca. Awards: Tony, 2 Obies, 3 ATW Henry Hewes, 3 Lortels, and others. Producing Creative Director for Encores! at NYCC. @clintramos
Junghyun Georgia Lee
JUNGHYUN GEORGIA LEE (Costume Design) is a Korean born NYC based designer. She designed for Audible Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Ma-Yi, Public, Soho Rep, The Play Co., Alley Theatre, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Alliance, and Syracuse Stage. She was nominated for Outstanding Set Design for Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord. MFA, Yale School of Drama. junghyungeorgialeedesign.com
JIYOUN CHANG (Lighting Design) Very honored to have another collaboration with Lloyd Suh since Bina’s Six Apples (CTC, Alliance) and The Chinese Lady (Ma-Yi, Long Wharf). Other Credits: Kpop (The Broadway Musical, Circle In The Square), For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (Tony Nom), Slave Play (Tony, Drama Desk, Henry Hewes Nominations), Marry Wives (Delacorte Theatre), Ride The Cyclone (McCarter Theatre Center), Letters of Suresh (2nd Stage), Marys Seacole (Henry Hewes Nominee). More credits at The Public, 2nd Stage, Roundabout, ATC, NYTW, BAM (Obie Award), MCC, Signature, Guggenheim, Berkeley Rep, Cal Shakes (TBA Nom), Long Wharf Theatre, Guthrie, The Old Globe, OSF (Falstaff Award)
FAN ZHANG (Sound Design & Original Compositions) Off-Broadway: At the Wedding (Lincoln Center Theatre); Snow in Midsummer (Classic Stage); A Kid Like Rishi (Origin Theatre); The Golden Age (59E59); Paris (Atlantic Theatre), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Second Stage & WP), Pumpgirl (Irish Rep), Suicide Forest (Ma-Yi&A.R.T), Molly Sweeney (Theatre Row), Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio), The Trail of the Catonsville Nine (Transport Group), Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home (Cherry Lane), Tania In the Gateway Van (The Flea). Regional: Sanctuary City (Berkeley Rep; Arena Stage); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Theater Company); The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Steppenwolf); The Great Leap (Portland Center Stage), White Noise (Studio Theatre, D.C), Pipeline (Studio Theatre, D.C.), Seven Guitars (Yale Rep), Redeem (Cincinnati Ballet), Revolutionist (Pittsburgh City Theatre), Red Maple (Capital Rep) Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama. www.fanzhangsound.com
Wig/Hair & Makeup Designer
TOMMY KURZMAN (Wig/Hair & Makeup Design) Broadway: Macbeth, Mrs. Doubtfire, All My Sons, True West, St. Joan, My Fair Lady, Little Foxes, Long Day’s Journey, Bright Star & Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway: Little Shop of Horrors; Westside Theatre, MCC, Atlantic, The New Group, The Public, MTC, NWS. Regional: The Huntington, The MUNY, Geva Theatre, Resident Ensemble Players, Cape Playhouse, Sig. VA, MSM. Associate Hair Designer on over 15 Broadway Productions. IG: @TommyKurzmanWigs
Alyssa K. Howard
Production Stage Manager
ALYSSA K. HOWARD (Production Stage Manager) is a NYC-based stage manager and more. Recent credits include: Black Lodge (Beth Morrison Projects), Once Upon A (korean) Time (Ma-Yi Theater), Golden Shield (MTC), Wolf Play (Soho Rep), Nollywood Dreams (MCC), King Lear (Northern Stage), for colored girls… (Public Theater), Mrs. Christie (Dorset Theatre Festival), If Pretty Hurts… (Playwrights Horizons), Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre), Henry VI (NAATCO), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi Theater), Word Sound Power (BAM), The Echo Drift (Prototype), Glass Guignol (Mabou Mines), Dog Days (BMP at Fort Worth Opera/REDCAT/Prototype), Four Nights of Dream (Japan Society/Tokyo Bunka Kaikan). Selected virtual: What If If Only (NAATCO), P73 Virtual Residencies, Con Alma (National Sawdust). Other: Heartbeat Opera, Playwrights Realm, Noor Theatre, Bushwick Starr, 3LD, Mannes Opera, Juilliard School of Vocal Arts, Bucks County Playhouse, Berkshire Theatre Group, Yale Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre. MFA: Yale School of Drama. BA: Williams College. 감사합니다/շնորհակալություն. @shiningatthetop
Video by Tim Grady.
Photos by Ahron R. Foster.