Directed by: Megan Sandberg-Zakian Starring: Emma Van Lare, Raji Ahsan, Nandita Shenoy, Sango Tajima, Rinabeth Apostol, Rotimi Agbabiaka and Lipica Shah Fight Director: Dave Maier Dramaturgy: Vidhu Singh Sets: Lawrence E Moten Lights: Wen Ling Liao Costumes: Oana Botez Original music and sound: Arshan Gailus Stage Manager: Leslie Radin Dialect and vocal coach: Cherie Corinne Rice Artistic Director: Eric Ting
Could not be more excited to share the news that HOUSE OF JOY will be getting its world premiere production at Cal Shakes, in August 2019.
I wrote this play imagining a Shakespeare festival in mind – but it was a fanciful thought. I didn’t actually dream that it would come true exactly as I had imagined it.
But HOUSE OF JOY is epic and fanciful and repurposes legends of history to talk about what I’m most excited and terrified about today. It is big and fun and dark and has loads of stage combat. It was MADE for a Shakespeare festival and I am so thrilled that I’ll get to see it come to life in the Bay Area, where I was born, in a beautiful summer outdoor amphitheater. Grateful to Eric Ting and the artistic leadership at Cal Shakes. More updates to come.
“RECOMMENDED Brainy & Entertaining. This timely story about the interplay of science, conscience and the heart offers a most winning test case.” -Chicago Sun-Times
“Awesome! Two powerhouse women fighting convention. QUEEN lifts up women in a way that’s intellectual and passionate.” -PerformInk
“Intriguing, funny, and highly relevant. A cerebral version of the sexual cat-and-mouse games.” -TheaterJones
“Engrossing. An excellent quartet of players… who give performances of conviction and realism. QUEEN should go forth into the regional theatre world as a popular selection.”/ -ChicagolandTheaterReviews.com
My play QUEEN will have its world premiere at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago from April 14 – May 14. I’m so excited for this production. Our cast and creative team are *brilliant*. Come see it if you can!
Long overdue updates, because my life turned inside out and sideways these past two months.
It’s official – my play QUEEN will get its world premiere at Victory Gardens in March-April 2017, directed by the brilliant Joanie Schultz! The play has been developed at the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop, the API 2×2 lab at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series and currently – as I type this! – at the Hedgebrook writer’s retreat in Washington.
I moved to New York at the beginning of April with my wonderful boyfriend and it’s been a time of serious change.
And with amazing timing, I’ve been ridiculously fortunate enough to be part of the Hedgebrook Playwrights Festival at Whidbey Island. Truly, I can’t think too much about where I am right now without getting emotional. 2 weeks of being housed and fed in astonishingly beautiful conditions with incredible food, and incredible company, with my only responsibilities towards my writing and my own well being. I was desperately in need of this forced break from real life, from the internet (more or less) – this immersion back into my plays. This nurture, care and agency. Hedgebrook will stay with me forever.
SEATTLE: Readings from works in progress by the 2016 Hedgebrook Playwrights: Kristiana Rae Colón, Virginia Grise, Dawn Renee Jones, Regina Taylor – and me!
When: Monday, May 16 at 7:00 PM Where: Seattle Repertory Theatre | 155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA Tickets: $15 Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if the ticket price represents a financial hardship.