SEQUELS: a staged reading Featuring Nora Chau, Ed Lin, and Kai Ma Directed by Ken Leung
There is very little that can be as satisfying as a great ending to a story…star-crossed lovers riding off into the sunset, a long lost friend returning to the fold, a resolute cowboy succumbing to his injuries with profound grace. These images impact us and shape the way we tell stories. SEQUELS begs the question, what happened after that beautiful ending. Three exciting writers take a stab at answering.
What happened to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz after she returned home? What was the next Christmas like for Carmela Soprano? Or the Peanuts gang after Charles Schultz passed away? Join us at MOCA to find out when Nora Chau (PRETTY PRECIOUS UNICORNS), Ed Lin (THIS IS A BUST), and Kai Ma (OPEN CITY) create original sequels to three great stories and a rambunctious cast of actors present the works as a staged reading directed by Ken Leung (LOST).
Cast includes: Cindy Cheung, Louis Changchien, Kristine Haruna Lee, Angela Lin, Jodi Lin, David Shih, and more.
About the artists
Nora Chau is a member of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab and the Leviathan Lab. She is a former ABC/Disney Grant Recipient for New Talent in Screenwriting, an ABC/Disney Writing Fellowship finalist, and a Women’s Project Lab finalist. Her short plays have been published by Smith & Kraus. She is currently working on a novel and a graphic novel with her artist husband.
Kristine Haruna Lee
Kristine Haruna Lee is an interdisciplinary artist practicing writing, directing, and performance while living in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed nationally and internationally with artists such as Taylor Mac, NAATCO, Sylvan Oswald and Alec Duffy, The Talking Band, Jim Neu, The Mettawee River Theater Company, Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hardknocks, Cathy Shaw, Trista Baldwin and Yubiwa Hotel, Antony and the Johnsons, and with Andrea Geyer at the Whitney Biennial. Her plays have been presented as part of Prelude 2012, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, 45th Street Theater and has been developed with Target Margin’s Lab Series, 2nd Generation, New Dramatists, The Movement Theater Company, and the Fresh Ground Pepper Performance Series. Lee is a 2010 recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship. Her plays include: WAR LESBIAN, TROIKA: A CONCERT-PLAY, THESE ROBES, THOSE ROBES, SHE’S SLEEP, and RED MOON APPEARING. She holds a B.F.A from New York University and is a current M.F.A playwriting candidate at Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.
Ed Lin is the author of Waylaid, This Is a Bust, Snakes Can't Run, and One Red Bastard. He is big and has broad shoulders -- the kind of guy who looks good in a suit.
Kai Ma is an award-winning journalist and the editor of Open City, a magazine published by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is the former editor-in-chief of KoreAm and the author of Love Lost on the 405, a short film that premiered at the Architecture and Design Museum for “RETHINK LA: Perspectives on a Future City.” Her writing has appeared in Nerve, TIME.com, New York, The Daily Beast, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies.
He emerged from Manhattan's downtown theater community in the 1990s. His early career is defined by the relationships he established with theater groups. In 2002, he made his Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie. Leung has gone on to establish himself in mainstream features including two films with Spike Lee and four with Brett Ratner. He played Carter Chong in the final season of The Sopranos and plays Miles Straume on ABC's Lost.
Angela Lin was named one of Backstage’s most memorable New York stage performances of 2011 for her performance in Broadway’s Chinglish. Other Broadway shows include Coram Boy (Drama League Award for Best Ensemble) and Top Girls (with Marissa Tomei and Martha Plimpton). Angela can also be seen in three feature films due out in 2013: The Father’s Love, After the Fall (starring David Duchovny and Hope Davis) and H.O.M.E: The Passenger, where she will star opposite 2-time Mexican Academy Award winner, Jesus Ochoa. She will also be found on the internet in the new web series Wallflowers (wallflowers.tv), going live February 2013. Other Film/Television credits include Blue Bloods (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), The Big C (Showtime), The Good Wife (CBS), One Life to Live (ABC), The Jury (FOX) and As the World Turns (CBS), Falling Awake, and Miracle Dogs. Off Broadway, she has appeared in Jordan Harrison’s Futura (Obie Award-winning NAATCO), Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian Rep), Takarazuka (Clubbed Thumb), and Crane Story (Playwrights Realm). Regionally, she’s appeared in the world premiere of Chinglish (Goodman Theater), in the East Coast premiere of Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked (Long Wharf Theatre), the world premiere of American Hwangap (Magic Theatre), and other productions with the McCarter, Cincinnati Playhouse, and the Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Ms. Lin is a proud member of Hillsong NYC, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. www.angelalin.com
Jodi Lin is a New York City based actress, producer, and writer. Her first short film, "Borte, Queen of Tibet" screened at the Soho International Film Festival and New Filmmakers.
Louis Ozawa Changchien
Off Broadway: Warrior Class (Second Stage), Year Zero (Second Stage), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm). Other New York Theater credits: The Dumbwaiter (NAATCO), Bike Wreck (Ensemble Studio Theater), Leah's Train (NAATCO), 13 (2G). Regional Theater: Hamlet (Trinity Rep), Midsummer Night's Dream (Williamstown Theater Festival), Eurydice (WTF). Film: Sisterhood of Night, The Bourne Legacy, Predators, Lefty Loosey Righty Tighty, Indelible, Pretty To Think So. Televison: The Miraculous Year, Law and Order, 3LBS, Lights Out, Heroes and Villains: Shogun. Education: Brown University, MFA Acting.
Theater credits include her self-penned solo show, SPEAK UP CONNIE (All For One Festival @ Cherry Lane) directed by BD Wong, Middletown (Vineyard), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi), The Seagull and Antigone (NAATCO), Goodbye Cruel World (Roundtable), Sides: The Fear Is Real… (Ma-Yi/Miyagi), Masha No Home (E.S.T.), W;t (Florida Studio Theater), The First Picture Show (A.C.T.), A Christmas Carol (A.C.T and South Coast Rep), Sweeney Todd and Into The Woods (East West Players). Film and TV credits include: Lady In The Water, Children of Invention (Sundance 2009), Robot Stories, Falling For Grace, “Made In Jersey,” “Bored To Death,” “White Collar,” “Fringe,” “Law and Order,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “One Life To Live,” “Sex and the City.” She has an MFA from A.C.T. and lives in NYC with her husband, novelist Ed Lin.
You may remember Dave from the film Saving Face. Or maybe you saw him onstage in Crane Story (Playwrights Realm), Sake With The Haiku Geisha (Gotham Stage) and Honor (Prospect Theater). Recently, he appeared in The Way West at The Lark, Lonely Leela (Desipina) at Here Arts Center, and Carousel (NAAP) at Playwrights Horizons. He also works with Only Make Believe performing interactive theatre for children in hospitals and care facilities. Look for Dave in the upcoming films Old 37, Poisonberry, Tyco Parks the Car and Petunia. Website: DavidShih.net
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