I am elated to have directed the workshop of Ray Yamanouchi's Tha Chink-Mart at Playpenn in Philadelphia. Ray and my work together started over a year ago at The Blank on an earlier draft of the script. The folks at Playpenn, including our fabulous actors and genius dramaturg, Gina Pisasale, are among the best. Big thanks to Paul Meshejian and Michele Volansky for their fiercely kind and generous support.
It is a weird and beautiful life.
I am fresh from a workshop at The Celebration Barn with my teacher Aitor Basauri.
I have lived with this show for over two years and am so pleased to say that it's going GREAT! You can catch me onstage as the feisty orphan Wick at The Garry Marshall Theatre.
“The show is a pretty spectacular combination of stagecraft and over-the-top theatrics that create an impressive experience. It's a mood piece with a message and it is right in the Rogues' wheelhouse. The wooden boy is an astonishingly lifelike creation…slick and dirty storytelling gives way to a heartfelt illustration of the redemptive power of love.” -Broadway World
“Delightfully dark in all the best ways…equal parts mind-blowing and terrifying.Wood Boy Dog Fish really blew me away. I truly loved it, and would definitely recommend it to people looking for a fun, new twist on Pinocchio." - Horror Buzz
"The Wood Boy puppet...is a thing of absolute beauty as it not only looks cool, but manages to move in impressive ways...This is a fantastic reinterpretation of Mr. Collodi's novel that manages to feel unique. The whole thing has a nice contemporary feel thanks to the wonderfully dark production values."
- Nightmarish Conjurings
I wrote this play! Hannah Chodos beautifully directed it! Thank you to Caitlin Hart and The Vagrancy for having me in residency over the past 9 months.
I am thrilled to be joining Wood Boy Dog Fish again for its second production in LA! This is a macabre adaptation of the Pinocchio tale, written by Chelsea Sutton and directed by Sean Cawelti. I play Wick, a spunky, naughty orphan that befriends our hero.
Wood Boy Dog Fish: previews May 12-16, runs May 18-June 24
The Garry Marshall Theatre, 4252 W Riverside Dr, Burbank 91505
Get your tickets here.
I was invited to share a selection from my current work-in-progress at a conference held by UCI's Medical Humanities Initiative. The 626 Project, which I've been developing with The Vagrancy over the past year, is a play about a first generation Lao immigrant faced with a brutal decision when she has to come to terms with her son's mental illness.
Photo: Kevin Lin, Tane Kawasaki and Shih-wei Wu.
I have just returned from a week-long residency with The Golden Dome School in Joshua Tree. It was beyond incredible, and I cannot wait to share what I've learned. Thank you for having me, Golden Dome!
I'm in a reading of a new play written by the supremely dope Chelsea Sutton. https://skylighttheatrecompany.com/on-stage/lab-works-2018.html