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Long Wharf Theatre to Stage Julia Cho's OFFICE HOUR This Winter

Long Wharf Theatre to Stage Julia Cho's OFFICE HOUR This Winter

Long Wharf Theatre, in conjunction with Berkeley Rep, presents Office Hour, by Julia Cho, directed by Lisa Peterson.

Performances take place January 17 through February 11, 2018 on Stage II. Tickets start at $29. The press opening will take place Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

The cast includes Daniel Chung (Dennis), Jackie Chung (Gina), Jeremy Kahn (David), and Kerry Warren (Genevieve). The creative team includes Matt Saunders (set design), Maggie Morgan (costume design), Scott Zielinski (lighting design), Rob Kaplowitz (original music and sound design), Chris Waters (stage manager), Calleri Casting (casting.)

A college student hides behind dark glasses, a baseball cap pulled low, and writings that disturb and provoke. Is he just venting or is he really troubled? Gina, his writing professor, is the only one willing to get close, to try to understand what the student is going through. But at what peril to herself? The newest play from Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Cho is a thrilling ride through the psyches of two people learning to empathize with one another. "Office Hour has undeniable topicality ... This is a small play, but before you realize it, its rippling current has taken you far from the safety of shore," said the Los Angeles Times.

Daniel Chung, playing Dennis, is making his Long Wharf Theatre debut. He has appeared on stage in Flim-Flam (Theatre Rhinoceros), Real Talk (New Conservatory Theatre Center), and Crash, Immunity, and Marie, all with PlayGround.

Jackie Chung, playing Gina, returns to Long Wharf Theatre, previously appearing as one the nurses in Macbeth 1969. Other appearances include Tiger Style (La Jolla Playhouse), Different Words for the Same (Center Theater Group), Brownville Song (Humana Festival), Fast Company (South Coast Rep), and Mother Courage (The Public Theater), among others. She has appeared on television in "Grey's Anatomy," "Deadbeat," and "Finding My America."

Jeremy Kahn (David) made recent appearances in Peerless (Marin Theatre Company), Baskerville (Center Repertory Theatre), The Rover (Shotgun Players), Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatreworks), Wittenberg (Aurora Theatre Company), among many others.

Kerry Warren (Genevieve) has appeared on Broadway in The River. Her off-Broadway appearances include This is How it Ends, Much Ado About Nothing, and Good Grief. Her regional credits include Twelfth Night and Book of Will (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Romeo and Juliet (Dallas Theater Center), The Originalist (Arena Stage), and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Baltimore Centerstage). Her television credits include "Broad City."

Long Wharf Theatre and Sandy Hook Promise will partner to offer a series of conversations and programs surrounding the production. The mission of Sandy Hook Promise is to prevent gun violence (and other forms of violence and victimization) before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults on mental health and wellness programs that identify, intervene and help at-risk individuals.

For more information about the show, visit longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Julia Cho (Playwright) Julia Cho's plays include Aubergine, The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango, The Winchester House, BFE, The Architecture of Loss and 99 Histories. They have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, The Public Theater, The Vineyard Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop, and regionally at theaters such as South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Recent honors include the Will Glickman Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Julia has developed work for HBO and TNT and most recently was a writer/producer on AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire." She studied playwriting at Amherst College, New York University and The Juilliard School and is an alumna of New Dramatists.

DANIEL CHUNG (Dennis) Favorite credits: Every 28 Hours, The Ice Cream Sandwich Incident (Faultline Theater). Numerous staged readings (PlayGround, SF Playwrights Foundation). Daniel studies at Berg Studios and graduated from UCLA.

Jackie Chung (Gina) Long Wharf Theatre: Macbeth 1969. Off Broadway: microcrisis, The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Mother Courage and Her Children (Public Theater/NYSF), After. (Partial Comfort Productions). Regional: Caught (Firefly Theater & Films), Tiger Style! (La Jolla Playhouse), different words for the same thing (Center Theatre Group), brownsville song (b-side for Tray) (Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival), Fast Company (South Coast Repertory). Film/TV: "Grey's Anatomy," Deadbeat, Someone Else. Ms. Chung is a member of Partial Comfort Productions and the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Jeremy Kahn (David) Regional: peerless (Marin Theatre Company), Bad Jews (Capital Stage Company), Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatreworks Silicon Valley), Tigers Be Still, The Fantasticks, Kimberly Akimbo, 1 2 3 (San Francisco Playhouse), Tortilla Curtain (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Wittenberg (Aurora Theatre Company), The Liar, Baskerville, It Shoulda Been You, The Storytelling Ability of a Boy (Center REPertory Company), The Rover (Shotgun Players), Max Understood (Paul Dresher Ensemble), Moonshiner (Jackalope Theatre Company), Shakespod (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2008), and Would (NYC Fringe Festival 2012). Television and independent film: Looking (HBO), Unleashed, The Etruscan Smile (2017), Dirt (2017), and After Effect. Bachelors of Fine Arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University. ActorJeremyKahn.com

Kerry Warren (Genevieve) is excited to make her debut at Long Wharf Theatre in Office Hour. Her New York credits include: The River on Broadway with Hugh Jackman (u/s Woman), Good Grief at Intar (Jessica), This Is How It Ends (Anti Christ) in Summer Shorts at E59th59th Theatres, and Much Ado About Nothing (Hero) with the Mobile Unit at The Public directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Regionally, she has performed at Dallas Theatre Center in Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), at Center Stage in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Cassandra), at Arena Stage in The Originalist (Cat), and at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in Twelfth Night (Viola) and The Book of Will (Alice). She is a graduate of the Juilliard School Group 42. kerryawarren.com



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