Brittany Ishibashi And More Cast In Hero Theatre's TEA

Brittany Ishibashi And More Cast In Hero Theatre's TEAHero Theatre announced the full cast of their upcoming staged reading of Tea by Velina Hasu Houston which is part of their anticipated Future Classics Series.

The cast includes Lisa Dring, Brittany Ishibashi, Jully Lee, Andrea Lwin and Rosie Narasaki. Ms. Ishibashi currently stars as Tina Minoru in Marvel's hit show "Runaways" on Hulu. Ishibashi is best known for her role as Anne Ogami on USA Network's Golden Globe and Emmy nominated series "Political Animals." Her other TV credits include "This is Us," "Grey's Anatomy," "Grace and Frankie," and "The Office."

Tea, by Los Angeles-based playwright Velina Hasu Houston, recounts the experiences of Japanese war brides living in the United States after WWII. Featuring an all-female ensemble, it will be directed by Rebecca Wear and take place on December 7, 2018.

Other readings included in Hero Theatre's Future Classics Reading series include Oliver Mayer's boxing classic Blade to the Heat on December 1, 2018.

A modern verse translation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth by Puerto Rican playwright Migdalia Cruz will also be featured in the series on December 8, 2018. Cruz was one of the playwrights commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to create a modern-English translation of a Shakespearean play as part of Play On! 36 Playwrights Translate Shakespeare, which was made possible by a grant from the Hitz Foundation. This will be the first time the translation is heard in Los Angeles. The reading of Macbeth will include live music performed and composed by Tylana Renga of the Grammy-award winning band, Quetzal.

Wrapping up the reading series on January 12 and 13, 2019 will be a marathon presentation of Eduardo Machado's four-play cycle The Floating Island Plays. The tetralogy captures the story of four generations of a Cuban family, starting in the 1920s and ending during Fidel Castro's regime. The Floating Island Plays are titled "The Modern Ladies of Guanabacoa," "Fabiola," "In the Eye of the Hurricane," and "Broken Eggs."

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