Photo Flash: Second Generation Presents 'SIX'
Second Generation, the nation's preeminent Asian American theater company devoted to developing the next generation of APA theater artists, presents SIX, a series of world premiere one-act plays by Asian American playwrights. SIX is being presented at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center's Milagro Theater as part of ELEVEN, a month long celebration commemorating the company's eleventh anniversary.
Playwrights receiving world premieres in SIX include Julia Cho (OBIE-winning Durango; The Piano Teacher), Michael Lew (The 24-Hour Plays on Broadway; 2008 Humana Festival), Ralph B. Peña (OBIE-winner for The Romance of Magno Rubio; Flipzoids), Sung Rno (wAve; Cleveland Raining) as well as Patricia Jang and Rehana Mirza. Directors of the one-acts include Kate Whoriskey (Massacre (Sing To Your Children), The Piano Teacher), Ralph B. Peña (The Children of Vonderly), Graeme Gillis (Artistic Director of EST's Youngblood), Jon Kern, Victor Maog, and David Ruttura.
The cast includes Ali Ahn, Jessica Jade Andres, Jackie Chung, Joel de la Fuente,, Jennifer Ikeda , Paul Juhn, Jason Liebman (Vampire Cowboys Theatre's Men of Steel), Jodi Lin, Matthew Park, Steve Sanpietro, Hanson Tse, and Tiffany Villarin.
SIX will feature designs by Chris Brown (Lighting Designer), Christine Carroll (Costume Designer), Nick Francone (Scenic Designer), and Shane Rettig (Sound Designer).
SIX features: Round And Round by Julia Cho, Ein Berliner by Patricia , Moustache Guys by Michael Lew, A Dose of Reality by Rehana Mirza, Tail by Ralph B. Peña, and The Trajectory of a Heart, Fractured by Sung Rno.
SIX is being presented as part of Second Generation's ELEVEN, which includes ONE world premiere production (Carla Ching's TBA) plus SIX world premiere one act plays and FOUR "In the Works" readings of new full length plays. Featuring 36 performances in 34 days, ELEVEN is a large-scale celebration of the next generation of Asian American dramatic literature, incorporating over 40 artists in a month-long program of world-class, world premiere productions. Founded in 1997 by Welly Yang and other Asian American performers, Second Generation is a non-profit theater company dedicated to creating contemporary, world-class Asian American theater that reaches across cultural, generational and racial boundaries and in cultivating the next generation of Asian American actors, directors and playwrights.Second Generation has produced and co-produced world premiere productions of new American plays with some of the country's most exciting and prestigious theatre companies, including Masha No Home with Ensemble Studio Theatre and Youngblood, The Karaoke Show, directed by Diane Paulus with Project 400 at El Flamingo, and American Hwangap with the Lark Play Development Center. Additionally, Second Generation created and produced the annual Concert of Excellence, presented at venues including the New York State Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall, and has become one of the nation's leading incubators of new Asian American plays through its "In The Works" reading series.
Second Generation is under the guidance of Lloyd Suh, Artistic Director and Gladys Chen, President. Performances of SIX run March 4 -29 at the Milagro Theater, CSV Cultural Center (107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey). Preview performances are March 4 & 5 at 8pm ($11). Opening Night: March 6 at 7pm. ($50, includes opening night party) Regular performances March 7 & 8 at 8pm. March 14 at 8pm. March 15 & 16 at 3pm. March 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, & 29 at 8pm. ($18). Student tickets are available for $11. Tickets for groups of 10 or ore are $14. Eleven Celebration Pass ($29), which includes a ticket to TBA and SIX plus priority seating at every "In The Works" performance may also be purchased. Tickets are available through Theatermania.com at 212-352-3101 or at www.2g.org.
38. Ali Ahn and Hanson Tse in Moustache Guys
45. Paul Juhn (center) and others in Moustache Guys.
28. Hanson Tse and Steve Sanpietro in Ein Berliner.
26. Jennifer Ikeda in Round and Round.
Jodi Lin in Tail
Jackie Chung and Matthew Park
9. Paul Juhn as Orville in The Trajectory of a Heart, Fractured.
Jessica Jade Andres and Paul Juhn
Ali Ahn in Trajectory of The Heart, Fractured
Photo Credit Peter Chin