Photos of AEA's Asian Heritage Celebration, featuring the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop

Posted by Lia Chang on Monday, 16 May 2011.

The playwrights and producing team of AEA's Asian Heritage Celebration, featuring the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop (L to R) Kristine M. Reyes, May Nazareno, Leanne Cabrera, Dorim Lee, Christine Toy Johnson, Nancy Eng, Marisa Marquez, Siho Ellsmore, Nelson Eusebio, Ji Hyun Lee, Ariel Estrada, Elaina Erika Davis, Eileen Rivera. © Lia Chang

The playwrights and producing team of AEA's Asian Heritage Celebration, featuring the Leviathan Lab Asian American Women Writers Workshop (L to R) Kristine M. Reyes, May Nazareno, Leanne Cabrera, Dorim Lee, Christine Toy Johnson, Nancy Eng, Marisa Marquez, Siho Ellsmore, Nelson Eusebio, Ji Hyun Lee, Ariel Estrada, Elaina Erika Davis, Eileen Rivera. © Lia Chang

On May 12th and 13th, AEA’s Eastern Region Equal Employment Opportunity Committee in collaboration with Leviathan Lab’s Asian American Women Writers’ Workshop, celebrated Asian Heritage Month with a salon of concert readings of new monologues and 10 minute plays, at the AEA Audition Center in New York. Leanne Cabrera, Nora Chau, Elaina Erika Davis, Siho Ellsmore, Nancy Eng, Christine Toy Johnson, Dorim Lee, Marisa Marquez, May Nazareno, Kristine M. Reyes, Eileen Rivera and Susan Soon He Stanton were among the playwrights featured.
Tanforan playwright Christine Toy Johnson (center) is flanked by her cast (L-R) Jennifer Prescott, Valerie Wright, Charlotte D'Amboise, and director JoAnn Hunter. © Lia Chang

Tanforan playwright Christine Toy Johnson (center) is flanked by her cast (L-R) Jennifer Prescott, Valerie Wright, Charlotte D'Amboise, and director JoAnn Hunter. © Lia Chang

The Festival was the brainchild of Christine Toy Johnson (Playwright/Actor and Co-chair of AEA’s EEOC), Ariel Estrada (EEOC member and founder of Leviathan Lab), Nelson T. Eusebio III (Resident Director at Leviathan Lab), and Ji-Hyun Lee (playwright) who joined forces to create a platform for Asian American female playwrights.
 Cast and crew of AEAs Asian Heritage Celebration. © Lia Chang

Cast and crew of AEA’s Asian Heritage Celebration. © Lia Chang


Siho Ellsmore in Nora Chau's Akiko Runs. © Lia Chang

Siho Ellsmore in Nora Chau's Akiko Runs. © Lia Chang

 

Mariana Newhard in Elaina Erika Davis' Sakura, or Cherry Blossoms. © Lia Chang

Mariana Newhard in Elaina Erika Davis' Sakura, or Cherry Blossoms. © Lia Chang


Nancy Eng in Dorim Lee's Eye for an Eye. © Lia Chang

Nancy Eng in Dorim Lee's Eye for an Eye. © Lia Chang


Cast of Susan Soon He Stanton's Don't Think Twice, Angela Lin and James Chen, Directed by Jesse Jou © Lia Chang

Cast of Susan Soon He Stanton's Don't Think Twice, Angela Lin and James Chen, Directed by Jesse Jou © Lia Chang


Cast of Kristine M. Reyes' Ready, Aim...Fire!, Zack Griffiths and Helen Farmer, Directed by Victor Lirio  © Lia Chang

Cast of Kristine M. Reyes' Ready, Aim...Fire!, Zack Griffiths and Helen Farmer, Directed by Victor Lirio © Lia Chang


Cast of Siho Ellsmore's The Goddesses (L to R) Brent Yoshikami, Leanne Cabrera, and Cindy Cheung, Directed by Peter Kim. © Lia Chang

Cast of Siho Ellsmore's The Goddesses (L to R) Brent Yoshikami, Leanne Cabrera, and Cindy Cheung, Directed by Peter Kim. © Lia Chang


Bing Magoto in Leanne Cabrera's Infarct, Directed by May Nazareno. © Lia Chang

Bing Magoto in Leanne Cabrera's Infarct, Directed by May Nazareno. © Lia Chang


Cast of May Nazareno's From My Very Real Life (L to R) Jaygee Macapugay, Eileen Rivera, Jo Jo Gonzales and John Christopher Jones, Directed by Dax Valdes. © Lia Chang

Cast of May Nazareno's From My Very Real Life (L to R) Jaygee Macapugay, Eileen Rivera, Jo Jo Gonzales and John Christopher Jones, Directed by Dax Valdes. © Lia Chang


Cast of Eileen Rivera's Til Death, (L to R) Angela Lin, Joshua Spafford, Sandi Carroll and Jake Meyers, Directed by Nelson Eusebio. © Lia Chang

Cast of Eileen Rivera's Til Death, (L to R) Angela Lin, Joshua Spafford, Sandi Carroll and Jake Meyers, Directed by Nelson Eusebio. © Lia Chang


The Cast of Marisa Marquez's

The Cast of Marisa Marquez's "White Tiger," Directed by Adam Zaremberg (L to R) Brent Yoshikami, Susan Quinn, Satomi Blair, Marisa Marquez, and Adam Zaremberg. © Lia Chang


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