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
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 AEA’s Asian Heritage Celebration. © Lia Chang
Siho Ellsmore in Nora Chau's Akiko Runs. © 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
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 Siho Ellsmore's The Goddesses (L to R) Brent Yoshikami, Leanne...