The 2021 Artists at Play Readings—our annual showcase of new works by AAPI writers—highlights the stories of Native Hawaiian and Filipino heritages with two new plays: Nan by Noa Gardner and NON SO PIÙ COSA SON by Kathryn de la Rosa. Watch these live-streamed play readings on Saturday, October 2 and 9.
By Noa Gardner
Directed by Alison De La Cruz
Featuring Lelea’e Hahalepuna-Wong, Sara Malia Hatfield, Christine Jamlig, Kaliko Kauahi and Jorin Young
October 2 at 10am HT / 1pm PT / 4pm ET
Nan is the multi-generational family story of three Hawaiian women on the island of Oʻahu: Nan, the strong-willed matriarch; her estranged daughter Alice; and her feisty teenage granddaughter Maddi. Struggling with crippling disease, Nan is on the verge of making a life-altering decision, and gives Alice an impossible task—to assist her in ending her life.
NON SO PIÙ COSA SON
By Kathryn de la Rosa
Directed by Sarah Shin
Featuring Victoria Hoffman, Lianah Sta. Ana and Intae Kim
October 9 at 10am HT / 1pm PT / 4pm ET
NON SO PIÙ COSA SON is a transnational/transtemporal chamber play with music weaving together the church-basement voice lessons of 17-year-old soprano Maria with the imagined lives of the Philippines’ first opera singer and a Soviet-Korean poet in exile. On diaspora, dysphoria, and the making of cultural capital.
Meet the Playwrights
Noa Gardner is a Native Hawaiian poet and playwright born and raised in Kaimuki on the island of O’ahu. He recently graduated from the University of Southern California with an MFA Dramatic Writing. Noa investigates different aspects of Hawaiian culture, people, as well as his own family, through his writing. Much of his work centers on family dramas, specifically Hawaiian families in Hawaiian homes. He was a national finalist for the Gary Garrison Ten Minute play award (2016) and has had his plays read in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Son of Semele Ensemble, Los Angeles Theatre Company, and Pasadena Playhouse.
Kathryn de la Rosa is a Filipino-American dramaturg and playwright from Kentucky. They are part of the first Ashland New Plays Festival New Voices Emerging Playwrights cohort, and was a finalist for the 2021 APAFT & Artists at Play Emerging Playwright Commission. Their plays have been developed and produced by student groups at Northwestern University and Indiana University, and with the 2019–20 Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville. As a dramaturg, they primarily collaborate on new stage and audio works, previously at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New Harmony Project, Working Title Playwrights, and a number of colleges and universities. They’re currently pursuing an MA in Theology and the Arts at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and graduated from Indiana University.