Artists at Play presents
A Stone is Nobody’s by Noa Gardner
Smart White Girls Don’t Like Me by Rosie Narasaki
if all that You take from this is courage, then I’ve no regrets by Nicholas Pilapil
नेहा & Neel by Ankita Raturi
Directed by Katherine Chou
This Is Not a True Story by Preston Choi
Directed by Reena Dutt
Jessica Jade Andres
Fran de Leon
Saturday, November 5 at 3 p.m.
Preston Choi (This is Not a True Story) is a playwright whose work focuses on Asian American/mixed/queer lives, social science fiction, and the horrors of being alive. His plays have been developed with B Street Theatre, Interact Theatre, The Passage Theatre, and Silk Road Rising. His plays include HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARS ROVER (2022 Planet Earth Arts Award, 2022 Darrell Ayers Award), PERFORMING CLASS (2022 NNPN New Play Showcase, 20-21 Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series), A GREAT MIGRATION (2021 Paul Stephen Lim Award, 2019 NNPN National New Play Showcase, 2017 Agnes Nixon Award). 2nd year Playwriting MFA candidate at UCSD, B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University.
Noa Gardner (A Stone is Nobody’s) is a Native Hawaiian playwright born and raised in Kaimuki on the island of O’ahu. He recently graduated from an MFA Dramatic Writing program at the University of Southern California (2020). 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 one act and full-length plays read in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Son of Semele Ensemble, the Los Angeles Theatre Company, Artists at Play, as well as the Pasadena Playhouse. Most recently, he is the recipient of South Coast Repertory’s Elizabeth George commission and his play will be showcased in the Pacific Playwrights Festival.
Rosie Narasaki (Smart White Girls Don’t Like Me) is a Los Angeles-based playwright and actor. As an actor, recent highlights include LITTLE WOMEN with Playwright’s Arena, and TWO MILE HOLLOW and IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT with Artists at Play, as well as appearances on SHAMELESS, WISDOM OF THE CROWD and FOR THE PEOPLE. As a writer, her work has been developed and produced by Becky and Baldwin, the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute, hereandnow theatre company and more. She is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre LA’s New West Playwrights and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Scripps College. In her spare time, she is the managing editor for TotalBeauty.com.
Nicholas Pilapil (if all that You take from this is courage, then I’ve no regrets) is a Filipino American playwright. His plays include THE BOTTOMING PROCESS (world premiere with IAMA Theatre Company in 2023, Victory Gardens Ignite Chicago Festival of New Plays) and IF ALL THAT YOU TAKE FROM THIS IS COURAGE, THEN I’VE NO REGRETS (winner of the 47th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival). His work has been developed with Artists at Play, Geffen Playhouse, Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Rhinoceros, The Fountain Theatre, and The Vagrancy, among others. Nicholas is a member of The Writers’ Room at the Geffen Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA’s The Ignite Project, and an alum of IAMA Theatre Company’s inaugural Under 30 Playwrights Lab, The Vagrancy Playwrights Group, and artEquity.
Ankita Raturi (नेहा & Neel) is a bilingual, bicultural, bisexual writer with North Indian roots. She was recently awarded the Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation’s 2022 Ollie Award. Commissions: Artists at Play & Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater; Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation; Cygnet Finish Line. New play development: Playwrights Realm, Cygnet Theatre, Artists at Play, The COOP, Atlantic Pacific Theatre, Theater Masters, Hypokrit Theatre Company, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Pete’s Candy Store, Natyabharati. Devised work with Charlotte Murray: Fresh Ground Pepper, Corkscrew Theater Festival, Dixon Place. B.F.A. in Drama from New York University. MFA candidate in Playwriting from UC San Diego.
Katherine Chou (A Stone is Nobody’s; Smart White Girls Don’t Like Me; if all that You take from this is courage, then I’ve no regrets; नेहा & Neel) is a writer, filmmaker, and theatre artist. Theatre: THE CHINESE LADY (Denver Center), NON SO PIÙ COSA SON, THE CHINESE LADY, THREE WOMEN OF SWATOW (Artists at Play). Film credits include Dunkirk and The Hate U Give. Awards/Training: B.A., L’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris; Visual Communication’s Armed With a Camera Fellowship; Telling Our Stories Contest presented by STARZ, The Wrap, and Women in Film; Ensemble Studio Theatre LA’s Ignite Project; Bucheon International Film Festival’s Fantastic Film School in South Korea; Imago Theatre’s Artista Program in Montreal. @kacawcaw
Reena Dutt (This Is Not a True Story) is a city girl with a country soul who believes in creating with a conscience, on and off the stage and screen. She is dedicated to new and reimagined texts that catapult polarizing conversations through unexpected stories with the bodies, voices and life experiences of the underheard. Upcoming: RENT (Coeurage Ensemble), AMERICAN FAST (Constellation Screen and Stage), YELLOW FACE (UC Riverside), THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY (Artists at Play). New York: Columbia University, Playwrights Realm, A.R.T. West Coast: UC Riverside, Greenway Court Theatre, East West Players, Sacred Fools. Assistant/Associate Director: Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public, The Fountain Theatre, Geffen Playhouse. Fellowships: Drama League NY Directing Fellow, LCT Directors Lab, Directors Lab West. Dutt is also a film director and producer having screened films at over 80 festivals worldwide including Sundance, LAFF, Outfest, Frameline, Cucalorous, NBCUniversal, BET, PBS/Latino and HBO.
Jessica Jade Andres was born and raised in Minnesota, a graduate of NYU’s Tisch school. Film/TV: NCIS: LA, The Mindy Project, Lizzie Bennet Diaries, 9-1-1, I Think You Should Leave, Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot. Theatre: West Coast premieres of KENTUCKY, IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT and TWO MILE HOLLOW. Artists At Play has my heart. Thank you to my family for their support.
Jaime Barcelon is thrilled to be working with Artists at Play again! Theater: BEIJING SPRING (East West Players), THE GOLDEN DRAGON (Boston Court), the world premieres of NICKY (Coeurage) and CINNAMON GIRL (Playwrights’ Arena). TV: 9-1-1, The Rookie, Mom and Criminal Minds. Recently appeared in David Ono’s DEFINING COURAGE (vocalist) at the Aratani Theatre. Jaime is a graduate of Ateneo De Manila University.
Julia Cho born and raised in Los Angeles, is an actor and proud founding member of Artists at Play. She has performed/toured with Center Theatre Group, East West Players, Will & Company, Playwrights’ Arena, Pasadena Playhouse, and Boise Contemporary Theatre. Julia is probably best known as “Charlotte Lu” in the Emmy-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Other credits include recurring roles on TV shows like Scandal Goliath, This Is Us, and more recently dubbing English voices on Korean content like the Netflix film Seoul Vibe and historical drama Bloody Heart. @thatjuliacho
Christine Corpuz Television: The Big Bang Theory, How To Get Away With Murder, Black-ish, The Orville, Carol’s Second Act, Station 19, Casual, Training Day, AJ and the Queen. Theatre: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (The Public), ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (Theatre For A New Audience), MYSTERIOUS SKIN (East West Players), YEAR ZERO (The Colony Theatre), OPUS (Ensemble Theatre Company). Most recently appeared in the titular role of Artist at Play and A Noise Within’s reading of MARABELLA. MFA from New York University’s Tisch Graduate Acting.
Fran de Leon is co-Artistic Director of Will & Company and a core member of Critical Mass Performance Group. Recent credits: A WICKED SOUL IN CHERRY HILL (Assoc. Dir; Geffen Playhouse), VALOR (Writer/Director CTG’s Digital Stage), SACRIFICE ZONE: LOS ANGELES (Director, USC Arts in Action), A JORDAN DOWNS ILLUMINATION (Actor/Collaborator, Cornerstone Theater). This winter, Fran will direct INTO THE WOODS for Pasadena Playhouse in a landmark collaboration with PUSD Arts. A proud Angeleno, she was born in Downtown, lived her early years in Manila, then returned to spend her childhood in Hollywood. http://www.frandeleon.com
Rachna Khatau is an actress and writer based in Los Angeles. TV credits include Baby Daddy, The Big Bang Theory, Bizaardvark, The Villains of Valley View, comedy pilots for ABC and CBS, and more. She originated roles in the world premiere plays A NICE INDIAN BOY and WASHER/DRYER both at East West Players. Rachna was published in “Good Girls Marry Doctors,” a book of essays by South Asian American women, and her 2-woman sketch comedy show, MR. (WITH THE PERIOD), has performed to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago.
Pranshu Mishra is an actor, writer, and producer who makes his home right here in Los Angeles! He holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA, and some of his previous work includes on-stage during Coeurage’s run of Samsara in 2020, voicing in AAA-game New World, production work on games like Deathloop and Fallout 76. Enjoy the readings, and stay safe out there (dear lord stay safe out there)!
Katie Chen (Stage Manager) is a Los Angeles-based production manager, stage manager, and live event technician. Currently the Associate Production Manager at Center Theatre Group, notable credits include: DANA H (world premiere), 2:22 A GHOST STORY (US premiere), and SLAVE PLAY (West Coast premiere). Select other theatre: KING JAMES, UNTIL THE FLOOD (Center Theatre Group); THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD (The Wallis); YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS (world premiere), TRIBES (La Jolla Playhouse). Besides theatre, she also works as a technical director and livestream engineer for virtual and hybrid interactive marketing events for major studios and production companies.
Shawna Voragen (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is thrilled to join Artists at Play. Select stage management credits include: THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (Center Theatre Group); KING LEAR, WITNESS UGANDA, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, UNMASKED: A THEATRICAL CELEBRATION OF BLACK WOMEN’S LIBERATION (The Wallis); PARADISE BLUE (Geffen Playhouse); MEDUSA: THE MUSICAL, THE WINDOW (Deaf West Theatre, staged reading); IF I FORGET, CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC, IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER, THE BROTHERS SIZE, THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL (digital remount), REBORNING (Fountain Theatre); 33 VARIATIONS, A BODY OF WATER, STEEL MAGNOLIAS (Actors Co-Op); HOCUS POCUS: A MUSICAL COCKTAIL EXPERIENCE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL COCKTAIL SPECTACULAR (After Hours Theatre Company); NEXT TO NORMAL (Triage Productions); and the acclaimed remount of CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC as part of CTG’s inaugural Block Party. Thank you for supporting live theatre!
Stefanie Lau (Producing Artistic Leader) is a theatre producer whose work over the last 20 years brings diversity and inclusion to Los Angeles theatre. For Artists at Play, Stefanie produces mainstage shows, new play development programs, Theatre for Young Audience performances, fundraisers, and other special events. Stefanie previously worked at Center Theatre Group, East West Players and Ford Amphitheater, and has been a Cold Tofu Improv member since 2003. A graduate of UCLA, Stefanie sits on the national board of the Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists, and is a member of the Greater Los Angeles BIPOC Artistic Directors Cohort and Theatre Producers League of Southern California.
Marie-Reine Velez (Producing Artistic Leader) is a Los Angeles–based arts administrator specializing in theatre and arts for positive social change. She is a co-founder and Producing Artistic Leader of Artists at Play, and Assistant Director at USC Visions and Voices which presents over 100 arts and humanities events each year. Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco and Downey, she is dedicated to uplifting the stories of Asian and Asian Pacific Americans through theatre and performance. Thank you for joining us today! @mariezpz
Naomi Horibe (Producing Associate) is a producer from Japan. She was an Associate Producer for IS THIS A ROOM and DANA H. on Broadway. She also has worked for various theatrical organizations in NY, including Ars Nova, Manhattan Theatre Club, and New York Musical Festival. She was a participant in the inaugural group for Theatre Producers of Color (TPOC). Before she moved to the United States from Tokyo, she sold musicals and plays, such as MISS SAIGON, LES MISERABLES, WICKED, THE LION KING, THE LITTLE MERMAID, SISTER ACT, DREAMGIRLS, WAR HORSE, AMERICAN IDIOT, ONCE, BRING IT ON, etc.
Sandy Nguyen (Intern) is an actor and playwright from Chicago. She is a CTSJ and Theater graduate from Occidental College, class of 2021. Sandy is also a community health specialist at REACH LA, where she currently hosts a playwriting program for queer and trans playwrights of color with Pothos Arts and Theater House. Sandy received Stage Scene LA’s Scenie for Outstanding Individual Performance (Breakout Performance in a Play) in 2019 for her role as Mimi in East West Players’ production of MAN OF GOD. She also participates in ballroom as a member of the House of Saint Laurent.