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May 15 - 15, 2021 , A Virtual Event

Liébling

by Vichet Chum

Vichet Chum will share two excerpts from his new play-in-progress, Liébling. We catch up with protagonist Sovanna in Cleveland as he encounters the ghost of his partner’s Cambodian/German/Hungarian grandmother and later we see Sovanna as he mentors a Gen-Z visual artist. CLICK HERE to order on demand.

Artists

Vichet Chum

Vichet Chum

(Playwright) is a Cambodian-American playwright and theater maker, originally from Dallas, Texas and now living in New York City. His plays have been workshopped at Steppenwolf Theatre, the Magic Theater, the Alley Theatre, the UCROSS Foundation, Fault Line Theatre, Crowded Outlet, Second Generation Productions, Weston Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, All more(Playwright) is a Cambodian-American playwright and theater maker, originally from Dallas, Texas and now living in New York City. His plays have been workshopped at Steppenwolf Theatre, the Magic Theater, the Alley Theatre, the UCROSS Foundation, Fault Line Theatre, Crowded Outlet, Second Generation Productions, Weston Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, All For One Theater, Amios, Florida State University, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and the New Harmony Project. He received the 2018-19 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting with New Dramatists and is a current board member for the New Harmony Project. Vichet was a part of the 2019-20 Resident Working Farm Group at Space on Ryder Farm, the 2020 Interstate 73 Writer's Group at Page 73 and the 2020 Ars Nova Play Group. In the 2022/23 season, his plays High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest will have its world premiere at the Alley Theatre and Bald Sisters will have its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA). He’s represented by Beth Blickers at APA. vichetchum.com

Francesca Fernandez McKenzie

Francesca Fernandez McKenzie

(Marguerite/Leena) is an actor originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, now at home in New York City. NYC: Kenny's Tavern (59E59); Gloria: A Life (Daryl Roth Theater); Love, Medea (Center at West Park). Regionally: Good Person of Szechwan (CalShakes), Sheddin' (Horizon Theater), Lily's Revenge (Southern Rep), Twelfth Night (Mu more(Marguerite/Leena) is an actor originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, now at home in New York City. NYC: Kenny's Tavern (59E59); Gloria: A Life (Daryl Roth Theater); Love, Medea (Center at West Park). Regionally: Good Person of Szechwan (CalShakes), Sheddin' (Horizon Theater), Lily's Revenge (Southern Rep), Twelfth Night (Mu Performing Arts). TV/Film: Blue Bloods and The Locker Room Series. @cheskamckenzie www.francescafm.com

Jesca Prudencio

Jesca Prudencio

(Director/Live Conversation Guest) is a theatre and film director focused on interdisciplinary work across the U.S. and internationally. Recent works include The Interview, a virtual play by Ekaterina Avgustenyak (Arena Stage & Forum for Cultural Engagement, DC), Interstate, a new musical by Kit Yan and Melissa Yi (Mixed Blood), and more(Director/Live Conversation Guest) is a theatre and film director focused on interdisciplinary work across the U.S. and internationally. Recent works include The Interview, a virtual play by Ekaterina Avgustenyak (Arena Stage & Forum for Cultural Engagement, DC), Interstate, a new musical by Kit Yan and Melissa Yi (Mixed Blood), and the award-winning short film American Quartet (Filmelodic, NYC). Other credits include The Great Leap by Lauren Yee (Steppenwolf), Vietgone and Actually (San Diego Rep), Calling (La MaMa ETC), Man of God (East West Players), PDA (La Jolla Playhouse's WoW Fest), A&Q (Pineapple Lab, Philippines), and FAN (B-Floor, Thailand). She is a recipient of The Drama League Fellowship and the inaugural Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship. BFA: NYU Tisch, MFA: UC San Diego. Jescaprudencio.com

Jon Norman Schneider

Jon Norman Schneider

(Sovanna) was last onstage as the Fool in Northern Stage's production of King Lear. Select New York credits include the title role in Henry VI Parts 1-3 (NAATCO), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/The Public), Lunch Bunch (Clubbed Thumb), The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature), Durango (The Public), more(Sovanna) was last onstage as the Fool in Northern Stage's production of King Lear. Select New York credits include the title role in Henry VI Parts 1-3 (NAATCO), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/The Public), Lunch Bunch (Clubbed Thumb), The Oldest Boy (Lincoln Center), Queens Boulevard (the musical) (Signature), Durango (The Public), A Map of Virtue (13P), among others. London: Paper Dolls (Tricycle). Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley, Alliance, Barrington Stage, Dorset Theatre Festival, Goodman, Huntington, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Magic, Milwaukee Rep, Mosaic, Old Globe. Film: Bitter Melon, Manila Is Full of Men Named Boy, The Normals, and HBO's Angel Rodriguez. TV: Succession, Jessica Jones, Veep, 30 Rock, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

D'Arcy Dersham

D'Arcy Dersham

(Dialect Coach) is an actor, teacher, and dialect coach currently based in Philadelphia. She is pleased to be working at Cleveland Play House again, after coaching a workshop production of Tiny Houses last year. A member of the Voice and Speech Faculty at the Brown/Trinity MFA Program for eight years, more(Dialect Coach) is an actor, teacher, and dialect coach currently based in Philadelphia. She is pleased to be working at Cleveland Play House again, after coaching a workshop production of Tiny Houses last year. A member of the Voice and Speech Faculty at the Brown/Trinity MFA Program for eight years, she taught Phonetics, Speech, Verse, and Dialects. D’Arcy has also taught at the Yale School of Drama, NTI/Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Providence College, Salem State University, University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, and Rhode Island College. As a dialect coach, her work includes productions at Delaware Theatre Company, Trinity Repertory Company, and Hangar Theatre Company, as well as many graduate and undergraduate productions. D’Arcy received her BA from Oberlin College, studied physical theater under Jacques Lecoq at L’École Internationale de Théâtre in Paris, and holds an MFA in Acting from Trinity Rep/RIC. More at darcydersham.com.

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