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2019 Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival

March 31 – April 3, 2019 at 7:30pm
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute at 104 17th Avenue South, Seattle 98144
Featuring new script readings by SIS Productions, The Hansberry Project, eSe Teatro, and Pratidhwani, plus a Local Playwrights Showcase on March 31 at 4pm!

Tickets are $9 online, $10 at the door or only $25 for an all-fest pass!

LOCAL PLAYWRIGHTS SHOWCASE 
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 4pm

An evening of short selections from local playwrights of color including:

Scenes from My One Percent (the musical)

Book and lyrics by AC Petersen
Music by Garrett Fisher
Directed by Kathy Hsieh
Featuring Helen Marion & Tim Takechi
It’s 1986 and Polli travels from Iowa to Virginia with her mother’s ashes in search of her bio-dad. She meets Guy, a botanist while staying at her great-aunt’s tulip farm.

SIS Productions presents a special evening of new work on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

We, Too!

An evening celebrating the stories of local Asian American women. SIS invited ten Asian American writer/performers to share short pieces about themselves. Featuring the talent of:

Chevi Chung
Christi Cruz
Keiko Green
Margaret Luxamon Hotchkiss
Kathy Hsieh
Corinne Magin
May Nguyen Lee
Mara E. Palma
Patty Sang
Celeste Mari Williams

The erasure of Asian women from history has tangibly negative impacts on Asian-American women everywhere. Representation matters, not just in Hollywood, but in our curriculum and cultural consciousness. These women’s stories matter. In a country where women of color’s contributions are so often pushed to the sidelines, there’s no time like Women’s History Month to celebrate the impact Asian-American women have had on history and our lives.” –  

PLAYWRIGHT BIOS:

Chevi Chung  was last seen in SIS Productions’ Lotsa Asian American Fractured Fairytales Fest and is a Pork Filled Players alumnus. Current projects include fight consulting for Hedda Gabbler at University of Puget Sound and partnering with the Wing Luke Museum and National Endowment for the Humanities this July to direct a reprise of The Chinese Question: The Tacoma MethodThe Chinese Question: The Tacoma Method was Chevi’s first go as a co-writer and the “What I Am” monologue is an excerpt from her original play, Narrative American, currently in development. She is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, UK, and the artistic visionary behind empathos company, an independent theatre company, in downtown Tacoma.

Christi Cruz  is a graduate of the UW School of Drama and has been working for the past 20 years as an actor on stage, in films, commercials, and in voiceovers. She also works as an Arts Educator and is the Founder and Director of Wedgwood Drama Studio. Christi has 3 kids and is currently working on a web series.

Keiko Green received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School with a focus on Experimental Theatre. Her original work focuses on spinning narratives to centralize characters that are typically utilized as plot devices. During her time as a theatre artist in the Seattle-area for the past 7 years, she was a member of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2015 – 2017 Writers’ Group and a CORE Company Member at ACT Theatre. In 2017, her play “Nadeshiko” (produced by Sound Theatre Company) won the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as landing on the Honorable Mentions for the national Kilroys List (the top, underproduced plays written by women). At Annex Theatre, she wrote the book and lyrics for the musical “Bunnies,” as well as the Comic Con show “Puny Humans,” co-written with Bret Fetzer. She was a finalist for the 2018 Many Voices Fellowship and the Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, as well as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Locally, she won the 2018 Amy Award for Outstanding Emerging Artists in Kitsap County. Keiko will be be relocating to Southern California this fall to pursue an MFA in Playwriting at the University of California San Diego. www.keikogreen.com

Kathy Hsieh is an award-winning actor, director and playwright. Her scripts have been presented in Seattle; Vancouver, B.C; Chicago and Minneapolis. She has been featured in The Dramatist Magazine as “50 to Watch” in 2007. She is one of the original creators of the iconic Sex in Seattle, having written 14 of the 20-episode theatrical series. Her script B4 was selected for the International Centre for Women Playwrights’ Chicago Her-rah Festival 2007 and won Honorable Mention in New York’s New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest that same year. She received A Special Award of Recognition by The Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Awards for Excellence in Playwriting in 2012, is the 2015 International Examiner Community Voice Awardee in the Arts, and received the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award in 2017.

Margaret Luxamon Hotchkiss– Born in Bangkok, Thailand and adopted while still a toddler, Margaret’s love of dance began in Bainbridge Island, WA when she was two years old. Now a Seattle based performer and teaching artist, her work is informed by the eternal balance of joy and sorrow, and her discovery of identity as a transnational adoptee. She is grateful for opportunities to study dance at California State University, Long Beach; The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance; American Dance Festival, New York; and Strictly Seattle which have all enriched her experience. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts (B.F.A. Dance, 2012), she has performed work by Wade Madsen, Alicia Mullikin, Noelle Price, and Mary Tisa. She has also performed with Au Collective as a guest artist. Margaret currently teaches at Bainbridge Ballet and Cornish Preparatory Dance. She recently danced in David Henry Hwang’s brilliant play, M. Butterfly at Arts West. She is thankful for her most recent collaboration with NOCCO Seattle.

Corinne Magin is an actor and costume designer from Rochester, NY. Past performances include Peerless (ArtsWest), Do It for Umma (Annex), Hotel Nordo (Cafe Nordo), and Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine (Annex). Corinne has costumed Do It for Umma, From Kings to Controllers, Trevor, and The Lost Girls.

May Nguyen Lee  is a theatre producer with Pork Filled Productions. She has performed with Pork Filled Players, ReAct Theatre, SIS Productions, Live Girls! Theatre, and 14/48. May has written for SIS Productions, LiveGirls! Theatre, and Infinity Box Theatre. She has directed with Pork Filled Productions and SIS Productions. She has stage managed with Youth Theatre Northwest. May has also choreographed stage combat for Seattle Public Theatre and Macha Theatre Works. She currently sits on the board of Infinity Box Theatre.

Mara E. Palma  is a performer, playwright, and producer in Seattle. As actor, she has been in AMERICAN HWANGAP (SIS Productions/AJ Epstein Presents) and is currently in JITTERBUG PERFUME (Cafe Nordo) until May 12. Mara’s excited to be part of the Represent! Festival after a reading of her play, ECHOES OF EMPIRE was staged for 2017’s Represent! Festival. She’s currently co-creating a new musical with fellow Filipinx-American artist Rheanna Atendido, called TIDES OF FORTUNE, 1 of 9 teams selected for the 5th Avenue Theatre 2018 Story Summit. Her artistic mission statement is to tell big, bold stories on-stage especially celebrating women and young girls.

Patty Sang is a local actor, voice actor, producer, teacher and choreographer. She’s appeared in numerous formats including stage, commercials and videos, and has been a participant in and fan of SIS Productions since its inception for its breakthrough portrayals of Asian Americans. She is excited by the advances of Asian American representation in the mainstream and is honored to contribute in a small way to this forward movement. Patty’s favorite role is being mom to her amazing daughter, part of the future of Asian American female power! She hopes that by sharing her perspective she can encourage other Asian females to speak up and allow their voices to be heard.

Celeste Mari Williams is a local playwright and theater artist.  She has previously written for SIS Productions as part of Revealed, Insatiable, LAAFF Fest, and Represent. She has also worked with Pork Filled Productions as part of UNLEASHED with her play, My Samurai. Celeste is also an associate playwright with Parley with produced workshops of Amelia’s Wall, A Fine Line, Best Friend, Gills! Gills! Gills!, and her short play, Sex and the Apocalypse.  Celeste’s next project is a staged reading of her one-act, Beaver Town, with Mirror Stage’s Expand Upon series on immigration this April. She will also be a playwright for Infinity Box Theatre Project’s Centrifuge this May. Celeste is thrilled that Gills! Gills! Gills! (3 short plays about mating in the deep) will be co-produced by ReAct Theater and Parley this Summer!
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