Second Generation, the nation's preeminent Asian American
theater company devoted to developing the next generation of APA theater
artists, presents the world premiere of TBA
by Carla Ching, directed by Denyse Owens, and starring Ken Leung (series
regular on ABC's "Lost"; X-Men
3, Rush Hour, The Squid & The Whale), and Michi
Barall (Hotel Cassiopeia, Queens Boulevard: The Musical). The
production will open at The Milagro Theater at the Clemente Soto
Center (107 Suffolk Street)
on March 13 at 7PM, as part of ELEVEN, a month long celebration commemorating
the company's eleventh anniversary.
"When Silas Park's girlfriend leaves him, he becomes a shut-in,
pumping out blistering autobiographical writings in his little East Village
apartment. Just as Silas finds himself
unexpectedly on the verge of literary stardom as the next Asian American
wunderkind, his brother Finn shows up on his doorstep, accusing Silas of
stealing his life. TBA is a play in
two acts, in the crevice between fact and fiction," explain press notes.
Playwright Carla Ching is a former Angeleno, educator,
teaching artist and former member of Peeling, the pan-Asian performance
collective. Her full length plays
include Dirty (finalist for the
Cherry Lane Mentorship Project), Found
Objects, and The Ripple Effect. Her one-acts include "Multicultural
Education" (commissioned by Ma-Yi in collaboration with the Jerome
Foundation) and Little Goth Girl (presented by Second Generation as part of TEN
at the Public Theater in 2007).
Cast members for TBA are Michi Barall, Dustin Chinn, J.
Julian Christopher, Ken Leung, and Nedra McClyde. The creative team includes
Chris Brown (Lighting Designer), Christine Carroll (Costume Designer), Nick
Francone (Scenic Designer), and Shane Rettig (Sound Designer).
TBA is being
presented as part of Second Generation's ELEVEN, which also includes SIX world
premiere one act plays and FOUR "In the Works" readings of new full
length plays. Featuring 36 performances in 34 days, ELEVEN is a large-scale
celebration of the next generation of Asian American dramatic literature,
incorporating over 40 artists in a month-long program of world-class, world
Performances of TBA
run March 11 – April 5 at the Milagro Theater, CSV Cultural
Center (107 Suffolk Street
between Rivington and Delancey). Preview
performances are March 11 & 12 at 8pm
($11). Opening Night: March 13 at
7pm. ($50, includes opening night party) Regular performances March 15 at 8pm.
March 18-21 at 8pm. March 22 at 3pm. March 25 -April 5 at 8pm. ($18).
Student tickets are available for $11. Tickets for groups of 10 or ore are $14. Eleven Celebration Pass
($29), which includes a ticket to TBA and SIX plus priority seating at every
"In The Works" performance may also be purchased. Tickets are available through
Theatermania.com at 212-352-3101 or at www.2g.org.