Joe Ngo's WORDS WORDS...selected for Barn Arts Collective Residency

Actor, writer, musician Joe Ngo.

Actor, writer, musician Joe Ngo.

Leviathan artist Joe' Ngo has been selected for a week-long residency at Barn Arts Collective in Maine to develop his solo performance work WORDS WORDS... which will culminate in a public showing of the work at one of Barn Arts performance spaces from October 8 – 15. Leviathan Lab will be a producing partner of the piece, as part of Leviathan's Solo Work program that works to develop actors most deeply personal stories for performance.

In WORDS WORDS..., Joe explores the connection between language, cultural heritage, and memory after a conversation with his Cambodian refugee mother, fraught with mutual misunderstanding, threatens their loving bond. As Joe struggles to find the right words in his native Teo Chew language, new ways of finding connection emerge, even as both he and his mother assert their cultural pride and emotional resilience against forces that continually attempt to erase and subsume their original identities.

WORDS WORDS... is a story about communication between immigrants to the United States who speak English as a second language, and their English speaking children. “Words Words…” asserts that language shapes one’s view of the world, and asks, how does a Cambodian war refugee see the United States through the perspective speaking Khmer provides? How is communication affected between parents and their American children when the children speak Khmer as a second language? And finally, how do both parents and children assert their complicated identities and histories through language, even as the overwhelming American cultural imperative to speak English strives to erase any other means of seeing the world?



The Barn Arts Collective creates and encourages community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. The mission of the organization is three-fold:

  • To create original works of theatre for audiences of all ages
  • To organize and engage the local community in performing arts education
  • To provide residencies for artists making new works of performance

The Barn Arts Collective has performed and taught at schools, camps, libraries, community centers, and in Acadia National Park. The work takes the form of theatre productions, concerts, discussions, film screenings, workshops and variety shows and uses elements of music, film, puppetry, comedy, drama, and dance.

Developmental reading of Sam Chanse's TRIGGER

Playwright Sam Chanse

Playwright Sam Chanse

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Leviathan Lab held a developmental table read of Sam Chanse's new play TRIGGER, directed by Leviathan Artistic Director Flordelino Lagundino, with dramaturgy by Leviathan Dramaturg-in-Residence Donatella Gallela, and read by terrific group of actors, including longtime Leviathan collaborator Tina Chilip, with Julienne Kim, Christina Pumariega, Heidi Armbruster, and Kyle Vincent Terry.

Leviathan Lab Reading of ESSPY: A New Play by Nandita Shenoy at Kupferberg Center for the Arts

Leviathan Lab is proud to announce a staged reading of Nandita Shenoy's new play ESSPY, as part of the Queens College – Kupferberg Center for the Arts First Acts: Plays in Development Series, at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Colden Auditorium in Flushing, Queens. The reading will be directed by Leviathan Artistic Director Flordelino Lagundino, with Donatella Gallela, Leviathan Dramaturg. The play will be read by Obie-Award winner Ching Valdes-Aran, Jolly Abraham, and Chester Poon, with stage directions by ESSPY Associate Producer Ariel Estrada.  

The event is free. RSVP is required. Reserve your seat at

Leviathan Lab Spotlight: Applied Theatre Initiative

Click the links above to find out more about our Applied Theatre Programs, and click the link to the left to make your tax-deductible contribution!

Led by Leviathan Lab's Co-Directors of its Applied Theatre Initiative Lydia Gaston and Claro de los Reyes, the Applied Theatre Initiative seeks to promote and create community based work in Asian American communities, including its After School Playmaking Program which nurtures and encourages dramatic writing for the 5th grade students of Chinatown's P.S. 124–Yung Wing SchoolThe program was awarded a 2013 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council – Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant, and will be conducted again at P.S. 124 in 2015. The plays, written by the 5th grade participants, will be performed by the grown-up professional actors of Leviathan Lab for the P.S. 124 community both in their school and in a downtown performance venue.

Recently Lydia and Claro presented about Leviathan's work at P.S. 124 at the 2014 National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival

This program is one of the many you'll help support in Leviathan Lab's Fall Fundraiser on IndieGoGo. Please consider donating even the price of your daily latte to this terrific cause – every bit helps!


Vampire Cowboys, the OBIE-Award winning pioneers of geek theater, are busy working on a new project. A top-secret untitled new project...UNTITLED VAMPIRE COWBOYS PROJECT. In a seemingly utopian future, a young lady with unique abilities sets out on a murderous path to keep that world intact. What she doesn't realize is if she fails, the world will go to hell...literally.

UNTITLED VAMPIRE COWBOYS PROJECT is the first new Vampire Cowboys' play in three years to be written by Co-Artistic Director Qui Nguyen. And we are bringing it to the stage for only 4 performances from July 30th to August 2nd. Co-Artistic Director Robert Ross Parker will take the reins to mount this new production as part of the Ice Factory Festival presented by the New Ohio Theatre.

The Vampire Cowboys having so much fun creating this new Qui Nguyen play, with fights, and puppets and projections and songs and more!  But they need a little more help to get it to the stage.  

Please consider contributing toward the $6000 that will help bring all of these elements together and make it a Vampire Cowboys' event. $6000 will help us to pay VC artists for their work both onstage and backstage. VC artists give their time, their creativity, and their hearts to make VC's geek-y theater dreams a moving, fighting, fun reality.  Your help makes this work possible. 

Happy Opening to A.C.T.'s ORPHAN OF ZHAO

Happy opening night to A.C.T.'s ORPHAN OF ZHAO and its stellar cast: Marie-France Arcilla, Stan Egi, Philip Estrera, Nick Gabriel, Cindy Im, Orville Mendoza, Paolo Montalban, Brian Rivera, Sab Shimono, Julyana Soelistyo, Daisuke Tsuji, BD Wong, Anna Ishida, and James Jin Seol!

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