A Staged Reading of a New Play by Nandita Shenoy
Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 PM
Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
Admission is free. RSVP is required.
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On Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., Nandita Shenoy, Executive Producer and Leviathan Lab in association with Queens College – Kupferberg Center for the Arts First Acts: New Plays in Development Series, will present a staged reading of ESSPY, a new play by Nandita Shenoy (WASHER/DRYER, East West Players), directed by Leviathan Lab Artistic Director Flordelino Lagundino (MFA in Directing 2015, Brown University), along with dramaturgical advisor, Donatella Galella (Theatre History Faculty, The New School). ESSPY will be read by Obie-award winner Ching Valdes-Aran (FLIPZOIDS), Jolly Abraham (A Walk Among the Tombstones) and Chester Poon, with stage directions by Ariel Estrada.
ESSPY follows the journey of a Taiwanese-American medical student, William, his Filipina mentor, Dr. Mendoza, and an Indian-American actor, Anu, who plays a standardized patient and tests him at his medical school over the course of his training. In spite of Dr. Mendoza’s insistence on the superiority of science, William and Anu find that medicine involves much more than knowing all the answers.
Flordelino Lagundino – Director; Artistic Director, Leviathan Lab
Donatella Gallela – Dramaturg, Leviathan Lab
Nandita Shenoy – Executive Producer; Writer-at-Large, Leviathan Lab
Ariel Estrada – Associate Producer; Executive Director, Leviathan Lab
Dr. Mendoza – Ching Valdes-Aran
Anu Shilpa – Jolly Abraham
William Chen – Chester Poon
Stage Directions – Ariel Estrada
FOR KUPFERBERG CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Sophia McGee – First Acts Program Manager
ABOUT FIRST ACTS: NEW PLAYS IN DEVELOPMENT
First Acts: New Plays in Development. a project of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, supports theater artists who are in the early stages of developing new performance pieces. Four plays, in various phases of growth, will be performed from March until May 2015 in Colden Auditorium. The series amplifies the voices of playwrights who are writing from minority or immigrant perspectives, points-of-view that are not often heard in mainstream theater.
By offering financial as well as technical resources for new play development, this program helps playwrights work through the question “what does my play need now?” “First Acts” supports the Queens College campus and the New York City area theatre community by providing relevant artistic programming and allowing for interdisciplinary conversations and interactions on a wide range of topics. It also offers its audiences the rare opportunity to connect directly with art makers and to be active participants in their processes.
Nandita Shenoy and Leviathan Lab's staged reading of ESSPY is an official selection of the 2015 Queens College – Kupferberg Center for the Arts First Acts Series, made possible through the generosity of the Natalie Bailey and Herbert J. Kirshner Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. The Kupferberg Center is an ADA-compliant and wheelchair accessible space.
Clockwise from L: Flordelino Lagundino – Director, Donatella Galella – Dramaturg, Ariel Estrada – Associate Producer, Stage Directions, Ching Valdes-Aran – Dr. Mendoza, Jolly Abraham – Anu Shilpa, Chester Poon – William Chen