Actor's Equity Association's Asian Heritage Month Celebration
In celebration of Asian Heritage month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee of Actors' Equity Association will present Orphans of the Nightingale of the Desert Abridged: A Bollywood Spectacular, an evening of short plays written by members of the Ma-Yi Theater Company Writers Lab. This one-night only, free community event will take place on Tuesday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.; first come, first served) at the Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Avenue at East 25th Street).
The eight featured short plays are: Sanctuary by Don Nguyen; The Very Illuminating Allegory of Warrior Jayne Battling the Moldman by Samantha Chanse; Beauty and the Ignorant Beast by Naveen Bahar Choudhury; The Secret Treasure by Sung Rno; The Universal Declaration of Fungibility by Ralph Peña; On My Own by Rehana Lew Mirza; True Story by Nandita Shenoy; and What About the Children? by Mrinalini Kamath. By examining these works, the evening will allow for a post-performance discussion regarding the progress surrounding stage roles and opportunities for Asian actors in the theater.
The evening will be directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III, featuring a cast of Actors' Equity Association members (subject to change): Farah Bala, Ali Ewoldt, Julie Fitzpatrick, Karen Tsen Lee, Jason Liebman, Matthew Park, and Dave Shih. Bernita Robinson is stage manager. Nandita Shenoy and Mrinalini Kamath serve as producers.