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» In The Line

In The Line

by Chiori Miyagawa

Directed by Kristin Horton

Choreography by Sonoko Kawahara

Featuring: Sol Marina Crespo,* Christina Liang,* Sade Namei,* Kristen Kittel,* Ashley Jones, Vichet Chum,* Daniel Petzold,* Madalyn Pedone, Monica Rounds, Tomoko Tokugaki, Norihiro Maruta, Kaho Furuta, and Patricia Cancio

Production Stage Manager is Kaitlin Nemeth

 

CHIORI MIYAGAWA is a playwright, an educator, and a New York City registered voter. Her plays vary in subject and style, yet they all bear a unique signature—elements of magic realism, collapsed time, and a theme of memory and identity. They have been produced off-Broadway, at renowned performance houses in NYC, and regionally.  Currently, she is working on a libretto based on her play This Lingering Life, which premiered in San Francisco in 2014, in collaboration with renowned librettist Mark Campbell (Pulitzer Prize, Silent Night) and composer Anne LeBaron. Twelve of Chiori’s plays are collected in two books: Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays, published by Seagull Books and America Dreaming and Other Plays, is published by NoPassport Press.  Her work has been supported by many fellowships and grants including a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, a McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, a Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowship in Italy, MAP Fund (twice from the Rockefeller Foundation and once from Creative Capital), and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship at Harvard University. She is an alumnus playwright of New Dramatists, a member playwright of Lark Play Development Center, and a Usual Suspect of New York Theatre Workshop. She teaches playwriting at Bard College. chiorimiyagawa.info

 

KRISTIN HORTON is director primarily interested in new work, socially engaged performance, and the re-imagining of classics. Upcoming work includes AFTER/LIFE: DETROIT ‘67 with Lisa Biggs, a living history play devised by Detroit residents and undergraduates at Michigan State University marking the 50th anniversary of the 1967 rebellion premiering in July. Her new work collaborations have appeared at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Working Theater, HERE, NYC Summerstage, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Workhaus Collective, Riverside Theatre, among others. She has a long-time association with the Lark Play Development Center, where she has directed as part of its many programs and worked with numerous writers including Rajiv Joseph, Sam Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Steve Drukman, Lloyd Suh, Caridad Svich, Chiori Miyagawa, Saviana Stanescu, Elaine Romero, Dano Madden, Andrew Rosendorf, and Jeanne Sakata. Horton began her theater career in the mid-90s as a member of the Living Stage Theatre Company, the groundbreaking social change theater of Arena Stage. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group, Sundance Theatre Lab, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She teaches at NYU Gallatin where she also serves as Chair of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program. www.kristinhorton.com

 

SONOKO KAWAHARA is a theater director/choreographer/performer. She develops original pieces that integrate text, music, movement and visual elements. Her works have been presented at NYTW, DTW, HERE, P.S.122, Women’s Project, Music Theater Group, La MaMa, etc. Most recently, she directed a music-martial arts & dance-theater, DEADLY SHE-WOLF ASSASSIN AT ARMAGEDDON! which received rave reviews from New York Times and many other critics. Her work has been supported by Rockefeller’s MAP, NEA, Japan Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, etc. She is a Drama Leagues directing fellow and a member of “Usual Suspects” at NYTW, Lincoln Center’s Directors Lab, a guest artist at Fordham University and was a Resident Artist of Mabou Mines. MFA in directing from Columbia University School of Arts. She is an artistic director of Crossing Jamaica Avenue (www.crossingjamaicaavenue.org)

 

SOL MARINA CRESPO is a New York based actor, writer, and producer. Notable acting credits include: Water by the Spoonful (PittStages); Brewed (No Name Players); Ajax in Iraq; (Flux Theatre Ensemble), and Red Rose (Pregones Theater). She is an Ensemble Member of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, and a Creative Partner with Flux Theatre Ensemble. She has won multiple awards including: HOLA Award for Outstanding Performance of a Featured Actress (2005); Ford Foundation Fellowship for Career Advancement (2007); Person of the Year by NYTheatre.com (2012) and The Eben Demarest Trust by The Pittsburgh Foundation (2016). Sol trained at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. www.solmarina.com

 

CHRISTINA LIANG is so thrilled to be making her New York stage debut in Chiori Miyagawa’s In The Line. She recently graduated from A.C.T.  with an MFA in acting. Her regional credits include Love and Information (The Strand A.C.T.) Ah, Wilderness! and A, Christmas Carol (A.C.T.). She also performs regularly for Shotz! a monthly show produced by Amios at the Kraine Theatre. Thank you Kirstin Horton for this amazing opportunity and family for putting up with me. Christinalianfprojects.com

 

SADE NAMEI‘s previous stage work includes Eve Ensler’s “Emotional Creature” at the Signature Theatre (NYC) and Berkeley Rep, “Mika” at The U.N., “Leaves of Grass” at The Cell, #Serials@theFlea, “United Front” (Primary Stages) among others. Films: Subways, Fatima, The Elegant Clockwork of the Universe. She works as a Farsi translator/dialect coach on The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, Limitless, Mr. Robot, and Homeland. She also enjoys creating characters and putting them on Social media, YouTube and etc. @sadenamei

 

KRISTEN KITTEL grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has performed in 35 states across the US as well as 5 foreign countries, working with all kinds of companies including: Chenango River Theatre, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Gad’s Hill Theater Company, Great River Shakespeare Festival, American Theatre of Actors, Looking Glass Theatre, Shakespeare in the Valley Theatre Under the Stars, Rutgers Theater Company, Gallatin Theatre, The National Theatre of Arts & Education, Mt. Hope Theatre, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Alder Ampitheatre Summer Company, Off-Broadway Theatre, Cottonwood Theatre, and eight seasons with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Kristen has trained with Fiasco Theater, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London where she performed on Shakespeare’s Globe stage. She graduated suma cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and received her MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. www.kristenkittel.com

 

ASHLEY NOEL JONES is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting and Africana Studies. Since graduating she has been working as a musician and actor in NYC and around the country. She’s performed in acclaimed short films (Anomaly, Storm Before The Quiet) and Off Broadway and regional theater(The Public, The Ohio, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The NOLA Project -New Orleans), National Commercial/Print campaigns(Carol’s Daughters, Denny’s) as well as released a debut EP Les Reveries of Une Jeune Noire and played some of the best East Coast music venues (Mercury Lounge, World Cafe Live, Rockwood Music Hall) as well as featured by Afropunk, Instagram, UndoOrdinary Magazine, AirBNB, Hilton Hotels. She is in pre-production for her directorial short film debut and writing and recording a new EP to be released in 2018. You can find her music on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud.

 

VICHET CHUM is an actor/writer/director in NYC. Regionally, he’s worked at Trinity Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, the Huntington Theatre Company, and New Harmony Theatre. In New York City, he’s worked at/with the Cherry Lane Theater, the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row, Woodshed Collective, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Slant Theatre Project and the Incubator Arts Project. His show, KNYUM, which he wrote and will be starring in will have its world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in 2018. He’s also a co-founder and resident member of the arts company, The Group Lab (www.thegrouplab.com). He is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) and the Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA). vichetchum.com

 

DANIEL PETZOLD is thrilled to make his New York debut with Project Y. He most recently performed in Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Love’s Labor’s Lost, The Comedy of Errors, and Twelfth Night (The Old Globe). In the San Francisco Bay Area he has performed in Tom Stoppard’s trilogy The Coast of Utopia (Shotgun Players), Three Sisters (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), A Bright New Boise (Aurora Theatre Company), Any Given Day and Another Way Home (Magic Theatre), Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet (Pacific Repertory Theatre), and performances with the San Francisco, Marin, and Livermore Shakespeare Festivals. He holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.F.A. from The Old Globe/ University of San Diego. www.danielpetzoldactor.com