MEET THE TEAM

Mei's Fruit Stand

 

Zhu Yi (Playwright)

The Playwright

ZHU Yi is a New York based playwright, born and raised in China. She writes in Chinese, English and the language of her Secret planet. MFA: playwriting, Columbia University. She is a 2012-2013 Emerging Artist Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, a Youngblood Writer at Ensemble Studio Theatre and an adjunct lecturer at Nanjing University, China.  http://zoezhu.com

Credits: Stage plays I AM A MOON (New York International Fringe Festival, NYC; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK; Muma Theater, China; 3LD Art and Technology Center, NYC), GOD OF HOOKUP (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, UK), EVOLUTIONISM (Beijing Fringe Festival, China; Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Schapiro Theatre, NYC), LIFETIME FAIRYTALE (Riverside Theatre, NYC), PROMISING (Down-Stream Garage, China). Films APOLITICAL ROMANCE (Best Feature Film Nomination, Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan; Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy; Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan), SCRAPE (Alcances Film Festival, Spain; Beijing Independent Film Festival, China). Publications LONG LIFE (QunYan Press).

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Marios Theocharous (Director)

The DirectorMarios Theocharous is currently the Artistic Director of Pocket Theatre Cyprus, situated in Limassol, Cyprus. He is a graduate of MFA Theatre Directing Program, Columbia University. He moved back to Cyprus in November 2010 and took the position of director at the Cyprus University Experimental Workshop of Creative Expression and the DRASTES Theatre Group. Two of his recent shows: Wedding Fears by M. Kalbari and Frankie and Johnny, In the Clair de Lune by Terrence Mc Nally were presented at the 7th and 8th theatre festivals in Serres, Greece. He also directed a show based on Strindberg’s Dreamplay, called DREAMPLAY 4,3 for the Epigonoi Theatre Group and the new musical Magic Pillows by Eugene Trivizas.

While being in NYC he directed the world premiere of LIFETIME FAIRYTALE by Zhu Yi, Tenessi William’s THE GLASS MENAGERIE, A MOON FOR THE MISBEGOTTEN by Eugene O’ Nill and VODKA MANGO with three of Chekhov’s one acts: THE DANGERS OF TOBACCO, THE PROPOSAL and SWAN SONG.

He worked as a Cultural Administrator and theatre workshops animator at ETHAL Theatre Group in Limassol, Cyprus. He is currently in rehearsals for Xenia’s Kalogeropoulou Odissebax while his last show: NOTHING SWEETER THAN HOME – HOMER ODYSSEY, will be presented soon in different cities in Cyprus. He is thrilled for the chance to get into rehearsals and production meetings with Zhu Yi and the rest of the gang!

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THE CAST

Ariel Estrada (Jimmy)

Ariel Esdrada

Ariel Estrada – Tenor II

BROADWAY: Stagehand, Far East, Lincoln Center.
OFF-BROADWAY: Banquo, Shogun Macbeth (revival); Intruder, Cambodia Agonistes (revival) and numerous workshop productions and readings with Pan Asian Repertory and Ma-Yi Theatre Company. REGIONAL/OFF-OFF: Lin, Holy Crab! by Zhu Yi, New York Theatre Workshop Writers Fellowship workshop; Dong Hee, Disoriented, Theatre C; Confucius, Back to Methuselah, Part I, the Shaw Project; Puck, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; The Engineer, Miss Saigon, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. TV/FILM: As Co-Star: The Americans, Don’t Let Me Drown, Future Folk, One Life To Live, Another World.

Ariel is also the Founder and Executive Director of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American performing artists. Under his leadership, Leviathan has received awards and grants for both its film and live performance work. Leviathan recently received a screening for its short film Two Weeks (directed by Rodney To (Wilfred), and written by Eileen Rivera) in the Screen Actors Guild Shorts Showcase. Two Weeks is also a winner in the Film Festival Flix Short Film Competition, which will provide multi-city screenings throughout the summer of 2013. Leviathan is also a multi-year recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council-Manhattan Community Arts Fund award for its live performance work, including MIGRATION NATION, a site-specific performance piece based on the experiences of Filipina overseas contract workers, and used the entirety of the Tribeca brownstone artists collective Space on White (2012); and for its upcoming CHINATOWN PROJECT, which will see professional Asian American theatre artists perform the playwriting work of the children of Chinatown’s Yung Wing School (P.S. 124).

 

Wei-Yi Lin (Mei)

Wei-Yi Lin

 Wei-Yi is an Actor, a performer, and a Taiwanese. Recently starred as a recurring co-star in ABC’s Zero Hour; A-Mei (Lead) in the short film Half of Herwhich was aired on PBS.

Theatre credits include Amanda in 4000Miles (Gable Stage, FL), The Seagull( as Nina) in Schapiro Theatre Orchestra( Reading) in BAM Attic studio; Holy Crab!  (Reading)In New York Theatre workshop; Bloody Lullabies for Brave Women (Lead) in Magic Future Box; Hopscotch in Schapiro Theatre, La Round in Riverside Church Theatre, The Oresteia in Miler Theatre; The CreditorsBroken WingsThe Chairs in Columbia University, and My Artichoke Heart in Dream Up Festival. International credits: A Mid Summer Night’s Dream (As Puck) in Essen Shakespeare Festival, Germany; Rabbit Hole at South Sea Theatre, Michael Jackson Extravaganza at National Theatre of Taiwan, Mulan, Rent, and I Hate Hamlet all at the NTU Theatre.

Columbia University MFA Acting, BA in National Taiwan University. http://about.me/weiyilin

Wei-Yi is thrilled to be part of the team, and she can’t thank more to for such a wonderful opportunity. Life is good.

 

Seth Moore (Justin)

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Seth Moore is an actor/writer living here in New York City and is so excited to be doing his first ever NYFringe show (what took so long?) Seth recieved a BFA in acting from the University of Michigan, where he also studied playwriting. He was recently seen in Far From the Trees by Christina Gorman (part of the Quick and Dirties fest by The |Claque|) and Greater Angels by Jason Williamson (Exit Pursued By a Bear.)  Other stage credits include: Restoration Comedy by Amy Freed; These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney; and The Electric Lighthouse  by Ed Hime (all at the Flea), Rat in the Skull (1st Irish theater festival), Our Lady of 121st street (U of M mainstage).  Sethmoore.com

 

 

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Victoria Tucci (Angela)

Victoria Tucci

Victoria Tucci is an actor, activist and producer based in New York City.  She is the founder and director of Theatre as Advocacy as well as the artistic producer at {Your Name Here}: A Queer Theatre.  This past June she produced and played Romeo in JULIET & ROMEO  a new queer adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at The Tank.   Other New York Credits include The House of Bernada Alba, Circle in the Square Theatre School; I AM A MOON, Columbia Stages; Dora & Jane, Fresh Fruit Festival; Three Sisters Experiment, Wow Theater Café; With the Assistance of Queen Anne, Strawberry Festival.  Follow Victoria on twitter @victoriatucci and check out her work at {Your Name Here} A Queer Theater at www.yournamehereqtc.org.  Thank you to Zhu Yi for the opportunity to work on her beautiful play again!

 

Kurt Uy (The Man)

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Kurt Uy – Recent New York: Be the Death of Me (The Civilians), Orsino; 12th Night(Leviathan Lab), Ferdinand; The Encounter (Diverse City Theater). Regional: Tamburlaine the Great, Edward II (STC, Washington, DC), Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare & Co., Lenox, MA), As You Like It (Colorado Shakespeare Festival). Television: As the World Turns. Teaching Artist at the American University of Kuwait, The Groton School and currently an instructor at the New York Film Academy. Just completed his first short film,Yield. Education: MFA: American Conservatory Theater; BA: Princeton University; Graduate of the NY Public Theater Shakespeare Lab. Proud AEA Member. www.kurtuy.com

 

THE PRODUCTION TEAM

Mia Shen (Producer)

Mia Shen is a theatre lover and creative producer from China. She found her way into theatre through script translations and since then became obsessed with the “empty space”. She is a huge fan of immersive and experimental theatrical pieces. She cares about the numbers, but never as much as the piece itself.

Recently she worked as the Assistant Company Manager for Monkey: Journey to the West at Lincoln Center Festival. She also has interned at Signature Theatre Company & Big Heart Theatrical.  NY Producing credits include Far Away (Schapiro Theatre), St Joan of Slaugherhouses (Horace Mann Theatre), Platonov (Schapiro Theatre). Currently she is a second year MFA Theatre Management and Producing candidate in Columbia University. Thanks Zhu Yi for writing this beautiful play, and thanks for the whole company to bring it alive. www.miashen.com (under construction)

 

Maja Wampuszyc (The Radio HostChoreographer)

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Maja Wampuszyc plays Aunt Edyta opposite Marion Cotillard in The Immigrant by James Gray which premiered at the Cannes 2013 Film Festival and is due for release this fall. She made her Broadway debut at The Walter Kerr Theater, in Irena’s Vow and has performed Off, Off-off Broadway and in independent films. Maja studied acting with Uta Hagen and Robert X. Modica; Shakespeare at the British Academy of Dramatic Arts; and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in English Literature from Wayne State University. She is a graduated of the Bikram Yoga College of India, practices daily and teaches for Bikram Yoga NYC. Represented by Bret Adams LTD.

 

Yi-Chung Chen (Lighting Designer)

Yi-Chung Chen

Yi-Chung Chen, originally from Taiwan, holds an MFA from Boston University in Lighting Design. She just relocated to NYC after graduation this summer. She has previously worked as Design Fellow at Chautauqua Theater Company in NY, an assistant at Huntington Theatre Company and Boston Lyric Opera in MA, and interned for Arc3design in NYC also Florida Grand Opera in FL.

Design credits include Owen Wingrave, Dialogues of the Carmelites (BU Opera Institute), Everything Is Ours, Muckrakers (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Imaginary Invalid, In the Jungle of Cities, God’s Ear(Boston University), Loop Me, This Property is Condemned, A Memory of Two Mondays (Taiwan). www.yichungchen.com

She is thrilled to participate in I AM A MOON as her first NYC Fringe experience and work with new friends!

 

Katie Hesketh (Stage Manager)

Katie Hesketh is a senior pursuing a B.F.A in Theatre Arts with a concentration in stage management at Hofstra University. Most recently she was the production intern for the Lincoln Center Festival. Previous SM credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Miss Julie, Much Ado About Nothing (Assist.), Brutality of Fact, and Spike Heels. Her next project is Gypsy at Hofstra University. Thanks to the cast and crew for this wonderful process. She dedicates her work to the memory of her father.

 

Laurel Detkin (Stage Manager)

Laurel DetkinLaurel Detkin was born and raised in Silicon Valley, California. She recently moved to New York City after receiving her BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. While at SLC, Laurel tripped and fell in love with stage managing and dramatrgy. She is delighted to be working with this amazing team on I Am A Moon this summer and she hopes the play will blow you away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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