Ms. Oriental


Ms. ORIENTAL Dress Rehearsal

Ms. ORIENTAL at Barnard College’s Glicker-Milstein Theatre; New York, NY. (Photo by Jason DeCrow)

Showcase production at Barnard’s Glicker-Milstein Theater 

New York, NY; September 14-18 


Written by Marisa Marquez
Directed by Ilana Becker

Cast: Lydia Gaston*, Cleo Gray, Kana Hatakeyama, Alyssa Kim, Katharine Lerner*, Maya Maniar, and Jensen Olaya.*

*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

Set Designer: Emmie Finckel
Lighting Designer: Amanda Clegg Lyon
Sound Designer: Emma Wilk
Projector Designer: David Bengali
Costume Designer: Lisa Renee Jordan
Dramaturg: Rachel Abrams
Stage Manager: Mariana Vall

Photos by Marisa Marquez

Photo by Marisa Marquez

Readings at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and TheaterLab 

New York, NY; February 2016

Written by Marisa Marquez
Directed by Elyzabeth Gorman

Cast: Shannon Tyo, Alyssa Kim, Mizo Peck, Anjili Pal, Siho Ellsmore, Ivory Aquino, and Yan Xi.

Ms. Oriental is about a young Asian-American actress who commits suicide, and finds herself in purgatory surrounded by remarkable women from Asian history. These women—representing China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines—guide our protagonist through her identity crisis with poetic anecdotes from their lives, and a healthy dose of dark humor.

In September 2016, we presented a showcase of Ms. Oriental at the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, and are now working to bring the production to a wider audience base. As a producer, I’m fostering communications amongst the creative team, and connecting with community/cultural organizations as potential partners. Since January, I’ve also assisted in writing grant applications, coordinated our marketing campaign, and promoted our IndieGoGo fundraiser. I’m also a new play/production dramaturg on the project.

Check out NBC’s coverage of our February readings!

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