Before the upcoming official performance of "In Between: A Collection of Short Plays" in mid-August, we have carefully selected several plays for a staged reading performance.
This special event offers a unique opportunity to delve into the intricate themes of immigration and migration. During a staged reading, talented playwrights and directors come together to bring their selected plays to life in an intimate and engaging manner. With minimal staging and props, the focus is placed on the powerful words and performances, creating an immersive experience for the audience. By choosing immigration-related plays for the staged reading, we aim to shed light on the diverse narratives and challenges faced by individuals caught in the complexities of cultural transitions.
Unexpected tensions surface at a 4th of July family picnic when one of the family members brings his new girlfriend.
Marilyn is a local Michigan playwright who has been writing since 2018. Her play True Confessions was performed at the Farmington Players’ Inaugural One Act Festival in 2019 and marked the first staged performance of one of her works. Since then other works brought to stage and online include There’s No Place Like Nome, Navigating the Heart, Werewolves of London (Arkansas), A Quick Fix and Chasing a Dream. In addition to Michigan, Marilyn’s plays have been produced in Illinois, Connecticut, Maine and New York.
Gabriel FitzPatrick (he/him) is thrilled to be working with Yun Theatre and to be directing A Girl can Dream! He is a Seattle based actor, director and a graduate from Cornish College of the Arts, where he received his BFA in theatre. Some of his recent acting credits include Swimming While Drowning (Artswest), 11th and Pine (Sound Theatre), and Good Enemy (PFP). His directing credits include A Gentle Touch, a self-produced generative piece about the complexities of living in a body in todays society, and Meet Cuter by Hailey Robinson (Cornish). He would like to thank his family for being his number one support system and for pushing him to be the artist and person he is today <3
Thelma's pregnant. With abortion illegal in Texas and a network of bounty hunters hot on their trail, Thelma and Louise hightail it to California — committing a few felonies along the way. In "Thelma and Louise Get An Abortion," the indomitable duo return for the ride of their lives.
Germaine Shames, a Kilroys List playwright and recipient of her state’s Literary Fellowship in Fiction, is author of the award-winning novels, Between Two Deserts and You, Fascinating You. Writing under the pen name Casper Silk (Hotel Noir, Echo Year), she has been compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene and P.D. James “on steroids”.
After covering the first Palestinian Uprising for two winters as a correspondent and witnessing firsthand the gamut of senseless tragedies behind the headlines, Shames realized that hard news could never convey an iota of the deeper story she was gleaning. She turned to fiction writing and learned that she can find light in the most horrific situations and leave readers (and now an audience) with hope.
Having earned a Masters degree in Intercultural Studies, Shames writes from a global perspective with the conscious aim of fostering intercultural, interracial, and cross-gender understanding and healing. Over the past half dozen years, her plays, musicals and operas have premiered in such cities as NYC, London and Chicago. It's all about love.
Sarah Miri Daniels was born a peach in Atlanta, GA. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2017 to study at Cornish College of the Arts. She graduated in the Spring of 2021 with her Theater BFA with a concentrations in original works.
She seeks to direct stories which ask impossible questions, providing audiences opportunities for empathy and vulnerable resilience. She is inspired most by surrealism, absurdism, clown, and movement theater. In addition to being a director, Sarah is also a Clown, Actor, Playwright and Filmmaker. Most recently, she directed ESSiNCE, a short film featured in SPLIFF Film Festival 2021.
A child enters a mysterious portal with no knowledge of what’s on the other side.
Mico Astrid (she/they) is a queer Filipino/American artist currently living in Seattle.
Their multidisciplinary, deeply sentimental work explores their observations and identities in the midst of diaspora.
Two sisters cope with their mother’s impending death, and in doing so, come to terms with their own mortality.
APRIL LAVALLE (she/her) is a writer, actor, and Tony Award winning producer based in New York City.
April started her writing career as a humor and satirical columnist for Reductress. Since then, her work has been featured in McSweeneys, Bitch Magazine, Vulture and more. Additionally, she is the author of the children's book, "A Case of the Zaps," published under Abrams Kids. “A Case of the Zaps” works to de-stigmatize anxiety disorders in children. April consulted with the prestigious Child Mind Institute on the work. Her second book is currently in development, once again with Abrams. She is an emerging playwright and has written one full length play, two shorter works, and a pilot. She is the spring 2023 playwright in residence at the Letter of Marque Theatre Company in New York.
As an actor, April has appeared on stages throughout the world and on television screens nationwide working in front of the camera on projects for Netflix and HBO, and has worked alongside actors such as Jim Parsons, Billy Eichner and Alec Baldwin. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Wagner College and has trained at The Upright Citizens Brigade in sketch and improv. She is a director and actor with the Story Pirates, as well as a member of Good Catch Comedy— the oldest-running musical improv team in New York City. She is a member of both SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
As a co-producer, she is currently represented on Broadway in Hadestown, for which she won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical.
April is also a death doula.
Most recently, I casted in two Yun Theatre Productions: Monologues of N Women, Two Goldfish(Who Become Heroes) in 2022. As an Assistant Producer in TheatreAbove during 2017-2018, I worked closely with director Stan Lai in more than 10 stage plays and one sitcom series, including Secret Love in a Blossom Land, A Dream Like a Dream. I also worked with director Mei Ann Teo for the musical Dim Sum Warriors. During 2013 to 2017, as the member of Peiyang Drama Club in Tianjin University, I directed Peking Man, and casted in We Won’t Pay, Copenhagen, The Vagina Monologues, Who Killed Robert.
Two young women meet on a rooftop while one of them searches for her cat. Along the way they discuss personal connections, why we decide to keep on living and of course, cats!
Angie Bustos is an emerging theatre artist and educator pursuing their BA Drama/BEd combined degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her recent works include directing Black Alberta for NextFest 2023, directing Hardoff for New Works Festival 2023 and acting in the Thousand Faces ensemble for the Mythic New Works Series. As a queer Filipino-Chilean woman, Angie wants to promote and uplift more diverse and marginalized voices in the theatre community.
David Le is a director based in Seattle and Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Theater, much to his parents’ dismay. Cultural identity, family, and the sense of belonging are often focal points in his work. He finds nothing more enjoyable than telling impactful stories that leave a lasting impression on people when they leave the theatre. He has previously worked with REBATEnsemble, UW Undergraduate Theatre Society, and Pork Filled Productions - the latter of which he is currently a producer.
This is a story about a painter whose everyday job is to paint slogans for the government.
Melanie Tsang (Melanie Zeng) is an emerging poet, playwright and artist. In her art and writing, she loves drenching herself in the fantasy, surrealism and the absurd to question being. Meanwhile, she has also explored a variety of social matters in her artwork, such as gender inequality, race discrimination, immigration problems and labor exploitation. Her published novellas include The Vanished Jellyfish (Chinese) and Caving: the Bizarre Land (Chinese). Last year, she co-wrote a play called Monologues of n Women that reflected the dilemmas Chinese women face and the structural crisis they go through. The play was on stage in September 2022 in Seattle.
Yuchen Zhou is a Drama/Cognitive Science double major studying at Vassar College. He mainly focuses on acting, and has appeared in “Blue Skies”, “Mosquitoes”, and “Mad Forest” at Vassar Drama Department. He also appeared in “Birds and the Curiosity” in the Hollywood Fringe Festival that just convened this past June. As Yun Theatre’s social marketing intern, Yuchen is thrilled to direct one of the “In Between” staged readings. He cannot wait to share with you all what “In Between” means to him!