So much great news to share!
We're currently in post-production for a short movie musical I wrote screenplay & lyrics for with composer Michael Mott, called "Riding Out the Storm". Directed by Bruce Johnson, the movie stars Mimi Bessette, Wade McCollum, Diana Huey, and Mel Maghuyop and is about a woman who must decide whether or not to evacuate her house on the day Hurricane Sandy is set to hit Staten Island. A story about ever lasting love and how we all find different ways to survive life's deepest challenges, I'm excited to share this with you next year.
An organization that I co-founded 11 years ago, the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) was given a Tony Award Honor for Excellence in the Theatre this year! I am thrilled that our work, advocating for AAPI representation on NYC stages, is being recognized in this way and attending the Tonys this year as an honoree was an experience I'll never forget! You can read more about it here.
The tour schedule for the First National/North American company of COME FROM AWAY (which will be winding up in May, 2023) and info on tickets are here.
It's been quite a challenge to navigate the ongoing pandemic while out here, and I had a chance to talk to the New York Times about it back in January.
I also had the privilege and joy of appearing in the concert version of the show in front of the Lincoln Memorial on September 10. Here's a beautiful piece about it from the Washington Post.
I'm deeply honored to be serving as Treasurer of the Dramatists Guild, along with Amanda Green (our first female President), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins as VP and Kristoffer Diaz as Secretary. To read more, here's the press release.
Also, as Chair of the Dramatists Guild's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access committee, I've been working with our Business Affairs Staff, Council members, & committee to create the first Inclusion Rider of its kind, for writers to use while advocating for full inclusion in productions of our works. You can read more about it (as well as see the rider) here.
I've been doing tons of interviews, panels and discussions surrounding these tumultuous times and ongoing efforts to #StopAAPIHate. Here is one that I did alongside Leslie Ishii, with Gordon Cox for Variety
On a lighter note, it was a joy to join the effervescent Michael Kushner on his podcast Dear Multi-hyphenate, where we talked all thing multi-hyphenate! Keep an eye out for his upcoming book, in which I'm also featured.
I'm also super proud to share this song that I wrote with Kim Sherman & Scott Killian last Fall in support of the Biden Harris campaign. Spoken word section is by Notorious Pink. Sung and played by members of the Broadway community.
Peace and Love to All.