ZAPI Artists presents THIS IS THE HOUR: UNDER OUR OWN PEN

I first met with ZAPI Artists almost 5 months ago to discuss the beginning of a virtual cabaret…and on December 12 it finally premiered!! Check out the show below!

The proceeds from this production will be distributed to the Asian American Advocacy Fund, the Black Trans Travel Fund, and the API artists who collaborated on this event. 

Produced by Cindy Tsai 
Directed by Sarah Shin
Music Supervised by Cynthia Meng
Video Editing by Jasmine Hope Veridiano
Additional Video Editing by Cindy Tsai, Kyle Tristan Chua
Audio Mixing by Erica Huang
Co-hosted by Cindy Tsai, Sofia Khwaja 

 

SET
“All I Wanna Do” – Helen Park and Max Vernon (cut song from KPOP)
   Performed by Toren Nakamura
“A591” – Isabella Dawis and Tidtaya Sinutoke (HALF THE SKY)
   Performed by Michael Maliakel and Kendyl Yokoyama
“Take A Leap” – Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels
   Performed by Shuyan Yang
   Piano: Yan Li
“My Annie O” – Rona Siddiqui (LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT)
   Performed by Kim Blanck
   Piano: Ted Arthur
   Guitar: Michiko Egger
   Prologue: Kyle Tristan Chua
“Allah” – Aya Aziz (EH DAH? QUESTIONS FOR MY FATHER)
   Performed by Aya Aziz and Waseem Alzer
“I Don’t Look” – Melissa Li and Kit Yan (INTERSTATE)
   Performed by Sushma Saha and Tessa Chan Southwell
   Piano: Jessie Rosso
   Guitar: Michiko Egger
   Various Household Items: Cynthia Meng
“Almusal” – J. Oconer Navarro
   Performed by Lydia Gaston
“What Makes A Man” – Jay Kuo (ALLEGIANCE)
   Performed by Kennedy Kanagawa 
   Piano: Chris Kong
“Clairvoyant” – Adam Gwon (SCOTLAND, PA)
   Performed by Zachary Noah Piser, Cindy Tsai, Tessa Chan Southwell, Alex Nguyen, and Naomi Li
   Piano: Cynthia Meng
“Wildflower” – Ari Afsar (JEANNETTE)
   Performed by Shivani Rustagi and Sofia Khwaja    Guitar: Michiko Egger

A Very Herrera Holiday

WE OUT HERE!!! I had the most fun directing this zoom play that is being performed live every night.

“Join New Repertory Theatre from your favorite device for our new Showstopper Virtual Play Series! Featuring the world premieres from two phenomenal female playwrights of color, this series gives you two live performances for just $20. From the comfort of your home and with optional audience participation, the Showstopper Virtual Play Series is live theatre at its pandemic best.”

 

 

A VERY HERRERA HOLIDAY 

By Alexis Scheer
Directed by Sarah Shin
Featuring Amanda Figueora

 

Lifestyle blogger Emma Herrera is live on Zoom to walk you through her favorite seasonal drinks
and crafts, and perhaps let some relationship frustrations slip—after all, who
isn’t looking for a little space from their spouse these days? But there’s a lot
of rum in that coquito, and something’s weird about the homemade wrapping
paper… A Very Herrera Holiday is a darkly comedic look at an influencer who may
be sharing more than festive fun.

Press: Theatre Talk Boston, WBUR

 “artfully directed by Sarah Shin……”

“In “A Very Herrera Holiday,” Scheer’s clear, engaging writing style coupled with the surrealism of the camerawork allows us to get to know the bubbly Herrera. And, Shin’s careful direction helps pull audiences right into Herrera’s warm kitchen. Shin, who most recently directed Central Square Theater’s “The First Pineapple and Other Folktales,” wants it to feel that way. In her work, she creates space for “characters and (collaborators) to exist in their boldest and most honest form,” she writes on her website. She aspires for showgoers to feel like they’re coming over for a home-cooked meal.”

 

The First Pineapple and Other Folktales

I have the honor of directing this show at a new outdoor space called Starlight Square. It’s the 6th show in the country to be approved by AEA for in-person performance and audience. Excited to share it with you all!

The First Pineapple and Other Folktales
Written & Performed by Micah Rosegrant
September 16 & 17 at 7:30PM
Presented by Central Square Theater

Part oral history, part play, part concert, The First Pineapple and Other Folktales is the ritual of memory evoked when a queer filipinx poet appears on a stage somewhere in our settler-nation called America. As divides between performance and personhood collide, blur, and flood, we see the author at their most vulnerable, which may also be their most holy. Come witness, exorcise, and dream with author Micah Rosegrant in the hardest folktale they may never tell “right”.

This production is subject to the approval of Actors’ Equity Association’s (AEA) requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic. AEA is the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

Video Clips featured here:

Asiamnesia: Canceled

Since my last post, I’ve been able to do some cool stuff!

  • Get an apartment in New York
  • Work on Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin’s Moby Dick at American Repertory Theatre (yes, back in Boston) as Choreography Assistant
  • Work on Celine Song’s Endlings at New York Theatre Workshop, as an assistant director to Sammi Cannold
  • Begin rehearsals for Asiamnesia by Sun Mee Chomet at Brandeis University as director –

But due to COVID-19 the production was sadly canceled. I hope there is a time where we can produce Asiamnesia on a Boston stage in the future!

Since the call for social distancing, I was able to participate in a virtual reading of The Fortune Teller by Christina R Chan with TC Squared Theatre Company, check that out below!

Stay safe and healthy!

AMPUTEES

I am excited to share that I have a bunch of projects in the making…first up is directing the new play AMPUTEES by Quentin Nguyen-Duy, a Playwrights’ Project Production as part of the New Play Initiative in Boston University College of Fine Arts 23rd Annual Fringe Festival.

Get tickets here!

Artist In Their Element | Clairvoyance #3

Diana Oh’s third installation is coming April 20th 1-4pm at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston!! I’ve been playing with Diana all year as what they’ve named a Love Nurse (aka Production Assistant), and I’m so excited to be involved in a way that’s a bit different for this one 😉

“As Artist-In-Community Resident at A.R.T., Oh and a group of Queer and Trans Identified Powerhouse Influencers of Color, at the invitation of the artist, will strike a pose for portrait painting that celebrates queer magic and QPTOC love. They’ll each showcase their own personal fashion aesthetic in a staged tableau at the ICA. A commissioned artist will paint their portrait, and you are invited to observe, muse, sketch, or take in the beauty and applaud! Drawing materials provided; participants also welcome to bring personal sketchbooks and pencils.

The Artist in Their Element is created and staged by Diana Oh in collaboration with artists of the Boston community. The event is the third installment in the artist’s Clairvoyance series.”

Something Else: A Love Cycle

It’s our thesis!!

book by jack lavey* & sarah hirsch*
music by erica huang*

directed by sarah shin*

Boston University College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02215
STUDIO 105
Sunday May 5th
| 7:30pm
Tuesday, May 7th | 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 8th | 7:30pmS

As a young person about to enter the “adult,” “real” world, it’s pretty much impossible to be present for everything in your life. What happens if you’re able to stop time for a little bit? Are the people in your life exactly who you think they are, and are your relationships with them what you think they are? Maybe they are something else. See what can happen through a series of short stories during one rainstorm in Boston.

Through this musical that we created, wrote, and will eventually perform, we hope to tell these stories honestly and to empower our audiences to create something all on their own. We welcome you to our community.

Celebrate the culmination of eight months of committed, healthy, and sustainable creative process that contains our deepest values and honors our authentic selves.

Cast & Creative Team

Performers – Jack Lavey*, Sarah Hirsh*, Sarah Shin*, Erica Huang*, Jem Oshins, Conrad Sundqvist-Olmos
Stage Management
– Jordana Roet
Scenic Design – Sarah Hirsch* and Sam Mastrati
Props – Aria Pegg
Lighting Design – Matt Robson
Sound Design – Erica Huang
Costume Design – Jack Lavey

New York Theater Showcase

Come meet the School of Theatre Class of 2019 on March 11 from 3pm-8pm at the Helen Mills Event Space! See our work! Let’s chat!

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Performance Showcase
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Design & Production Showcase Exhibit
5:30 PM – 7:45 PM – Industry & Alumni Reception
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Performance Showcase (encore presentation)

RSVP to the Facebook Event Here

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