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Photos: Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Dave Shih and More in NAATCO’s A Dream Play

A revival of August Strindberg’s A DREAM PLAY in a new adaptation by Sung Rno and Andrew Pang, directed by Mr. Pang, is the latest offering from the OBIE Award-winning National Asian American Theatre Company (NAATCO) at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue (entrance on Dominick, 1 Block South of Spring) in New York, with performances through April 13. Tickets are $25. For Tickets & Information, please visit www.here.org or call 212-352-3101. A Dream Play
In A DREAM PLAY, Tina Chilip portrays Agnes, a god’s daughter, who has lost her way and finds herself falling to the third sphere from the sun, “the densest and heaviest of the spheres that roam in space.” Her father encourages her to descend and observe the “Creator’s children” saying that the world is “not the best for sure, but not the worst. Have courage, child, ’tis but a trial.” Agnes observes at first but, drawn to the human beings she encounters, decides to participate in their lives to better understand them.

Jojo Gonzalez, Siho Ellsmore, Tina Chilip and Dave Shih in NAATCO's A Dream Play at Here. Photo by William P. Steele

Jojo Gonzalez, Siho Ellsmore, Tina Chilip and Dave Shih in NAATCO’s A Dream Play at Here. Photo by William P. Steele

The cast of A DREAM PLAY also features Alexis Camins, Rica de Ocampo, Siho Ellsmore, Eston Fung, Jojo Gonzalez, David Shih, Sophia Skiles, Dax Valdes, and Brent Yoshikami.

Jojo Gonzalez and Rica de Ocampo in NAATCO's A Dream Play at Here. Photo by William P. Steele

Jojo Gonzalez and Rica de Ocampo in NAATCO’s A Dream Play at Here. Photo by William P. Steele

A DREAM PLAY has scenic design by Joseph Lark-Riley, costumes design by Alice Tavener, lighting design by Sarah Lurie, and sound design by Alex Hawthorn. Dax Valdes is the choreographer.

Jojo Gonzalez, Alex Camins and Tina Chilip in NAATCO's A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

Jojo Gonzalez, Alex Camins and Tina Chilip in NAATCO’s A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

A DREAM PLAY will be performed Mondays – Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. from Friday, March 22nd – Saturday, April 13th. There will be no performances on April 6 (4:00), and April 8.

Dave Shih and Dax Valdes in NAATCO's A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

Dave Shih and Dax Valdes in NAATCO’s A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

Sung Rno’s plays — which include GRAVITY FALLS FROM TREES, wAve, THE TRAJECTORY OF A HEART, FRACTURE and KONISHIKI, MON AMOUR — have been produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company, East West Players, Dance Theatre Workshop, Immigrants Theater Project and NY International Fringe Festival. Andrew Pang is an actor/director who has performed with NAATCO, Ma-Yi and Pan Asian Rep and with the Steppenwolf Theatre in productions directed by Frank Galati.

Tina Chilip, Dave Shih and Alex Camins in NAATCO's A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

Tina Chilip, Dave Shih and Alex Camins in NAATCO’s A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

Now in its 23rd season, the OBIE Award-winning NAATCO was created to provide opportunities for Asian American actors, directors, and designers. NAATCO has presented a host of classic works, adaptations of these works by Asian American Playwrights, and has produced original work by non-Asian American Playwrights, presenting these with all Asian American casts. Recent productions include the Drama Desk nominated A PLAY ON WAR (an adaptation of Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE, nominated for Outstanding Music in a Play), and the critically acclaimed THE SEAGULL. Other notable productions include OTHELLO, LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, OUR TOWN, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, William Finn’s FALSETTOLAND, ANTIGONE, IVANOV, THE DISPUTE, the world premieres of Karen Hartman’s LEAH’S TRAIN, Catherine Filloux’s EYES OF THE HEART, Michael Golamco’s COWBOY V. SAMURAI, and the rolling world premiere of Jordan Harrison’s FUTURA.

Jojo Gonzalez, Tina Chilip and Alex Camins in NAATCO's A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

Jojo Gonzalez, Tina Chilip and Alex Camins in NAATCO’s A Dream Play. Photo by William P. Steele

Backstage.com review: A Dream Play

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
NAATCO Presents A Dream Play at Here, March 22 – April 13, 2013
NAATCO’s All-Asian American cast for The Seagull features Marcus Ho, Mia Katigbak and Orville Mendoza
National Asian American Theatre Festival runs October 13-18 in New York
NAATCO’s LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION with special guest Terrence McNally
NAATCO’s pitch perfect Falsettoland hits all the right notes
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David Henry Hwang and FOX Entertainment Japan’s Dan Smith Among Judges for 2013 72-Hour Shootout; Pre-Shootout Events
Signature Theatre’s Revival of David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad Set for Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China, May 9-12, 2013
Dian Kobayashi, Emily Kuroda, Sharon Omi, and Jeanne Sakata Set for East West Players’ Reading of A Cage of Fireflies by Daniel Akiyama at Tateuchi Democracy Forum on March 21, 2013
Photos: David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and The Railroad Opening Night
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks,Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
Hold These Truths Opening Night at Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Tenney Theatre with Daniel Dae Kim, Joel de la Fuente and Jeanne Sakata
Ron Domingo, Francis Jue and Jon Norman Schneider Join the Cast of the World Premiere of Paper Dolls at the Tricycle Theatre, February 28 – April 13, 2013
Harlem Nights with Lorey Hayes, Actress, Director and Award-Winning Playwright of Power Play and Massinissa
Photos: All-Access Pass to Disney’s Aladdin at The Muny with Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, Jason Graae, Curtis Holbrook, Eddie Korbich, Samantha Massell and Ken Page
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
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