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Second Stage Uptown: 2g Presents Readings of Anna Moench’s Three Kingdoms on 6/9 and Sung Rno and Aaron Jones’ Galois on 6/16

Victor Maog, 2g artistic director and Jane Jung, 2g managing director at The Steinberg Awards at Lincoln Center in New York on November 18, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Victor Maog, 2g Artistic Director and Jane Jung, 2g Managing Director, at The Steinberg Awards at Lincoln Center in New York on November 18, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Second Generation Productions (2g), a pioneering incubator and producer of Asian American theater, is launching the Second Stage Residency Series at Second Stage Uptown (Christopher Burney, Curator) with readings of 2g’s commissions by Anna Moench and Sung Rno & Aaron Jones on June 9 & 16 at 7:00pm, Second Stage Uptown – McGinn Cazale Theater – 2162 Broadway at 76th Street in New York.

The Second Stage Residency Series at Second Stage Uptown has been created to support the rich diversity of New York City’s emerging theatrical companies and provide them with a platform to bring their work to new audiences. “Victor Maog is a former Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre, and it is a natural fit to start this series with 2g,” said Christopher Burney, Curator of Second Stage Uptown. “I look forward to many summers showcasing the work of New York’s most adventurous young companies and introducing wider audiences to these inventive artists.”

2g Artistic Director Victor Maog states, “Second Stage Theatre, Artistic Director Carole Rothman, and Curator Chris Burney gave birth to my NYC directing career and this is just another example of their advocacy for excellence and inclusion in the city. We’re honored to be the inaugural company to help expand the scope of what stories can be told on a major stage.”

Three Kingdoms
By Anna Moench
Directed by Victor Maog
Monday, June 9th at 7pm

It’s summer in the suburbs, and Wendy’s father, Han, is arriving on a flight from China. After 40 years of no contact, they have a lot of catching up to do–Wendy has a happy family, a lovely home, and is living the American Dream. But when he arrives, everyone quickly realizes that picking up where they left off won’t be easy. A multigenerational drama about the complexities of the Asian American experience. The reading of Three Kingdoms features Jennifer Lim, Grant Shaud, Les Mau, Wai Ching Ho, Kailey Bray, Jeffrey Omura, and Nick Lehane.

By Sung Rno and Aaron Jones
Directed by Victor Maog
Monday, June 16th at 7pm

A rock-mathematical-musical expression of the chaotic, brilliant, and all too brief life of Evariste Galois, who discovered a branch of mathematics as a precocious teenager, yet died in 1830’s revolutionary Paris at 21 in a duel over a woman’s love.

Free, RSVP here

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York.  She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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