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Select productions of the last decade

SILENT SKY  by Lauren Gunderson

Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC

January 24 -February 23, 2020

Creative Team: Scenic Design: Milagros Ponce de Leon | Lighting Design: Rui Rita | Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Sound Design: Andre J. Pluess | Choreography: Karma Camp | Hair and Wigs: Anne Nesmith | Dialects and vocal direction: Lisa Nathans | Directing Assistant: Katie Ciszek | Stage Manager: Brandon Prendergast

Cast: Laura C. Harris as Henrietta | Jonathan David Martin as Peter | Holly Twyford as Williamina | Emily Kester as Margaret | Nora Achrati as Annie

RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN by Sharyn Rothstein

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

October 11 – November 10, 2019

Creative Team: Scenic Design: Paige Hathaway | Projection Design: Shawn Duan | Lighting Design: Adam Honore | Sound Design: Andre Pluess | Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Voice and Dialect Coach: Zach Campion | Dramaturg: Jocelyn Clarke | Directing Assistant: Gregory Keng Strasser | Stage Manager: Kurt Hall

Cast: John Austin as Derril Lark | Melody Butiu as Marta Lee | Rachel Felstein as Annie Zahirovic | Guadalupe Campos as Eve Selinsky | Shubhangi Kuchibhotla as Sarita Imari | Edward O’Blenis as Alvaro Santos

THE HEIRESS by Ruth and Augustus Goetz

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

February 8 – March 10, 2019

Fichandler Stage – In-the-round

Creative Team: Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Scenic Design: Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams | Sound Design: Emma Wilk | Lighting Design: Sherrice Mojgani | Wig Design: Anne Nesmith | Voice and Text Coach: Jan Gist | Directing Assistant: Malek Mayo | Stage Manager: Susan R. White

Cast: Laura C. Harris as Catherine Sloper | James Whalen as Austin Sloper | Nancy Robinette as Lavinia Penniman | Jonathan David Martin as Morris Townsend | Janet Hayatshahi as Elizabeth Almond | Lorene Chesley as Marian Almond | Lise Bruneau as Mrs. Montgomery | Kimberly Schraf as Maria | Nathan Whitmer as Arthur Townsend and Coachman

VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

August 24 - September 30, 2018

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: Jason Sherwood | Lighting Design: Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew |Costume Design: Valerie Bart | Sound Design: Andre Pluess | Rap Consultant: Bianca Mikahn | Fight Choreographer: Geoffrey Kent | Associate Fight Choreographer and Intimacy Consultant: Samantha Egle | Assistant to the Director: Bettina Mueller-Tuescher | Stage Manager: Chris Ewing

Cast: Lisa Helmi Johanson as Tong | Glenn Morizio as Quang | Melody Butiu as Huong and others | Brian Lee Huynh as Nhan and others | Jordon De Leon as Playwright and Others

THE PRICE by Arthur Miller

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

October 6 – November 19, 2017

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: Wilson Chin | Lighting Design: Allen Lee Hughes | Sounds Design: Roc Lee | Costume Design: Ivania Stack | Voice and Dialect Coach: Zach Campion | Wig Design: Anne Nesmith | Stage Manager: Trevor A. Riley

Cast: Hal Linden as Gregory Solomon | Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Victor Franz | Rafael Untalan as Walter Franz | Pearl Sun as Esther Franz | Ricardo Frederick Evans as Victor Franz (extension)

SMART PEOPLE by Lydia Diamond

Arena Stage, Washington, DC

April 14 – May 21, 2017

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: Misha Kachman | Lighting Design: Xavier Pierce | Projection Design: Jared Mezzocchi | Sound Design: Andre Pluess | Costume Design: Dede M. Ayite | Wig Design: Anne Nesmith | Vocal Coach: Zach Campion | Stage Manager: Kurt Hall

Cast: Gregory Perri as Brian White | Lorene Chesley as Valerie Johnston | Sue Jin Song as Ginny Yang | Jaysen Wright as Jackson Moore

THE FANTASTICKS by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

The Pasadena Playhouse

September 6 – October 2, 2016

Creative Team:  Music Director: David O. | Choreographer: Kitty McNamee | Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Josh Epstein | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Costume Design: Shirley Pierson | Fight Director: Tim Weske | Stage Manager: Lurie Pfeffer

Cast: Philip Anthony Rodriguez as El Gallo | Ashley Park as Luisa | Conor Guzman as Matt | Alyse Rockett as Mute | Gedde Watanabe as Hucklebee | Regi Davis as Bellomy | Hal Linden as Henry | Amir Talai as Mortimer

Press

Los Angeles Times: Pasadena Playhouse tweaks 1960s’ ‘The Fantasticks’ for a post-9/11 era

South Pasadenan: Incandescent ‘The Fantasticks’ at Pasadena Playhouse

Broadway World: Forever Entertaining FANTISTICKS Receives a Sterling Production at Pasadena Playhouse

Video: Trailer

Video: Tom Jones Speaking about working with

Seema on Re-writes of THE FANTASTICKS

A SINGLE SHARD by Linda Sue Park, adapted by Richard Schenkkan

People’s Light, Malvern, PA

April 27 – May 29, 2016

Creative Team:  Choreographer: Jungwoong Kim | Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Porsche McGovern | Costume Design: Moria Sine Clinton | Sound Design: Daniel Perelstein | Dramaturg: Gina Pisasale | Stage Manager: Kate McSorley Fossner

Cast: Brian Lee Huynh as Tree-Ear | Graham Smith as Crane Man | Thom Sesma as Master Potter Min | Jeanne Sakata as Min’s Wife / Ensemble | Jade Wu as Min’s Wife replacement/Ensemble | Jungwoong Kim as Deer/Fox/Ensemble | Greg Watanabe as Master Potter Kang/Ensemble | Kevin R. Free as Emissary Kim/Ensemble | Aaron Bell as Apprentice 1/Ensemble | Taysha Canales as Apprentice 2/Ensemble

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina Lopez

The Pasadena Playhouse

September 8 – October 4, 2015

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Josh Epstein | Sound Design: Cricket Myers | Costume Design: Abel Alvarado | Props Master: Marissa Bergman | Community Organizer: Victor Vazquez | Stage Manager: Jessica R. Aguilar

Cast: Santana Dempsey as Ana | Cristina Frias as Estela | Blanca Araceli as Carmen | Diana DeLaCruz as Rosali | Ingrid Oliu as Pancha

STOP KISS by Diana Son

The Pasadena Playhouse

November 2014

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Lighting Design Lap Chi Chu | Costume Design: Dana Rebecca Woods | Stage Manager: Hethyr “Red” Verhof

Cast: Angela Lin as Callie | Sharon Leal as Sara | John Sloan as George | Brandon Scott as Peter | Amanda Carlin as Mrs. Winsley/Nurse | Jeff De Serrano as Detective Cole

EXTRAORDINARY CHAMBERS by David Wiener

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

June 2013

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Jason Bieber | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto

Cast: Greg Watanabe as Dr. Heng | Esther K. Chae as Rom Chang | Albert Park as Sopoan | Erika Beth Phillips as Mara | Manny Fernandes as Carter

KITA Y FERNANDA by Tanya Saracho

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

September 2012

Creative Team:  Co-Director: Robert Castro | Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Lighting Design: Jason Bieber | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto | Props Design: Jenny Fajerman | Dramaturgy: Taylor Wycoff | Stage Manager: Elizabeth Stephens

Cast: Cynthia Bastidas as Kita | Gabriela Trigo as Fernanda | Olivia Espinosa as Concha/Jessica/Chela | Melba Novoa as Dona Silvia

HOW I GOT THAT STORY by Amlin Gray

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

February 2012

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Stephen Terry | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto | Sound Design: George Yé | Props Design: Will Widick | Peking Opera Choreographer: Sainu Ma | Stage Manager: Elizabeth Stephens

Cast: Greg Watanabe as The Historical Event | Brian Bielawski as The Reporter

26 MILES by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

September 2011

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Projection Design: Marilia Maschion | Lighting Design: Chris Rynne | Sound Design: Joe Huppert | Costume Design: Jeannie Galioto | Props Design: Jenny Fajerman | Dialect Coach: Micha Espinosa | Stage Manager: Meghan Bourdeau

Cast: Hannah Rose Kornfeld as Olivia | Cassie Benavidez as Beatriz | Jacob Bruce as Aaron | Raul Cardona as Manuel

YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company, San Diego, CA

October 2010

Creative Team:  Scenic Design: David F. Weiner | Lighting Design: Jason Bieber | Costume Design: Ingrid Helton | Dramaturgy: Taylor M. Wycoff | Stage Manager: Jess Slocum

Cast: Greg Watanabe as DHH | Brian Bielawski as Marcus | Albert Park as HYH and Others |Jacob Bruce as (NWOAOC and Others) | Michelle Wong as Leah and Others | Maggie Carney as Jane and Others

Seema Sueko / © 2020 

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