Berkeley Rep Workshop

(Bonnie Akimoto, Taylor Steinbeck, Eugenie, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Byron Au Yong, Wes Aaskawa, Pauli Amornkul, Dustin Chinn, Steven Ko, Lily Tung Crystal, Marcelo Pereira, Benjamin Pither, Monica Ho)
July 4-16, 2017, I collaborate with playwright Eugenie Chan on The Chan Family Picnic, a nouvelle vaudeville prompted by her grandfather Gumdock Chan's medical school letters and other documents from the 1920's.


I started the residency by playing through racist popular songs from the era. Eugenie overhauled the existing script to become more vaudeville and clarified certain characters I was curious about such as Thomas. We were also inspired by the other Ground Floor projects chosen by Berkeley Rep.


Eight or so new song later, we rehearsed with a wonderfully skilled and playful group of performers who sang, danced, did magic tricks, and more. Thanks Berkeley Rep for this amazing summer residency lab to develop new theater.


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Meet the Artists Panel at The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Summer Residency Lab