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5 Reasons to Support 99 Histories,
 Artists at Play’s 2014 Production

1.     Great work from local artists.
Artistic work is not volunteer work! Artists are writers, directors, designers, builders, actors, etc. and we value the work they do for our productions. Your support for [99 Histories] translates to support for local artists. If you prefer to shop at the farmers’ market and eating locally, then how about donating to this production and consuming some local entertainment?

2.     Expanding/increasing diversity in L.A. theatre.
We believe in sharing stories and narratives of contemporary Asian Americans in a medium that isn’t as diverse as we’d hope it to be. Alongside other companies, we’re working beyond colorblind casting and tokenism. Cultural representation and breakdown of stereotypes are values that are important to us and the work we do.

3.     Videos that are fun/funny/weird for you to enjoy. 

4.     This production has TWO Julia Cho’s.
Are you a fan of one, but don’t know the other? Did you know there were two Julia Cho’s in our entertainment industry? One is a writer, and one is an actor/producer; and we have them both! 99 Histories was created by the writer Julia Cho, and is being produced by and will star the actor Julia Cho. See? Not complicated at all.

5.     We can only do this work because of YOU. (Yes, you!)
We are a humble organization with a modest budget for a stage production, and while we have raised some money through our yard sale and other events, there is still a $7,000 gap in our income. Since we launched our Indiegogo campaign last Thursday, we have raised [31%]* of our goal, and there are only [8]* days left to raise the money. If [56]* people donated the dollar equivalent to a tank of gas, we’d pretty much be at our goal!

Thank you for your support! 

Marie-Reine Velez 

* Based on Indiegogo campaign as of Thursday, July 17.
 Click the image below to see our current progress!

99 HISTORIES: Indiegogo

Help Artists at Play bring 99 Histories to Los Angeles! Through our Indiegogo campaign, we have until Friday, July 25 to raise $7,000.

See our progress on the right? Click on the image to go to our Indiegogo page. We invite you to watch our video and check out the perks that we're offering. And through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas, DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE

Please consider contributing and/or sharing our project! For a direct link to our Indiegogo page: http://igg.me/at/AAP99H 

To view and share our video via YouTube, click below or right here.

We cannot do this without your support and look forward to sharing 99 Histories with you in September. Thank you in advance!

Meet the Cast of 99 HISTORIES

Artists at Play proudly presents our cast for the Los Angeles premiere of 99 Histories! Not the writer but the actor JULIA CHO plays "Eunice," a former cello prodigy who channeled pain into music until mental illness forced her to quit playing. Now pregnant, she has returned home to live with her mother. SHARON OMI plays "Sah-Jin," who immigrated from Korea years ago and loves her daughter but fails to understand her. JANICE PAK is "Girl" and JOLENE KIM is "Young Woman," different figures from the women's respective pasts. DAVID HUYNH is "Paul," a young doctor and potential mate for Eunice in the eyes of Sah-Jin. BRENDAN BRADLEY is both "Joe," Eunice's ex-boyfriend and father of her unborn child, and "Daniel Merritt," an American missionary from Sah-Jin's past back in Korea.

JULIA CHO (Eunice) is a founding member of Artists at Play and played "Desdemona Wong" in our inaugural production Ching Chong Chinaman and "Veronica" in last fall's production of Cowboy Versus Samurai. Film/TV credits include Larry Crowne, The Newsroom2 Broke GirlsNCIS, and Scandal.

SHARON OMI (Sah-Jin) has appeared in Blood Wedding (Odyssey Theatre), Uncle Vanya (American Conservatory Theatre) and Romeo and Juliet (Ahmanson Theatre), among others. She has also been seen in television shows like Shameless, Big Bang Theory and Southland.

JANICE PAK (Girl) is a recent graduate of CalArts with a B.FA. in Acting. At CalArts, she appeared in Trojan Women, All's Well That Ends Well, Uncle Vanya, Our Lady of 21st  Street and 4.48 Psychosis.

JOLENE KIM (Young Woman) has appeared onscreen in television shows like Grey's Anatomy, 24, Pushing Daisies and onstage at many theatres across Los Angeles. Jolene is currently in Theatre @ Boston Court's Stupid Fucking Bird

DAVID HUYNH (Paul) won a Special Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for Outstanding Newcomer Award and Best Emerging Actor for his performance in Juwan Chung's Baby. He has appeared on stage at Sacred Fools Theater Company, Kirk Douglas Theater, East West Players and Colony Theatre. 

BRENDAN BRADLEY (Joe, Daniel Merritt) has appeared in NCIS, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Legend of Neil, among others. Theatrically, he was seen off-Broadway in Goonies the Musical, Office Sonata and The Oresteia. Brendan was also in Boni B. Alvarez's Marabella, part of the 2014 Artist at Play Readings.

The cast of 99 Histories also includes Desiree Mee Jung (u/s Eunice), Diana Tanaka (u/s Sah-Jin), Kimiko Ann (u/s Girl), Jane Lui (u/s Young Woman), Junot Lee (u/s Paul) and Matthew Mancuso (u/s Joe, Daniel).

To support our production of 99 Histories, check out the Indiegogo campaign here.

Special Reading of THE PARISIAN WOMAN

You are cordially invited
to a special reading of

The Parisian Woman

By the Executive Producer of House of Cards

Beau Willimon

Francois Chau
Julia Cho
Amy Hill
Tamlyn Tomita
Trieu Tran

Directed by
Peter J. Kuo

THE PARISIAN WOMAN is set in the Capitol Hill section of Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having. This provocative comedy about bad conduct in high places puts lust in bed with ambition. At the center is Chloe, an ├╝ber-operator armed with charm, wit and sensuality. She uses all the arrows in her quiver to help her husband nab an important government post. How far will this unorthodox couple go to climb up the political ladder? Inspired by Henri Becque’s LA PARISIENNE. Contains strong language. View and share this event on Facebook.

This event supports Artists at Play's upcoming production of
99 HISTORIES by Julia Cho, directed by Leslie Ishii.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
11 a.m. Champagne Brunch
12 p.m. Play Reading

Hosted at a private residence
in beautiful Playa del Rey

$60 per person
To make a reservation, please email 

by Friday, July 11.

Meet the Director of 99 HISTORIES

Artists at Play is thrilled to announce that the director for our production of 99 Histories will be Leslie Ishii. 

Leslie Ishii, director
A stage director, actor, teaching artist, and writer, Leslie is a faculty member in the East West Players Asian AmericanTheatre Conservatory (EWP) bringing her commitment to develop liberation and alliance building curriculums in combination with acting and Fitzmaurice Voicework® to EWP as well as Center Theatre Group’s (CTG) education programs. She is in her fifth season as part of Project Faculty for CTG’s Young Audiences Program, where she creates and executes curriculum, teacher-conferences and in-school visits throughout greater Los Angeles. Leslie recently directed a student production of Kimber Lee’s different words for the same thing. In conjunction with the world premiere of the play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, the project was for CTG’s pilot program Front And Center in a community partnership with Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Leslie has performed on Broadway, in regional theatre, was seen recurring on Lost, and on Desperate Housewives, HawthoRNe, The New Generation FAME and more. She has worked in every genre including film, television, commercials, print and continues to perform her solo piece, Watashi Niwa Jishinga Aru: I Have a Spine. On their main stage, Leslie directed EWP’s critically acclaimed Crimes of The Heart and their educational-tour shows, Taking Flight: The Story of Katherine Cheung and Dawn’s Light: The Gordon Hirabayashi Story. She has also assistant directed under Christopher Liam Moore for two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) as a FAIR participant and will return to produce/direct a new initiative around the development of Asian Pacific Islander new work later in 2014. 

Leslie co-organized the first and co-directed the 2nd Freedom and Focus International Fitzmaurice Voicework® Conference in Barcelona and Vancouver, respectively. She continues to be a part of their international organizing team. Leslie was a co-organizer of a Los Angeles diversity/inclusion task force that presented the breakout session "Allies Eliminating Racism in Theatre" at the Theatre Communication Group’s (TCG) National Conference at Boston in June 2012, which led her to co-facilitating the first ever TCG Fall Forum on Diversity and Inclusion in November 2012, and OSF’s diversity/inclusion training sessions under the guidance of Carmen Morgan, the Director of Leadership Development for Interethnic Relations in November-December 2012. She will be presenting another breakout session, "Establishing Asian Pacific Islander Visibility In American Theatre," at the TCG National Conference in San Diego this month (June 2014). Leslie has been a keynote and featured presenter at voice and qualitative research conferences in Vancouver, BC; Mexico City, Mexico; Barcelona, Spain; and Vienna, Austria. 

99 Histories will have its run in September 2014. With Leslie on board at the helm, Artists at Play is even more excited to be staging this play. Stay in touch through our blog, Facebook, or Twitter as we continue to work towards opening! 

For actors interested in auditioning, casting info available here.

The Writer Julia Cho

Artists at Play is proud to announce that our 2014 fall production will be the Los Angeles premiere of 99 Histories by Julia Cho

Julia Cho, playwright
An award-winning writer, Julia Cho was born in Los Angeles and later moved with her family to Arizona. After studying English at Amherst College, she received master’s degrees from both UC Berkeley (in English Literature) and New York University (in Playwriting). She then went on to complete the playwriting program at The Juilliard School.

Ms. Cho's plays include The Language Archive (2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), The Piano Teacher, Durango, BFE, and The Architecture of Loss. Her work has been produced at theatres such as The Vineyard Theatre, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, East West Players, and Cincinnati Playhouse.

A finalist of the 2002 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, 99 Histories received its world premiere from Mu Performing Arts. With staged readings at New York Theatre Workshop, South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, Mark Taper Forum, and Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, the play was also workshopped by Cherry Lane Alternative. 

Artists at Play is thrilled to share Julia Cho's writing, with veteran actor/director/educator Leslie Ishii directing our production. Join us this fall for the L.A. premiere of 99 Histories

For actors interested in auditioning, casting info available here.

Auditions for 99 HISTORIES (L.A. premiere)

Artists at Play will hold auditions for the roles listed below as part of their upcoming production, 99 Histories by Julia Cho (Los Angeles premiere). Please send headshots/resumes to AAP.casting@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 4

99 Histories 
Producers: Julia Cho (not the writer), Peter J. Kuo, Stefanie Wong Lau, Marie-Reine Velez 
Associate Producer: Nicholas Pilapil 
Author: Julia Cho
Director: Leslie Ishii 

Contract: 99-Seat Theatre Equity Waiver 
Rehearsals: August - September 2014 
Previews: early September 2014
Performances: throughout September 2014 
(possible extension to early October) 

Auditions: Saturday, June 14, 2014

Callbacks: Sunday, June 15, 2014 

Auditions and callbacks will be held in Alhambra. Rehearsals will be held in Downtown L.A. (subject to change).

Union and non-union actors eligible to submit. To be considered for this project, email your headshot/ resume to AAP.casting@gmail.comSubmission deadline is Wednesday, June 4. Script is available through Dramatists Play Service. 


EUNICE (UNDERSTUDY ONLY) – Female, Korean American, late 20s. Former cello prodigy. After family tragedy, channeled pain into music until mental illness forced her to quit playing altogether. Now pregnant, has returned home to live with her mother. 

SAH-JIN – Female, Korean, mother to Eunice, 50s. Loves her daughter but fails to understand her.



DANIEL MERRITT – Male, Caucasian, 20s. American missionary in Korea. (Double cast with JOE.) PLEASE NOTE ANY CELLO EXPERIENCE.

JOE – Male, Caucasian, ex-boyfriend of EUNICE and father of her unborn child. (Double cast with DANIEL.) 

PAUL – Male, Korean American, early 30s. Handsome young doctor, potential mate for EUNICE in the eyes of SAH-JIN... despite the fact that he's already engaged. 

SYNOPSIS: 99 Histories is a story about the bonds between mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts. Eunice, a 29-year-old Korean American cello prodigy, comes home pregnant and unmarried, and tries to mend her relationship with her mother. Haunted by violent memories, Eunice must confront her ghosts before she can move forward. In this riveting and poignant drama of memory, legacy and home, what is remembered might be made up, and the only homelands that seem to exist are imaginary.