Artists at Play is proud to be a Community Partner at this year's Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Check out Farah Goes Bang by USC School of Cinematic Arts alumna Meera Menon, screening on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

About Farah Goes Bang
Enlisted for political canvassing in support of the John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign, Farah, K.J. and Roopa jump at the opportunity. On the cusp of full-fledged adulthood and first true freedom, they are determined to make their experience memorable. Farah has set upon a mission, as deeply committed as her view on social change, of finally losing her virginity. We are invited along for her often bumpy, but never boring and always hilarious ride towards carnal knowledge.
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Donate to AAP Yard Sale Fundraiser

Tired of all those things you never use taking up space in your home? AND you want to help put on a show? Here's your chance!

As we prepare for the next Artists at Play production, we will be holding a yard sale to raise funds. YOU can be a part of our annual Artists at Play Epic Yard Sale Fundraiser! How, you ask?

Donate Stuff!
Why not take this opportunity to clean house and help support our artistic endeavors? COLLECTING DONATIONS NOW (until Friday, April 25). We ask that all items are clean and in usable condition, and please note that larger/specialty items will help us reach our goal (NO TUBE TV'S OR VCR'S). To make pick-up/drop-off arrangements, email us at

Photo by Mike Park
Photo by Mike Park

Below are items that sold particularly well last year:

• FURNITURE (end tables, coffee tables, bookcases, bed frames, etc.)
• KITCHEN APPLIANCES (coffeemakers, rice cookers, electric grills, etc.)
• ELECTRONICS (CD players, DVD players, game consoles, cell phones, etc.)
• HOME DECOR (vases, picture frames, etc.)
• CDs & DVDs 

Buy Stuff!

Our yard sale will be on Saturday, May 3rd. We'll be in lovely South Pasadena (just off the 110 N) on Mission Street (one block east of Fair Oaks Avenue). [MAP] We have specialty items from last year still available; check out the purses and dresses on our Facebook page. Snag them now by emailing us or leaving a comment on the photo of the item you want!

Thank you for your support. What a great way to get rid of your stuff... and support theatre!

Artists at Play Readings 2014

Marabella by Boni B. Alvarez

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen

Continuing our mission to present stories of underrepresented communities, Artists at Play will develop and showcase two new works to the Los Angeles theatre community for our second springtime reading series.

Expanding upon our mainstage fall production, Artists at Play hopes to develop talented writers whose works deserve to be shared with our local audience. Also, in the midst of a national discussion on the lack of diversity in American theatre, we are proud to present plays that feature hugely diverse casts including an eclectic array of female characters.

Playwrights like Boni B. Alvarez and Qui Nguyen provide unique voices that shed light on the complexities of relationships and humanity. This is why we find their plays so dynamic, stories that both intrigue and excite us.

The readings will be presented on Sunday, April 6, at the Women's Club of South Pasadena. Marabella will be presented at 2 p.m., and She Kills Monsters at 5 p.m.

Each play will be followed by a talkback. All readings are complimentary. Pre-sale $15 ticket includes dinner, hosted bar and dessert reception. (Tickets are $20 at the door.)

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Artists at Play Readings 2014: Meet the Actors

Artists at Play is proud to present the talented performers who will be taking part in the 2014 Artists at Play Readings on Sunday, April 6. Get your tickets now!


Cast of Marabella


In the title role is Fran de Leon, associate artistic director of Will & Company, whose credits include Dogeaters and 365Days/365Plays (CTG). Her beloved Jason is played by Blake Boyd, who has appeared in over 40 theatre, film and television productions including The Cable Guy and ER. As Jason's sons are Brendan Bradley, featured in over 100 webisodes and short videos as well as the upcoming A Streetcar Named Desire at LA Opera; and Jeremy Lelliott, artistic director of Coeurage Theatre Company, who has worked in theatre for over 20 years. As their live-in tutor is Juliet Naulin, who had notable TV roles in Power Rangers in Space and Unfabulous.

In a nod to its classic Greek origins, there is a female "chorus" with Hilary Ward, founding member of Chalk Rep, whose recent TV credits include Criminal Minds and Grey's AnatomyStephanie Berlanga, actor and special education teacher, who has performed at Skylight Theatre and Attic Theatre; Marie Ponce, who has worked with Chalk Rep and CASA 0101; Maria Pasquarelli, star of her own web series Makin' It, who has performed with Watts Village Theater Company. Anjelika Washington will read stage directions.


Cast of She Kills Monsters


Playing the reluctant heroine who finds herself in an action-packed D&D adventure is singer/songwriter Jane Lui of Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog: Live! and her own YouTube channel Luieland. As her deceased younger sister is our own Julia Cho of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, most recently seen on Scandal. The cast also includes founder of Gam3rcon Brian Archer and Annalice Heinz from GAM3RS the PlayPaul Dateh (PaulDateh, YouTube), Claire Kaplan (Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog: Live!), Genevieve Lee (Cherry Bomb Comedy, YouTube), Albert Park (The Car Plays, La Jolla Playhouse), Alden Ray (The Neighbors), Cynthia San Luis (Untitled Murder Project 2.0) and singer/dancer NRaca.

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The Plays, Playwrights and Directors

As part of our second reading series, Artists at Play will present Marabella by Boni B. Alvarez along with She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. Learn more about the respective playwrights and directors below, then join us for the readings on Sunday, April 6. Tickets available here.

When her baby's father loses his wife, Marabella returns to her beloved Jason and his two sons whom she once nannied... and the attractive new tutor. A contemporary adaptation of Medea that leads a multi-ethnic cast in a thrilling and provocative journey.

Boni B. Alvarez (Playwright) is a Los Angeles-based playwright whose plays include Dallas Non-Stop, Dusty De Los Santos, The Special Education of Miss Lorna Combonga, Poke Back, and Ruby, Tragically Rotund. His plays have been produced/developed by Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Chalk Rep, Skylight Theatre, The Vagrancy, and Second Generation (2g). He won a 20/20 Development Award from InterAct Theatre and has been a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project, and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission. He attended Sarah Lawrence College (BA), ART/MXAT Institute at Harvard University (MFA), and USC (MFA).

Peter J. Kuo (Director) is a co-founder of Artists at Play, and an L.A. based theatre artist and administrator. His written plays, The Amazing Wedding Race and Three Steps Back, were developed in East West Players' David Henry Hwang Writers Institute. He wrote the book for The Antique Shop with composer Nathan Wang. Commonly known as a director, his directing credits include: Ching Chong Chinaman, Ordinary Days, Songs for a New World and Letters to a Student Revolutionary. As an arts administrator he's worked at South Coast Repertory, East West Players and LA Stage Alliance, among others.

Tiffany Moon (Dramaturg) is a dramaturg and theatre manager devoted to the development and production of new works. She is a member of the reading committee and the general manager of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and is currently associate-producing Alice Tuan's Hit with Los Angeles Theatre Center. In addition, she leads post-show conversations and guides audience members through lobby engagement activities at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Tiffany will graduate with her MFA/MBA in Theatre Management from CSULB in May, where she serves as the general manager of California Repertory Company.

She Kills Monsters
After the passing of her younger sister, Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook. What follows is a journey of self-discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. An homage to the geek and warrior in all of us.

Qui Nguyen (Playwright) Originally from Arkansas, Qui Nguyen is a Brooklyn-based writer, fight choreographer, and co-artistic director of the OBIE award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. His scripts include Krunk Fu Battle Battle (East West Players); Bike Wreck (produced at Youngblood and Metropolitan Playhouse); Trial By Water (produced at Ma-Yi Theater/Queens Theatre in the Park); Aliens Vs. Cheerleaders (Keen Teens); and the critically acclaimed Vampire Cowboys productions of The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G, Alice in Slasherland, Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel, Living Dead in Denmark, Stained Glass Ugly, A Beginner's Guide to Deicide, Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, and Soul Samurai. Additionally, he is a resident playwright of New Dramatists, a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, co-director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, an alumnus of Youngblood, and an advanced actor/combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has an MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.

Andy Lowe (Director) Finalist of the California Young Playwrights (1994), Founding Artistic Director of the Asian American Repertory Theatre ('95-'05), Andy Lowe has been a producer of events and writer, director and/or producer of over 50 theatrical productions throughout San Diego. Receiving two mayoral commendations, he was recognized as one of 2001's "Top 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under the Age of 30" by Political Circus Magazine. From 2007–12, Andy served as “Theatre-in-Residence Program Coordinator” for the La Jolla Playhouse, while developing projects as producer/director of including a nationally recognized stage adaptation of Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog” (2011).  Andy is an advisor for Gam3rCon San Diego and current Production Manager for East West Players.

Come enjoy the readings on Sunday, April 6 and stay for dinner, drinks and dessert! Get your tickets now:

Artists at Play: Year in Review

Since our founding in 2011, Artists at Play has been successful because of you. As we embark on our fourth year, we hope you continue to support Artists at Play. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us accomplish our mission of presenting shows created by Asian American artists that tell the stories of communities underrepresented in Los Angeles theatre.

In 2014, Artists at Play will expand our programming as we continue to cultivate and build relationships with the next generation of theatre artists and audience members. Our fall production will be another Los Angeles premiere by an Asian American playwright, building on the artistic quality and professionalism of our inaugural show Ching Chong Chinaman by Lauren Yee, sophomore production, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them by A. Rey Pamatmat and this past year’s Cowboy Versus Samurai by Michael Golamco.

Please consider helping Artists at Play reach our goals in 2014 with an online tax-deductible donation. Your contribution makes you a partner in our mission to curate quality theatre in Los Angeles. 
Thank you!


Last year, Artists at Play brought you more theatre with a new reading series and our third Los Angeles premiere in three years…

In the spring, we shared two plays by Los Angeles playwrights Alice Tuan and our own Peter J. Kuo as a part of the inaugural Artists at Play Readings.

Our epic yard sale has become a great way for folks to focus on spring cleaning as well as pick up great secondhand finds. If you're already setting items aside or coming up with a wishlist, we're happy to oblige!

In the fall, we took you on a trip to Breakneck, Wyoming with the Los Angeles premiere of Cowboy Versus Samurai by Michael Golamco.

Right on the heels of Cowboy Versus Samurai, we attended the Ovation Awards to support the nominated cast of our 2012 production Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. We were proud to attend and celebrate Los Angeles theatre!

To cap off 2013, we celebrated the holiday season by “Making Spirits Bright” at our very first holiday party dancing the night away with fun and boozy prizes on hand. 

That's our recap of our 2013, and we can't wait to see you in the new year!

2013 Publicity

2013 Press Releases
3-6-13 Announcing Artists at Play Readings
6-17-13 AAP Presents Michael Golamco's Cowboy Versus Samurai
8-29-13 AAP L.A. Premiere of Comedic Plays Tackles Interracial Dating 

2013 Press Coverage
1-16-13 (GLAAD Media Awards Nominations ...) 

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Cowboy Versus Samurai - Sept. 26 - Oct. 20, 2013

West Liang and Feodor Chin in Cowboy Versus Samurai.
Photo by Michael C. Palma

Julia Cho and West Liang in Cowboy Versus Samurai.
Photo by Michael C. Palma

Julia Cho and Daniel Vincent Gordh in Cowboy Versus Samurai.
Photo by Michael C. Palma

Daniel Vincent Gordh and West Liang in Cowboy Versus Samurai.
Photo by Michael C. Palma

West Liang in Cowboy Versus Samurai.
Photo by Michael C. Palma

West Liang in Cowboy Versus Samurai.
Photo by Michael C. Palma

The cast and crew of Cowboy Versus Samurai.
Photo by Michael C. Palma

The understudies of Cowboy Versus Samurai;Tyler Wolfe, Elaine Loh, Julian Yuen and Michael Barnum
Photo by Michael C. Palma

Julia Cho and West Liang in rehearsal for
Cowboy Versus Samurai. Photo by Michael C Palma

West Liang in rehearsal for
Cowboy Versus Samurai. Photo by Michael C Palma

Feodor Chin and West Liang in rehearsal for
Cowboy Versus Samurai. Photo by Michael C Palma

Feodor Chin and West Liang in rehearsal for
Cowboy Versus Samurai. Photo by Michael C Palma

Daniel Vincent Gordh and West Liang in rehearsal for
Cowboy Versus Samurai. Photo by Michael C Palma

Julia Cho and Feodor Chin in rehearsal for
Cowboy Versus Samurai. Photo by Michael C Palma

Cowboy Versus Samurai Playwright
Michael Golamco

Feodor Chin to play "Chester" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai

Julia Cho to play "Veronica" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai

Daniel Vincent Gordh to play "Del" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai
West Liang to play "Travis" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai

Michael Barnum to understudy "Chester" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai

Elaine Loh to understudy 
"Veronica" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai

Tyler Wolfe to understudy "Del" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai

Julian Yuen to understudy "Travis" in
Cowboy Versus Samurai

The cast and crew of Cowboy Versus Samurai at first rehearsal.