East West Players
Established in 1965, East West Players is the nation’s leading Asian American theater company and the nation’s longest running theater of color for our award-winning productions that blend Eastern and Western customs and traditions. In over 50 years of history, East West Players has since premiered more than 228 plays and musicals, along with over 1,000 diverse readings and workshops for actors, writers, and directors. Our company continues to build platforms for artists of color while advocating for multi-faceted representations of the Asian Pacific American experience in the performing arts.
Lauren Yee (Playwright)
Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, with music by Dengue Fever, premiered at South Coast Rep, subsequent productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep, Signature Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Jungle Theatre. Her play The Great Leap has been produced at the Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, and Steppenwolf with future productions at Long Wharf and Asolo Rep. Honors include the Doris Duke Artists Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton and the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List. She’s a Residency 5 playwright at Signature Theatre, New Dramatists members, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member and Playwrights Realm Alumni playwright. TV credits include Pachinko (Apple); Soundtrack (Netflix). Current commissions include Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, and South Coast Rep. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. | laurenyee.com
BD Wong (Director)
Broadway: M. Butterfly (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Clarence Derwent, Theater World Awards), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Pacific Overtures. Authored the critically-acclaimed memoir Following Foo (Harper Entertainment). Directed and co-wrote Alice Chan (La Jolla Playhouse POP Tour, co-written with Robert Lee), The Yellow Wood (NYMF) and Speak Up Connie (All For One Festival). Off-Broadway: As Thousands Cheer, Shanghai Moon, A Language of Their Own. Television: Mr. Robot (Emmy and Critics Choice nominations), Something’s Killing Me, Gotham, American Horror Story: Apocalypse, Law & Order: SVU (eleven seasons), Oz, All-American Girl, Awkwafina is Nora From Queens (January 2020). Film: Bird Box, Focus, The Salton Sea, Mulan, Seven Years in Tibet, Father of the Bride. Principal photography for Jurassic World 3 (his fourth of the “Jurassic” franchise) begins in 2020. Currently directing the ongoing workshop of Mr. Holland’s Opus, the musical adaptation that he co-wrote with composer Wayne Barker, at the Wilson Center of Performing Arts in Wilmington, NC. He sits on the Boards of Trustees of Rosie’s Theater Kids and the Actor’s Fund of America.
Fran de Leon (Assistant Director)
LA Native Fran de Leon is Co-Artistic Director of Will & Company, an ensemble member of Critical Mass Performance Group, and a guest director at the Garry Marshall Theater. Her one person show, Faces of America, has been performed in 49 states, including performances for the United Nations Associations, California and New York. Fran has worked with Center Theater Group, South Coast Rep, Playmakers’ Rep, Cornerstone Theater, East West Players, Artists at Play, and Playwrights’ Arena. Writer/Director credits include commissioned work for Segerstrom Center’s Arts Teach, TreePeople, and Twelfth Night Rep. Latest TV credits include Criminal Minds, Speechless, and a recurring role in For The People. Recently, Fran performed in an immersive, devised theater piece in a co-production for Cornerstone Theater and CMPG. Currently, she is in development for a new play about Filipino-American WWII veterans to be presented by Center Theater Group’s Community Readings next year.
Lex Liang (Scenic & Costume Designer)
NYC/Off-Broadway: 50+ productions – recent work includes Antigone, Nine Circles, and The Bacchae. Regional: Alliance Theatre, Asolo Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Geva Theatre, The Guthrie, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Miami New Drama, Paper Mill Playhouse, Portland Stage, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Tantrum Theater, Woolly Mammoth, and others. Liang is the principal/ founder of LDC Design Associates, an experiential event and bespoke interiors design and production company in NYC. Recent projects include Ubuntu Pathways: Fight For Good, Operation Smile’s 35th Anniversary Gala, The Tony Awards Gala and BCBG’s 30 Year Retrospective, NYFW 2019. Member, United Scenic Artists-829. | LexLiang.com
Rebecca Bonebrake (Lighting Designer)
Bonebrake is excited to be making her Pasadena Playhouse debut. A Los Angeles based Lighting Designer, Bonebrake’s recent credits include Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (The Fountain Theatre in association with East West Players), Man of God (East West Players), and Death and Cockroaches (Chalk Repertory Theatre). Bonebrake is a member of the Artistic Circle at Chalk Rep and holds an MFA in Lighting Design from UC San Diego. Beyond her theater work Bonebrake is an architectural lighting designer, primarily working on themed entertainment projects. | rebeccabonebrake.com
Leon Rothenberg (Sound Designer)
Pasadena Playhouse: Our Town. Recent Broadway: Hillary and Clinton, The Waverly Gallery, Mike Birbiglia’s The New One, The Boys in the Band. Regional: Huntington Theatre, La Mirada Performing Arts Center, Two River Theater, A.C.T., City Theatre Pittsburgh, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Portland Center Stage, Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NY Stage and Film. Recent New York/Off-Broadway: NYCC, Primary Stages, Second Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club. International: Cirque du Soleil, National Theatre of Cyprus, and Dijon International Festival. Tony Award for Sound Design: The Nance. Online: klaxson.net
Hana S. Kim (Projection Designer)
Regional/Off-Broadway: American Conservatory Theater: Sweat (dir. Loretta Greco); Public Theater: Eve’s Song (dir. Jo Bonney); Baltimore Center Stage: Fun Home, The Christians (dir. Hana Sharif); South Coast Rep: Little Black Shadows (dir. May Adrales). LA Opera: Wonderful Town (dir. David Lee); New York City Opera and Long Beach Opera: Fallujah (dir. Andreas Mitisek). Video Art Installation: Oxy Arts: Rustle and Cry; Annenberg Space of Photography: Pearls of the Planet; Baryshnikov Arts Center in NY: Emille. Awards: Richard E. Sherwood Awards, Princess Grace Award in Theater Design, Helen Hayes Award, Theater Bay Area Critics Circle Award, StageScene LA Award, Stage Raw Award. Online: hananow.com | @hana.s.kim
Brandon Hong Cheng (Stage Manager)
Cheng is a San Francisco native and a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, with a B.A. in Technical Theater. He is excited to help bring The Great Leap to its Los Angeles premiere. Other premiere credits include Man of God with East West Players, and The Chinese Lady with Artists at Play. Selected credits include Mamma Mia! (East West Players), Allegiance (Japanese American Cultural & Community Center/EWP), Vampire Lesbians of Sodom (Door Ajar Theatre), 2012 – The Musical (San Francisco Mime Troupe), and Conf(USED) (Youth for Asian Theater). Cheng wants to thank his family and friends for all of their love and support. Enjoy the show!
Lydia Runge (Assistant Stage Manager)
Runge is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a B.S. in Stage Management and is excited to be working with Pasadena Playhouse for the first time. She most recently worked as a stage manager with the educational theater program at Kaiser Permanente. Past credits include: Mamma Mia!, Man of God, As We Babble On, Allegiance: LA Premiere (EWP); Two Mile Hollow (Artists at Play); Company, and One Man, Two Guvnors (UWL). Member of Actors’ Equity Association.