NAATCO concludes its
25th Anniversary Season
the East Coast premiere of
By MJ Kaufman
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
Produced by NAATCO
Mia Katigbak, Artistic & Producing Director | Peter Kim, Associate Producer
October 24 – 29
November 1 – 19
Mondays – Saturdays, 7pm Saturday, 3pm
At 3LD Art & Technology Center
80 Greenwich Street, NYC | Studio B
Archer, still known as Angela to his family, returns home to Central Oregon to be with his ailing father. With a hard-of-hearing Grandma obsessed with planning her “granddaughter’s” wedding, a father who keeps sneaking out for sugar binges, and a mother wound tightly with worry and anger, Archer goes through the transitions of life and death, growth and decay, and the passage of time, revealing the enduring ties between the roots beneath our feet and the mysteries of the human heart.
Designers: Kimie Nishikawa (sets); Oliver Wason (Lights); Brynn Almli (costumes); Miles Polaski (sound); Chloe Kirkwood (props); Thomas Kavanagh (projections); Kate Katigbak (postcard/animation) |Puppet Master: Tom Lee
Production Stage Manager: Maddie Gartenstein*
Cast: Daniel K. Isaac*, Mia Katigbak*, Glenn Kubota*, Bex Kwan, Virginia Wing*
*Member of Actors Equity Associaiton
October 24: All tickets $10
October 25 – 29: $25
November 1 – 12: $30
November 14 – 19: $40
Early Bird Special: $25 for any performance if ordered by September 30.
NAATCO is dedicated to increasing and fortifying the representation of Asian Americans on the American stage through three programs: American and European classics with all-Asian American casts; adaptations of these classics by Asian American playwrights; plays written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but presented with all-Asian American casts. SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA represents this last program.
About NAATCO, National Asian American Theater Company
The OBIE Award-winning NAATCO, National Asian American Theater Company, concludes their 25th anniversary season with the New York Premiere of MJ Kaufman's Sagittarius Ponderosa. Ken Rus Schmoll directs an all-Asian American cast that includes Daniel K. Isaac (of TV's "Billions"), Mia Katigbak Glenn Kubota, Bex Kwan and Virginia Wing. This Off-Broadway limited engagement at 3LD (80 Greenwich Street at Rector) will begin performances October 24th, with Opening Night set for October 31st. Performances continue through November 19th only. This is the final offering of the 25th Anniversary Season, representing the third of NAATCO's three programs: a play not written by, for, or about Asian Americans, but presented with an all-Asian American cast.
MJ Kaufman is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia whose work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, the New Museum, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Page73, Colt Coeur, Yale School of Drama, Lark Play Development Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theater, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project and performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., and the Huntington Theatre, where MJ is also a playwriting fellow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers’ Group, a core playwright at InterAct Theatre, a member of the WP Theater Lab, and Colt Coeur Company member. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and recently received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ has taught playwriting at Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase College, the University of the Arts and as a teaching fellow at Yale College.
Ken Rus Schmoll's recent credits include Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, Anne Washburn’s Antlia Pneumatica at Playwrights Horizons, Max Posner’s Judy for Page 73, Kate E. Ryan’s Card and Gift for Clubbed Thumb, Jenny Schwartz and Todd Almond’s Iowa at Playwrights Horizons, Ayad Akhtar’s The Invisible Hand at New York Theatre Workshop, John Banville’s Love in the Wars at Bard SummerScape, and George Brant’s Grounded for Page 73. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, co-mentor of the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, a three-time Sundance Theatre Institute alum, a former co-chair of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the recipient of two Obie Awards and a Lucille Lortel nomination. Upcoming: Annie Baker’s John at ACT, Tony Meneses’s The Women of Padilla at Two River Theatre, and a workshop of Anne Washburn’s 12-hour play The Octavia at the University of Washington School of Drama.
Sagittarius Ponderosa will have scenic design by Kimie Nishikawa, costume design by Brynn Almli, lighting design by Oliver Wason, projections design by Thomas Kavanagh, puppet design by Tom Lee; and sound design by Miles Polaski. Props Supervisor is Chloe Kirkwood.
Under the leadership of Artistic Producing Director Mia Katigbak and co-founder Richard Eng, NAATCO was founded in 1989 to assert the presence and significance of Asian American theatre in the United States, demonstrating its vital contributions to the fabric of American culture by offering European and American classics as written with all Asian American casts; adaptations of these classics by Asian American playwrights; and new plays - preferably world premieres - written by non-Asian Americans, not for or about Asian Americans, but realized by an all Asian American cast. NAATCO puts into service its total commitment to Asian American theatre artists to more accurately represent onstage the multi- and inter-cultural dynamics of our society. By doing so, they demonstrate a rich tapestry of cultural difference bound by the American experience. The enrichment accrues to each different culture as well as to America as a whole. NAATCO performs the western classical repertory as written, with no forced Asian cultural associations. The repertory's importance comes not only through the valuable training it provides for theatrical craft, but also from its ability to reach across ethnic boundaries to illuminate abiding characteristics of human nature. For her performance in the 2013 production of Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing!, Mia Katigbak won an OBIE Award. She is also the recipient of the 2016 Lilly "Trailblazing" Award Honoring Achievements of Women in the Theater. NAATCO was the recipient of the 2016 Ross Wetzsteon Award and the 2012-13 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women for their work “highlighting the multi- and intercultural dynamics of our society” and the 2006 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors' Equity Association in recognition of its contribution toward increasing diversity and non-traditional casting in American theatre. NAATCO received an OBIE Grant in 2000 in recognition of the season’s productions: William Finn’s Falsettoland and the Brecht/Weill pieces, He Who Says Yes/He Who Says No. For more information, visit www.naatco.org.
Sagittarius Ponderosa is produced and presented at 3LD Art & Technology Center, which creates and supports challenging large-scale art within a financially sustainable environment. 3LD's goals are to create viable growth oriented business models for experimental art production, revitalize the experimental tradition in New York by improving the working conditions and quality of production, and foster a community of artists who work cooperatively and aggressively to address their own barriers. In order to achieve these goals, 3LD creates, re-distributes, and re-imagines resources that drive core cost reduction while increasing capacity and revenue.