untitled Waifu play.

Written by Char Nakashima-Conway
Directed by Jonathan Chang

Saturday, June 11 @ 7PM
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sixteen-year-old Zavier finds an online community that could quell his longing for intimacy; the platonic, the romantic, the sexual.

or not.

a play about

love,

fetishization,

loneliness,

and the conundrum of dating yourself while hating yourself.

Featuring Jaesung Hwang (Zavier), Miranda Kang (Keiko) Ethan Jones (Russ), Gianna Milici (Nebula), Jason Wang (Owen), Ting Ting Wang (Izanami)

Director: Jonathan Chang
Playwright: Char Nakashima-Conway
Stage Manager: Tatiana Chew
Projections Designer: Yash Goyal
Movement Coordinator: Marissa Stamps
Costume Designer: Sally Chen
Lighting Designer: Persephone Squires
Sound Designers: Ella Danyluk & Abri Berg
Dramaturg: Jessy Dong
Producer: Ava Novak

 

 

 

JONATHAN CHANG [he/him/his] is a Taiwanese-American theater director based in NYC. He graduated from New York University with a BFA in Drama. As a director, he is excited about showcasing talent and work of Asian descent as well as multimedia theater utilizing video games. His recent works include Untitled Gamer Play, American Born Chinese, Illusory Life, and untitled Waifu play: an abridged workshop Outside of directing, Jonathan works at Second Stage Theater as the Artistic Assistant. Outside of theater, he’s been working on how to teach his Animal Crossing villagers the choreography to K-Pop group TWICE’s song “FANCY.”

CHAR NAKASHIMA-CONWAY (she/her/hers) is a playwright, poet and performer from Oakland, California, currently based in Brooklyn. She recently performed at The Hundredth Hill Emerging Theatre Artist Residency in Bloomington, Indiana, in various new works, and in the national tour of Children’s Crusade. As a writer – whom initially learned to read and write through JRPGs – Char is fascinated by internet subcultures and human connection within that context. Inspired by forum sites, role-playing games and folklore in the digital age, she strives to turn intangible spaces physical. She also strives to someday write something, anything, remotely as wonderful as the Napoleon storyline from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure?