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Song & Grace: Table Reading & Script Workshop

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Unfinished Works Screenplay Reading and Workshop Series Featuring New Women Writers

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Film Lab is proud to host and sponsor a series of new screenplay readings and workshops this fall! Join us to hear professional actors read new scripts from some talented emerging authors on topics ranging from the immigrant experience to a sinister kidnapping. The workshop portion of the event gives you - the audience member - the chance to directly impact the script and storyline. Network with writers and actors and be a part of the show.

Our October 8th reading will feature Song & Grace, in which a Chinese-American immigrant, Song, struggles to communicate across a language barrier with her American granddaughter, who doesn't speak Chinese.

Song & Grace is a short film written by Maisa Chiang. Maisa Chiang is Brooklyn-based writer who has lived many lives: as a competitive figure skater, headhunter, and now filmmaker. She draws on her experiences to tell character-focused stories that star people underrepresented in mainstream media.

The workshop portion - in which you get to interact directly with the writer to provide her with your thoughts and insights on the piece - will be moderated by Emmy nominated Film Lab volunteer and Author's Guild lawyer, Cheryl L. Davis. Cheryl received a WGA Award and a Daytime Emmy nomination for her work on As the World Turns. She is currently writing for L&O:SVU (in its historic 21st season) on a freelance basis. She received the Kleban Award (as a librettist) for her musical “Barnstormer”, about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. Her play Maid’s Door won seven Audelco Awards and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize, and her play Swimming Uptown received an Honorable Mention in the Kilroys 2017 List. Her play The Color of Justice (commissioned by Theatreworks/USA), received excellent reviews in the New York Times and Daily News, and tours regularly. Her musical Bridges, commissioned by the Berkeley Playhouse, premiered in 2016 and received three nominations from the San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle. Her commissions include: Disney Theatrical Group, ClearChannel Entertainment, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Birmingham Children’s Theatre. She was the sole script writer for the health-related radio drama, Staying Well in Camberwell, and was one of the writing team for the web soap opera Our World. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including the Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Kennedy Center. She is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild.

The cast includes actors from the Film Lab Actor Directory and consists of Wai Ching Ho, Jennifer Betit Yen, Ariel Estrada, and Roy Koshy.

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Wai Ching Ho is a New York based actor. She is a veteran stage performer and speaks both Mandarin and Cantonese fluently, with the latter being her native tongue. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she can be currently seen in the film HUSTLERS. On T.V. she is best know as Madame Gao in numerous episodes of DAREDEVIL, IRON FIST and THE DEFENDERS. She will be appearing on stage in early 2020 in ENDLINGS at the New York Theatre Workshop. Other works she is known for include The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) and Robot Stories (2003). https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0387395/

Roy Koshy is an actor, writer, and comedian based in New York City. In addition to numerous theatrical productions, he has acted in videos for adultswim.com and Fast Company, and can be seen in the feature films How to be Single and A Hint of Disorder. Roy has performed improvisation and sketch comedy at the Magnet Theater, the Annoyance Theater, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Roy also performs with Story Pirates and various other educational theater companies around New York City. https://magnettheater.com/people/roy-koshy

Jennifer Betit Yen is a bi-coastal actor (New Amsterdam (NBC), Search Party (TBS), Royal Pains (USA)), writer (The Opposite of a Fairy Tale) and writer/producer (La La Land, IWATTAU, Mirror Mirror). She has received mentions by The New York Times, Broadway World and Backstage Magazine for her acting work. Jennifer also has the distinction of having a DAY named after her in New York City! New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and the First Lady named Jennifer the official honoree of the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration at Gracie Mansion, commending her for her acting and activism work, and officially proclaimed May 9, 2019, "Jennifer Betit Yen Day" in New York City. In her spare time, she boxes and enjoys fine vegan dining with her husband and running with her beloved rescue mutt. www.jen-yen.com

Ariel Estrada is an entertainer, producer, and arts administrator. As a passionate advocate for the arts, Ariel helps nonprofit organizations get their mission and message out into the world. He was recently inducted in New York Foundation for the Arts’ Emerging Arts Leader Boot Camp Program. In 2018, his work as an arts advocate was recognized by Theatre Communications Group in his designation as a Rising Leader of Color. He has served as a development advisor for several Asian American performance companies, including National Asian Artists Project (Baayork Lee, Founder and Artistic Director) and Amaterasu Za (Ako Dachs, Founder and Artistic Director), as well as career coach for scores of early career performing artists of color. As the Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab, Ariel has produced over 50 events, productions, and short films since 2011. Most recently, he served as Executive Producer for the organization’s 2018 event THE WALL, a two-show series of performances in support of the immigration advocacy group Immigrant Families Together. www.arielestrada.com

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