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Chinglish: Cast and Creative Team

Posted by Claudie Fisher | 11 December 2013

CHINGLISH
By David Henry Hwang
 
Cast

Tina Chilip*....................................................................Xi Yan

Lily Tung Crystal*..........................................................Hotel Manager/Prosecutor Li

Jeff Locker*....................................................................Peter Timms

Rachel Lu*.....................................................................Miss Qian/Zhao

Peter O'Connor*.............................................................Daniel Cavanaugh

Yuekun Wu*...................................................................Bing/Judge Xu Geming

Jian Xin*........................................................................Cai Guoliang
 

 

 

Creative Team

David Henry Hwang............................................................Playwright

May Adrales........................................................................Director
 
Timothy R. Mackabee..........................................................Scenic and Projection Designer

Jeff Cone..............................................................................Costume Designer

Seth Reiser...........................................................................Lighting Designer

Casi Pacilio...........................................................................Sound Designer

Jana Crenshaw......................................................................Composer

Mark Tynan*.........................................................................Stage Manager

Stephen Kriz Gardner............................................................Production Assistant
 
Harriet Bass...........................................................................Casting
 
Jane Chen...............................................................................Cultural Consultant
 
*Member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
 
 
Cast Biographies

Tina Chilip (Xi Yan)
Tina Chilip is thrilled to make her Portland Center Stage debut with her fourth David Henry Hwang play. She has previously been in M. Butterfly (Guthrie Theater), Yellow Face (TheatreWorks in California) and twice in Golden Child (Signature Theatre in New York - dir. Leigh Silverman; and the Cultural Center of the Philippines). Other New York credits: A Dream Play (National Asian American Theater Company), Flipzoids (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Joy Luck Club (Pan Asian Repertory Theatre), Sweet Karma (Queens Theatre in the Park), Twelfth Night (Leviathan Lab). Other regional credits: Trinity Repertory Company, Marin Shakespeare Company and others. TV: Royal Pains. Upcoming: The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the feature film Air Disturbance. Training: M.F.A., Brown/Trinity.  www.tinachilip.com
 
 
Lily Tung Crystal
(
Hotel Manager/Prosecutor Li)
Lily is thrilled and grateful to be making her Portland Center Stage debut. She is a native Californian who has performed with theatre companies in San Francisco, New York and Shanghai, including Magic Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, Playwrights Foundation, The New Group and Women’s Project Theater. Favorite shows include: Private Lives (Amanda), Grease (Rizzo), Cabaret (Lulu), Tough Titty (Rachel Li/Rashida) and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (Korean #2), for which she was nominated for a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award. Lily also created the role of Mrs. Park in Jay Kuo's new musical Worlds Apart and Tye Leung Schulze in Tye, her solo show about the first Chinese-American woman to vote. Lily is the founding co-artistic director of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company in San Francisco. Love and thanks to Mom, Eric and Cole for making dreams possible. www.lilytungcrystal.com
 
Jeff Locker (Peter Timms)
Jeff is thrilled to be making his PCS debut, especially in a show that hits so close to home! He was an actor and award-winning TV/radio personality in Taiwan and China for 15 years, best known for his portrayal of Bush in Golden Bell-winning political satire show Mimics, Brindsley in Black Comedy (National Theater Taiwan) and Paul in The Musical Story of Teresa Teng (Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall). Hosting duties included the Golden Horse Awards (Chinese Oscars), Asia-Pacific Film Festival, Fear Challenge (Chinese Fear Factor) and Love Radio (EastRadio Shanghai). Jeff was also a best-selling author of eight Mandarin books, lecturing throughout Chinese Asia. He is a proud graduate of The Second City and iO West. US credits include Second City Hollywood's America: Chin Up, Fly Down! and Dirty, Sexy, Funny, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Saving Face and vocal group Top Shelf. He can also be found mumbling to himself in actual Chinglish as he fights LA traffic. www.jefflocker.com
 
 
 
Rachel Lu (Miss Qian/Zhao)
Hailing from Taiwan, Rachel started playing the piano at the age of five and dreamed of becoming a street musician in Paris. Since graduating from Columbia University with an Acting M.F.A., she has appeared on stage, films and commercials. She is known for her role as the ambitious Tiger Mom on ABC’s What Would You Do?, and she recently played a conspicuous fashionista in the feature film Yellow Fever. An avid martial artist, Rachel co-wrote and co-produced the Kung Fu parody Savage Lotus on YouTube. She is thrilled to be a part of Chinglish! Rachel lives happily in New York City with her dashing husband, Brendan, and their rescued pit bull, Penny Lu-Walsh. Rachel strives for beauty and truth in everything she does. Connect with her at RachelLu.com.
 

Peter O'Connor (Daniel Cavanaugh)
Peter is thrilled to be working in beautiful Portland at PCS. Theatre: Annie Baker's The Aliens (West Coast premiere at San Francisco Playhouse; The Studio Theatre, D.C., dir. Lila Neugebauer), Jailbait (Obie Award, The Cherry Lane; The Cherry Pit), And Miles to Go ( dir. Hal Brooks), so go the ghosts of mexico (Ellen Stewart Award, La MaMa, dir. Meiyin Wang), Robert O'Hara's Fuckmate, Laura Mark's 50 Shades, Jon Caren's YES (Partial Comfort), O'Neill's Beyond the Horizon (Center Stage), Sexual Healing (The Mint), Balaton (Urban Stages), Sexual Neuroses of our Parents (Wild Project), A Bitter Taste, Echo Echo and Behind the Blind (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Kidstuff, Letters to the End of the World (Theatre Row), Shape of Things (New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination), Richard II, All’s Well That Ends Well, Ionesco's Killing Game. Film/TV: Viola (Golden Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival), P.S. I Love You, Alpha-Beta, Sweet Lorraine, As the World Turns (three year recurring), Mercy (NBC), Ed (NBC), Book of Daniel w/ Aidan Quinn (NBC), Law & Order with Jeffrey Tambor, Guiding Light (recurring) and St. Michael in Grand Theft Auto IV. Education: University of Notre Dame. Thank you May. www.vimeo.com/peteroconnor

 
Yuekun Wu (Bing/Judge Xu Geming)
Portland Center Stage debut. Off Broadway: The Dance and the Railroad (Signature Theatre/Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China), Clocked Out (Roy Arias Theaters). Selected New York credits: Women: The War Within (Baryshnikov Arts Center), Love in Tear and Laughter, Luo Shen: Legend of the Luo River (Theater for the New City), Swoony Planet, The Marriage of Figaro, Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, The Good Person of Szechwan. The Subtle Body (Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival). Film/Television: American Dreams in China, Beijing, New York, The Flying Swordsman. Training: A.R.T./MXAT at Harvard University, B.A. Fordham University. Big thanks to May Adrales, our wonderful crew and my family.
 

Jian Xin (Cai Guoliang)
Jian worked as an actor for over fifteen years at the Tianjin People’s Art Theater in Tianjin, China. Upon relocating to the United States, he spent two years performing with Dongfang Performing Arts Association in Chicago before settling in Houston. Jian is an alumnus of the renowned Shanghai Theatre Academy and currently teaches drama at the Oriental Art Education Center in Houston.
 
 
 
Creative Team Biographies

 
David Henry Hwang (Playwright)
David Henry Hwang’s plays include M. Butterfly (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Finalist), Golden Child (1998 Tony nomination, 1997 OBIE Award), Yellow Face (2008 OBIE Award, 2008 Pulitzer Finalist), FOB (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance and the Railroad (1982 Drama Desk nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Nomination) and Bondage. He wrote the books for the Broadway musicals Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (coauthor), the revival of Flower Drum Song (2002 Tony nomination) and Disney’s Tarzan. In opera, his libretti include Philip Glass’ The Voyage (Metropolitan Opera), Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards), Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Opernwelt 2007 “World Premiere of the Year”) and Howard Shore’s The Fly. Hwang also penned the feature films M. Butterfly, Golden Gate and Possession (coauthor). He serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
 
 

May Adrales (Director)
May Adrales is thrilled to direct Chinglish at Portland Center Stage. A freelance theater director based in New York City, May has helmed several world premieres including JC Lee’s Luce (LCT3); Katori Hall’s Whaddabloodclot!!! (Williamstown Theater Festival); In This House at Two River Theater Company; A. Rey Pamatmat’s Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Thomas Bradshaw’s Mary (The Goodman Theatre); Tommy Smith’s The Wife (Access Theater) and The Bereaved (Partial Comfort Productions). She recently directed David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad at Signature Theatre and the Wuzhen International Theater Festival in China, and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Upcoming Projects: Breath and Imagination (Cleveland Playhouse) and Deathtrap (Pioneer Theater). She is a Drama League Directing Fellow, Women's Project Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and NYTW directing fellow, and a recipient of the TCG New Generations Grant, Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award. She proudly serves as an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is a former Director of On Site Programs at the Lark Play Development Center and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater. M.F.A., Yale School of Drama, where she is also on faculty. Thank you David, PCS and this amazing cast. www.mayadrales.net
 
 
Timothy R. Mackabee (Scenic and Projection Designer)
Broadway: Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (dir. Spike Lee). Off-Broadway: Luce (Lincoln Center Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Public Theater), Our New Girl (Atlantic Theatre Company). Opera: Paul’s Case (UrbanArias), Tosca (Mill City Opera). Regional: Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Philadelphia Theater Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Triad Stage, Studio Theatre, Virginia Stage, Syracuse Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse. Williamstown Theatre Festival: 8 Seasons. Dance: Doug Varone & Dancers, Cedar Lake Dance. Film/TV: Smash, The Today Show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (HBO), Margot at the Wedding. Upcoming: The Band’s Visit (dir. Hal Prince), Heathers: The Musical (New World Stages). Education: North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama. timothymackabeedesign.com
 
Jeff Cone (Costume Designer)
This is Jeff’s 16th season at PCS. In that time he has designed costumes for over 75 productions. Of those shows, 49 have been in the last eight seasons at the Armory. Favorite productions include West Side Story, Cabaret, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Imaginary Invalid, Black Pearl Sings!, Venus in Fur and Clybourne Park. Jeff received Drammy Awards for his costume designs for Dirty Blonde, Act A Lady and Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline. In addition to his resident costume designer duties, Jeff is happy to manage the costume shop here at Portland Center Stage.
 
 
Seth Reiser (Lighting Designer)
Seth designs for theatre, dance, music and installations across the United States. Recent Portland credits include Eyes for Consuela at Profile Theatre. Recent NYC credits include Come and Back Again with David Dorfman Dance at BAM and now touring; The Bad Guys at Second Stage; The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at The Public Theatre; the Obie Award-winning production of The Lily’s Revenge at HERE Arts; Dutch A/V at La Mama; Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith’s RADIO PLAY at PS 122. Regionally his work has been seen at Trinty Repertory Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company, On the Boards, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Woolly Mammoth, American Repertory Theatre and PlayMakers Repertory Company. Seth received his M.F.A. from New York University/Tisch. He lives in Rochester, NY with his wife Mary and daughter Marion. www.sethreiserdesign.com
 
 
Casi Pacilio (Sound Designer)
Casi keeps busy with a variety of work and play in Portland and around the country. PCS credits include The Mountaintop, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, The North Plan, Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline, Black Pearl Sings!, Opus, futura (with composer Jana Losey), Ragtime (PAMTA Award 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, Snow Falling on Cedars, Crazy Enough, The Little Dog Laughed, Sometimes a Great Notion, Cabaret, The Pillowman, I Am My Own Wife, West Side Story, Celebrity Row and eight seasons of JAW. National shows: Holcombe Waller Surfacing and Wayfinders; Hand2Mouth Theatre credits: Left Hand of Darkness, My Mind is Like an Open Meadow (Drammy Award 2011), Something’s Got Ahold Of My Heart and PEP TALK. Other theatrical credits include Squonk Opera’s Bigsmorgasbord-WunderWerk (Broadway, PS122, national and international touring); I Am My Own Wife, I Think I Like Girls (La Jolla Playhouse); Playland, 10 Fingers and Lips Together, Teeth Apart (City Theatre, PA). Film credits include Creation of Destiny, Out of Our Time and A Powerful Thang. Recordings: Glitterfruit’s fruit snacks.
 
Jana Crenshaw (Composer)
Jana Losey Crenshaw is a singer-songwriter originally from rural Pennsylvania, and currently planning her takeover of Portland, Oregon. After losing her janallosey.com url to vicious internet hunters from a galaxy far, far away, and suffering years of the mispronunciation of her birth name, she is born again as CHINA LUCY! With a history that includes Broadway, international touring, a solo career, and a reality TV show, China Lucy has recently resurfaced in the Portland music scene with The Tuesday Project, a revolving band of local musicians and artists of many flavors. Recent theater projects include: composing the score for Hand2Mouth Theatre's production of Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guinn; composing and arranging for Liminal's recent production of Our Town at The Headwaters Theatre; and transitional music and cues for Portland Center Stage's Futura. See more at China-Lucy.com.

 
Mark Tynan (Stage Manager)
Imagine being in a room full of artists, watching the birth of an idea, a movement given purpose, a sentence, phrase, scene, act given life. Then imagine that room translating to the stage with lighting, sound, costumes, scenery and props, then you can imagine what Mark’s job is like. Special thanks to the phenomenal PCS production assistants, Karen Hill and Stephen Gardner, who help keep the vision attainable. Prior to PCS, Mark toured nationally and internationally with musicals including Dreamgirls, The King and I with Rudolf Nureyev, How to Succeed…, Grand Hotel, The Phantom of the Opera and Rent. Other Portland credits include several summers with The Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard. Regional credits include The Alley Theatre (Houston, TX), La Jolla Playhouse (La Jolla, CA) and Casa Mañana Theatre (Fort Worth, TX).
 
Stephen Kriz Gardner (Production Assistant)
Stephen is excited to be spending his first full season with Portland Center Stage. Most recently, he was the production assistant for PCS's Twist Your Dickens, The Mountaintop and Somewhere in Time. In Portland, Stephen has worked as a stage manager for Oregon Children's Theatre on Pinkalicious (remount), The Magic School Bus: Climate Challenge and Locomotion, as well as assistant stage managed Pinkalicious and Duck for President. Stephen also stage managed Spring Awakening with Live On Stage Theatre Company. His credits outside of Portland include stage managing Black Comedy for No Rules Theatre Company in Washington DC and assisting on Camp Wanatachi at La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York. He has been a production assistant on One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch, Sondheim!, The Birthday Concert and Company at Lincoln Center. His internship credits include the Goodman Theatre on Candide and A Christmas Carol, and Broadway's Wicked.
 

Jane Chen
(Cultural Consultant)
Jane Chen is originally from Nanjing City, China. The city has been known as a historical capital for six dynasties. Jane went to Japan in 1996 to pursue her education. She obtained her B.A. in Law & Policy from Tezukayama University in Nara, Japan. After graduation, she worked for the Osaka City government to promote international business in the city. In 2005 Jane moved to Portland, Oregon for career advancement. She has worked for local international business companies, such as KAI USA Ltd. (Kershaw, SHUN Knives) and Leupold & Stevens. Specializing in the fields of global procurement, sourcing, and supply chain management, she has refined her in-depth understanding of Asia-West economic and cultural exchange.  This professional background as well as her fluency in three languages (Chinese, Japanese and English) has contributed to the successful ventures of several American companies in Asian nations. Jane likes running on the Wildwood trail in Portland – an activity she considers the best means of meditation and escape from the stresses of everyday life. Jane is also in the process of catching up on American culture. She loves classic film noir and the films of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. 
 
Chris Coleman (Artistic Director)
Chris joined Portland Center Stage as artistic director in May 2000. Before coming to Portland, he was artistic director at Actor’s Express in Atlanta, a company he co-founded in the basement of an old church in 1988. Favorite PCS directing assignments include Clybourne Park, Sweeney Todd, Anna KareninaShakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline (which he also adapted), Oklahoma!, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ragtime, Crazy Enough, Cabaret, Beard of Avon, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, King Lear, Flesh and Blood, Man and Superman, Outrage and The Devils. Chris has directed at theaters across the country, including Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, ACT Theatre, The Alliance, Dallas Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop and Center Stage in Baltimore. A native Atlantan, Chris holds a B.F.A. from Baylor University and an M.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon. He currently chairs the Creative Advocacy Network board, and serves on boards for the Cultural Advocacy Coalition and the Institute for Metropolitan Studies. Chris’s favorite things about Portland:  farmers’ markets, Timbers games, Salt & Straw ice cream, dog parks, food carts and cars that stop for pedestrians.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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