Acting

On occasion, my passion for words and storytelling sometimes takes me into the real world, away from a computer. Who would’ve thought? πŸ™‚ Below are selected memories from past performances, in no particular order. I’ve had the privilege of getting to work on diverse texts and collaborate with talented teams.

The Book of Magdalene starring as the lead Len, directed by Amelia Rico

Cast members: Mariam Albishah, Andrea Boronell, Pablo Bracho, Maria Schenck, Jennifer Wang

Produced by Main Street Theater in Houston, Texas. Photography by RicOrnel Productions.

Please also see my blog posts here and here to hear about my experience working on the show. Reviewed by the following outlets, with quotes about the cast and crew:

  • The New York Times – “The show is not a dour exercise, even if a sense of darkness pervades until the slightly too-sunny ending. The characters are neither humorless nor comfortless, and the camerawork (by Ricornel Productions) is smart.”
  • The Wall Street Journal – “Symbolism-intensive and purposefully poetic in diction, “The Book of Magdalene” is not the sort of play to which I ordinarily warm, but its stageworthiness is self-evident, and Amelia Rico, the director, and Afsaneh Aayani, the set designer, have served Ms. Svich outstandingly well.”
  • CultureVulture – “She is played by Jennifer Wang, whose beautifully luminescent performance is the anchor of this dreamy, poetic play.”
  • Houstonia Magazine – “The good news, and a great reason to watch this show, is that Pablo Bracho, who plays her client (Len calls him β€œSuit”), is fascinating in his portrayal of someone who might really be in the throes of a crisis … or not.”
  • HoustonPress – “Ms. Schenck walks away with the show, a daffy combo of the ultimate Jewish stage mother and a sweet abuela.”

Main Street Theater’s “#BYOBard” Event

I was delighted to perform in MST‘s “Bring Your Own Bard” fundraiser event held in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Rienzi Collection. We celebrated Shakespeare’s (purported) birthday with monologues and a viewing of one of 200-odd copies of The Second Folio! A rare book indeed. My rendition of one of Portia’s monologues is viewable below at the timestamp ~43:19.

Silicon Valley Shakespeare’s The White Snake as Guan Yin and others, directed by Angie Higgins

It was an incredibly fun ride to perform in this summer show with SVS, portraying a compassionate goddess from Mary Zimmerman’s retelling of the eponymous Chinese folktale.

Photography by Christian Pizzirani
Photography by Christian Pizzirani
Photography by Christian Pizzirani
Photography by Christian Pizzirani

“Tadaima” as Minori Arai, directed by Natalie J. Power

I was moved by this tender family drama (IMDb page) where I portrayed the younger sister to the protagonist Kenta (Will Jeon). I delivered some dialogue in Japanese! Made use of my college minor… πŸ™‚

Photography by Ryan Russie and Noah Torralba
Photography by Ryan Russie and Noah Torralba
Photography by Ryan Russie and Noah Torralba

“Li Shan 李山” as Journalist B, directed by Vankee You

I had the privilege of portraying a journalist in this short film (IMDb page) with Chinese dialogue; a clip is viewable in my reel at the top of this page.

Cinematography by Martin Baird

“Project 31” as Mei, directed by Yu Han

This was a fascinating sci-fi short (IMDb page) I got to be part of that was filmed just outside of Los Angeles. It premiered at the 2019 Seattle Asian American Film Festival (page).

Photography by Allen de Leon and Kevin Stiller
Photography by Allen de Leon and Kevin Stiller
Photography by Allen de Leon and Kevin Stiller