COMING OUT ASIAN AMERICAN by jonathan hsu
DIRECTED BY FRANCIS TANGLAO AGUAS
JULY 17, 2020. 5:30-6:30PM (est)
PRODUCED BY MADISON HAUSER
ASSISTANT PRODUCER: MARGOT FLANDERS
Hsu’s solo show receives an ensemble production directed by Francis Tanglao Aguas. From vampires to Bruce Lee to competitive swimming, Hsu explores the complications of Asian America male identity in this poetic monodrama rooted in critical race and gender discourse.
Originally produced by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies Program of William & Mary in April 2015. Directed by Mark Lerman. Dramaturgy and Acting Coaching by Francis Tanglao Aguas.
Jonathon Hsu wrote Coming Out Asian American as an Honors Thesis at William and Mary in 2015, when it received the Highest Honors in the program. He is looking forward to acting in a reading of the piece for the first time after spending many years working for both the private and public sector in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Currently, Jonathon is a MA candidate at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service.
Marcus Bengzon is a senior at William & Mary, double majoring in philosophy and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies and is fascinated about how the disciplines overlap. As Historian of Filipino American Student Association’s 2021 Executive Board, Marcus is passionate about telling the story of Filipino Americans at W&M in various mediums with an emphasis on alumni history. In seeking to attend law school following undergrad, he wants to work on immigration policy, rehabilitation in the criminal justice system, and diversity in government. Under Professor Tanglao Aguas, Marcus has completed three courses: Filipino American Diaspora, Acting Asian American, and Beyond Kung Fu: Asians in Film.
Quan Chau is honored to be a part of this special ensemble version of Coming Out Asian American. His first show with Aguas Arts Ink was R. Zamora Linmark's Rolling the R's. Currently a theatre major at William & Mary, he has recently played Robin Oakapple in Ruddigore and Mike Costa in A Chorus Line, as well as Sky Square in Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical with Virginia Repertory Theatre in Richmond. In his free time, Quan likes to watch movies with his parents, write music, and anything else he can find to do while indoors.
Edward Hong is an actor who constantly obsesses over Cinnabons, to the point that he advertises himself with the fat pastry product. He's been on a gaggle of primetime TV shows, indie films, commercials, has dubbed over other people in a variety of Netflix shows, and other miscellaneous things that help pay for his gluttonous addiction. He is also the proud father of three cats and currently repped by Anthony Boyer at DDO Artists Agency and Chris Lee at Authentic Talent & Literary Management.