the 1455 summer literary festival
Aguas Arts Ink is honored to present three productions for the 2nd annual 1455 Summer Literary Festival: 'Coming Out Asian American' by Jonathan Hsu, 'The Untethered: Black Voices from Virginia,' and 'Drinking With Dad' by Alexis Camins. The festival takes place July 16th-18th and features a variety of panels and shows.
Francis Tanglao Aguas
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coming out asian american
JULY 17. 5:30-6:30PM (est)
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.
black voices from virginia
JULY 17. 6:30-8PM (est)
Curated by Francis Tanglao Aguas, this is a collection of spoken word and monodrama from Black writers and actors from Virginia. The piece explores the diverse experiences of African American theatre artists in their quest to carve out their own space in the creative landscape of the American South.
drinking with dad
JULY 18. 4-5PM (est)
In the tradition of the memory play, Camins pens a fantasy meeting between an estranged father and son. Set in the Philippines, “Drinking With Dad” excavates the pathos of abandonment to ask if such relationships can be rebuilt. Directed by Francis Tanglao Aguas.
ALEXIS CAMINS (Vicente). Credits include: New York: The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), I Came to Look for You on Tuesday (La Mama), Hamlet (NYCT), A Dream Play, The Dispute, Antigone (NAATCO). Film/TV: A Short Trip (Best Drama, Carrboro Film Festival), The Lost Valentine (CBS/Hallmark), One Life to Live (ABC) Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Folger Shakespeare Library, Portland Stage Company. Film/TV: A Short Trip (Best Drama, Carrboro Film Festival), The Lost Valentine (CBS/Hallmark), One Life to Live (ABC). MFA NYU Grad Acting.
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.
RECENT THEATRE: MLIMA’S TALE (The Public Theater). RECENT TV: NEW AMSTERDAM (NBC). AWARDS: OBIE (THE ROMANCE OF MAGNO RUBIO). US: The Public Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, DR2, Culture Project, Queens Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, LA Theater Center, Laguna Playhouse. INTERNATIONAL: THALIA HALL (Romania), The Cultural Center of the Philippines (Manila). TV: MANIAC (with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill), MADAME SECRETARY, THE PATH, SEVEN SECONDS, THE BLACKLIST, BLINDSPOT, MYSTERIES OF LAURA, DEADBEAT, BABYLON FIELDS, WHITE COLLAR, WITHOUT A TRACE, LAW AND ORDER SVU. FILM: GOING IN STYLE (with Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman), PIRATES OF SOMALIA (with Al Pacino), ANTARCTICA, THE SMURFS MOVIE, A KISS FOR JED, DISORIENTED
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.