FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
HAPALIS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ELIZABETH LIANG’S
OPENS MAY 4 AT 8 PM
THE ASYLUM LAB
DIRECTED BY SOFIE CALDERON
Who Are You When You’re From Everywhere And Nowhere?
THE PRESS IS INVITED TO REVIEW ANY PERFORMANCE
Los Angeles, CA – April 5, 2013 – The world premiere of ALIEN CITIZEN written by Elizabeth Liang and directed by Sofie Calderon opens Saturday, May 4, 2013 in the Asylum Lab (1078 N. Lillian Way, Hollywood, 90038). Official Press opening on May 4th. Alien Citizen is a funny and poignant one-woman show about growing up as a dual citizen of mixed heritage in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and New England. It runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM through June 1st. Tickets are $20 with discounts available. Tickets are available at Plays411 at www.plays411.com/alien, Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/367434 or by calling 323-938-7491.
Elizabeth Liang, like the president, is a Third Culture Kid. TCK’s are the children of international business people, global educators, diplomats, missionaries, and the military — anyone whose family has relocated overseas because of a job placement. Liang weaves humorous stories about growing up as an Alien Citizen abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through first love, language confusion, culture shock, Clark Gable and sandstorms.
Elizabeth deals with the decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. From being a Guatemalan-American teen in North Africa to attending a women’s college in the USA, Alien Citizen reflects her experience that neither one was necessarily easier than the other. She realizes girls across the world are growing into womanhood in environments that can be hostile to females (including the USA). How does a young girl cope as a border/culture/language/religion straddler in country after country that feels “other” to her when she is the “other?” Where is the line between respecting others and betraying your self?
Elizabeth Liang won the StageSceneLA Award for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy (Crimes Of The Heart, East West Players) and Best Supporting Ensemble in a Drama (Mysterious Skin, East West Players); the LA Weekly Best Comedy Ensemble Award for Theatre of NOTE’s A Mulholland Christmas Carol; and she won the Garland Award for Best Ensemble in Quantum Theatre Company’s Our Country’s Good. Elizabeth was named one of the “5 Best Actresses of 2005” and “5 Best Actresses of 2001” by Reviewplays.com. She has co-starred on many shows, most recently Law & Order: LA, Criminal Minds, and had a recurring role on The West Wing. The AFI film Ojalá, in which she stars, recently won the DGA Latino Student Film Award. Her production company HapaLis Productions produced Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Gene Bua Theatre in association with Theatre of NOTE. The production was named one of the Top Ten Plays of 2005 and awarded two acting awards by ReviewPlays.com.
Sofie Calderon makes her directorial debut with Alien Citizen but she is no newcomer to the LA stage. Calderon is an award nominated performer and producer and has been a member of Theatre of NOTE for over a decade. She also appeared in Genet’s The Maids, which received 4 NAACP Award nominations, Blade To The Heat, The Evidence Room’s Ovation nominated play Red Light, Green Light and in productions at Coast Playhouse, the Court Theatre, Wilshire Ebell and most recently, Mommune with Chalk Rep. Her television credits include Rex Is Not Your Lawyer (NBC with David Tennant), a recurring role on The Shield, Strong Medicine, Heroes, Star Trek and several award-winning festival indie films.
Alien Citizen opens Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 PM at the Asylum Lab (1078 N. Lillian Way Hollywood, 90038) and runs Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM through June 1st. Tickets are $20 with some discounts available. Tickets are available through Plays411 at www.plays411.com/alien, Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/367434 or by calling 323.938.7491.
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