Meet the remarkable team of actors bringing Kimber Lee’s play to life:
Linden Tailor* (Nobu) is making his TheatreWorks debut. Mr. Tailor’s regional credits include Round House Theatre: Eurydice (Little Stone); Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander); Synetic Theater, A Christmas Carol (Cratchit); and several appearances at Adventure Theatre and Imagination Stage. His film and TV credits include Going In Style directed by Zach Braff and Showtime’s Happyish. Mr. Tailor received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. He would like to thank his family, friends, H and C, and especially his M.
James Seol* (Takashi) is thrilled to be making his TheatreWorks debut. He was last seen in the Bay Area in The Orphan of Zhao directed by Carey Perloff for American Conservatory Theater (and La Jolla Playhouse). On Broadway: Richard Greenberg’s A Naked Girl on the Appian Way directed by Doug Hughes for Roundabout Theatre Company. Recent regional credits include Robert O’Hara’s Zombie: the American at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Hamlet directed by Darko Tresnjak for Hartford Stage, Thoroughly Modern Millie at Maltz Jupiter Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse, and Mame for Goodspeed Musicals. Off-Broadway, Mr. Seol appeared in Around the World in 80 Days at the Davenport Theatre and has worked with New York Theatre Workshop, New Dramatists, and B-Side Productions. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School.
Francis Jue* (Koji) is grateful to return to TheatreWorks, where he has appeared in 13 shows and choreographed two. Mr. Jue has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly. Recent favorite theatre credits include Yellow Face (Obie and Lortel Awards, Public Theatre), In the Next Room, or the vibrator play (AriZoni Award, Actors Theatre of Phoenix), Miss Saigon (Elliot Norton Award, North Shore Music Theatre), Tiger Style! (Alliance Theatre), King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre), and Paper Dolls (London’s Tricycle Theatre). Mr. Jue appeared in the film Joyful Noise, and on TV in Madam Secretary, Law & Order: SVU, and The Good Wife.
Arthur Keng* (Oishi/Daisuke/et al.) is making his TheatreWorks debut. Mr. Keng is a Los Angeles-based actor who has worked throughout the Bay Area at theatres such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, Center REPertory Company, Custom Made Theatre, and Impact Theatre, among others. Additional credits include Merrimack Repertory Theatre, B Street Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. TV/Film credits include an upcoming recurring role on Silicon Valley (HBO), Criminal Minds (CBS), and The Eric André Show (Adult Swim). Mr. Keng received his MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California.
Nicole Javier (Ama/Woman) is delighted to make her TheatreWorks debut. She most recently workshopped and premiered Forever Poppy (Marisela) at the Providence Playhouse. Her regional credits include a full season at Touchstone Theatre Company, Flor (The Wind) for Cornerstone Theatre Company, Comedy of Errors (Goldsmith) for Shakespeare Orange County, and the original cast of If All the Sky Were Paper (Takako) at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. In the Bay Area, she has made appearances with Aurora Theatre Company, Crowded Fire Theater, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and Dragon Productions Theater Company. Ms. Javier worked as a teaching artist and director with Unity Stage in Queens, and locally with TheatreWorks and Red Ladder Theatre Company. Ms. Javier earned her BFA from Chapman University and would like to thank her ever-supportive family.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
The cast recently began rehearsals with Director Kirsten Brandt and Assistant Director Nicole Meñez.