in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!
Violet and Bruce Wong just don’t fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have super powers, they’re just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to outer space in order to stop it… if they can only stop bickering. Using a mix of action-driven storytelling, puppetry, and visual magic, ‘The Wong Kids’ transports its audience into the far reaches of the galaxy.
Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Lloyd Suh is the author of American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, The Children of Vonderly, Masha No Home and others, produced with Ma-Yi, The Play Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama ETC, Magic Theatre (SF), ArtsEmerson (MA), Denver Center Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company (MN), East West Players (LA), and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via The Lark, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, Theatre Communications Group and Dramatists Guild. His plays have been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theater magazine. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Studio, an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ralph B. Peña is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Lloyd Suh’s The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (Children’s Theatre Company and Ma-Yi Theater Company; WINNER – Off Broadway Alliance Award), Joshua Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (EST Marathon), Ruth Magraff’s Centaur Battle of San Jacinto, Michael Lew’s Microcrisis (EST/ Youngblood and Ma-Yi Theater Company), and Lloyd Suh’s Children of Vonderly, and Nicky Paraiso’s House/Boy for LaMama ETC, and Dublin Theater Festival. Ralph received an Obie Award for his work on Lonnie Carter’s The Romance of Magno Rubio. In addition to Ma-Yi, his work has also been seen at Long Wharf Theater, Kumu Kahua, Northwest Asian American Theater, ASIA Theater, San Diego Asian American Rep, Round House Theater, NAATCO, Lincoln Center, La Mama ETC, Philadelphia Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Laguna Playhouse, Fox Theater, NYSF/Public Theater, the Odeon Theater in Romania, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He is currently working on a new play about America’s involvement in the Middle East. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and The Ensemble Studio Theater.
CAST AND DESIGN TEAM
Alton Alburo CANUTE, MAILMAN:
George West Carruth VIOLET:
Sasha Diamond QWEEGUIN, MARS, BANDERSNATCH:
Jon Hoche NOBODY, GIMBOP:
Kate Marley PROGNOSTICATOR, GYOZA:
Matthew Gunn Park
TEAMPLAYWRIGHT: Lloyd Suh
DIRECTOR: Ralph B. Peña
SET DESIGN: Meredith Ries
COSTUME DESIGN: Becky Bodurtha
LIGHTING DESIGN: Paul Whitaker
SOUND DESIGN: Shane Rettig
PUPPET DESIGN: David Valentine
PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: Alyssa K. Howard
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Liz Nielson
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER, CHOREOGRAPHER: Jennifer Delac
PRODUCER: John Kurzynowski & Corinne Woods