Cohesion Theatre Company &

Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

proudly present

TORNKID

By Katelynn Kenney

Devised with Members of Cohesion Theatre Company and Baltimore Asian Pasifika Arts Collective

Directed by Cara Hinh

Stage Managed by Lauren Talbott

There is no intermission. Runtime is 80 minutes.

 

CAST

Surasree Das …………………..… Tornkid

Kim Le ………………………. Magic Teller

Jess Rivera ……... Tree Spirit/Sea Warrior

Brian Lai ……. Fairy Goddess/Fisherman

Mika Nakano ……... Other Half/Trickster

 

ARTISTIC AND PRODUCTION STAFF

 

Cara Hinh ……….….…….……… Director
Lauren Talbott …..……..…. Stage Manager
Jess Rassp …………...….. Puppet Designer
Jess Rassp …………….….. Scenic Designer

Tara Cariaso ………………. Mask Designer

Elizabeth Ung ………... Costume Designer

Paulina Lamb ……….. Properties Designer

Daniel Weissglass ……... Lighting Designer

C. Swan-Skreepy ………... Sound Designer

Samantha Callanta …...……. Scenic Artist

Ahn Caintic ………………….... Scenic Artist

Megan Suder ………...………. Scenic Artist

Poster Design by Mika Nakano

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The participants of the original TORNKID devising workshop were, Mani Yangilmau, Brett Messiora, Elizabeth Ung, Marela Kay Minosa, Tara Cariaso, Rohaizad Suaidi, Donna Ibale and Jess Rassp. The creation of this world began with you. Thank you for inspiring us with your stories. 

SPECIAL THANKS

United Evangelical Church, Mika Nakano, CCBC, Marcia Norris, Towson University's Asian Arts and Culture Center, House of Bankerd, Fusion Partnerships, Baltimore Center Stage, Motor House Baltimore, Impact Hub Baltimore, Charm City Night Market & Chinatown Collective, The Katipunan Maryland, Fools and Madmen, Guerrilla Theatre Front, Afro House Baltimore, Submersive Productions, LLC, and all who helped us to make this production possible.


HELP KEEP TORNKID ALIVE!!!

Thanks to our partners at Cohesion, BAPAC has the space and means to produce Tornkid. As a new arts organization, however, we still need your support to help us achieve our goals. The funds raised from our current GoFundMe campaign goes toward paying our staff and artists, supplies to build the set and construct costumes, and also materials to create the original puppetry and masks for this production.

Please consider donating to our campaign and sharing it with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and via email and text message. Each share really makes a difference and brings us closer to our goals.

For more information, visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-bapac-bring-tornkid-to-life

Thank you to BAPAC’s generous donors for helping us bring TORNKID to life:

$5-49

Judith Peterson

Therese Lynch

Ursula Marcum

Samantha Callanta

Brian Gerardo

Anonymous

Andrew Quilpa

Michelle Bowman

Anonymous

Alex Nachlis

Ryan Mariano

rong wang

Martin Thompson

Lily Gershon

Alexander Cena

Jack Burkert

Dani Turner

Anonymous

$50-99

Aaron Heinsman

Mayu Kennedy

JoAnne Callanta

Mohammad Suaidi

Maridel Lares

Napoleon & Cynthia Lares

$100+

Jennifer Knight

Raymundo Daniel

Anonymous

Hsiu-Hui & Ben Wang-Myers

Samir Taylor

Susan & Xuyen Hinh


CAST BIOS!

Surasree Das - Beyond elated to be a part of this magical show about immigrants like me. Imagination Stage: Aquarium(Calypso, u/s, performed), Princess and the Pauper(Zoya U/S, performed); MET: Radium Girls (Katherine, Harriet, others) Top Girls (Nijo, Shona), Click, Clack, Moo! (Hen), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Little Mermaid (Little Mermaid); Center Stage: Animal Farm(featured ensemble); Single Carrot Theatre: Lear(Goneril), Constellation Theatre: Arabian Nights (Dunyazade, Azizah, others), Toby's Dinner Theatre: South Pacific (Liat).”

Kim Le is a local performance artist who has collaborated with several theatres (Cohesion Theater Company, Submersive Productions, Baltimore Rock Opera Society) in a variety of roles: as an actor, puppeteer, writer, and front-of-house manager. Her performance background is primarily in improvisational comedy. Kim joined the Baltimore Improv Group in 2015 and currently performs on a regular Harold team, in addition to several independent projects and troupes. In addition to training at several improv theaters across the country, she has also studied clowning.

Jess Rivera is a Baltimore based Latinx actor and tap dancer. Aside from Tornkid, Jess has worked on devising both original pieces and adapted theatre pieces in the Baltimore community such as The Goodies and Flatland. Most recently, Jess joyously performed the role of Ruth in the Strand Theatre’s production of And Baby Makes Seven. As a Third Culture Kid herself, Jess is honored to work with BAPAC on this important show about identity and self acceptance. This is her first production with Cohesion Theatre.

Mika Nakano is excited to be playing the role of Trickster for this production TornKid. She had performed with Cohesion as Gatekeeper for La Llorona and City Ensemble for Orphan Sea, and is happy to be back. She has also performed for Mercury Theatre, Submerssive Production, and Everyman Theatre.

Brian D. Lai makes his debut to the stage. He's excited to perform for the first time for a live audience. It has been a thrilling and exhilarating experience for him. He loves the chance to explore the vastly different roles this project has given him. He would like to thank BAPAC, Cohesion theater and Cara Hinh for allowing him to be apart of such an amazing production.


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