Up next at Keen Co: ADVENTUREPHILE by Melissa Li and Kit Yan, featuring Zachary Noah Piser (DEAR EVAN HANSEN) and more. Premiering May 21st
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Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning
Keen Company
Continues Its 21st Season:
A Season of Audio Theater

Up Next:
by Melissa Li and Kit Yan
Directed by Morgan Green
Featuring Stephanie Mieko Cohen, Emiko Dunn, Kennedy Kanagawa, and Zachary Noah Piser

Premiering May 21st at 7pm EST
Available FREE on Your Favorite Podcast Apps

Keen Company Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein today announced the World Premiere of a newly commissioned audio play Adventurephile by Melissa Li and Kit Yan, beginning Friday May 21st at 7pm EST for FREE on your favorite podcasting apps like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and more: search "Keen Company Hear/Now" wherever you listen!

Directed by Morgan Green, Adventurephile will feature Stephanie Mieko Cohen, Emiko Dunn, Kennedy Kanagawa and Zachary Noah Piser. Adventurephile will have sound design by Fan Zhang and musical direction by Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh. The audio play will be stage managed by Norman Anthony Small and audio engineered by Garrett Schultz.

""I am thrilled to announce the release of Adventurephile by Melissa Li and Kit Yan, the final episode in this season's Hear/Now Season of Audio Theater. When we curated the season, we knew we wanted to include a musical. It was a no-brainer to turn to our friends Melissa and Kit, who wrote Cancelled, a fantastically effervescent and resonant high school musical about cancel culture, for our Keen Teens program in 2019. As in all their work, Adventurephile is an entertaining and provocative work with a pop sensibility that speaks adroitly to our world today. Melissa and Kit have put together a terrific team to make their piece sing, helmed by director Morgan Green. Adventurephile is a treat for your ears and will take you on a journey you'll never expect. Take some time out of your day to revel in Kit and Melissa's world," said Silverstein.

Welcome to Adventurephile, the only podcast that takes listeners on unforgettable journeys to unexplored destinations. On this episode, we travel to an uninhabited island off the southern coast of China. This trip is going to be so good, it's scary.

Melissa Li and Kit Yan are a Queer Asian-American creative team based in New York City. They are the winners of the 2021 Kleban award and the 2019 Vivace award, 2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows, MacDowell Colony Fellows, Lincoln Center Writers-in-Residence, and 2019-2020 Musical Theater Factory MAKERS. Their works include Interstate, which had its world premiere in March 2020 at Mixed Blood Theater and won "Best Lyrics" at the 2018 New York Musical Festival, and MISS STEP, which was commissioned by The 5th Avenue Theater's first draft program and won a 2019 Vivace Award from the Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation. Most recently, they completed a one-act musical called Cancelled, a commission by Keen Company. Their work has been supported by The 5th Avenue Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Weston Playhouse, NewYorkRep, Goodspeed Musicals Johnny Mercer Colony, The Village Theater, Musical Theater Factory, Dixon Place, and many others. @kityanpoet @melsaboo

STEPHANIE MIEKO COHEN. Broadway/3rd National Tour: Les Miserables (Young Cosette/Young Eponine); Regional: Sacramento Music Circus - Hair (Jeanie), Tuacahn's New Works Festival - Solana (Chloe Ellsworth), East West Players - Chess; New York: National Asian Artists Project - Let Her Kick (Monica Seles). TV: "Switched at Birth." BFA Indiana University at Bloomington. www.stephaniemiekocohen.com @stecohen

EMIKO DUNN is a sixth grader in Brewster, NY. Regional: Olney Theatre Center: Matilda (Matilda). ACT of Connecticut: Evita (Children's Ensemble). Developmental Readings: Luna and the Gold River Docks (Suzanna), Bina's Six Apples (Bina). Film: Gundam NT (Young Michelle). TV: "Bea Unicorn" (Bea), "Sesame Street," "The Big Fib." @TheRealEmikoDunn

KENNEDY KANAGAWA is a multiracial multi-hyphenate creative born and raised between Tokyo and the States. Quarantine credits include: Two Nights & Three Days (Eugene O'Neill Theater Center), The Nerd (Live & In Color), Beautiful Thing (Plays in the House), Toy Box (IndieWorks Theatre). Recent pre-Covid credits include: Muriel's Wedding (New 42 Studios workshop), Decky Does a Bronco (Royal Family Theater), Lolita My Love (York Theater), Dinner With Georgette (Next Door at New York Theater Workshop), Falsettos (Northampton Summer Theater), Minor Character (Sharon Playhouse). www.kennedykanagawa.com

ZACHARY NOAH PISER is currently the Evan Hansen alternate on Broadway, after originating Dear Evan Hansen's premiere international production in Toronto. Broadway: Wicked (Boq). Off-Broadway: Barrow Street Theatre's West End transfer of Sweeney Todd (Tobias), Mad Libs Live. Regional: The Heart of Rock & Roll (world premiere, The Old Globe), Godspell (Marriott Theatre). TV: Host of PBS's "Camp TV" series. Zach has soloed at venues in the NY metropolitan area including MetLife Stadium, Lincoln Center, 92Y, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, Birdland, & more. He is a Bay Area native and a proud Northwestern grad! @zach_piser

MELISSA LI (Book, Music, and Lyrics) (she/her) is a composer, lyricist, performer, and writer based in NYC. She is a recipient of the 2021 Kleban Prize, Jonathan Larson Award, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, a Lincoln Center Theater Writer-in-Residence, a 2019 Musical Theatre Factory Maker, a MacDowell Fellow, a Company One Pao Arts Fellow, and a former Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow. Musicals include Interstate (Mixed Blood Theatre, New York Musical Festival Winner "Outstanding Lyrics"), MISS STEP (5th Avenue Theatre commission), Cancelled (Keen Company), May Day, Surviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive, IRNE Award Winner for "Best New Play" 2007), and 99% Stone. Upcoming: BachelorX (Playwrights Horizons) and OSF Presents (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). Her works have received support from 5th Avenue Theatre, The Village Theater, Musical Theater Factory, Playwrights Horizons, Keen Company, Weston Playhouse, NewYorkRep, Company One Theatre, National Performance Network, and New England Foundation for the Arts, among others.

KIT YAN (Book and Lyrics) is a bi-coastal transgender screenwriter and playwright, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. They are the 2021 recipient of the Kleban Prize for most promising book of a musical, and a recipient of the Vivace Award for big ideas in theater. Kit has been a fellow at the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Lincoln Center, MacDowell, The Playwright Center Fellow, and the Musical Theater Factory. In 2021, they are contracted to write their first movie musical for television. Their work has been produced by the Smithsonian, American Repertory Theater, Musical Theater Factory, the New York Musical Festival, Weston Playhouse, NY Rep, and Diversionary Theater. They are currently in development at Playwrights Horizons, 5th Avenue Theater, the Village Theater, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Rep, and Keen Company. Their award-winning musical, Interstate opened to rave reviews at Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis. Kit's first play Queer Heartache won 5 awards at the Chicago and SF Fringe Festivals and their second musical, MISS STEP received grants from NAMT and ASCAP to continue development.

MORGAN GREEN is a director of theater, film, radio, and dinner time. She is currently one of four Co-Artistic Directors at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia and a co-founder of New Saloon Theater Co. Morgan received the 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Director for her work on New Saloon's MINOR CHARACTER: Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time, which was most recently seen at the Public Theater's 2019 Under the Radar festival. A selection of recent work includes: The Danube by María Irene Fornés (Harvard University), The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (Marin Theatre Company), Cute Activist by Milo Cramer (Bushwick Starr), and The Music Man by Meredith Willson (Sharon Playhouse). Morgan is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, former artist in residence at Bric, Mabou Mines, and Baryshnikov Arts Center, an alumna of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, a former Robert Moss Directing Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, and a proud member of SDC. MorganClaireGreen.com

MONA SEYED-BOLORFOROSH is a music director, conductor, pianist and arranger whose work encompasses numerous genres including musical theatre, symphonic music, and opera. Recent credits include Amour, a Virtual Revival (Associate Music Director), MENASAFIED at Ars Nova (Music Director, Arranger); Off-Broadway: Heather Christian's Oratorio for All Living Things (Piano); National Tour: Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella (Keys 3); credits in opera, film, and orchestral music include Heartbeat Opera (Music Assistant) and Harry Potter Soundtrack Orchestra (former music director, conductor). She is an alumna of Berklee College of Music, where she studied composition and conducting.

FAN ZHANG's recent Off-Broadway design credits include A Wedding Toast by the Prophet Cassandra (Lincoln Center Theater), Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (Second Stage & WP Theatre), Paris (Atlantic Theatre), Molly Sweeney (Keen Company), Suicide Forest (Ma-Yi & ART Theatre), Round Table (59E59), Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (Transport Group), Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home (Cherry Lane), Tania In the Getaway Van (New Georges). Regional: Pipeline (Studio Theatre, D.C.), Eclipsed (Milwaukee Rep), Yasmina's Necklace (Premiere Stages), Seven Guitars (Yale Rep), Redeem (Cincinnati Ballet), Revolutionist (Pittsburgh City Theatre), Red Maple (Capital Rep), Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama. fanzhangsound.com

Adventurephile is part of Keen Company's innovative 21st Season. Hear/Now: A Season of Audio Theater is reimagining the classic radio drama with a season of five world premiere audio plays from a multifaceted group of Off-Broadway playwrights. Hear/Now debuted 1993 by finkle in the fall and continues through June 2021, featuring the world premiere of new audio plays by Pearl Cleage, Kate Cortesi, and James Anthony Tyler. Patrons can expect a season of unique pieces of audio theater - each will be intimate, engrossing, fully-produced shows that will feel just as satisfying as a great night at the theater! Episodes stream live on the Keen Company website, as well as Keen's Facebook and Youtube pages.

All audio plays are released completely FREE for patrons on Keen Company's website as well as through popular podcast platforms. Those who chose to support Keen Company can purchase a season membership and receive early access to all episodes as well as exclusive perks. Membership options start at just $1 a month and bonus content, including talkbacks with playwrights and artists, panels with experts, behind the scenes interviews, digital programs, opening night premiere parties, and more.

Look for Hear/Now on popular podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and TuneIn. Full transcripts will also be available for deaf and hard of hearing patrons. More information on membership packages as well as an audio season teaser are available at www.keencompany.org.

Keen Company is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater creating story-driven work that provokes identification, reflection, and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, the company tells stories about the decisive moments that change us. Keen also runs a developmental new work initiative for mid-career playwrights and a unique educational outreach program for teens in all five boroughs of NYC.

For more information on Adventurephile or any of Keen's programs, visit KeenCompany.org.
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