Sinopse

Each week, Cheeyang sits down with an Asian or Asian-American artist working in the New York Theatre scene and excavates their life story — how they grew up, how they got their start in theatre, as well as projects they've worked on and upcoming work that we should anticipate.

Episódios

  • 7: Arpita Mukherjee // Decolonization

    7: Arpita Mukherjee // Decolonization

    14/10/2019 Duração: 56min

    Artistic Director of Hypokrit Theatre Company, an O'Neill and Lincoln Center Directing Fellow, Women's Project Lab (Director), Arpita's resume is endless. I have the extreme pleasure of working with Arpita on my musical, The Golden Threshold, and we sat down to dig deep into her story of coming to America, living in New York and how she's flourishing as a South Asian director. Our conversation veered into imagining what the world would be like if no country had been colonized. That's a play I'd want to see. Full transcript available soon. Instagram: @eastsidestorypod / @cheeyangmusic / @pita625

  • 6: Eddy Lee // Being Hamilton (Part 2)

    6: Eddy Lee // Being Hamilton (Part 2)

    07/10/2019 Duração: 33min

    In just a month, we've surpassed 1000 downloads of our podcast. Thank you for supporting this endeavor! Back to regularly scheduled programming, Part 2 uncovers Eddy's experience being Asian, my philosophy of conversation vs. confrontation, his time at Hamilton and more. Eddy is not only a light on and off stage, he's also one of the nicest humans in New York City. I'm glad to get the opportunity to sit down with him and engage in thoughtful discussion about his life. Full transcript available soon. Instagram: @eastsidestorypod / @cheeyangmusic / @edru00

  • 5: Eddy Lee // Being Hamilton (Part 1)

    5: Eddy Lee // Being Hamilton (Part 1)

    30/09/2019 Duração: 40min

    Making his Broadway debut through auditions in open calls without an agent, Eddy Lee is the success story everyone should know. Since the interview is a little longer than usual, I have split up the episode in two. Part 1 delves into Eddy's life growing up, how he feels like he has three mothers (his mother, his sister and grandmother who all raised him), to pursuing his passion in performing, to booking Hamilton. Eddy is not only a light on and off stage, he's also one of the nicest humans in New York City. I'm glad to get the opportunity to sit down with him and engage in thoughtful discussion about his life. Full transcript available soon. Instagram: @eastsidestorypod / @cheeyangmusic / @edru00

  • Bonus 2: Meetu Chilana  Sorab Wadia // Be Human

    Bonus 2: Meetu Chilana & Sorab Wadia // Be Human

    23/09/2019 Duração: 33min

    We're up in Salem, CT doing a workshop of my new musical, The Golden Threshold. Since episodes are being delayed, here's another bonus episode with some of the cast, Meetu Chilana and Sorab Wadia. Full transcript will be available soon. IG: @eastsidestorypod / @cheeyangmusic / @meetuchilana / @sorabwadia

  • Bonus 1: Kimberly Chatterjee, Jamen Nanthakumar  Kuhoo Verma // Not Cultural Consultants

    Bonus 1: Kimberly Chatterjee, Jamen Nanthakumar & Kuhoo Verma // Not Cultural Consultants

    16/09/2019 Duração: 18min

    We're up in Salem, CT doing a workshop of my new musical, The Golden Threshold. And since episodes are being delayed, here's a bonus episode with not one, but three cast members of the musical. Kuhoo Verma, who appeared in the first episode of the series, returns with Kimberly Chatterjee and Jamen Nanthakumar. Full transcript will be available soon. IG: @eastsidestorypod / @cheeyangmusic / @whatisakuhoo / @kimberlychatterjee / @jamen_nanthakumar

  • 4: Cynthia Meng // From Moulin Rouge to Hadestown

    4: Cynthia Meng // From Moulin Rouge to Hadestown

    09/09/2019 Duração: 47min

    Grappling with Otherness "Don't ever forget, you will be thought of as an other." - Cynthia Meng Within a year of freelancing, Cynthia has worked in rooms for musicals in-development on Broadway, Off-Broadway and out-of-town tryouts. What is her secret? Does it only have to do with luck, like she puts it? Or is it more? I believe there's certainly more to that and we investigate that in the episode. In This Episode, You Will Learn: What Cynthia thought of playing classical piano (3:05) What Cynthia studied at Harvard (13:45) How Cynthia got to work on Hadestown (21:19) The difference between Broadway and Off-Broadway for Cynthia's jobscope (29:12) How has Cynthia conquered being Asian and Female in this industry (34:03) And so much more… Some Questions We Discuss: What was classical piano competitions like? (3:52) Was musical theater part of family tradition? (8:41) Did she actively run away from what her parents associated with? (12:40) What was it like to work on a Tony Awa

  • 3: David Park // The Dichotomy of being Korean-American

    3: David Park // The Dichotomy of being Korean-American

    02/09/2019 Duração: 41min

    Am I American Enough? "When I'm speaking to my mom, I literally don't have the vocabulary to express the depth of my emotion to her." - David Park Having not been back to Korea in over 17 years, David has always identified as American. But when faced with the world telling him that he's a "flavored American" as he would say, how does that affect his outlook on life and his journey in theatre? In This Episode, You Will Learn: How David grew up in LA (2:41) David's passion for The Farewell (5:16) David's really surprising family tree (12:18) Why David started musical theatre late (20:11) Why David thinks that Asians are basically Switzerland (30:24) What career David can model his after (37:19) And so much more… Some Questions We Discuss: How would it be like, living in Korea? (10:36) When was the realization that being American had so many subsidiaries? (17:07) What was the real lesson since closing Off-Broadway? (24:37) What can people stand to hear from an Asian

  • 1: Kuhoo Verma // Racial Awakening

    1: Kuhoo Verma // Racial Awakening

    02/09/2019 Duração: 52min

    Embracing Her Indianness "It was a huge transition going from hating myself and hating my Indianness and finding out that in the process of white-washing myself, I was erasing my parents' existence in my life." - Kuhoo Verma From graduating NYU, to booking a movie, to starring Off-Broadway and working on multiple Broadway-bound workshops, Kuhoo Verma is a force to be reckoned with. There is an energy about her that is pure and open, and the perfect embodiment of light. In This Episode, You Will Learn: Why Kuhoo never really talked about her family growing up (4:06) Kuhoo's relationship with colorism within her community (7:53) What the name 'Kuhoo' means (9:52) Kuhoo's relationship with 'diverse casting' (11:49) How an education at NYU shaped Kuhoo (18:32) If anyone mentored Kuhoo in her first professional theatre experience (26:05) Kuhoo's experience working with Dave Malloy and Annie Tippe on Signature Theatre's Octet (33:08) How Kuhoo handles playing Indian characters (41:20)

  • 2: Desdemona Chiang // Mortality and Your Mother

    2: Desdemona Chiang // Mortality and Your Mother

    02/09/2019 Duração: 53min

    Subverting Eurocentric Theatre "Am I entering a field that doesn't have me in its legacy?" - Desdemona Chiang Being an only-child shaped the lives of both Cheeyang and Desdemona. They connected over their shared over-achieving nature, big identity questions as theater artists, and their different views on mortality. In This Episode, You Will Learn: How Desdemona grew up as an immigrant from Taiwan (2:17) Why Desdemona became a Biology major (7:44) What happened when Desdemona dissected cadavers (14:52) How Desdemona tackled post-graduation depression (18:16) When Desdemona came out as a Theatre Artist (21:17) If being Chinese shaped Desdemona's life (26:30) How Desdemona feels about doing art (35:01) Why Desdemona is afraid of dying (42:00) And so much more… Some Questions We Discuss: Did being an only child contribute to overachieving? (05:11) Was Biology undoing what theatre was doing and vice versa? (16:17) What do you do when your template for life is ripped away? (18

  • 0: Trailer // East Side Story

    0: Trailer // East Side Story

    26/08/2019 Duração: 05min

    Highlights from the first 3 episodes of the season. Each week, Cheeyang sits down with an Asian or Asian-American artist working in the New York Theatre scene and excavates their life story — how they grew up, as well as projects they've worked on and upcoming work that we should anticipate. Guests (in order of appearance): 1: Kuhoo Verma (Octet); 2: Desdemona Chiang (2019 Princess Grace Award); and 3: David Park (Red Roses Green Gold). Full transcript available. IG: @eastsidestorypod / @cheeyangmusic

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