Qing Cheng/Dark City

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Daniel Walker

Qing Cheng/Dark City

at The Green Room 42 @ YOTEL

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm

A tale of hope and courage.

A young refugee girl arrives penniless and alone in what appears to be the most frightening place on earth, Qing Cheng – the Dark City. Follow Ahn’s journey as the harrowing becomes habitable, and hope and humanity triumph in a dangerous city. Based on the real-life Kowloon Walled City just outside of Hong Kong, this uniquely Chinese/American musical offers up a timely exploration of the refugee experience.

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Daniel Walker (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Composer Daniel Walker’s music has been heard throughout the world. Highlights include his classical ballet, Marco Polo: The Last Mission, which was premiered by the Shanghai Ballet Company in May 2010 and recently his five-movement work See Without Looking, was premiered by the Forbidden City Chamber Orchestra in March 2017 at the New England Conservatory, Boston. Walker holds a PhD from UCLA and teaches composition and film scoring at Cornel School of Contemporary Music in Los Angeles.

Sabrina Zuo (Producer)

Sabrina Zuo graduated from the PLA Institute of the Arts in Chinese Literature, and published her first poetry collection in 1996. Her lyrics and poetry have been set to music and recorded by renowned recording artists in China. In the US, Zuo has produced numerous entertainment events in the LA area including the China National Acrobatic Troupe, CCTV’s Same Song tour, The China Central Orchestra, and others. In addition, Zuo hosts three weekly radio programs on AM1300 (Pasadena).

Kirsten Sanderson (Director)

Kirsten Sanderson has directed works by Michael John LaChiusa, Craig Lucas, Shel Silverstein, and Stephen Schwartz, among others. Her work has been seen at Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, PS122, the Women’s Project, HBO Comedy Arts Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab, and others.  Kirsten has been Resident Director at New Dramatists, and Director of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s National Theatre Colony. She was a longtime directing and producing associate for Blake Edwards and is an alumnus of Wesleyan University and the O’Neill Theatre Center.

Max Mamon (Music Director/Piano)

Max Mamon is a New York-based music director, composer, and pianist. His recent music direction credits include Evita (Lone Tree Arts Center), The Disappearing Man (Musical Theater Factory), Death for Five Voices (Prospect Theater Company), See What I Wanna See (Pace Performing Arts), and Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage & The Old Globe). Max is a graduate of Princeton University, the NYU GMTWP (Cycle 21), and the Royal College of Music in London.

Joy Sarah Arab (General Manager)

Joy Sarah Arab is pursuing her MFA in Theatre Management & Producing at Columbia University. In 2014-15, she spent a year in training at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) and produced the center’s inaugural film festival on theatre and performance. She has interned at Fox Theatricals/Barbara Whitman Productions and Atlantic Theater Company. Her Spring 2017 projects included producing fellow Columbia students’ work, and reprising her role as Film Festival Producer at MESTC, among others. She is the General Management and Executive Producing intern at Broadway Asia.

Caren Celine Morris (Stage Manager)

Caren Celine Morris is a stage manager, producer, and vocalist based in New York City. She has worked with The Cradle Theatre Company, Lamplighter Productions, Huntington Free Library & Reading Room, and Atlantic Theater Company. She is an Artists Striving to End Poverty Fellow for the 2016-2017 season, and a proud graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School.

Norman Ludwin (Orchestrator)

Norman Ludwin is a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.
His recent orchestration credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Angel Desai

Angel Desai (Kindness)

Recent theater:  "Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band" (Ma-Yi Theater), "Scenes From Court Life..." by Sarah Ruhl (Yale Rep, world premiere), “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me” (George St. Playhouse), “Frankie and Johnny” (Berkshire Theater Festival) .  Broadway:  "Company" (2006, Tony Award, Best Revival).  Off-Broadway includes: CSC, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Women's Project, MCC, others.  Regional includes: Old Globe, McCarter Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Playmakers Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse, others.  Recent TV: "Chicago Med", “Minority Report”, “Madam Secretary”, “Major Crimes”, ”Forever", "Elementary", and "Nurse Jackie" "Being Mary Jane," "Damages".  Film: The Clique, The War Within, Heights, Black Knight, and Robot Stories. 2014 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow, 52nd Street Project volunteer. MFA in Acting from NYU.

Orville Mendoza

Orville Mendoza (City)

Select credits. Broadway: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, PACIFIC OVERTURES. Off-Broadway: PACIFIC OVERTURES (Classic Stage Co.), FOUND (Atlantic Theatre Co.), PASSION (CSC), ROMEO AND JULIET, TIMON OF ATHENS, and ROAD SHOW (all at The Public/NYSF). Regional: La Jolla Playhouse, ACT, Philadelphia Theatre Co., 5th Ave., East West Players, Goodspeed, Long Wharf, and many others. Orville is a Drama Desk Award nominee and Barrymore Award winner. www.orvillemendoza.com

Austin Ku

Austin Ku (Ingenuity)

Broadway Tour: Chinglish (dir. Leigh Silverman). Off-Broadway: Boy in the Tree in Pacific Overtures (dir. John Doyle) and Anne Washburn’s Iphigenia in Aulis (dir. Rachel Chavkin) at Classic Stage Company; Akira in Tokio Confidential; Ambrose in Hello, Dolly! Selected Regional: Berkeley Rep, Delaware REP (wr/dir. Theresa Rebeck), KC Starlight, SF Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, South Coast Rep, TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley, Walnut Street Theater. Awards: Recipient of StageSceneLA, Dean Goodman, WISE Foundation Awards; also nominated for Barrymore, BroadwayWorld, IRNE Awards. Film: Sleeping With Other People, Creative Control, The Woman in the Dress. TV: “Shades of Blue” (recurring), “Younger”, “The Affair”, “Sneaky Pete” (upcoming). Selected Training: Boston Conservatory, UCB. www.Austin-Ku.com + @secretaustinman


Paulina Yeung

Paulina Yeung (Ahn)

Paulina Yeung is an alumni of Manhattan School of Music. She recently played Moon in Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s Lost in Shanghai. Previous credits include Antigone (Fusion Theatre), The Magic Flute (NY Lyric Opera), Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (NY Philharmonic/ Alan Gilbert), The Mikado (Philippine Opera Company) and Les Misérables (Repertory Philippines). Awards: The American Prize in Vocal Performance 2015, Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award at the Civic Morning Musicals Competition 2014.

Lawrence Clayton

Lawrence Clayton (Faith)

Lawrence Clayton was recently featured in the Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning revival of The Color Purple directed by John Doyle. Other Broadway appearance include: Bells Are RingingIt Ain’t Nothin’ but the BluesThe Civil WarOnce upon a MattressHigh Rollers Social Pleasure Club, and Dreamgirls. Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House: Jerry Springer the Opera; Second Stage: Crowns; The Public Theater: Saturn ReturnsRomance in Hard Times.

Mick Bleyer

Mick Bleyer (Diligence)

Credits include Lincoln Center, Goodspeed, North Shore, Classical Theatre of Harlem, NYMF, and a summer season at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, as well as tons of workshops and readings of new works. He is a founding member of the vocal jazz quintet Marquee Five, as well as an award winning choreographer and director with a focus on stage combat.

Jeremy Yaddaw (Drums)

Jeremy Yaddaw is a drummer and percussionist based in New York City. He is principal percussionist for the American Pops Orchestra, and plays regularly with Ryan Scott Oliver, Brooklyn band Water & Rye, and Weezer cover band Surf Wax America. Jeremy also has a wide variety of theater and concert credits, including The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Pippin (first national tour), and Molly Pope's A Star Is Born. More info at www.jeremyyaddaw.com

Nan Zhang (Erhu)

Nan Zhang is an award-winning huqin musician and artist at Ba Ban Chinese Music Society. She holds a BA from the China Conservatory of Music and an MFA from the Pratt Institute. She is a member of the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York and Columbia University Harmony, and has been invited to perform at Columbia University, New York University, Pace University, Merkin Concert Hall, New York Fashion Week and others.

Brian Cavanagh-Strong (Keyboard)

Brian Cavanagh-Strong is a composer, teacher, musical director, and pianist living in Brooklyn, NY. Recent composing work includes: Sesame Street on HBO; score for Michigan Murders, commissioned by Montclair State University's New Works Initiative; co-composer/music director, Saint's Rest (a movie musical - www.saintsrestmovie.com). He is excited to be a part of the Qing Cheng/Dark City team!

Zach Larimer (Dizi)

Zach Larimer is a teacher and woodwind doubler based in New York City. He plays over 15 instruments including flutes, single reeds, double reeds, and world flutes. Zach is also a strong proponent of contemporary music and frequently collaborates with living composers on new works. Recent productions include "The Secret Garden," "Parade," and the premiere of Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s "Life of the Party." www.ZachLarimer.com

Caleb Pringle (Bass)

Caleb Pringle is a graduate of the Schwob School of Music, where he studied bass performance and music technology. A Georgia native, he played professionally in Atlanta, and served full-time as a bassist for the Springer Opera House in Columbus. He worked for two summers on the music staff at the Frenchwoods Performing Arts Festival, where he performed in a combined 25 musicals, taught lessons, and played with the symphony. He lives in NYC.

Lily Maase (Guitar)

Lily Maase is a guitarist raised in New Mexico, educated at the University of North Texas, and living in Brooklyn. Lily is a contributing writer for Premier Guitar Magazine and has contributed to Guitar World and Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation. She is the founder and owner of Brooklyn GuitarWorks, a workshop-oriented center for guitar and bass guitar education, as well as the lead guitarist, musical director and bandleader with the Rocket Queens all-female tribute to Guns N Roses and the Suite Unraveling (Tzadik). She is the lead guitarist with Gato Loco, and is endorsed by Godin Guitars. www.lilymaase.com