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'Sandi Koto of the San Gabriel Valley' Part 2

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Sandi Koto pitches for her high school baseball team to the dismay of her mother and the jeers of opposing teams. With the help of her teammate Davy, her ancestors, and a legendary lefty, she hopes to learn to throw the outlawed screwball pitch to honor her great-grandfather before the final game of the year.

About the Artists

Judy Soo Hoo is a playwright, screenwriter, and dreamer from Del Rey. Growing up as a Chinese American in New Mexico near the Navajo Nation, her writing is attuned to the struggles, desires, and hopes of characters living on the margins.

Credits: Texas, Solve for X, Taking Flight: The Katherine Cheung Story, and Sandi Koto of San Gabriel for CTG’s Library Play Reading series. Judy is currently writing a play about two teenagers whose lives are thrown into turmoil when their mother is arrested and slated for deportation as part of the Playwrights Group at Company of Angels.

Company of Angels (CoA) is Los Angeles’ oldest non-profit theater company, founded in 1959 by actors Richard Chamberlain, Leonard Nimoy, Vic Morrow, and legendary entertainment attorney Bert Fields. CoA develops emerging artists and re-envisions theatre to entertain audiences by producing new work that reflects and responds to the richness, diversity, and complexity that is the City of Angels. Since 1959, CoA productions have garnered over thirty Los Angeles Drama-Logue Awards, including a special award for Continued Excellence; nine Back Stage West Garland Awards; eight Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (three nominations) including a special award for Distinguished Achievement; six LA Weekly Theatre Awards (three nominations); six NAACP Theatre Awards (four nominations); eleven LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards; five Dimension Robby Awards nominations. The Company aspires to share and give voice to the many stories that exist in our communities.

Julianna Stephanie Ojeda (director) is a Latinx Theatre artist from Pico Rivera. She currently serves as Associate Producer for Company of Angels. She is an alumnus of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival FAIR program. She has directed full productions at Rio Hondo College as a guest artist. She produced and directed two staged readings of Just Like Us by Karen Zacarias. Other staged readings include Kissing Che at ACT in Seattle co-produced by Latino Theatre Projects, and Enfrascada at the San Diego Repertory Theatre produced by Amigos del Rep.

Mauro Flores, Jr. (illustrations) is a producer, writer, illustrator and director originally from South Texas. He currently lives in LA where he works as a story and field producer for unscripted shows like The Amazing Race and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Mauro’s been writing, directing, illustrating and crafting stories since the age of four, and been involved in theater since the 4th grade. He’s worked in stage, film and TV and occasionally illustrates children’s books.

Andrea 'Slim' Allmond (sound designer and composer) Credits include: Off Broadway: Gloria: A Life; Dallas Theater Center: Public Works Dallas As You Like It; Public Works Dallas Winter’s Tale; The 11:11 West Hollywood: Famous the Play and Film (Composer and Sound Designer). Touring: Something Rotten First National Tour (Assistant Audio). Andrea was also a guest artist and mentor at UNLV. She received her MFA in Sound Design from the University of California Irvine. Andrea would like to thank her family for being so supportive of her as an artist. @sherpaslim

Richard Azurdia (Fernando Valenzuela) is born and raised in L.A! Theater credits include productions with: Fountain Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Independent Shakespeare Co.'s Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, Company of Angels, Rogue Artist Ensemble, Circle X Theatre, Sacred Fools Theatre, Echo Theatre, Son of Semele Ensemble, Odyssey Theater & Bootleg Theater. He's been nominated for the Ovation Awards, Stage Raw Awards, Colorado Theatre Guild's Henry Awards & Broadway World Awards. Film/TV: SouthLAnd, Grace & Frankie, Hulu's East Los High (recurring), Weeds (recurring), Ladro Que Roba Ladron, and America 101. He's a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship and was named one of L.A. Weekly's 54 Fascinating People in 2015.

Ana Ming Bostwick-Singer (Sandi Koto) is an Asian-American actor based in LA, and a member of Tim Robbin's Actors' Gang. Ana’s made appearances with South Coast Rep, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and recently performed in Lisa Loomer's Class of 2020 for Together LA Festival.

Leah Zhang (Angie) is a company member at Company of Angels where she was in Sanctuary and Solidarity is a Four Letter Word. She is a cast member with the long running sketch comedy show TMI Hollywood. Regionally Leah has performed at The Old Globe, American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Chicago Dramatists. TV/Film credits include SouthLAnd, America's Most Wanted, and Ocean's 12. When not performing Leah can be found teaching actors as the lead movement teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

Jeff Torres (Davy) is thrilled to be a Company of Angels member and to be involved in diverse productions that help expand the lens of what American culture is and should be. TV/Film creds: Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (CBS), FBI (CBS), Telenovela (NBC Universal), Pitch (Fox), Days of Our Lives (NBC), The Hungover Games (Sony Pictures) Theatre: Young Playwrights' Festival (The Blank Theatre), This Land (Company of Angels), Angel City Improv (Company of Angels), Love's Labour's Lost (Downtown Rep), NBC Diversity Showcase (2016), The Vacancy (Lost Studio). Watch his directorial and writing debut short film, Once. @iamJeffTorres

Justin Huen (Redmon) is an award winning actor/director/designer who has worked in intimate and regional theatres across the country. He’s been a proud member of Company of Angels since 2005 serving as resident technical director/scenic designer. Fun fact, he designed and built the Company of Angels Theatre which is currently housed in Boyle Heights. He also works on film/tv, most recently on Shameless and the critically acclaimed and award winning short film SheVolution.

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