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Where I'm From

By Howard Ho

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An autobiographical coming-of-age play about Howard growing up in Alhambra, going to UCLA and ditching everything Asian about himself, but then rediscovering the glory and pride of his heritage and his Asian American-ness.

About the Artists

HOWARD HO (playwright) is a playwright, designer, improviser, and Youtuber. His original play Various Emporia was an O'Neill Playwrights Finalist and a Screencraft Stage Play Finalist. His other playwriting is published by Theatre Now New York and was featured in the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. His short plays have been produced at Company of Angels. His journalism has been published in the LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, Howlround, and American Theatre magazine. His Youtube channel dissecting music has over 100,000 subscribers, millions of views, and has been recognized by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu. He has sound designed over 50 productions in Los Angeles and the Bay Area and has been nominated twice for the Ovation Awards in sound design. He has studied improv with Freestyle Love Supreme and Cold Tofu Improv, where he has been the resident keyboard accompanist since 2015. He holds degrees from UCLA & USC.

JULLY LEE (director) is the artistic director of COLD TOFU, the nation’s first and longest running Asian American improv and sketch comedy troupe. She is a producing director with Playground-LA and has also directed with Playground-SF, Company of Angels, East West Players, Playwrights’ Arena, Artists At Play, The Road Theatre, EST-LA, Moving Arts, The Blank, The Sống Collective (NY), Exposition Review, hereandnow, IAMA, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LAFPI) and Center Theatre Group’s Library Play Readings Series. Also an Ovation-nominated actor, she will be making her Broadway debut in KPOP The Musical this Fall. TWITTER: @jullylee | INSTAGRAM: @jullyleeIG

SCOTT KEIJI TAKEDA is a Japanese-American actor that has been working in film, television, and theatre for over ten years. Onscreen, Scott’s credits include Made for Love, MDMA, Carrie Pilby, Evergreen, and the Netflix original series Huge in France, where he stars opposite comedian Gad Elmaleh. Onstage credits include the Ovation-award winning production of Next to Normal (EWP), The Great Leap (Cygnet Theatre), and Valley of the Heart (Mark Taper Forum). Scott is proud to be a frequent collaborator with both Howard Ho and Jully Lee and will always jump at any opportunity to work with them.

VICTOR CHI is an actor and Los Angeles local. He has appeared in various commercials, film, television, and theater (most notably at The Young Vic in London). He has recently entered the voiceover world, as well as content-creating on Twitch. TWITTER: @VictorSChi | INSTAGRAM: @VictorSChi | TWITCH: VicChiWinna

CHRISTINE LIAO started her artistic journey as a dancer. She began dance classes at three and fell in love with storytelling through movement. Her interests expanded toward theater and acting in high school and continued to grow in college, where she performed with a UC Berkeley theater troupe. She has since worked in various short films, independent features and web videos. Her best known role thus far is as the waitress/clerk in the comedy sketch, The ABC Who Can’t Read Chinese. You can also find her in Fine China on HBO platforms and the video game Life is Strange: True Colors. INSTAGRAM: @veggiegoober

MAX TACHIS is a Bay Area actor and playwright, most recently seen online with Our Digital Stories and in the solo show Fully Committed at Los Altos Stage Company, for which he received a special commendation from the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. As a playwright he's written for festivals in San Jose, Redwood City, Los Gatos, and for students in the Ohlone College Theatre & Dance Department. His first world premiere, Perishable, Keep Refrigerated, debuted at Renegade Theatre Experiment in 2014.

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