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Lodestone Theatre Ensemble presents Suddenly, Last Summer. The award-winning theatre company concludes its ninth season with a mostly Asian American cast production of the classic 1958 work by Tennessee Williams.   The play will be directed by Lodestone Co-Artistic Director Chil Kong.

Suddenly, Last Summer is Lodestone’s second non-world premiere play to grace the mainstage (the first was last summer’s The Trojan Women).  Williams’ story revolves around the death of a beloved son and cousin (Sebastian Venable) which leads to a family conflict as Mrs. Venable and Catherine Holly fight over their memories of the dead man and push the boundaries of truth.  How will Sebastian be remembered?  How would you like to be remembered?

The cast includes veteran actress Kim Miyori (The Woman Warrior, St. Elsewhere) as Mrs. Venable with Letitia Chang, Feodor Chin, Rebecca Heneise, Elaine Kao, Saachiko, Kipp Shiotani, Leonard Wu, Elpidio Ebuen, Kelley Portier and Jennifer Betit Yen

“When I first read Tennessee Williams and how he dealt with family relations, it reminded me of Korean and Chinese families,” Kong says about his decision to stage Suddenly, Last Summer for an Asian American theater company.  “At the heart of the play are very Asian battles of saving face and honoring the dead.  It made perfect sense to me to marry this play with Lodestone.”

Chil Kong is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble.   His directing credits for the company include A Dirty Secret Between the Toes by Annette Lee, The Mikado Project by Doris Baizley & Ken Narasaki and, most recently, Trapezoid by Nic Cha Kim.  Kong is currently directing the film version of The Mikado Project.

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