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FAST COMPANY
by Carla Ching
directed by Bart DeLorenzo

October 6 - 27, 2013
Julianne Argyros Stage

Mable Kwan is the best grifter who ever lived. And this tough cookie raised her kids to be just like her. Son Francis is the top roper around and H, the number one fixer. When daughter Blue surprises them all by putting together the score of the decade, will the entire family get in on the action or will one of them walk away with it all? Fast, funny dark and dangerous—this skewed look at family and ambition keeps us guessing about who’s on top and who’s getting conned.

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Emily Kuroda, Jackie Chung, Lawrence Kao in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Lawrence Kao and Nelson Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Emily Kuroda, Jackie Chung, Lawrence Kao and Nelson Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Jackie Chung, Lawrence Kao and Emily Kuroda in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Emily Kuroda, Jackie Chung, Lawrence Kao and Nelson Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Lawrence Kao, Jackie Chung, Emily Kuroda and Nelson Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Deborah Robinson/SCR.

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Jackie Chung in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Fast Company Cast
Nelson Lee, Jackie Chung, Emily Kuroda and Lawrence Kao in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.
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Nelson Lee and Jackie Chung in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.

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Nelson Lee, Jackie Chung, Emily Kuroda and Lawrence Kao in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Emily Kuroda in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Jackie Chung in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Nelson Lee in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

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Lawrence Kao in South Coast Repertory's 2013 world premiere production of Fast Company by Carla Ching. Photo by Debora Robinson/SCR.

Playwright Bio

Carla Ching is a Los Angeles native whose theatre career started when she stumbled into New York City’s pan-Asian performance collective, Peeling, writing and performing with them for three years—her first theatre training. Since then, she has written TBA (2g, directed by Denyse Owens, published in Out of Time and Place), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theatre Company, dir. Daniella Topol), Dirty (finalist for the Cherrylane Mentorship Project), Big Blind/Little Blind and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up. Other production and/or development includes Ensemble Studio Theatre (First Light 2011 and 2012), The Lark Play Development Center (Meeting of the Minds and Lark Playwright’s Workshop), Partial Comfort, Desipina & Company, The Hegira, Vampire Cowboys and The Women’s Project (2008-10 Lab). She was a 2008 New York Urban Artists Initiative fellow and a 2009-10 Teachers and Writers Collaborative fellow. She’s been in residence at Voice and Vision, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Pocantico Center and New York Stage and Film. She served as artistic director of the Asian American theatre company 2g for three seasons. She’s currently a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, New Dramatists and the 2013-14 CTG Writers’ Workshop. Ching is currently working on a CrossRoads commission for SCR.

Cast
Jackie Chung, as Blue, is making her SCR debut. Chung’s off-Broadway and regional credits include Macbeth 1969 (Long Wharf Theatre), microcrisis, The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi Theater Company), You For Me For You (Woolly Mammoth Theatre/Ma-Yi), Mother Courage and Her Children (The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival) and Trickle, Japanoir (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Her other New York credits include After. (Partial Comfort Productions), The Sporting Life (Studio 42) and The Director (The Flea Theater). Her film, television and web credits include Going Local, 4 Dates, Pretty Precious Unicorns, “Fortune Son” and the upcoming independent film Someone Else. Chung recently workshopped Jiehae Park’s Hannah and the Dread Gazebo at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. She volunteers with the 52nd Street Project.

Lawrence Kao
Lawrence Kao, as Francis, is making his SCR debut. The Hacienda Heights, Calif.-native grew up as an only child, left to his imagination, which drew him to acting. Playing Lysander in a high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, furthered his interest in pretending. While studying theatre at UCI, he began dancing with Kaba Modern, which led to his participation on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” He played Norman Lee in East West Player’s Krunk Fu Battle Battle. His television credits include “Franklin & Bash,” a recurring role as Tim on “The Walking Dead,” “Hawaii Five-0,” and non-union bootleg films he sells out of the back of his trunk. 

Emily Kuroda
Emily Kuroda, as Mable, is thrilled to be back at SCR, where she appeared in Our Town, Ballad of Yachiyo and the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Dogeaters. She has performed in more than 25 shows and workshops at East West Players. Other theatres include Kirk Douglas Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Singapore Rep, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Doolittle Theater, Huntington Theatre Company (Boston), Los Angeles Theatre Center, Zephyr Theatre, LA Women’s Shakespeare and The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles. Her television credits include seven years as Mrs. Kim on “Gilmore Girls,” Suho in “Under One Roof” with Flavor Flav, “Drop Dead Diva,” “Medium,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Bloodline.” Her feature films include About Love (Emmy nominated), and the upcoming Justice Angel. She is the recipient of five Drama-Logue awards, a Garland Award for outstanding performance, an L.A. Ovation award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Playwrights Arena Award, the East West Players Award for Outstanding Contribution to LA Theatre and the Entertainment Today Best Actress Award for Winter People.

Nelson Lee
Nelson Lee as “H”, is making his SCR debut. Most recently, he reprised his role of Ryu in Maple and Vine at The City Theatre in Pittsburgh after having completed its West Coast premiere at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Lee’s off-Broadway credits include David in the world premiere of Zayd Dohrn’s Outside People, with Naked Angels at the Vineyard Theatre in New York; his other New York credits include 7 Stories and Hardly with Rocketship Theatre. His film and television credits include Virtuality, “Blade: The Series,” “Oz,” Traffic, “Covert Affairs,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Longmire,” “Bones,” “The Chicago Code,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and HBO’s Strip Search, directed by Sidney Lumet. Lee trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and earned his degree from the University of Toronto.
Creative Team
Keith Mitchell - Scenic Design
Ann Closs-Farley - Costume Design
Tom Ontiveros - Lighting Design
John Ballinger - Original Music/Soundscape
Jason H. Thompson - Projection Design
Kelly L. Miller - Dramaturg
Jennifer Ellen Butler - Stage Manager

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