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Company member Maggie Siff performs a reading of Anne Carson’s classic poem, “The Glass Essay,” as part of 92Y’s Christopher Lightfoot Walker Reading Series on Thursday, May 12. The event is available both in person and streaming online.

Company member Mark H. Dold joins a new production of the Tony award-winning play The Inheritance by Matthew López and directed by Paul Daigneault, now playing at Speakeasy Stage in Boston. A generation after the peak of the AIDS crisis, what is it like to be a young gay man in New York?  What do we owe the future and each other? The show takes place in two parts, running concurrently through June 11.

Company member Nathan Hinton joins the cast of Chekhov + Turgenev, two Russian classics presented in repertory and scored in jazz, Turgenev’s About Love and Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Both productions are adapted and directed by Will Pomerantz, and feature an original score by Nancy Harrow, performed nightly by a live jazz quartet. A limited engagement from Blueprint Productions that runs through June 10. Nathan appears in About Love, a musical play with songs, inspired by Ivan Turgenev’s novella, First Love. 

Company members Lizan Mitchell and Nikkole Salter are featured in The Huntington Theatre’s world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s Our Daughters, Like Pillars, about a whirlwind week in the life of a contemporary Black Boston family. Directed by Kimberly Senior, performances finished May 8, with digital access to a filmed performance available through May 22. Hear Greenbridge speak about the play on WBUR. 

Marjan Neshat plays Nazanin in the world premiere of Wish You Were Here, written by Sanaz Toossi and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch at Playwrights Horizons, on stage now through May 29. The New York Times also ran a Sunday arts feature: “Marjan Neshat on Her ‘Kind of Miraculous Season’ Onstage” recognizing her performances this season in three works by playwrights of Middle Eastern descent, including Sylvia Khoury’s Selling Kabul, followed by Sanaz Toossi’s English and the current production of Wish You Were Here.

Company member Madeline Wise plays Jean-Luc Picard’s mother, Yvette, in the second season of Star Trek: Picard, appearing in five episodes in flashbacks to Picard’s childhood. The series stars Sir Patrick Stewart and is the follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). The entire second season is now available to stream on Paramount+.

Dee Pelletier and Kathleen McNenny have joined the Broadway cast of Tracy Letts’ The Minutes as understudies. From the award-winning Steppenwolf Theatre, The Minutes follows the inner-workings of a city council meeting in the small town of Big Cherry—and the hypocrisy, greed, ambition and devious doings that ensue. The production initially played 19 preview performances in March 2020 before closing due to Covid, and is now scheduled to run through July 24.

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced that the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) are recipients of 2022 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Broadway industry.  Company members Pun Bandhu, Cindy Cheung, Angel Desai, Julienne Hanzelka Kim and Kenneth Lee, sit on AAPAC’s steering committee and founded the organization in 2011.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of The Actors Center. We are planning a joyous celebration and reunion party to take place the evening of Monday, June 6th, 2022.

Company member Andrea Syglowski recently finished performing in Hartford Stage’s production of Lost in Yonkers. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Neil Simon spotlights the power of a resilient family, following two teenage Brooklyn boys in a small apartment in Yonkers with their unwelcoming grandmother, overexcitable aunt and gangster uncle. Company member Patrick Mulryan was the dialogue coach for the production.

Company member Cindy Cheung performs in Anchuli Felicia King’s new play, Golden Shield, premiering off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club now through June 12. The legal drama follows an American lawyer Julie Chen and her class-action lawsuit involving a technology corporation and the Chinese government. Directed by May Adrales, the cast includes Fang Du, Kristen Hung, Daniel Jenkins, Michael C. Liu, Max Gordon Moore, Ruibo Qian and Gillian Saker, as well as company member Ka-Ling Cheung, who is the vocal coach and an understudy in the production.

Sita Mani, Head of Movement at Columbia University’s Graduate Acting Program, and Justine Wolf Williams, Faculty at Yale School of Drama and NYU,  will join The Actors Center’s Resident Company in May 2022, for a series of artist development workshops focused on movement, wellness, and the actor at play.

Elizabeth Van Dyke plays Fanny Johnson in Alice Childress’s Wedding Band at TFANA. Set in the deep south at the end of World War I during the flu epidemic, Alice Childress’s seldom-produced masterpiece is one of American drama’s most mercilessly revealing tales of interracial love. The play traces a devoted couple’s caustic confrontations with anti-miscegenation laws, vicious family racism, community disapproval and finally deadly disease and their own long-buried feelings. Awoye Timpo directs the play’s first New York production since its New York premiere in 1972.

Four productions featuring company members received nominations for the 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Awards were distributed in a ceremony at NYU Skirball on May 1.  Sanaz Toossi’s play English (with Marjan Neshat) produced by Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theatre Company won the award for Outstanding Play.

Company member Lisa Rothe directs the world premiere of Another Revolution by Jacqueline Bircher at the Gulfshore Playhouse in South Naples, Florida. Set in the tumultuous year of 1968 against the backdrop of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and the Vietnam War, two Columbia University graduate students are forced to share a lab and find they are opposed in more than just their scientific disciplines. The production runs through May 15.