The Jumpstart Commissions
We asked four writers to start something totally brand new. This program is to give them their jumpstart
on a new play with focus on process and the time and space to create.
We'll share their beginnings with you in the spirit of works-in-progress with some killer directors and
On Saturday June 23rd at 7pm and Sunday June 24th at 3pm
A new play
by Miyoko Conley
A totally normal story about a boy falling for a girl who falls on his car... from another
The Commencement of William Tan
by Don Nguyen
William, a well-liked student athlete at Lincoln High School and who happens to be Asian, plans to
cruise through his senior year at what’s considered the most diverse high school in Nebraska until
racial tensions arise between some of William's friends, who are on the football team and a gang of FOB
Asian kids. These turn of events forces William to come to terms with his thoughts on race, and how he
identifies, or doesn’t identify with his own ethnicity as the entire school, including the staff turns
to William to make peace between the two groups.
On Thursday June 28th and Friday June 29th at 7pm
Under Her Tongue
by Edgar Mendoza
directed by Kathleen Amshoff
A comedy about a young, Asian-American, PhD student who desperately
wants to cure racism in America. And she believes that by using the scientific method
she will be able to solve it.
A new play
by Samantha Chanse
directed by Mia Rovegno
A food writer searches for a diagnosis to explain her confusing symptoms and newly-acquired allergies.
As her health deteriorates and her options diminish, she begins to suspect that she may be some sort
of prophet. A musical play about a body at war with itself and its surroundings, and the seduction of
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