A Co-Production With PlaywrightS’ Arena
By Rosie Narasaki
Directed by Margaret Shigeko Starbuck
World Premiere Production
11th century Ladies-in-Waiting Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon are, to this day, two of Japan’s most beloved writers.
They also kind of hated each other.
This play is about friendship, heartbreak, and what it means to be a female artist. Perhaps most of all, it’s about how no matter how much things change, the more they stay the same… even after a thousand years.
Raised in Las Vegas by a strong Vietnamese mother, Cindy likes to enter the room with a big smile, a loud laugh, and usually carrying delicious food.Theatre: The $5 Shakespeare Company (The 6th Act); Hamlet (The New American Theatre); Diana of Dobson’s (Antaeus); Cymbeline, King John, Pericles (The Porters of Hellsgate); That Pretty Pretty or the Rape Play, Love & Information, If You Can Get to Buffalo (Son of Semele Ensemble). TV/Film: 911 (Fox), For the People (ABC), Dear White People(Netflix), A Cinderella Christmas. Special Awards/Training: BFA, Chapman University. www.imdb.me/cindynguyen
KATIE KITANI *
Katie is honored to return to the role of Murasaki Shikibu in this world premiere of Unrivaled after originating the role in the play’s first public reading. Other world and regional premieres include: Jerry Springer: The Opera (Ovation Award winner – Best Musical); Psyche: A Modern Rock Opera; Cinnamon Girl; Who’s Your Baghdaddy?; and Scary Musical: The Musical. Regional credits include: Little Drummer Bowie; Ordinary Days; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; and The Pirates of Penzance. Katie is also a proud volunteer with Southern California Bulldog Rescue. No bulldog left behind.
Chelsea is a bicoastal theater and television actress. Previously she’s been seen at Boston Court as Kat in How The Light Gets In. Other favorite theater credits include Elena in Pasadena Playhouse’s Uncle Vanya and Vera in Antaeus Theater Company’s Three Days in the Country. Favorite tv credits include guest starring roles on Scandal, Law & Order: SVU, and the upcoming Donald Glover series Swarm. She is thrilled to be sharing the stage with this incredible group of artists. Shout to the best cheerleader ever- her mama, Kris Yakura
DAVID HUYNH *
David is thrilled to be making his Boston Court stage debut, David is excited to be part of this Playwrights Arena / Boston Court co-production of Rosie Narasaki’s Unrivaled. David has previously appeared at East West Players in Prince Gomolvilas’ Brother’s Paranormal and Mysterious Skin, in Actor’s Co-Op’s Rope and at The Colony theatre in Michael Golamco’s “Year Zero”. David can currently be seen in season 4 of USA Network’s anthology series The Sinner on Netflix. David’s feature film appearances include M.F.A. (SXSW world premiere) and Baby for which he won a Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival for Outstanding Newcomer/ Best Emerging Actor for his role as the titular character. David will next be seen in season 5 of Magnum P.I. and in season 2 of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds where he will be seen as Zacarias Nguyen.
*Indicates a member of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage members in the United States.
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Scenic Designer: Yuki Izumihara
Costume Designer: Jana Ai Morimoto
Lighting Designer: Henry Tran
Sound Designer: Alyssa Ishii
Casting Director: Fran de Leon
Properties Design: Jesse Soto
Production Stage Manager: Letitia Chang
Research Dramaturg: Lynne K. Miyake