On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly haenyeos—sea women—spend their dying days diving into the ocean to harvest seafood. Across the globe on the island of Manhattan, a Korean-Canadian playwright, twice an immigrant, spends her days wrestling with the expectation that she write “authentic” stories about her identity. This “fascinating, audacious and deftly satirical” new play by Celine Song, directed by Sammi Cannold, questions what we inherit and challenges who dictates the terms.
This production of Endlings originated at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University.
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NYTW debut. Emily has performed in over 35 productions at East West Players in Los Angeles including Chay Yew’s Red (LA Times Top 10). Other theaters: A.R.T. (Endlings), Theatreworks (Language Archive, Calligraphy), Page 73 (Today Is My Birthday), Alliance Theater (Tiger Style), Actors Theatre of Louisville (we, the invisibles), Pan Asian Rep (Brothers Paranormal), Playwright’s Arena, South Coast Rep, Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Singapore Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Doolittle Theater, Huntington Theater (Boston), Los Angeles Theater Center, Zephyr Theater, LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, and the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival. Television: “Gilmore Girls,” “The Good Doctor,” “The Resident,” “Under One Roof,” “Drop Dead Diva” (Margaret Cho’s mother), “ Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Medium.” Film: Audrey with Jenna Malone, Party Boat, Take the 10, Red, Peep World, Dad, Broken Words, About Love (Emmy nominated), Worth Winning and the award-winning The Sensei. She is the recipient of five Dramalogue Awards, a Garland Award for outstanding performance, and an L.A. Ovation award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Playwright’s Arena Award, East West Players Rae Creevey Award, and the Entertainment Today Best Actress Award for her performance in Winter People.
Wai Ching Ho was born and raised in Hong Kong and speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin. She was last seen Off-Broadway as Bishop Winchester/Old Clifford in NAATCO’s production of Henry VI. Other selected New York stage credits include The Joy Luck Club, Carry the Tiger to the Mountain, Legacy Codes (Pan Asian Rep); No Foreigners Beyond This Point, The Square (MaYi Theatre Company); and Rosa Loses Her Face (Queens Theatre in the Park). Last winter, she originated the role of Han Sol in Endlings at A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA. Other regional credits include The Denver Center of Performing Arts, Long Wharf, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and TheatreWorks Palo Alto. Currently she can be seen in the film Hustlers playing Destiny’s Grandma. Other films include: Lucky Grandma, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Robot Stories and Premium Rush, among others. Television credits include all three “Law & Order” series, “New Amsterdam,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Fresh Off the Boat” and the upcoming Awkafina comedy series. She can be seen in numerous episodes as Madame Gao in the Marvel/Netflix series of Dare Devil, Iron Fist and Defenders. Ms. Ho is a resident of NYC and will be reprising the role of Han Sol early 2020 in the New York Theatre Workshop production of Endlings.
NYTW debut. Off-Broadway: Comfort Women (Bohki Lee), Urban Stages; Ah! Wilderness (Lily), The House of Bernada Alba (Prudentia), NAATCO; Hunger (Jing Zhao), The Public (Emerging Writers Group); The Joy Luck Club (Suyuan), Pan Asian Rep. Regional: Endlings (Sook Ja), American Repertory Theatre; Endlings (Sook Ja), Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference (Workshop); Heartsong (Tina), Florida Repertory Theatre; M. Butterfly (Chin/Suzuki), Seattle Repertory Theatre; The Boys Next Door (Sheila), Seattle Group Theatre; Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks (Miss Nomura), Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Film: Virginia (Shin Lee); Brooklyn Lobster (Jen Lau); Alfie (Mrs. Wing). Short film: Daddy, Opposite of a Fairy Tale (Josephine-Lead). TV: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Affair” (recurring), “You,” “What Would You Do,” “Law & Order,” “Far East” Stage on Screen.
Jiehae’s plays include peerless (Yale Rep premiere, upcoming at Primary Stages summer 2020), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Here We Are Here (Sundance Theater-Makers, Ground Floor @Berkeley Rep, Princess Grace Works-in-Progress @Baryshnikov Arts Center), The Aves (Alley All-New, McCarter Spotlight), and contributions to Wondrous Strange (Humana/ATL). Development: Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab, the Public’s Emerging Writers Group, CTG Writers Workshop, p73, ACT, Atlantic, PlayCo, Old Globe, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Ojai, BAPF, and the amazing Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Awards: Leah Ryan, Princess Grace, Weissberger, ANPF Women’s Invitational. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, Yale Rep, Geffen, OSF, MTC/Sloan. Residencies: MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman. As a performer, she most recently appeared in Ripe Time/Naomi Iizuka’s adaption of Murakami’s Sleep (BAM Next Wave, Yale Rep) and Celine Song’s Endlings (A.R.T.). She was a staff writer on season one of Marvel’s Runaways and is currently developing a new show with Diana Son for Apple. NYTW Usual Suspect, Lincoln Center Theater New Writer-in-Residence, Hodder Fellow, New Dramatist, and 2019-20 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Primary Stages. BA, Amherst; MFA, UCSD.
MILES G. Jackson just wrapped Hunters (Amazon Studios) as journalist Danny Rohr in the upcoming vengeance-driven Nazi hunting series starring Al Pacino and executive produced by Jordan Peele. He will next be seen Off-Broadway in Celine Song’s Endlings at New York Theatre Workshop, February 2020. He recently starred in the whimsical indie rom-com In Reality opposite writer/director Ann Lupo. Previously, Miles recurred on Jordan Peele’s “The Last O.G.” (TBS) opposite Tracy Morgan, and starred in Sasha Louis Vukovic’s sci-fi thriller Flora. On stage, he was recently featured in the world premiere of Endlings at the American Repertory Theater. Other stage credits include work with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, George Street Playhouse and TheaterWorks Hartford. Miles is originally from the outskirts of Atlantic City and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Matt DaSilva is an actor and writer based in New York. NYTW debut! National Tour: Beauty and the Beast (Lefou). New York: The Melting Pot, Everyday Inferno. Regional: Endlings, A.R.T.; How to Succeed…, Flat Rock Playhouse; Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Miracle on 34th Street, Ocean State Theater Company. Concert: Ragtime on Ellis Island. Wrote and performed original show Frivolous at the Providence Fringe Festival in 2019. Matt’s spent some time working in progressive politics and also writes a semi-regular newsletter about sports gambling. Those last two things are not related, for the record. Proud Union member. @mattydasilva
NYTW debut. Off-Broadway: creator and star of The Neon Coven’s OSCAR at The Crown, an immersive nightclub musical inspired by Oscar Wilde and The Real Housewives franchise, hailed as “at once simple, complex, brilliant, and celebratory even while steeped in its own subversion.” New York: Little Murders, The Neon Coven (Marjorie Newquist); The Blast, You Are Here; performances at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, and The McKittrick Hotel. Regional: Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge, Endlings, The Donkey Show, A.R.T.; The Rocky Horror Show (Dr. Frank-N-Furter). BA Theater Arts & Performance, Harvard University. Mark is a co-founder of The Neon Coven. @maarkm
Keith Michael Pinault is an actor, director, and musician based in New York. Prior to NYTW, he appeared in both the American Repertory Theater production of Endlings and its developmental reading at The Playwrights Realm. He appeared in a reading of The Drums of Father Ned at Irish Repertory Theater as part of their Sean O’Casey Reading Series. Other credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Classic Stage Company (dir. Tyne Rafaeli), All’s Well That Ends Well at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (dir. Stephen Maler), and Color Blue at the Festival de Teatro Alternativo in Bogotá, Colombia with New Perspectives Theatre Company. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BFA from Hofstra University.
ANDY TALEN will be making his NYTW debut! Currently he is a member of the hit NYC immersive production of Sleep No More. His past New York credits include Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre), Church & State (New World Stages), The Tempest, Iphigenia 2.0 (CSC), The Fallen (Abington Theatre), The Two Reds (CTH). Regional credits include Madison Repertory Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and over ten Productions at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires including Love’s Labor’s Lost, Mother Courage (with John Douglas Thompson & Olympia Dukakis), Les Faux Pas, Richard III, Winters’ Tale, Julius Caesar, The Amorous Quarrel, & Venetian Twins to name a few. Television: “A Crime to Remember.” MFA: Columbia University. Andy is also a composer and musician. andytalen.com @andysgottalen
SAMMI CANNOLD is a director who is one of Forbes Magazine‘s 30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment, class of 2019. This fall, she will be directing a new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita at New York City Center. Prior to NYTW, she directed the world premiere of Celine Song’s Endlings at the American Repertory Theater and developed it at Playwrights Realm and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Other recent credits include Ragtime on Ellis Island and Violet on a moving bus also at the A.R.T. Recent associate director credits include the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (dir. Rachel Chavkin), In the Body of the World (dir. Diane Paulus/MTC), Lempicka (dir. Rachel Chavkin/Williamstown), and Gloria (dir. Diane Paulus/DRT). Sammi has also served as an Artistic Fellow at the A.R.T., a member of Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Cognoscenti, and a Sundance Institute Fellow. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University (’15) and an M.A. from Harvard University (’16). sammicannold.com.
CELINE SONG’s play Endlings received its world premiere in 2019 at the American Repertory Theater. It was selected for the 2018 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was placed on the 2017 Kilroys list. Celine is a member of the Public Theater’s 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group, Ars Nova’s 2014-2015 Play Group, and The Orchard Project’s inaugural NYC Greenhouse 2018. She was a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow from 2017-2018, a 2014 & 2016 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab Playwright, and she was a 2017 semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Her play Tom & Eliza was a semifinalist for the American Playwriting Foundation’s 2016 Relentless Award. Celine has been awarded residencies, fellowships, and commissions from MTC/Sloan, Sundance, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia. Celine is a staff writer on Amazon’s “The Wheel of Time,” and she is developing a project for television with Diablo Cody and Beth Behrs.