By Gordon Dahlquist
Directed by Aneesha Kudtarkar
Developed and produced by NAATCO
(The National Asian American Theatre Company)

June 8, 2019—July 6, 2019

Approximately 1 hour 50 minutes, with no intermission.

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[Veil Widow Conspiracy] is built around nested versions of a story from 1922 Xinjiang in Western China: a political murder mystery dramatized in a 2010 big budget Hollywood film, then amended via DVD extra interviews with the cast and crew, in censorship negotiations with the Chinese government, and finally by two lovers in a futuristic, dystopian Brooklyn, without the means to watch the film, one describing it to the other by memory in the dark. [VWC] explores the slippery tension around what we call the truth, knowing reality and fiction each have an angle, and no metaphor comes without an agenda.

Featuring Edward Chin-Lyn, Kimiye Corwin, Bruce McKenzie, James Seol, David Shih, Karoline Xu, Aaron Yoo

Set Designer Yu-Hsuan Chen

Lighting Designer Reza Behjat

Costume Designer Mariko Ohigashi

Sound Designer Frederick Kennedy

Fight Choreographer Jose-Maria Aguila

Production Manager Libby Jensen

Production Stage Manager Kate Croasdale

Graphic Designer Kate Katigbak

Join us for Post-show Discussions after the following performances: June 18, June 20, June 25 and June 27

$20 STUDENT RUSH: in person at the box office, one hour before curtain, with valid student ID, one per ID and subject to availability

  • Commander/Director

    NAATCO debut. Small Mouth Sounds National Tour (Long Wharf, A.C.T., Broad Stage; dir. Rachel Chavkin), True West (Curious Frog), The Brig (The Living Theatre), Reconstruction (International Wow). Film: Set It up (Netflix). TV: “Manifest”, “Elementary”, “Jessica Jones”, “Person of Interest”, “Limitless”, “The Mysteries of Laura”, “Feed the Beast”. edwardchinlyn.com

  • Heiress/Designer

    New York Theater: The Changeling (Red Bull), Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Theater), Martyrs (La Mama), Wasted: An Historical Burlesque (Ars Nova), Gaslit (Virago), Fire Throws (Ripe Time), Kate’s Chink-O-Rama (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Sense and Sensibility (Guthrie), Hedda Gabler (Studio Theatre), A Christmas Carol (McCarter), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Actors Theater of Louisville), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage), Now Circa Then (TheatreWorks Palo Alto), Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage), Twelfth Night, Hamlet (Shakespeare Festival St. Louis). TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “The Family,” “The Following,” “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “One Life to Live,” Five Dances (film by Alan Brown). Dance: Jose Limon Dance Company. BFA Juilliard, MFA Brown/Trinity. www.kimiyecorwin.com

  • Colonel/Producer

    Broadway: The Farnsworth Invention. Selected Off-Broadway: 10 Out Of 12 (Soho Rep); Big Love, Glory of the World (BAM Harvey), Stanley in Ivo van Hove’s A Streetcar Named Desire (New York Theatre Workshop). Weisses Rauschen (Ruhrfestspiele Recklingshausen; Theatre Freiburg).  Some favorite Regional Theatre: Three Sisters (Yale Rep); Polaroid Stories, Stage Manager in Our Town, title role in Hamlet (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Angelo in Measure For Measure, Iago in Othello (California Shakespeare Theatre);  Krapp’s Last Tape (Dallas Theatre Center); leading roles at La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre, Magic Theatre, Wilma Theatre, others.  Film: Your Name Here; Miss This At Your Peril; Blood Sand and Gold.  Television: Breaking Bad; House; The Unit.

  • Prince/Delegate

    Off-Broadway: Henry VI (NAATCO); American Morning (Prospect Theater Company; KPOP (Lucille Lortel Nomination; Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed Collective); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova). Broadway: A Naked Girl on the Appian Way (Roundabout Theatre Company). Regional: Vietgone and The Orphan of Zhao (American Conservatory Theatre); The Four Immigrants and Tokyo Fish Story (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Musicals and Paper Mill Playhouse); Zombie: the American (Woolly Mammoth); Hamlet (Hartford Stage); Timon of Athens (Shakespeare Theatre Company). TV: Living with Yourself (Netflix). Juilliard, University of Virginia

  • Deputy/Actor

    Previously with NAATCO: Henry VI, Awake and Sing!, A Dream Play. Off-Broadway: KPOP (Ars Nova/Ma-Yi/Woodshed), Somebody’s Daughter (Second Stage), The World of Extreme Happiness (MTC), Bike America (Ma-Yi), Dojoji (Pan Asian), Crane Story (Playwrights Realm). Regional: Tiger Style! (La Jolla), The King and I (Maltz Jupiter). TV/Film: “Billions,” “City on a Hill,” “The Hunt,” “The Path,” “Blindspot,” “Elementary,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Blacklist,” “Unforgettable,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Mr. Sushi, Eighth Grade, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Saving Face. Performs with Only Make Believe for kids in hospitals and care facilities.

  • Mei/Mistress/Liaison

    Off-Broadway: Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem (LCT). Select credits: You Across From Me (Humana Festival), Angels in America, Six, A Christmas Carol, Maggie and Winnie (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); A Language to Hear Myself (American Repertory); Hitting Bedrock (La MaMa); ReadyMade Cabaret (Judson Church). BA: Harvard College. karolinexu.com

  • Xiao/Vice Censor/Assistant

    Yoo’s career began off-Broadway appearing at The Vineyard, Ma-Yi, The Flea and LAByrinth.  He is grateful to be returning to NAATCO.  Aaron has starred in over 20 films including Disturbia, 21, Killing Gunther, Money Monster, Rocket Science, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Friday the 13th, Someone Else, Everything Before Us, The Wackness, and Kid Cannabis. Television credits include Goliath, Hawaii Five-0, The Tomorrow People, StartUp, The Blacklist, Mysteries of Laura, The Closer and ER.

Reza Behjat / Lighting Designer

Reza Behjat began his career in Iran, working with several prominent directors before moving to New York in 2014. He was nominated for 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award for Hamlet. Off-Broadway: Henry VI (NAATCO), Hamlet (Waterwell). Off-Off Broadway: Waiting For Godot and Whore from Ohio (New Yiddish Rep), Dead Are My People (Noor Theater), Yogibogeybox (Target Margin), Labor of Life (New Yiddish Rep), This Is The Color (New Georges), Fillx7(The Flea Theater). Regional and others: Everybody Black, The Thin Place (Humana Festival 2019), Nina Simon: Four Women (Alabama Shakes), The Roommates (Long Wharf Theater), The Vagrant Trilogy (Mosaic Theater), Guards at the Taj (Central Square Theater). Member of USA Local 829 and Wing Space Theatrical Design.

Yu-Hsuan Chen / Set Designer

Yu-Hsuan Chen is a New York based set and production designer, originally born and raised in Taiwan. Selected theater credits: Paradise Blue (Long Wharf Theatre, CT), What To Send Up When It Goes Down (ART/NY Theatre, NYC), The Homecoming Queen (Atlantic Theater Company, NYC), Dying In Boulder (La MaMa, NYC), Dancing at Lughnasa; M. Butterfly; Great Expectations (Everyman Theatre, MD), Inanimate and Locked Up Bitches (The Flea Theater, NYC), Agnus (The Lion Theatre, NYC), SKiNfolK (Ars Nova, NY), The Hummm (Dixon Place, NY), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Fifth Floor Theater, NYC). MFA, Design for Stage and Film, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. www.yuhsuanchendesign.com

Kate Croasdale / Production Stage Manager

Broadway: Sunday in the Park with GeorgeHedwig and the Angry InchGhost The Musical, Dead Accounts and Relatively Speaking. Other New York credits include: Gone Missing with City Center Encores!, Sea Wall/A Life with The Public Theater, Against the Hillside with Ensemble Studio Theatre and Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait with Piece By Piece Productions & Rising Phoenix Rep. Kate has also worked with: Two River Theater and The Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Gordon Dahlquist / Playwright

Gordon Dahlquist is also a novelist. His plays include TOMORROW COME TODAY (2015 James Tait Black Award for Drama), RED CHARIOT, WAKE, TEA PARTY, MESSALINA, DELIRIUM PALACE, and STELLA, a radio play for KCRW’s The Organist. His first novel, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, was a NY Times bestseller. Other novels include The Dark Volume, The Chemickal Marriage, and The Different Girl. He is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a former member of New Dramatists. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, he now lives in Brooklyn.


Libby Jensen / Production Manager

Libby Jensen is thrilled to be working on her third show with NAATCO! With NAATCO: Henry VI, Parts 1-3, Sagittarius Ponderosa. Other Work: DirectorFest (Drama League), Colin Quinn’s Red State, Blue State (Minetta Lane), Ordinary Days (Keen Company), Popcorn Falls(Davenport), Mike Birbiglia’s The New One (Cherry Lane), The Saintliness of Margery Kempe (The Duke), The Echo Drift (PROTOTYPE), A Clockwork Orange (New World Stages), The End of Longing (MCC), Street Children (Vertigo Theater Co), Turn Me Loose (Westside Theater), Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque). Resident Production Manager at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and AfterWork Theater. www.libbyjensen.com

Jose-Maria Aguila / Fight Choreographer

Jose-Maria Aguila (Fight Choreographer) is an actor and fight choreographer based in NYC. A Legendary Romance (Williams Town Theatre Festival), Pulse (Guthrie Theater), Tom Sawyer (Denver Center), Free Man of Color (NYU, Grad Acting). Film: Fifth of July (Four Fish Films). Television: “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Madam Secretary” (CBS), V/O: Red Dead Redemption II (Rock Star Studios). Jose-Maria teaches stage combat and has choreographed productions for The Graduate Acting Program at NYU, Stella Adler, NYU Tisch Undergraduate Program, The 52nd St. Project, The Dalton School, Hamilton College, Dream Yard. MFA New York University, Graduate Acting, BADA Oxford University.  -OSS!”

Frederick Kennedy / Sound Designer

Frederick Kennedy has worked for more than a decade as a sound designer, percussionist, and music producer in New York City and abroad. Recent work includes Twelfth Night (Yale Repertory Theater, nominee for Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Best Sound Design), Ursa Minor (New School College of Performing Arts),Every Brilliant Thing (TheatreSquared), The River (Hartford TheaterWorks), Flyin’ West (Westport Country Playhouse), and Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2, and 3 (American Conservatory Theater). He received his MFA from Yale School of Drama, and teaches at the City University of New York and at Connecticut College. www.fredkennedy.org

Aneesha Kudtarkar / Director

Aneesha Kudtarkar is a New York-based theatre director. She is currently completing her final year of study in the MFA Directing program at the Yale School of Drama. While at Yale, she has directed LocustsTrouble in MindPerfectly Timed Photos Taken Before a Disaster, and The Winter’s Tale. Her other credits include The Purple FlowerThe Quonsets (Yale Cabaret); MudCharlotte’s Web (The Hangar Theatre); and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Studio @ 620). She holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University, where she received the Garland Wright Award for Excellence in Directing. Aneesha is a proud alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project.

Mariko Ohigashi / Costume Designer

Mariko Ohigashi is a NYC-based costume designer for stage and film with domestic and international experience. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Design credits include: Vis-à-Vis (New York City Ballet, Choreographic Institute), Hanjo (SITI Company), The Fortress of Solitude (NYU Tisch). Previously, Mariko worked at the Santa Fe Opera (New Mexico) and the Salzburg Festival (Salzburg, Austria). Currently, she is the resident costume designer for Williams College Dance Department. MFA: New York University Tisch School of the Arts BA: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.