Join us September 14th, 2018

At the Conservatory Seattle

 
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Thank You for Breastfeeding

by Ashley Arai


Eliza’s perfect plan for a natural childbirth is threatened when she discovers her baby is breech.

With only a few weeks until her due date, Eliza must decide how far she will go to avoid a dreaded c-section and who she should trust as she navigates the complex business of giving birth--her doctor, her doula or herself? Intimate and funny, Thank You For Breastfeeding delves into the fears of expectant parents as they prepare for the birth of their first child.

CAST
Rachel Rene - Director
Shigeko Calos-Nakano - Stage Manager
Mona Leach - Eliza
Mark Fox - Paul
Chevi Chung - Lauren
Kali Ponzo - Becca

Join us Friday September 14th, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Conservatory, 5813 Airport Way South, Seattle 98108.  The Conservatory is a Seattle art space and coffeehouse, community meeting place, and artists’ workshop in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, a growing and glowing arts haven in Seattle near I-5, just north of Boeing Field. Beer, wine, cider, and food will be available for purchase before and after the show, and during intermission.

Suggested donation of $10.


  ASHLEY ARAI-PLAYWRIGHT                                     Ashley Arai   earned a political science degree from SUNY College at New Paltz in 2000 and recently studied playwriting with the Seattle Repertory Theater. She currently spends her days negotiating with a toddler and breastfeeding a newborn.

ASHLEY ARAI-PLAYWRIGHT                                    Ashley Arai earned a political science degree from SUNY College at New Paltz in 2000 and recently studied playwriting with the Seattle Repertory Theater. She currently spends her days negotiating with a toddler and breastfeeding a newborn.


  RACHEL RENE-DIRECTOR  Rachel Rene is a Seattle-based actor, director, music director, and stage manager and is thrilled to be working with Ashley on another of her lovely plays. Rachel Rene has worked with numerous theater companies around town, her most recent full-length directing credit being  Ben Butler  with Burien Actors Theatre. She currently works as a performer and educator with Living Voices and has become a regular troupe member with Theater for Young Children. <3 to Rx.   

RACHEL RENE-DIRECTOR
Rachel Rene is a Seattle-based actor, director, music director, and stage manager and is thrilled to be working with Ashley on another of her lovely plays. Rachel Rene has worked with numerous theater companies around town, her most recent full-length directing credit being Ben Butler with Burien Actors Theatre. She currently works as a performer and educator with Living Voices and has become a regular troupe member with Theater for Young Children. <3 to Rx.

 

  Mona Leach  has been popping in and out of the Seattle theatre scene since graduating from the University of Washington BA Drama program in 2001. She has worked with companies such as Book-It Repertory Theatre, Repertory Actors Theatre (ReAct), Pork Filled Players, SIS Productions, Theater Shmeater, Live Girls, and Living Voices. She is a proud parent of two boys ages 8 and 10.

Mona Leach has been popping in and out of the Seattle theatre scene since graduating from the University of Washington BA Drama program in 2001. She has worked with companies such as Book-It Repertory Theatre, Repertory Actors Theatre (ReAct), Pork Filled Players, SIS Productions, Theater Shmeater, Live Girls, and Living Voices. She is a proud parent of two boys ages 8 and 10.

  Chevi Chung &nbsp;is delighted to be making her reading debut with the Seattle Playwrights Salon. She is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, U.K. Her latest creative endeavor is serving as the artistic visionary for empathos company, an independent theatre company, in downtown Tacoma. Current projects include: directing a reprise of scenes from the original play, "The Chinese Question: The Tacoma Method" written by Alana Fineman, John Levi III, and Samantha Chung at the 2018 Race &amp; Pedagogy National Conference with the University of Puget Sound later this September and partnering with the Tacoma Refugee Choir for their 2019 spring concert.&nbsp;Gratitude to her parents,&nbsp;friends,&nbsp;and JC for life-long theatre sustenance.

Chevi Chung is delighted to be making her reading debut with the Seattle Playwrights Salon. She is a graduate of the Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, U.K. Her latest creative endeavor is serving as the artistic visionary for empathos company, an independent theatre company, in downtown Tacoma. Current projects include: directing a reprise of scenes from the original play, "The Chinese Question: The Tacoma Method" written by Alana Fineman, John Levi III, and Samantha Chung at the 2018 Race & Pedagogy National Conference with the University of Puget Sound later this September and partnering with the Tacoma Refugee Choir for their 2019 spring concert. Gratitude to her parents, friends, and JC for life-long theatre sustenance.

  Mark Fox  (Paul) is pleased to be a part of this reading and thankful for another opportunity to work alongside director, Rachel Rene, who previously directed his performance as Lt. Kelly in Burien Actors Theatre's production of Ben Butler. Over the years, he has had the good fortune to work on over 60 productions across the country and around the world for audiences ranging from 5 to 2,500. Mark is attracted to theatre that seeks to challenge, confront, and connect the communities it serves. He firmly believes in the power of theatre to aid in teaching and healing, and he strives to find new ways to put this art to work. Thank you, all, for your contributions and support to this art we all share.

Mark Fox (Paul) is pleased to be a part of this reading and thankful for another opportunity to work alongside director, Rachel Rene, who previously directed his performance as Lt. Kelly in Burien Actors Theatre's production of Ben Butler. Over the years, he has had the good fortune to work on over 60 productions across the country and around the world for audiences ranging from 5 to 2,500. Mark is attracted to theatre that seeks to challenge, confront, and connect the communities it serves. He firmly believes in the power of theatre to aid in teaching and healing, and he strives to find new ways to put this art to work. Thank you, all, for your contributions and support to this art we all share.

  Kali Ponzo  is very excited to be working with the Seattle Playwright Salon. Previous projects include "The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up" with Midnight Rice Productions and "HAIR" at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Thanks to M and Barrie for the love and to Ted Danson for being a national treasure.&nbsp;

Kali Ponzo is very excited to be working with the Seattle Playwright Salon. Previous projects include "The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up" with Midnight Rice Productions and "HAIR" at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Thanks to M and Barrie for the love and to Ted Danson for being a national treasure.