Lodestone Theatre Ensemble Presents Its Bonus Summer Production Of Suddenly, Last Summer
Lodestone concludes its Ninth Season with an Asian American Production of the Classic Play
LOS ANGELES, CA – Lodestone Theatre Ensemble presents Suddenly, Last Summer, running August 2 to 24, 2008 at the GTC Burbank (1111-B West Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506), located inside George Izay
Park. The award-winning theatre company concludes its ninth season with a mostly Asian American cast
production of the classic 1958 work by Tennessee Williams.The play will be directed by Lodestone Co-Artistic Director Chil Kong.
Suddenly, Last Summer is Lodestone’s second non-world premiere play to grace the mainstage (the
first was last summer’s The Trojan Women). Williams’ story revolves around the death of a beloved son
and cousin (Sebastian Venable) which leads to a family conflict as Mrs. Venable and Catherine Holly fight
over their memories of the dead man and push the boundaries of truth. How will Sebastian be
remembered? How would you like to be remembered?
The cast includes veteran actress Kim Miyori (The Woman Warrior, St. Elsewhere) as Mrs. Venable with
Letitia Chang, Feodor Chin, Rebecca Heneise, Elaine Kao, Saachiko Magwili, Kipp Shiotani and Leonard
“When I first read Tennessee Williams and how he dealt with family relations, it reminded me of Korean
and Chinese families,” Kong says about his decision to stage Suddenly, Last Summer for an Asian
American theater company. “At the heart of the play are very Asian battles of saving face and honoring
the dead. It made perfect sense to me to marry this play with Lodestone.”
Chil Kong is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. His directing
credits for the company include A Dirty Secret Between the Toes by Annette Lee, The Mikado Projectby Doris Baizley & Ken Narasaki and, most recently, Trapezoid by Nic Cha Kim. Kong is currently directing
the film version of The Mikado Project.
Suddenly, Last Summer is Lodestone’s bonus summer show for its ninth season. The shorter summer runs are reserved for the company to tackle works that are more “out of the norm.” Along those lines, Kong plans on keeping his version of Williams’ play set in the South with the actors taking on Southern accents. The
production will also incorporate mixed media to enhance the details of the world Williams has created.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm., August 2-24, with low-priced
previews on July 31 and August 1 at 8 pm. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $14 for
students/seniors. Group rates of $12 each are available for reservations of ten or more. Tickets for the
August 2nd Opening Night Gala with a post-show dessert reception are $20. All Sunday matinees
(except August 24) will be pay-what-you-can admission with a $1 minimum.
For more information, call the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble hotline at (323) 993-7245 or visit
www.lodestonetheatre.org or www.myspace.com/lodestonetheatre
Founded in 1999 by Philip W. Chung, Alexandra Chun, Chil Kong and Tim Lounibos, Lodestone is
committed to providing a forum for Asian Pacific American artists in all aspects of the theatre arts.
Lodestone seeks to challenge limited perceptions of Asian Pacific Americans through the creation of
original theatrical productions as well as a fresh retelling of established works.
Lodestone Theatre Ensemble is a Company-in-Residence at GTC Burbank.