Written and performed by Ariel Estrada
Directed by Gaven Trinidad
In this BRIClab residency, Ariel Estrada will work on his new piece, FULL CONTACT.
Leviathan Lab, a nonprofit creative studio founded in 2009 for the development of work by early and mid-career Asian and Asian American theatre and film artists, proposes a developmental production of FULL CONTACT, a new solo work by Ariel Estrada (Producing Artistic Director, Leviathan Lab), with direction by by Gaven Trinidad (Community Engagement Associate, NYTW), animation by Scott Lilly (Doodles by Scott), and other collaborators to be announced.
FULL CONTACT investigates Estrada's experiences as a 20-year survivor of a brutal martial arts cult, and interweaves his Filipino father's immigrant story with his own coming-of-age as a gay man at the height of the AIDS crisis. Through these histories, he brings to life the emotional battle between father and son, and his ongoing battle to take pride in himself as a gay Filipino American man against all odds.
FULL CONTACT was a 2020 finalist for the National New Play Network Commission Grant. The play has also received writing residencies at The Orchard Project, Space on Ryder Farm, and Barn Arts Collective, as well as two public work-in-progress showings at The Tank NYC and Cloud City. Through the space, heightened technical capabilities, and artistic mentorship afforded within BRIClab’s Performance Residency, Leviathan Lab will take FULL CONTACT to its next phase of development, experimenting with greater production values, including work with slide projections, sets, light, and sound.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Photo: Gene Silvers Photography
Ariel Estrada (writer/performer) is an actor, singer, arts advocate, and Founder/Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American performing artists. As a performer, Ariel has performed on TV, film, commercials, industrials, new media, Off, and Off-Off-Broadway. The New York Times hailed his "fine emotional shadings" in the critically acclaimed musical with puppetry MADE IN CHINA. He has performed on Film/TV in “Blue Bloods”, “Bull”, “The Americans”, and the award-winning short film “Title VII”. As an arts advocate, he was designated as a 2019 Emerging Arts Leader by New York Foundation for the Arts, and a 2017 Rising Leader of Color by Theatre Communications Group. He is the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator for Actors’ Equity Association, and is also the Marketing Manager for the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists. www.arielestrada.com | www.leviathanlab.org
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