Playwright Nathan Ramos and Director Alison De La Cruz talk about their new play “As We Babble On”. They discuss the value of portraying joyful Asian Americans, the process of casting for specific LGBT roles, and refusing to wait for mainstream America to catch up. (Intro: Soft Power)
Nathan Ramos is a 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellow and is currently working on Disney’s Club Mickey Mouse. Nathan received a Webby Nomination for “The Station by Maker”, and was the winner of the See Change 2042 Playwriting Competition. Nathan’s play “As We Babble On” has been workshopped at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artists at Play, and the Renberg Theatre. Nathan has worked as an actor Regionally and Off-Broadway, and his work has amassed millions of views on platforms such as Tosh.0, Buzzfeed, RyanSeacrest.com, and Reddit.
Alison M. De La Cruz is a cultural space cultivator, producer, multi-disciplinary theatre artist, facilitator and educator. De La Cruz has spent 20 years working with queer, youth, immigrant, and artists of color to develop original work. Alison’s directing credits include: Claudia Rodriguez’s MIDNIGHT STEEL (2016); Post Natyam Collective’s SUPER RUWAXI (2014), East West Players’ EVOKE FESTIVAL (2013 & 2012), TeAda Productions’ TEADAWORKS (2010 & 2008). De La Cruz’s individual work includes: L.A. MALONG MALONG (2011), WHERE YOU STAY? (2006), NATURALLY GRACEFUL (2005), and SUNGKA (1999). De La Cruz served as Executive Producer of the LA premiere of ALLEGIANCE (2018) and is the Director of Performing Arts & Community Engagement at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.