2022-23 Season • A Season of Possibility



A DIFFERENT POND

September 30-October 23, 2022
ALL AGES

Based on the book by Bao Phi | Play written by Jessica Luu Pelletier
Presented in the Jaycees Studio Theatre

Directed by Jake Sung-Guk Sullivan
Cultural Consultant: Anh Thư T. Phạm



A powerful story of a Vietnamese
family carving out a new life in Minnesota.

On the pre-dawn shores of a Minneapolis lake, a young boy and his dad fish for food, unfurling a tale about immigration, straddling cultures old and new, and a family facing daily struggles together. An unforgettable story based on the Caldecott Honor book memoir by celebrated, local poet, Bao Phi.

CAST | CREATIVE TEAM | SPECIAL EVENTS


In collaboration with Theater Mu


RUN DATES: Sept 30-Oct 23, 2022
LOCATION: Jaycees Studio Theatre at Stages Theatre Company
APPROPRIATE AGES: All Ages
DURATION: Aprx 60 Minutes



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PERFORMANCE CALENDAR



September 30-October 23, 2022

• Masks are welcome and encouraged but optional for all patrons attending Stuart Little, EXCEPT for Saturday performances when masks will be required.





A Different Pond by Bao Phi is produced with the permission of the publisher, Capstone



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PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE (PWYC): SUN, 10/2/2022 4PM

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE (SF) : SAT, 10/15/2022 10AM







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PHOTOS




PRODUCTION PHOTOS



Photos by Amy Rondeau Photography



PUBLICITY PHOTOS





Photos by Amy Rondeau Photography



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VIDEO






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CAST




HIEU BUI - BA
ANGELINA HUYNH - NHI & LAN
VINCENT VUONG IMPOLA - HUY & YOUNG BA
JOHN LUTTERMAN - ĐỨC & QUÂN
BENJI STOEBNER* - DUY
XARIA VANG - MÁ MÝ & HAO


* Student, Intern or Teaching Artist with Stages Education Programs


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CREATIVE TEAM



DIRECTOR - Jake Sung-Guk Sullivan
CULTURAL CONSULTANT - Anh Thư T. Phạm
PROPS DESIGNER - Marc Berg
LIGHTING DESIGNER - Karin Olson
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER - Aaron Gabriel
EMERGING BIPOC SOUND DESIGN MENTEE - Faith MingBao Barrett
COSTUME & MAKE UP DESIGNER - Stacey Palmer
SET DESIGNER - Joe Stanley
STAGE MANAGER - Gabriel Peñaloza-Hernandez
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER - Amy Horn
SOUND BOARD OPERATOR - Jordyn Hondel
LIGHT BOARD OPERATOR - Lilly Nobrega, Felix Svatek-Pine
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Jim Hibbeler
PRODUCTION MANAGER - Melanie Salmon-Peterson
PROGRAMS MANAGER, THEATER MU - Morgen Chang
SOUND TECHNICIAN - Gretchen Katt
WARDROBE SUPERVISOR - Christa Ludwig
LIGHTING ASSISTANT - Alice Endo
SCENIC ARTISTS - Cinde Ashley, Yvonne Ring
ELECTRICIANS - Alice Endo, Lauren Lochen, Katie Mclean
VOLUNTEERS - Jeff Aune, Jenny Brown, Scott Brown, Kimberly Chancellor, Justin Dekker, Warren Glidden, Nancy Johnson, Donna Meyer, Steve Skoro


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - Sandy Boren-Barrett
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, THEATER MU - Lily Tung Crystal


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ABOUT THEATER MU



Theater Mu (pronounced MOO) is the premier Asian American theater company in the Midwest and one of the largest in the nation. Founded in 1992, Mu’s continuing goal to celebrate and empower the Asian American community through theater is achieved through mainstage productions, emerging artist support, and educational outreach programs. Theater Mu is a member of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists, as well as a member of the Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition, proudly standing alongside New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Penumbra Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo.


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SHOW BUZZ & REVIEWS



Star Tribune: Father and son bond over fishing in Twin Cities poet Bao Phi's 'A Different Pond'

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine: New Theater Season Begins This Month



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A DIFFERENT POND

RESOURCE GUIDES


A powerful story of a Vietnamese
family carving out a new life in Minnesota.

Thousands upon thousands of young people receive their first exposure to theatre at Stages Theatre Company. Study guides are a great way to extend student learning beyond their visit. Our free study guides contain tons of information, ideas and activities: author/playwright biographies, notes on historical context, cross-curricular classroom activities, theatre etiquette, and discussion questions for before and after you come to see the show!


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CREATIVE TEAM BIOS




JAKE SULLIVANJake Sung-Guk Sullivan (Director) - Jake Sung-Guk Sullivan is a director, actor, and educator from the Twin Cities metro area. Recent directing credits: [title of show] (Lyric Arts), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Lakeshore Players Theatre). Associate Director, Cambodian Rock Band (Theatre Mu / The Jungle Theatre). Upcoming projects: The Wedding Singer (Lyric Arts). He also leads classes in the Mu Explorations program, as well as serving as the Theatre Teacher at Breck School. A huge thank you to Jessica, Bao, Stages Theatre Company and Theatre Mu for creating this tale and bringing it to life on the page and stage.





ANH THU PHAMAnh Thư T. Phạm (Cultural Consultant) - Anh Thư T. Phạm is Theater Mu's first Asian American managing director. A 1.5 generation refugee from Viet Nam, she has served on the boards of Pangea World Theater, Ananya Dance Theater, and the New Arab American Theater Works. A community activist and organizer at heart, she has been in a number of political organizations and was most recently a member of Rad Azns (Asian for Black Lives Matter) prior to starting her position at Theater Mu. Being a part of the team for A DIFFERENT POND is a dream come true. Seeing a Midwest Vietnamese-American story on stage is the sort of representation she could never have dreamed of.





BAO PHIBAO PHI (AUTHOR) - A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux. A short story of his, Revolution Shuffle, appeared in the anthology Octavia’s Brood: Stories from Social Justice Movements, AK Press, 2015, and an essay of his was included in the anthology A Good Time for the Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin, Minnesota Historical Society Press. He has two collections of poems, both published by Coffeehouse Press, Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, the latter of which was nominated for the Minnesota Book Award, named by NPR as one of the best books of 2017, and was chosen as 2017’s best poetry book of the year by San Francisco State’s Poetry Center. His first children’s book, A Different Pond, received six starred reviews and won multiple awards including a Caldecott Honor, an Ezra Jack Keats Honor, Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association award for best picture book, the Minnesota Book Award for picture books, and the Charlotte Zolotow Award for excellence in children’s book writing. It made several best books of the year lists, including Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Shelf Awareness. His second children’s book, My Footprints, was release by Capstone in 2019.






JESSICA LUU PELLETIERJESSICA LUU PELLETIER (PLAYWRIGHT) - Jessica Luu Pelletier (she/her) is a biracial Queer Vietnamese-American writer, performer, and theatre-maker, currently based in New York. Her work reflects a multi-cultural viewpoint, utilizing the stage as a means to explore liberation for the Other combined with the spectacle of heightened reality. In this practice, she seeks to take care of her communities while generating both joy and healing, embracing nuance in the complexity of lived experiences.