December Holidays Around the World (Part 2)

This post is part of a series exploring international celebrations in the month of December. A Christmas Carol is cherished by those who celebrate Christmas, yet other holidays around the world feature their own annual customs. Goa Liberation Day (Dec. 19) India earned its independence from Britain in 1947. The province of Goa, 250 miles … Continue reading December Holidays Around the World (Part 2)

Inside Vietgone with Pirronne Yousefzadeh and Rocío Mendez

Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone opened at Geva on October 2, and it’s been really incredible to read some of the responses from audiences, who have responded so positively to this irreverent, fun and powerful play. I reached out to director Pirronne Yousefzadeh, now in Oregon, and Fight/Intimacy/Movement Choreographer Rocío Mendez, now in New York City, to … Continue reading Inside Vietgone with Pirronne Yousefzadeh and Rocío Mendez

Demystifying the Role of Intimacy Director

Rocío Mendez (they/she) was brought onto Vietgone as the fight, movement, and intimacy director before the COVID-19 pandemic. in June 2020, Rocío joined us for an episode of Geva's Out of the Rehearsal Hall podcast when production was halted. Since that time, they have worked as fight consultant on the bilingual radio adaptation Romeo y … Continue reading Demystifying the Role of Intimacy Director

Fresh Perspectives from the Mind of Qui Nguyen

Vietgone has entered its third week of rehearsals, preparing to open at the end of the month. The play finds its way to Geva six years after premiering at South Coast Repertory in 2015. It went on to 2016 productions at the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Prior to this, playwright Qui … Continue reading Fresh Perspectives from the Mind of Qui Nguyen

Out of the Rehearsal Hall with Rasean Davonte Johnson

an Davonte Johnson, who designed projections for Geva’s productions of Thurgood and Ring of Fire. If you’ve seen Ring of Fire, Geva’s first post-pandemic in-person performances, and our first ever outdoor show, no doubt you've found yourself captivated by the fascinating visual story that Davonte’s projections tell in celebration of Johnny Cash’s life and legacy.

The Industry of Colorism: A History of Whitewashing in Hollywood

Whitewashing: when characters are written as global majority but are not cast authentically and the roles are given to white actors without changing the character's race to being white. OR when characters are written as global majority and then deliberately changed to being white and given to white actors.