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

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

Playwright/Director Chay Yew’s World of Possibilities

In the first podcast episode of 2021, we’re thrilled to feature a conversation with playwright/director/producer, Chay Yew. We’ll all have an opportunity to see his work as a director this winter, with his direction of Brian Quijada’s Where Did We Sit on the Bus? And long-time Geva audiences may remember the production of Naomi Iizuka’s 36 Views, which Chay also directed. Pirronne Yousefzadeh joins Jenni Werner for this inspirational conversation that really focuses on the ways in which we can all open doors for others to follow us, and create opportunities for the next generation to grow and succeed.

Playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers

Geva's literary director, Jenni Werner, and associate artistic director, Pirronne Yousefzadeh talk with playwrights Christina Anderson and Harrison David Rivers about listening to the voices in your head, finding inspiration in poetry, novels and raunchy rap lyrics, making space and time for imagination, and representation onstage. All in the third episode of Out of the Rehearsal Hall.

Uncovering Rochester’s Redlining History

In connection with Geva's Recognition Radio festival celebrating Black stories, we are producing a series of community conversations, called The Amplify Series, which connects themes of the plays to our lives here in the Rochester area. The first conversation examined the history of redlining and segregation in Rochester, the lasting impacts, and ways that we can effect change.

Out of the Rehearsal Hall Episode One

Theatre is an art form that requires and celebrates togetherness. Theatre makers spend a lot of time in the rehearsal hall - or preparing to start rehearsals - or moving from the rehearsal hall into the theatre. But right now, we can't do any of that. While we’re out of our rehearsal halls, we’re looking … Continue reading Out of the Rehearsal Hall Episode One