Nero Launch Party

This event opened with some lovely opening remarks from writer, director, editor Kyoung Park. Claudia Alick led the group through access choreography and how to get to the screening room. Everyone watched the first act of the play through the vimeo link on their own. Later they returned to the zoom link for a great conversation where the cast and crew shared fascinating observations about the innovative process. There was so much positive talk about the direction of the play and the ensemble who manifested it. It was an informative, fun, and emotionally positive closing watch party event for the production.

NERO is a Shakespearean, five-act “streamplay” theatricalizing the history from George W. Bush’s War on Terror to our present day as the rise and fall of Nero’s Roman Empire. Set in 64AD in Rome’s Palace of the Frogs, this “state of the nation” tragicomedy exposes how the ruling class maintains control through warfare and state violence, unearthing white male supremacy as the root of American Imperialism. Claudia Alick helped with the design of their final watch party and acted as a host and interviewer at the event.

From Kyong’s Pacific Beat Instagram ” Come join us for the Digital Watch Party celebrating the World Premiere of NERO via Zoom. Next Monday, June 17th, we will watch the first act of NERO and Claudia Alick from @callingupjusticenow will host a Q&A session with artists from our production including composer @helyeemusic and performers @zachluskzach and @imransheikhinfo . This event is free and open to the general public. RSVP link in bio.”

Links to the production and related

Kyoung’s Pacific Beat’s Screening Room

NERO: the soundtrack A-Side

NERO: the soundtrack, B​-​side

Kyoung’s Pacific Beat to Present World Premiere Of NERO, Broadway World

KPB Dissolution Statement

NERO Creative Team & Crew

Written, directed and edited by Kyoung H. Park
Produced by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat

Performed by David Gelles, Claudia Acosta, Yadira De La Riva, Ariel Estrada, Zach Lusk, Ash Mayers, Sade Namei, Kaila Saunders, Imran Sheikh, and Ishmael Thaahir

Original Music, Scoring and Arrangements by Helen Yee
Lyrics by Kyoung H. Park
Assistant Music Production by Kaila Saunders

Production Design, Prop Master, Lead VFx and CG Artistry by Yoon Young Choi

Gaffer, VFx and Animator, Colorist and Composites by Marie Yokoyama

Costume and Puppet Design by Andrew Jordan
Assistant Costume Design by Iggy Soliven
Additional Costume Construction by Ariel Brickman, Emma Creekmore and Heath Stevenson 
Hair and Make-Up by Sabrina De La Torre

Direction of Photography by Sanae Ohno
B Camera Operator: Ketak Dhiman
First Assistant Camera – A Camera: Gleydi M. Santana
First Assistant Camera – B Camera: Alvaro Nieto

Production Sound Mixer: JC Gorritti
Dialogue Editor, Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer: JC Gorritti
Sound Utility and Playback Mixer: Carsen Joenk
Boom Operators: Joshua Szeimberg, Noah Szeimberg

Choreography by Unkle Dave’s Fight-House / Sean F. Griffin

Dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum
Director of Accessibility: Claudia Alick
Community Engagement Strategist: Joe Tolbert, Jr.
Artistic Advisor: Betsy Theobald Richards

Executive Producer: Kyoung H. Park
Producing Director, Assistant Director: Ishmael Thaahir
First Assistant Director: Lindsay Darcy
Stage Manager: Sarah Samonte

Producing Consultant: Tiffany Vega-Gibson
Line Producer: Rachel Whelan
Production Manager: Shakira Hunter
Assistant Stage Manager: Lee Monahan
Driver: Michael Omatsu
Production Crew: Koffi Kavaly
Interns: Anais Aboab, Joyce Baez, Alyssa Gil-Pujols

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