meet the Yellow Face cast

August 29, 2010


Brian Bielawski* [Marcus]  This production marks Brian’s Mo`olelo debut.  OFF-BROADWAY he has acted with the Manhattan Theatre Club in The American Pilot, and Theatre By the Blind in The Rules of Charity.  REGIONALLY, he’s performed with the New Rep Theatre near Boston in Eurydice, and with The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, As You Like It, Antony & Cleopatra, Winter’s Tale, and Two Noble Kinsmen.  He’s currently TOURING the country with his one-man show: GAM3RS /the Play.  FILM credits include the indie title Felix Culpa.  TELEVISION credits include a recurring role on Guiding Light.  VOICEOVER: Saint’s Row II for X-Box 360.  EDUCATION: MFA 2005 – The Old Globe/University of San Diego; BFA 2002 – The University of Evansville, IN.

Jacob Bruce* [NWOAOC and others] Jacob Bruce graduated from the conservatory program at the University of Illinois with a BFA in acting.  He appeared in a number of plays around the city of Chicago including Orlando in As You Like It, Jed Rowan in The Kentucky Cycle, and The Creature in Playing With Fire.  He then moved to Los Angeles and landed recurring roles on the shows “Crossing Jordan” and “Roswell”, and episodes of shows including “ER”, “Las Vegas”, “Standoff” and “American Dreams”. Jacob was also in the award-winning films “Donut Run” and “Night of the Dog”, the Hallmark movie “Prairie Fever”, and the upcoming horror feature “The Rig”.  As a member of the Knightsbridge Theatre in Los Angeles, Jacob played Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, a “Critics Pick” in Backstage West and co-created The $5 Only Improv Show. Having recently moved here, Yellow Face is Jacob’s San Diego debut.

Maggie Carney* [Jane Krakowski and others] Maggie is delighted to work with this talented and creative group of people on Mo`olelo’s production of DHH’s Yellow Face. San Diego credits include: Quince in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Betty Bumbrake in Peter and the Starcatchers, a Page to Stage production in cooperation with Disney Theatricals, and Salsalandia!  POP Tour (La Jolla Playhouse). Regional credits include:  The Tempest, Bill Irwin’s Largely/NY (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Shoemaker’s Holiday, Knight of the Burning Pestle (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre),  Spite for Spite, A Phoenix Too Frequent (Writer’s Theatre), The Gamester (Northlight Theatre).  Proud member of AEA, AFTRA and SAG.

Albert Park [HYH and others] Albert Park is truly excited to be in his first Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company production and David Henry Hwang play. The native San Diegan actor and filmmaker also works with Playwrights Project, Asian Story Theater, Bear Arts Foundation and San Diego Asian American Repertory Theatre. He has been involved in independent short films and his self-produced animated films have screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Albert obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art at UC Berkeley. True story: to examine perceptions of race, once in a performance art class he painted his body white, while singing Paper Moon, naked as a jaybird. Albert lives with his awesome wife, Jenny, in North Park, where he mildly tolerates their two cats. Mildly.

Greg Watanabe* [DHH] Greg’s theater credits include the world premiere productions of The Ballad of Yachiyo (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Public Theater-New York Shakespeare Festival) , Butcher’s Burden (Asian American Theater Company), and The Summer Moon (A Contemporary Theater, South Coast Repertory Theatre).  Other regional theater appearances include Singapore Repertory Theatre and Mark Taper Too!. His television credits include regular cast member of the UPN sketch comedy series Off Limits, as well as guest starring roles on The Proud Family, Hidden Hills, J.A.G., Nash Bridges, All That, and the television movies, “Under Wraps”, and “Deadly Seduction”. He has appeared in the independent movies “True Love and Mimosa Tea”, “Life Tastes Good”, “Forgotten Valor”, “S.F. Walk”, “Brown Sheep”, and “Coyote”, and “Only The Brave.” Greg has been a company member of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors, ‘the world’s most psychotic Asian American comedy group’, since 1994.

Michelle Wong [Leah Ann Cho and others] Michelle Wong, a San Diego native, is excited to be part of her first Mo’olelo production.  She originally met Seema Sueko, as her robot, in The Old Globe’s production of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and has been looking to be reunited with her creator ever since.   After receiving her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University she left Pittsburgh for sunny Los Angeles.  She received her first recurring television role on ER and has continued to work in TV and voice over.  Some favorite Roles: Klytemnestra (Oresteia), Jenny Chow, Anita (West Side Story), Hesther (Equus), Head Nun (House of Blue Leaves).  Thanks to her family and friends for their never ending support.  It would be impossible to survive without you.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States


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