Impact [reading]

Role: Naomi Xiu

Impact by Ray Yamanouchi
Produced by Working Title Theatre Co.
Westbeth Community Room, New York City (2016)

Director: Jonathan Harper Schlieman

Naomi Xiu – Samantha Herrera
Zack Booker – Erick Patrick
Fabian Xiu – Al Patrick Jo
Nicole Booker – Amelia Windom
Jacqueline Nakamura – Akiko Fujiwara
Sean Durand – Michael Drumgold
David Gutierrez – Justin Serrano
Renee Hall – Ashley V. Scott
Trent Jacobs – Addison Williams
Terry Hall/Tyson Booker – Kenny Mathieu
Protester/Kid 2/Tenant – Ariel Pacheco
Stage Directions – Ethan Applegate

Childhood friends Naomi Xiu and Zack Booker’s paths have led them to different worlds — Zack working for an Asian American civil rights group, and Naomi serving as a police officer. But when a gunshot rings out in a stairwell of a Bronx housing project, they become starkly linked — and the reverberations will ripple through their lives, the city and beyond.

About the playwright: Ray-Yamanouchi
Ray Yamanouchi was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and received a BA in film and theatre from Hunter College in Manhattan. His plays include It’s Our Kitchen (Semi-finalist, Iati Theater Cimientos 2017), Tha Chink-Mart (Semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award 2016), Impact (Semi-finalist, National Playwrights Conference 2017), and The American Tradition (Finalist, New Light New Voices Award 2017). He has developed work with WT Theatre, Mission to (dit)Mars, The Blank Theatre, Rising Circle Theater Collective, and Ars Nova. You can find him online @NotoriousYAMs and as the host of RE:, a talk show about theatre in NYC .