Artists at Play is proud to present The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up by Carla Ching as part of our annual spring reading series, on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

The Play

Diana and Max meet at 10 years old, the day their parents start fucking. In the ensuing 18 years, their parents break up, get back together, marry and divorce. And they see each other through it all, trying not to make the same mistakes their parents did. A play about trying not to fall in love with your best friend so you end up hating them. 

The Playwright

Carla Ching, playwright
An L.A. native, Carla stumbled upon pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote/performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training. Her plays include Fast Company (EST/Sloan commission; South Coast Repertory Theater, dir. Bart DeLorenzo, asst. dir. Artists at Play's Peter J. Kuo; Ensemble Studio Theatre, dir. Robert Ross Parker; Pork Filled Productions, dir. Amy Poisson; winner of Edgerton New American Play Award; winner of Seattle Times’ Footlights Award for Top Play on a Smaller Stage), TBA (2g, dir. Denyse Owens), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company, dir. Daniella Topol), Dirty, Big Blind/Little Blind, and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up. She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab 2008-2010, the 2010/11 Lark Play Development Center Playwright's Workshop and the Lark's 2011/12 Meeting of the Minds, the 2013/14 CTG Writers’ Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g. She is currently working on a Time Warner Foundation sponsored Crossroads commission for South Coast Repertory entitled Nomad Motel. Proud member of New Dramatists and The Kilroys. Carla wrote on Season Two of USA’s Graceland.

Snehal Desai, director
The Director

Snehal Desai is currently the Literary Manager/Artistic Associate at East West Players. As a Director, Snehal has worked at theaters across the country including: the Old Globe, La Mama, the Old Vic, Ars Nova, and Pan Asian Rep. He is a former resident director with Theater Emory and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. As a writer/performer Snehal has toured his solo show, Finding Ways to Prove You’re Not an Al-Qaeda Terrorist When You’re Brown to audiences across the United States. Snehal was the inaugural recipient of the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship and a recipient of a 2014 Doris Duke Grant, the Tanne Award, and a Soros Fellowship. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and received his MFA from Yale University.

The Cast

Julia Cho and Raymond Lee

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