Jane Lui (http://janelui.com) already has a strong list of accomplishments. A respected Singer/Songwriter, with 3 solo albums, 2 of which were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in 2011 and 2008, over 20,000 subscribers and almost 3 million views on her channel (www.youtube.com/LuieLand), that earned her the title of Youtube's "Unsigned Pick-2009." Many of her innovative music videos have gone viral, including her collaboration with "cdza"- "History of Lyrics That Aren't Lyrics" with over 1 million views in the last year, or her "Cartoon Medley" that has her and fellow multiinstrumentalist Paul Dateh jumping from instrument to instrument in an arrangement of 10 classic 80's theme-songs. But Ms. Lui has found herself exploring a whole new realm of creative expression as an actress of Stage and screen.
"I had actually been a fan of hers for quite a few years...." says Andy Lowe, Director/Producer of Chinese Pirate Productions. Lowe cast her in her as leading lady "Penny," a role made famous by 'geek starlet' Felicia Day in Joss Whedon's 2008 web Musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Lowe's Comic Con themed stage adaptation in 2011 was Lui's stage debut. "She has always had a very natural and charismatic stage presence. Even in her concerts, she never just sings a song, she lives through it. So there has never a doubt to me that she wouldn't adapt to theatrical work!"
Now, over a year later, and properly bitten by the acting bug, not only does she appear in two films featured at the Pacific Arts Movement's (www.Pac -Arts.org) San Diego Asian Film Festival (the Documentary "Uploaded: the Asian American Movement," and the romantic narrative "Daylight Savings" featuring fellow singer/songwriter Goh Nakamura) but she also stars in the pivotal role of "Julie" in the local premiere of "John Doe The Musical, The Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis" opening on November 9th. With no formal training as an actress, Lui adapts her musical vocabulary to her performing craft.
"To me a show is like a blown up version of a song arc, it takes you somewhere else by the end, in emotion or narrative." Lui has been working with John Doe Director Michael Schwartz, and Choreographer Courtney Corey to develop multiple versions of her character "Julie" as seen by different characters in the play.
"...the most shocking difference is the collaborative process across disciplines that is rare in music. Aside from fellow actors and director, I couldn't believe the combination of movement, lighting, use of space, music, and visual composition, used to tell the story... it makes me look up from my introverted musician-self and see storytelling in a bigger way."
JOHN DOE: THE MUSICAL (the Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis) November 7 - 25
PRESS OPENING, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9th - 8:00pm
For RSVP, or to schedule interview, contact: [email protected]
or John Doe Productions Press Representative, Alejandra Enciso: [email protected]
Five personalities find themselves in a hospital waiting room. Each of them is part of the psyche of JOHN DOE, a mystery patient suffering from a traumatic brain injury that has split his mind and cut off his ability to communicate. As each fragment attempts to unravel their true identity, JOHN DOE's will to live is challenged as memories of his life and the mystery behind his near death are revealed. Only through their shared will, can JOHN DOE take back his identity, his life and bring his assailant to justice!
Featuring 18 original musical numbers written and composed by 15 time Emmy-Award Winning producer Robert Moutal.
John Doe: the Musical is an original production in its first public staging. Directed by former Michael Schwartz(director of RENT National Tour), With Musical Direction and Arrangements by Andy Ingersoll(MixTape) and Choreography by Courtney Corey(Diversionary's Pippin).
John Doe: the Musical (the Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis)-One Sheet
Who: Producer - Robert Moutal
Associate Producer - Chinese Pirate Productions
What: John Doe: the Musical (the Ultimate Mid-Life Crisis)
Written and Composed by Robert Moutal
Director Michael Schwartz
Musical Director Andy Ingersol
Stage Manager Deborah Climo
Production Designer Nadja Lancelot
Choreographer Courtney Corey
Lighting Designer Lila Lace Flores
Sound & Projections Kevin Anthenill
Five personalities find themselves in a hospital waiting room. Each of them is part of the psyche of
JOHN DOE, a mystery patient suffering from a traumatic brain injury that has split his mind and
cut off his ability to communicate. As each fragment attempts to unravel their true identity, JOHN
DOE's will to live is challenged as memories of his life and the mystery behind his near death are
revealed. Only through their shared will, can JOHN DOE take back his identity, his life and bring
his assailant to justice!
Cast: Keala Miles, Austin Holden, Jason Perkins, Geoffrey A. Cox, Michael Parrott,
Rachel Propst, Albert Park, Michael Nieto, Susan Hammons, and Jane Lui.
When: November 7th – 25th, 2012
WED NOV 7 @ 7:00 pm
THU NOV 8 @ 7:30 pm
FRI NOV 9 @ 8:00 pm RSVP - [email protected]
(reception to follow)
PERFORMANCE RUN (No performance Thanksgiving Day Thursday November 22)
SAT 2:00 / 8:00
SUN 2:00 / 7:00
Where: Lyceum Theatre, The Space
79 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets: Available at the Lyceum Box Office
Or call 619-544-1000