I was invited for a quick little gig with La Jolla Playhouse, reading stage directions for a new play as part of their DNA New Work Series. Very cool watching LJP Artistic Director (and Tony winner) Christopher Ashley work up close. Then in December I had a nice surprise -- a VO booking from a job I auditioned for 2 months earlier! Corporate narration for LG, about futuristic technology like a washing machine that uses NO water. (What?!) Working remotely with the director in Seoul was a breeze.
Voice matching! A fascinating aspect of VO that I got to dip my toe into, matching the voice of Oscar winner Linda Hunt for an episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES on CBS. Matching a voice starts with matching an actor's entire physicality and I loved the challenge. Also this month - a chance to support my community by voicing a character in J-TOWN: A VISUAL NOVEL. This grassroots project provides "a friendly crash course into Japanese American culture" through a fun, educational videogame.
Linda Hunt as "Hetty" in NCIS: Los Angeles
Back to the studio to record another 4 episodes of BUNNAMIGOS! This brand new podcast teaches kids about world cultures and is just super cute. Every episode focuses on a different city, and for Tokyo I got to play four very different characters as the "bunny amigos" look for adventure: an intellectual bunny, a train conductor mole, a raccoon sumo wrestler, and an elderly crane.
Took a trip to Alberta, Canada and was blown away by the soaring beauty of the Canadian Rockies. The photo on my homepage is of Waterfowl Lakes in Banff National Park, and the water actually is that incredible turquoise color. My spirit was renewed hiking through fragrant forests above glacier-fed lakes, beneath deep blue skies and snow capped mountains. And got to fulfill a dream -- kayaking on Lake Louise at sunrise.
Lake Louise at sunrise. Click to expand
So proud to see ASSASSINS honored by StageSceneLA! As part of the team that brought this acclaimed production to life at East West Players (see below), we were recognized for BEST PRODUCTION, Outstanding Lead Ensemble, Outstanding Featured Ensemble, and multiple honors for individuals in Direction, Performance, Music, and Design.
Also recorded a very exciting (TBA) project with my pals at Six To Start, a brilliant game developer based in London. As the creators of ZOMBIES, RUN! they've kept me busy on multiple projects over the past 2 years. Have a listen...
Got very sweaty in another intense class with the Mocap Vaults: "Heroes & Monsters." A physically and mentally challenging day learning the art of Motion Capture, topped off with some serious zombie work!
After recording FLIP & MOZI'S GUIDE TO HOW TO BE AN EARTHLING for Tinkercast/ Wondery last year, I was honored to be invited back for another terrific program, WHO, WHEN, WOW! which takes kids on an "auditory journey into the lives of unsung heroes, unknown heroines and amazing humans who make us say “WOW!" I play the first woman to climb Mt. Everest, Junko Tabei. As an Everest buff I especially enjoyed recording her inspiring story.
Also this month, had a blast learning about motion/performance capture with Richard Dorton and The Mocap Vaults. Such the polar opposite of voiceover... I'll definitely be training more in this fascinating craft.
My debut at EAST WEST PLAYERS -- the nation's premiere Asian American theatre. Thrilled for it to be the brilliant Sondheim musical, ASSASSINS. It was such a joy to be back after a two year break! Originally scheduled to open in March 2020 but shut down by the pandemic, the team reunited to bring this timely piece back to life in a powerful production.
Free Press - "... this imaginative, harrowing, gallows humor-type production marks the triumphant return of one of L.A.’s finest theaters... [with] rabblerouser Emma Goldman (well-played by the droll Kym Miller)."
Los Angeles Times - "...disturbingly timely... this encounter with “Assassins” left me shaken — which is perhaps the highest compliment that can be paid to the show."
Broadway World - "ASSASSINS Shoots to Thrill. ...a winner - visually, musically and across the board... Desai's production is end-to-end joyfulness."
TicketHoldersLA - "...the quartet [with] Kym Miller...knocks the show-stopping “Something Just Broke” right out onto [the street]...."
South Pasadenan - "...funny, touching, and deeply relevant... experiencing this show is electrifying and thought provoking."
StageSceneLA - "...ensemble members [in] assorted cameos, most notably Kym Miller’s as anarchist Emma Goldman. ... This one is so good, it could and should go directly to Broadway."
TheatreMania - "...exemplary stagecraft and a committed cast make this a must-see production."