‘As We Babble On’ Begins Performances May 31

Directed by Alison M. De La Cruz, director of performing arts and community engagement at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, “As We Babble On” begins performances on May 31 and runs until June 24, with opening night on June 6.

The play looks at the pursuit of success, its costs, and conquering the Swedish BIGBOX. Benji, a first-generation Asian American, struggles in New York City to find his voice as his writing career stalls. As the professional paths of his best friend Sheila and his half-sister Laura begin to blossom, he begins to unravel. “As We Babble On” explores what lengths we are willing to go to realize our dreams, whether morality is tied to upward mobility, and whether boxed wine and soda is an appropriate sangria recipe after the age of 24.

“‘As We Babble On’ is sharp, funny, and asks thought-provoking questions about identity, artistry, and culture in our current economic climate,” says EWP Producing Artistic Director Snehal Desai. “It’s a world premiere of a bold, new voice that explores all facets of identity, from race, sexual orientation to class. It stood out as the winner of our playwriting competition.”

Making their EWP debuts are Will Choi (Asian AF and Scarlett Johansson Presents) as Benji, Sachin Bhatt (Asian European tour of “West Side Story” and Broadway first national tour of “Bombay Dreams”) as Vish, Jiavani Linayo (member of Baby Wants Candy) as Sheila, Jaime Schwartz (“Love Alone” at Shaker Bridge Theatre) as Laura, and Bobby Foley (Odysseus in “These Seven Sicknesses” and Art Faerie in “Girls”) as Orson.

The creative team includes Meredith Patt (dramaturg), Tesshi Nakagawa (scenic desig