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May 8-9; 7pm ET
Adapted and developed by Reza Salazar and Anjali Tsui
in collaboration with THE CITY’s MISSING THEM project
Missing Them is a live theater event that builds on a collaborative journalism project to name every New Yorker lost to COVID-19 and tell a story about them. In this new play, adapted and developed by Reza Salazar and Anjali Tsui, in collaboration with THE CITY’s award-winning MISSING THEM project we remember and celebrate the people who made New York the city we love, but are no longer with us.
This online theater performance invites audiences to go beyond the headlines and numbers surrounding the pandemic and to experience the human stories that live on as we look toward the future and create space to heal.
The show runs 70 minutes with a short intermission
Join us before the production for a free community writing event April 26th at 6:30pm EST. Gather with The Working Theater and THE CITY for a free workshop that will lead you through telling a story and creating a living memorial to those you have loved and lost to COVID-19.
Reza Salazar is an actor, writer and making his directorial debut with Missing Them. He began his acting career as a child in South America, working with his mother as clowns. Select credits include: THEATER Broadway: Sweat; Off-Broadway: Richard II (The Public Theater + WNYC) My Mañana Comes (Lucille Lortel Award nomination); Oedipus El Rey (The Public Theater); The Tempest (The Public Theater’s Mobile Unit); Floyd’s (Guthrie Theater) Sweat (Arena Stage) FILM/TELEVISION The Prisoner, The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, See Girl Run, The Inquisition of Camilo Sanz; “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Daredevil,” “The Blacklist,” “Believe,” “Louie,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” PLAYWRITING Thespis Theater Festival Incognito (debut) TEACHING Teaching artist, Word Up Community Bookstore and The Hispanic Society Museum and Library. Reza would like to thank Anjali Tsui for the initial invitation, Terry Parris Jr. and all the journalists and volunteers from The City and Columbia School of Journalism, Tamilla Woodard from the Working Theater, and a very special thank you to all the families who have shared and who continue to share their stories of loss and love and Mark Plesent for supporting this online performance until the end.
Anjali Tsui is a project editor for MISSING THEM at THE CITY, a collaborative journalism project to document stories of New Yorkers who died of COVID-19. She previously worked at ProPublica and FRONTLINE, reporting investigative stories for print, radio and television. Tsui started her career in Hong Kong as a journalist for CNN International. Her work has been honored with a Peabody Award and a DuPont Award. She graduated with honors from Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and holds a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
THE CITY is an independent, nonprofit news outlet dedicated to hard-hitting reporting that serves the people of New York. Our reporters pound the pavement in all five boroughs, working with New Yorkers to tell their stories and make their lives better. We’re here to listen to New Yorkers, dig into their concerns and deliver stories that drive the public conversation and set the agenda on key issues. At a time when the media has been upended by technological, economic and political shifts, we want to reconnect people back to local news – and reconnect local news to getting action. https://www.thecity.nyc/
Interviews by: Caitlin Antonios, Caroline Leddy, Cathy Shufro, Dean Russell, Elizabeth Picciani, Harpal Singh, Jose Martinez, Luca Powell and Rosa Schwartzburg
MISSING THEM project editors: Anjali Tsui, Derek Kravitz, Terry Parris Jr.
Partners: Columbia Journalism School, Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY and Boston College
We wish to express our gratitude to the Performers’ Unions:
ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS
AMERICAN GUILD OF VARIETY ARTISTS
through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theater Program in partnership with the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
The Howard Gilman Foundation
The One World Fund
The New York Community Trust
The Shubert Foundation
Alan and Elaine Weiler, in memory of Mark Plesent
the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature
public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, with special thanks to Queens Council Member Rory Lancman
Empire BlueCross BlueShield
Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine LLP
CWA Local 1180
The Segal Company