Family expectations, college application deadlines, and classical music collide in The Sonata Years, a semi-autobiographical fantasia on adolescence and identity. Caught between cultures and generations, a young musician finds himself searching for answers to newfound questions about love, faith, and family in this hybrid coming-of-age-play/piano recital that asks: what is the cost of authenticity?"
Steven Tran is a multi-hyphenated theater artist. Acting credits include Seattle Shakespeare Company and Taproot Theatre, as well as numerous productions as a music director and accompanist at theaters including Seattle Rep, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Musical Theatre, and A Sensible Theatre Company. He recently created additional music, arrangements, and orchestrations for The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion at ArtsWest. Other original music credits include Romeo and Juliet(Wooden O), The White Snake (ReAct Theatre), and co-orchestrations for Howl’s Moving Castle (Book-it Repertory). Steven was a 2018 Intiman Emerging Director, which inspired his work in solo performance.
Sara Porkalob is an award-winning artist, activist, and creator of the Dragon Cycle. She’s based in Seattle, but will very soon be working all over the nation. She’s featured in Seattle Magazine’s Most Influential People of 2018 and City Art’s 2017 Futures List . This year, she is collaborating with the City of Seattle and their new Creative Strategies Initiative (CSI), a new city effort that uses arts- and culture-based approaches to build racial equity in non-arts policy areas. Artswest is producing her new play, Alex and Alix, in spring 2020 and American Repertory Theatre will produce her entire Dragon Cycle in 2021/22.www.saraporkalob.com