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The year is 1923, and people are flocking to America — including Jin, a recently orphaned Korean girl fleeing her ravaged homeland. Illegal alien Jin lands in Seattle and soon finds herself inducted into the underground robin-hooding world of the Undesirables: the nonwhite, female-representing, unimportant nobodies with bad papers and super powers. Using a blended score of live-looped Electro Pop, Bomba Reggaeton, American Folk, Hip Hop, Gregorian Chants, and Spoken Word, Undesirables explores what happens when the Have-Nots find themselves with more power than anyone could have anticipated? And what would happen if they decided to use it against the Haves?
By Hansol Jung & Music by Brian Quijada
“In particular I really loved Chavez’s performance as Maggie, who for most of the play is merely a waiter that the rest of the cast infrequently interacts with, but she ends up performing an astounding musical number, which completely surprised and impressed me.” - James Brod
“…Chavez … demonstrates her comedic timing, Midwest dialect and lovely singing. She is at the center of the play’s memorable final moments and, as a newcomer to Chicago, I hope she’ll be a part of many more.” - Kevin Greene
@ Jackalope Theatre
Jackalope Theatre presents the World Premiere of the hilarious and heartfelt play about the value of life and the infinity of the soul.
Mitch Bloom, a brilliant mathematician finds himself working as a consultant using complex algorithms to set the value of human lives in wrongful death cases. His knack for de-valuing lives has made him the darling of the insurance companies, but what will he do when the wrongful death of a billionaire philanthropist crosses his desk, and the future of a small town hangs in the balance?
by Kenneth Lin & Directed by Gus Menary
New York Times Pick: A Top North American Theater Festival Refuge follows a young Honduran girl on her difficult journey from Central America through Mexico and into South Texas, a Rancher who finds her passed out on his land, and a female Latina border patrol agent who is trying to discover what is lost in the desert. And also, the animals who are just trying to survive – as everything is illegal in the desert. Through a cross-cultural exploration involving puppetry, original music, and bilingual storytelling, the fabric and landscape of South Texas are theatrically brought to life in this intimate and visual story. Refuge is an investigation of America – who we are and who we say we are. And an examination of the desert and the bodies that line the way to freedom, as the desert doesn’t discriminate between young or old, human or animal, citizen or undocumented.
by Andrew Rosendorf & Music by Satya Chavez & Directed by Chip Walton
“Just as Broadway’s “New Faces” brought the best of the best to the stages of New York, what we saw and heard at the Space, were a very talented group of young talents who will be around here ( and possibly off to New York) for years to come.” - Around The Town Chicago
“Speaking of jokes, “American Mariachi” provides plentiful laughs, often from Boli (Satya Jnani Chavez), who delivers lines with such enthusiasm and charm that she often has the whole theater laughing… Chavez’s Boli has the voice of an angel…” - Serena O'Sullivan
“Not only did Arizona Theatre Company's production of José Cruz González's vibrant new comedy, American Mariachi, generate rave reviews, the show was the best-selling play ever staged at the Temple of Music & Art in Tucson.” - Broadway World
evocation to visible appearance
42nd humana festival
You wanna know what the future looks like? Samantha, 17 and possibly pregnant, longs for solid ground—but she’s haunted by the sense that nothing will last. When Sam befriends a tattooed musician, has she found someone who understands this fallen world? With black humor and black metal, this gripping new play gives form to a gathering darkness.
by Mark Schultz & Directed by Les Waters
You across from me
42nd Humana festival
In polarizing times, what does it really mean to come to the table? With electric wit and fierce imagination, four writers explore this surprisingly complicated act, and the many ways we connect, confront and compromise.
by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt. & Directed by Jessica Fisch.
season 1 on abc
Satya made it through to Hollywood Week of ABC's first season of American Idol, auditioning for Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan. The season premiered March 11, 2018.
ACtors Theatre of louisville
Satya completed the Professional Training Company Apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville for their 2017-2018 season.
The happiest song plays last
@ Curious Theatre Company
@ bdt stage
"But the best performance of the night goes to Satya Jnani Chavez, who plays Ariel’s best pal Rusty. Chavez was a delight every time she was on stage — hilarious to watch, with a show-stopping voice to match." - Amanda Moutinho