Productions & Digital Readings

The Girl with the Lantern Heart

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage
Written by Patrick Lord
Directed by Patrick Lord and Stan Kang
May 30, 2021

Adventure Theatre concludes API Heritage month with a digital presentation of Patrick Lord’s The Girl with the Lantern Heart, a digital mix of live action and animation story, co-directed by Stan Kang and Patrick Lord.

Gathered around a campfire with familiar friends, Girl listens to the story of the brave and bold Girl with the Lantern Heart. Girl with the Lantern Heart enters dark forests, crosses rivers, and battles monsters in her search to rid her world of Darkness that’s overtaken them. With great courage and the wisdom of her friends, Girl discovers of how we each carry light that can banish even the deepest darkness.

Meet the Author

Patrick Lord

Patrick is a designer, educator, and creator who has been making art for the past 10 years. He lives in Washington, DC with his dog, Bandit, and he spends most of his time creating projections, video and animations for theatre and live entertainment. He has designed numerous world premiere theatre productions for young audiences at The Kennedy Center, and beyond as his work has been seen all over the country. He has made a living telling stories, and being inspired by them.

Meet the Director

Stan Kang

A native of Arlington, VA, Stan Kang is a professional actor, director and teacher. Most recently, Stan directed Affinity Lunch Minutes at the Garden. During the COVID quarantine, he has also directed pieces featured in the DMV QFest 2.0. He co-directed his first film, DoubleTap, and his favorite theatre role was David Henry Hwang in Yellowface at Theater J.

As a stage actor, Stan has worked with many local DC theatres, such as Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio Theater, Horizons Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Scena Theater, and the Kennedy Center. He teaches directing at HB Woodlawn in Arlington, VA, and has worked as a director with Asian Stories in America (ASIA), where he directed Big Hunk of Burning Love and The Theory of Everything.

Stan is a founding member and executive director of the Educational Theatre Company (ETC). He is also a board member of Convergence Theatre, Hope for Grieving Families and Friends of Arlington Student Film Festival and is also an advisory board member of Washington Stage Guild and Diversity Works.

Meet the Cast

Valeria Morales as Fantastagirl

Tyasisa Velines as Math Monster

Ayesis Clay as Mom Hershel

Desiree Velez as Mom Hoffman

Linda Bard as Beatrice

Bekah Umansky-Zornosa as Quinn

Rebbeca Kiser as Finn

Andres Alejandro Ponce as Calculating Sam

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