Mar 12 2020 @ 7:00PM
Rehearsals begin tomorrow for our “Precious” show at Sunnyside Plays! The storytellers have traded their true-life tale and will each be working with a NYTI director to step into their partner’s shoes and give their story some theatrical oomph on stage. Let’s meet our next storyteller, Sokunthary Svay!
Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were sponsored to come to the United States and resettled in the Bronx where she grew up. She is a performer, collaborator, and writer. She was also a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), the recipient of the American Opera Projects’ Composer and the Voice Fellowship for 2017-19, and the 2018 Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House. Currently, she is poetry editor for Newtown Literary, a doctoral student in English at the The Graduate Center, CUNY and teaches college writing at Queens College. Svay’s first opera, “Woman of Letters” (in collaboration with composer, Liliya Ugay) received its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in January 2020 as part of the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiatives. Her poetry collection, Apsara in New York (2017) is available from Willow Books.
More at: www.sokunthary.com / Twitter: @SokSrai