Written, directed and edited by Kyoung H. Park

Performed by David Gelles, Claudia Acosta, Yadira De La Riva, Ariel Estrada, Zach Lusk, Ash Mayers, Sade Namei, Kaila Saunders, Imran Sheikh, and Ishmael Thaahir

Virtual World Premiere
June 17 - 30, 2024

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NERO theatricalizes George W. Bush's presidency and War on Terror through a satirical reimagining of the rise and fall of Nero's Roman Empire. Written, directed and edited by Kyoung H. Park, NERO exposes how the ruling class maintains control through warfare and state violence, unearthing white male supremacy as the root of American Imperialism.

Creative Team
Original Music, Scoring and Arrangements by
 Helen Yee

Lyrics by Kyoung H. Park
Assistant Music Production by Kaila Saunders

Production Design, Prop Master, Lead VFx and CG Artistry by Yoon Young Choi

Gaffer, VFx and Animator, Colorist and Composites by Marie Yokoyama

Costume and Puppet Design by Andrew Jordan
Assistant Costume Design by Iggy Soliven
Additional Costume Construction by Ariel Brickman, Emma Creekmore and Heath Stevenson 
Hair and Make-Up by Sabrina De La Torre

Direction of Photography by Sanae Ohno
B Camera Operator: Ketak Dhiman
First Assistant Camera – A Camera: Gleydi M. Santana
First Assistant Camera – B Camera: Alvaro Nieto

Production Sound Mixer: JC Gorritti
Dialogue Editor, Sound Designer and Re-Recording Mixer: JC Gorritti
Sound Utility and Playback Mixer: Carsen Joenk
Boom Operators: Joshua Szeimberg, Noah Szeimberg

Choreography by Unkle Dave’s Fight-House / Sean F. Griffin

Dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum
Director of Accessibility: Claudia Alick
Community Engagement Strategist: Joe Tolbert, Jr.
Artistic Advisor: Betsy Theobald Richards

Executive Producer: Kyoung H. Park
Producing Consultant: Tiffany Vega-Gibson
Line Producer: Rachel Whelan
Production Manager: Shakira Hunter
Assistant Stage Manager: Lee Monahan
Driver: Michael Omatsu
Production Crew: Koffi Kavaly
Interns: Anais Aboab, Joyce Baez, Alyssa Gil-Pujols

Development History
The World Premiere of NERO was developed with support from Pregones/PRTT and its ASAP/Artist Space At Pregones initiative and with seed funding from the Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Mosaic Network & Fund. NERO received workshop screenings at Hillel Plaza – Flatbush Junction and at The Exponential Festival 2023 and 2024. NERO is a SAG-Aftra approved new media series.

Production design support provided by the Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York). Additional support provided by NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program) and A.R.T./New York’s Small Theatres Fund made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation.

NERO was sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, an Innovation Award from the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate-Crimes and Local Council Member Farah N. Louis. Accessibility support provided by the New York Community Trust, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) Microgrant and a grant from NYSCA/TDF Tap Plus. Post-production support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. 

NERO was developed in partnership with GAPIMNY – Empowering Queer and Trans APIs, The Blasian March, Caribbean Equality Project, Asians 4 Abolition, Asians Fighting Injustice, PeoplesHub, The Exponential Festival and Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater. NERO’s workshop production was developed with generous support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund and Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.

NERO received public readings with the Ma-Yi Theater's Writer's Lab (February 2015), Sol Project (February 2016), New Ohio Theater's Producers' Club (October 2017), supported by a 2019-2020 Dramatist Guild Fellowship and is based on research conducted at the George W. Bush Presidential Archives in Dallas.

Production Still by @andytoad

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