SPF 14: Best Life

Saturday, July 8th @ 4:00 PM PST
Written By Melisa Tien
Directed By Christina Carlisi

If you could turn back time, what would you do differently? In this absurdly funny and unsettling play, a woman of color can rewind time, but only within the last five minutes. The result: her exchange with a white woman in a cafe becomes increasingly alarming, inspiring a perpetual revolution.

Melisa Tien is a playwright and librettist invested in making formally unconventional, socially relevant, and emotionally evocative work. A resident of New Dramatists, she is the author of the plays The Last Mile, Disrupted, Yellow Card Red Card, The Boyd Show, and Familium Vulgare, and the operas Forever, The Big Swim, Song of the Nightingale, The Beehive, and Family Heirloom. She’s currently a member of Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, and was a member of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s 2022 Ground Floor Residency Lab, Experiments in Opera’s 2022 Writers’ Room, The Assembly Theater Project’s 2021 Deceleration Lab, a recipient of a 2020-2021 grant from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theatre, a recipient of a 2019 EST/Sloan commission, and a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting. She’s been published in the anthology Theater Artists Making Theatre With No Theater (Tripwire Harlot Press, 2020). BA, UCLA; MFA, Columbia University.

Director – Road Theatre – HAPPENSTANCE by Craig Pospisil, COMMON GROUND V, TURBULENCE by William Mastrosimone, BURST by Rachel Bublitz, THE WAKE by Tammy Ryan. Interact Theatre Company – ART by Yasmina Reza

Producer – Interact Theatre Company’s production of THE CHERRY ORCHARD, LADCC Best Play.

A multi award winning actress, Christina has over 50 film and television credits, and an equal amount of theatre credits. She was awarded 2018 Best Solo Show Of The Year, for her portrayal of legendary modern dancer Martha Graham in MARTHA, and recently received a Telly Award for Best Comedy of 2021 for the virtual series, THE VIRTUAL END. See full list of credits on ImdbPro.

“Best Life”

Lourdes – Nicole Royster*
Sheryl – Elizabeth Sampson*

*Road Company Member