WHAT’S IN A NAME

WRITTEN, DEVELOPED & PERFORMED BY LADY ZEN
VISUAL DESIGN BY ALI AGUS ARDIE, GERALDO CHARRETON, & SEBASTIAN VALLIN
EDITED BY BEN EUPHRAT

This hybrid, one-person cabaret-play is based on true events in the life of entertainer and storyteller, Lady Zen, a South American orphan adopted by a missionary couple from Arkansas who run  a boarding school in Maringá, Brazil. They overcome a lifetime’s worth of emotional turmoil to find radical acceptance and  become an international queer performing artist. 
Coming to us from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the story will be told as two documentaries about the development process, culminating in a full production in the spring. 


ASL interpretation will be provided.





What’s In A Name is one of six new commissions told episodically through our season. From October to June, audiences will join characters and artists for intimate stories told in chapters through a serialized format, delivered to you online each month. 


MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM

LADY ZEN (THEY/THEM/THEIRS) PLAYWRIGHT/PERFORMER

A non-binary, masculine presenting (They / Them or She or Mr.) Vocalist and Writer whose undeniable voice has given Them privilege to travel and shine as a queer entertainment artist. Working in Paris, Amsterdam, Canada, Mexico, and the USA; Lady Zen is a published author, decorated academic, and social justice artist. Professionally, Lady Zen is a Fulbright Opera Vocal Performance winner; a storyteller, public speaker and poet; photographer, script writer, model, and actor. Living between Mexico and Maine enjoying life and forming collaborative alliances dedicated to change, inclusion, and the elevation of contemporary arts. ‘I believe the arts are where acceptance stems from… in the power of language and the stories we share. Our difference is our strength.’ The goal is to travel when the Pandemic ends with their favorite kitty, Minky, in tow.

ALI AGUS ARDIE (HE/HIM/HIS) VISUAL DESIGNER

Ali Agus Ardie is a self proclaimed joker-of-all-trades. His scope of work is as diverse as his multicultural background. Ali was born in California and raised in Indonesia, where he fell in love with music, the performing arts and digital design. If he had to label himself, he would say multimedia creator or graphic designer. 

However, his professional career has spanned; performing as a stage musician, designing a large-scale art installations, cameraman for a TV series, special FX designer for a horror film, event producer for global music festivals, TV & stage actor, arts & marketing director for popular venues, score-composer, fire-performer, puppeteer and international DJ to name a few. 

Although a master-of-none, Ali’s knowledge of numerous fields is his strength, he can unite the right talents for whatever the project and can communicate as a go-between for the various departments of the team.

GERALDO CHARRETON (HE/HIM/HIS) VISUAL DESIGNER

Gerardo Charreton has done Sound Engineering and Sound Design for 25 years; the last five of them in San Miguel de Allende, México.

In this city, he has also been in charge of all the tech (light, sound and video) in The San Miguel Playhouse, a modest but very popular venue, managed by the north-american community of San Miguel expats, who love all kind of stage artistic expressions. Among them, are the very famous performances of the great singer Alzenira Quezada, best known as Lady Zen.

BEN EUPHRAT (HE/HIM/HIS) EDITOR

Ben is a bunch of things. Video designer, audio designer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and actor to name a few. His audio/visual work has been seen in TheatreFirst’s The People’s History of Next, Far Far Better Things and both of the Between Us series as well as a variety of ads and promos for T1. As an actor/musician he’s performed all around the bay area at theaters such as ACT, Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, The Magic, Marin Theatre Company, Shotgun Players and a brief but mighty stint off-broadway in New York. His most recent solo album Portrait of Girl was released last year and is available on all the places where music is available. Check it out and check him out at beneuphrat.com

SEBASTIAN VALLIN (VISUAL DESIGNER) is a filmmaker, photographer, actor, and writer. Born in 1996 in Mexico City, some hightlights of his theater carreer include “Hamlet”, “The Lion King”, “Don Quijote” and some other UNAM based ventures. He’s given motivational speeches at the Christel House School for economically challenged children, and taught Theatre and Art to children in rural zones in Guerrero, Michoacán, and Oaxaca. His short film “Por si te alejas” was Official Selection at the 2019 Best of Latin America Short Film Festival.